Questions (getting back into ice)
Hey guys (and girls),
I'm 24 years old and joining my first adult league this summer. I'm not new to hockey (played A/AA growing up), but the college that I attended didn't have an ice rink, so I played roller there on a club team. After 4 years of roller though, I'm worried that my ice skills have taken a turn for the worse. I haven't been able to hit up a stick time, but do any ice-turned roller-turned ice-again players have some tips to get me back into my good skating habits?
Also...I'm a pretty short guy (5'5 ish), and I've always worn a cage...always hated it too! Are visors a good idea in a men's league? The league I'm joining consists of mostly experienced players, so I'm hoping they keep their sticks down..there's always a risk though. Any shorter guys who go visor care to chime in?
One more thing...I'm in the market for a new set of shoulder pads. I'm eying the 5030s, but I'm not sure how much protection they'd offer for a men's league. Think they'd offer enough protection? I play Center, so I'm kinda worried of taking slapshot in the chest while I'm clearing the crease out.
The skating should come back to you. I am just getting back into ice after a 5 year hiatus, and I can tell right away when I am trying to skate like I do on roller. Just remember that you don't have to pick your feet off the ice like you do in a roller, completely extend in a stride, and use your edges (this will feel weird coming from roller).
I am 5'7", and even in the higher leagues I have been whacked across the cage a few times. A low aggressive stance puts me at a dangerous height for any taller players with their sticks off the ice. A visor probably would have saved me in most cases.
There is also less angle needed for a puck to deflect into a face for us shorter guys. This is what I worry about more than anything else. Just the other day in a drop in a puck ramped off the back of the net right into my cage. I just play it safe and use a cage (Bauer 9900), but we all have different levels of risk aversion.
I worry about that puck deflection too, so maybe I will wear a cage afterall. I'm really digging that 9900 cage. Seems like it's a lot less distracting than a black one, and I kinda like the looks too haha. Thanks!
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