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02-26-2009, 01:38 AM
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Dr Tim Whatley
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I think that any advantage that one would have from shooting a certain way is only really a factor until one develops their skills and muscle memory a good deal, as others have said. I'm a natural righty and I shoot right-handed, and two of my biggest assets are my passing and my stick in the defensive zone, so I don't feel that I'm really at a disadvantage against the players who use shoot with their non-dominant hand. Brendan Shanahan shoots with his right hand as a natural righty and that never stopped him from putting 50 pucks in the net in the NHL. It's all about comfort.

It seems to me that it has more to do with who teaches you to play or where you learned to play. I remember reading somewhere that if you walk into most hockey shops in the States and shop for your first stick the staff will ask you what hand you write with and give you the corresponding stick, while in Canada you'll get the opposite.

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