Face offs are a key segment of the game that has an immediate impact on both possessions as well as scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, very few programs have a specific face off coach or even enough coaches to spend dedicated time in this important area.
The qualifications and characteristics that make a good face off man will vary greatly. In my experience you may never know who might be suited to this unique skill. Small quick players, bigger players, even many who do not have great stick skills can evolve into strong face off candidates. In the early part of the season we recommend that you continue to try different players in face offs, incorporating them into your full or even half field drills.