Hi, I'm looking for some advice. I play non-checking hockey, first season, RW. Sometimes, during practice, I am chasing a puck close to the boards at full speed. I get there first, left wing of the opposite team arriving just behind me, most of the time trying to hook me with his stick, so I'm already losing my balance. As I touch the puck, the guy slams me into the board. Very often from behind, sometimes even before I have the time to touch the puck (that'd be interference I'd say... anyway we should be playing without contact! Plus I'm new, it's not that hard to poke-check the puck away from me... :/ ) It is equally annoying and painful. I've tried to talk to this guy but it's no use. I can't drop my gloves on him (he's a team mate) and anyway after a hard check I struggle to get up, I would not be able to get into a fight with a heavier guy. The others (coach included) say he's an as-shole and that I should defend myself. Thanks but how? The point is, I'm inexperienced and I don't know how to handle the situation. Recently, I'm skating in the opposite direction of the puck, so he won't hit me, then I do a quick turn and chase him... probably it looks hilarious... What should I do? What do you recommend in a situation like this?