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10-29-2007, 10:05 AM
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RandV
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I guess there's two qualifications here, someone who just throws on some equipment and heads to the rink, and someone who can actually play the game. From my perspective as a fresh beginner (3 weeks into my first training program), I would say the for the latter group it's all in the skating. Going in I thought skating would be my strong point. I have all the tools for it, strong legs and could run the 100 in under 12 back in high school. But now that I'm actually learning proper ice hockey there's so many little tricks to skating that I realize I've got a long way to go, and it really stands out to me now how natural an NHL'er looks on their skates.

Not that you should be able to skate like an NHL'er to fit the 'Hockey Player' group, but I'm sure anybody that's played hockey growing up has the same thing.

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