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07-20-2009, 12:47 PM
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Jarick
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Big thing is keep your head up and take quick shifts. When you first start out, assuming you're playing against better players, you'll slow down after about 20-30 seconds, and when you're dead on your feet it's annoying for other players.

We have a guy on our team who's a couple levels below us and he's a solid player for the first part of his shift, but then he gets tired and literally stands stops skating. But he'll stay out there instead of coming off to the bench for a change. I'm not concerned about his lower ability, he tries hard and he's learning, it's just a fitness thing, and short shifts help.

Otherwise, work on your individual skills in your downtime (skating on open ice, stickhandling with a hockey ball, shooting at a range or your backyard, fitness and plyo, etc). Do some reading about positioning and team play. Try to get in on some practice clinics if you can. And eventually you'll identify where you need to improve.

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