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brother52 12-22-2007 11:58 AM

Roller as means of training for ice
I play ice, and really want to work on basics: puck control, pylons, passing and receiving, etc. My options for this on ice are very limited, so I though about buying inline skates and practicing outdoors with friends.

The questions is: how useful this kind of practice will be for me as on an ice player? I'm not interested in really playing inline, it's just a way to build skills and take them to the ice.

What are key differences between ice and roller, in terms of techinque (not tactics or rules)? I never put on inline skates, so I have no idea what it would be like. Thanks.

triggrman 12-22-2007 03:11 PM

Skating is a lot different, there's no inside or outside edge and the weight shift is different stopping.

The puck drags outdoors so you have to work the puck a little more.

Other than that, it's still hockey.

WhipNash27 12-22-2007 03:25 PM

Try to use a smartball instead of a rollerhockey puck. It will roll much more like a puck slides and feel more like a real puck. For shooting I'd guess you'd want to use a puck since a ball has a much different shape than a puck. The added friction of a concrete-like surface makes up a bit for the reduced weight, but it's still not the same as shooting a real puck on ice. Other than that, just read the post above this :)

Ulic 12-23-2007 04:19 AM

There is obviously a transition in the feel of ice and a puck to roller and a puck, but the more time you spend skating and handling a puck the better you will be.

Work on fundamentals like strengthening your stride and improving your quickness but most importantly keeping your head up to handle.

Even skating on the street with a tennis ball will do a great deal to improve your ice game. Work less on the technique of handling the puck as it is a lot different on ice, work mainly on handling with your head up.

Also, shooting a puck on any surface will improve your shot.

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