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What is Cherry picking?

The act of hanging or skating out in the neutral zone behind the other team's defense when your team is trying to defend, waiting for a pass to go on a breakaway and score.

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This kind of play is sometimes considered lazy and rarely seen at higher levels of hockey. However, in recent years with rule changes to allow for long stretch passes, players are able to sometimes sneak behind the defense and "Cherry pick" to start offensive plays.

The danger of "Cherry picking" is teams are missing a player on defense, thus it could lead to scoring chances for the other team while the cherry picker sits out in the neutral zone waiting for a pass that may or may not come.

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