Denver coach George Gwozdecky is probably the most famous college coach when it comes to defending against a 6-on-3, as the Pioneers hung on for a 1-0 victory over Maine in the 2004 national championship game due to successfully thwarting the Black Bears’ six skaters.
While Gwozdecky has no immediate plans to employ the tactic in the middle of a game, it’s not for lack of enthusiasm about the concept.
“First of all, it’s a real good bet that you’re going to score, and it’s extremely difficult for the other team to score,” he said. “In Europe, they’ve been doing it for many years.”
Gwozdecky remembered hearing about it from coaches at the Huron Hockey School back in the early 1980s because it was popular in Sweden and Finland and Germany.
“There are a number of different schemes that they used,” Gwozdecky said. “In fact, in Sweden it was very popular for three of the six players on the power play to just be used for picking purposes. The other three would be trying to find open ice in the zone, while those three guys would just be there to pick. So it was something that has always been on the back burner with coaches who are aware of the tactic overseas [read entire article].
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
(above) DU's improbable 2004 National Championship against Maine will be forever remembered for the 6 on 3 over the last 1:34
USCHO.com has an article on employing the 6 on 3 power play strategy. Its a pretty interesting article and quotes BU's Coach Parker & Coach Gwozdecky at length.