Hockey is a game of tremendous speed, contact and strategies. Effectively executing your strategies and techniques can give your team an advantage. One such strategy is the Dump and Chase… an increasingly popular move that gets the puck into the attack zone and (hopefully) away from your defender.
What exactly is Dump and Chase?
With a standard rush, the player carries the puck with him across the blue line… but with the Dump and Chase, the puck is actually released into the offensive zone. This strategy is somewhat risky as it relies on the speed of the offensive player to get to the puck before the opponent does.
While this entire interaction may look like the offensive player is giving the puck away, the Dump and Chase is actually more calculated than that. When trapped, the player is going around the defense (rather than through them) in an attempt to regain possession. The defensive player is at a disadvantage since he is turned backward and the other offensive players have already lined up to regain control of the puck. If done properly, the advantage is definitely in the favor of the offense.
What are the risks of Dump and Chase?
The obvious risk with this play is that you lose control of the puck when you release it and you give the opponent the opportunity to regain possesion and set up their own scoring situation.
Another risk is that the Dump and Chase can easily turn into an icing penalty (See “Icing Rule Explained” http://site.hockeymonkey.com/blog/2010/09/10/icing-rule-explained/). When dumping the puck, you must do so from the opponent’s side of center. Just be sure that you skate up to the red line before dumping the puck.
How do I Dump and Chase?
To effectively execute the Dump and Chase, it’s a good idea to shoot the puck into the corner to avoid a return shot from the goalie. You want to be sure that you shoot lightly enough for your forwards to get to the puck before the defensemen, but with enough force to get the puck where you want it to go.
1. Practice at half speed until you get the move down
2. Don’t come in too hard and steep… you are more likely to be injured
3. Always shoot for the corner to avoid a goalie return
4. Practice shooting speeds… you don’t want to shoot too lightly or too hard
5. Make sure the offense can read your signs and are ready for the move
6. Avoid icing by skating up to the red line before the dump