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11-04-2007, 10:36 PM
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about the roller - ice transition

I'm in my second Ice Hockey league in a long time now (been about a year break since the first with not much ice time in between) and I'm still struggling.

I've been a roller hockey player my entire life, and the biggest thing I need to get used to on Ice is of course the skating. After a lot of hard work, and getting on the ice 2 sometimes 3 days a week (once for league games). The skating just isnt there, my mind is telling me to do things that I can't accomplish on the Ice, and my game is just so much slower. I'm used to being able to blow by people, or at least not be such an easy target for back checkers.

My question is whether or not this is something that can come to me naturally, and I should just keep trying to get on the ice as much as possible....or is it just so different that I should maybe look for a power skating clinic? I really have no idea about whether or not it's going to come to me, I don't feel like it is. The movements are just so different, I'm not very strong on my skates, the balance isn't there, I can't stop as quickly as I'm used to...everything.

Any opinions are appreciated, but the big question is whether or not this is something that needs to be taught, coming over from roller hockey.

thanks I enjoy Ice hockey a lot and know it would be tons more fun than roller if I can play at the level I'm used to. It's still fun, but remarkably frustrating. I feel like I'm skating in quicksand.

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