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09-22-2007, 11:10 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: North Shore, MA
Welcome to my world.
I didn't start to play hockey on a regular basis until I was in my 30's and I've always struggled to make any impact in the games I've played. I usually play defense -- since few people want to play D I get to feel like I'm contributing to the team. I read as much as I can about positioning and I practice skating backward during open skates at the local rink.
Your choices are simple:
quit the league you're in and find a less competitive one
stay in the league you're in, play forward but learn your positioning so you can simplify your game and play in a diminished role
learn to play defense -- different position, but you can still make a valuable contribution to the team
FWIW you can still do plenty of good as a forward if you've got good puck protection skills. When you've got the puck you control the pace of the game. I suggest you stay with this team for the season and see how it goes.
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