Hi Tom and hockey coaches - great site.
I have a question regarding DZC. Can someone explain to me what most high level teams in junior and professional do for DZC. Do coaches still use the terminology box +1 or is that become outdated and is new language/terminology being used . I am curious what language coaches are using to explain to the players DZC and any new trends. I see a lot of info out there that is pretty basic but nobody really has got that in depth on breaking the DZC in the new modern game. What has changed in the NHL since the rule changes in how they teach DZC to defenseman and forwards? I hear a lot of language by hockey commentators during games talking about staying between the dots, lining up with the dots, zone coverage and man to man coverage and what to do off the cycle but I have not completely understood it and just get bite size pieces. It seems as if the coaches use a lot of markings on the ice in the D zone to mark positions for forward and defense to discourage confusion? I would appreciate it if someone could get kind of detailed and break down the positioning in an advanced manner for high level players and explain the latest terminology and how they use markings on the ice and all that is being taught for DZC.