Help me learn to play my (video game) hockey position
March 4, 2014 8:36 AM Subscribe
I'm hoping someone can direct me to an online (preferably free) resource that teach position-based hockey fundamentals. Where to be, when to crash or set up behind the net, how to adjust when your teammates go here or there, how to keep the puck moving and create a solid offense. Basically, fundamental positioning and how to run an offense.
I don't know when the trend in sports video games began where you play a single position (as opposed to the active puck/ball-carrier), but I love it. However, I never played hockey and I became a fan of the sport fairly late in life, so I don't have a strong foundation of hockey knowledge.
I almost always play a defenseman because positioning is much simpler than as a forward. I just have to stay back, don't allow breakaways, don't over-commit to a check and leave the goalie stranded, back up my line mate when he commits, put myself in line to be a pass-back outlet if a forward gets trapped, fire off a slapshot if I get an unobstructed view in the middle etc. Defense is not thrilling, but it's easy to do well if you're not selfish.
But as a forward, I'm helpless. I know we're supposed to be moving around, cycling the puck, looking for a high percentage shot and hopefully a rebound goal. But I don't know where to be or where to go as an offense. It doesn't help that I'm playing on xbox and most of the other online players that I play with would rather fire off low percentage shots and/or dangle in like a hero. I'm not going to learn anything from these idiots.
I feel like I'm a good, borderline excellent, defenseman. But I'd really like to learn how to be a good center/wing and be able to put some pucks in the net, as well.