“NO TURN-BACKS!” — from comments section of “Teachable moment?” @ LA Kings Insider

Here is commenter wavesinair’s report on (yesterday’s?) practice, cut/pasted in full:

Here’s what happened…

Richardson, who Murray calls “Richie,” was the offensive player and carried the puck behind the goal with Purcell on his tail.

As Richardson passed the goal and was nearing the corner he cut and went back behind the net in the other direction, again with Purcell in chase.

Murray immediately stops play and raises his voice. (The one thing about practice is there is very little yelling and very soft whistles.) So when Murray raises his voice, it’s noticed immediately.

Murray skates over and starts to lay into Teddy about how, as the defensive player, you cannot allow the puck carrier to turn around and go back behind the net. You must cut him off with body position and force him into the corner. (I liken this to basketball when you cut off the baseline as the defender.) Murray transitioned into talking to the whole group about the idea, not just Purcell, but at first the light was pretty much on him.

The operative phrase Murray kept repeating during this lesson was, “No Turn-backs!”

via Teachable moment? « LA Kings Insider.


  2 comments for ““NO TURN-BACKS!” — from comments section of “Teachable moment?” @ LA Kings Insider

  1. wavesinair
    October 6, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Hey! I’m famous! j/k

    Glad you liked that phrase as much as I did.

    “No turn-backs guys! You cannot let that man go there! Never, ever, ever let that happen!”

    It was great.

  2. black hattitude
    October 15, 2009 at 3:29 AM


    thanks for the great quality of your blog, every time i come here, i’m amazed.

    black hattitude.

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