A fast breakaway brings a crowd to their feet. It’s the moment in a hockey game when a player makes a great anticipation, pass reception, or shows exception effort and speed to a loose puck, and breaks away from everyone else on the ice except the opposing goalie. There are configurations of breakaways, 3 on 2 and so on, but a one on none breakaway as we call it, is most exciting. Nobody to left to check the breakaway, and only a goalie to stop it.
There is poetry even in the brutal, sometimes violent game of ice hockey. Breakaways, passes, dekes, and dangles are the magical poetry-on-ice of the game. Wizard puck passes, and contortionist dangles happen in many hockey plays, but those that occur after a breakaway get the most focus.
Watch Datsyuk’s NHL playoff hockey breakaway with a simple and tidy deke on Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Your deke doesn’t always have to be the most amazing dangle. It’s like slight of hand magic: Show one thing but do another.