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12-05-2004, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Keetz
what about off ice drills to better your stick handling? any suggestions?
-IMO the best thing that you can do and is over-looked alot is foot hockey. It forces you to stickhandle while moving your feet. So many players can skate very fast but once you give them a puck all they can do is glide or drag it along with them. Roller just developes bad habits such as stickhandling while gliding. Plus shooting is a little different and the puck weight is different so you have to look down at the puck while stickhandling.
-Also practice stickhandling at 45 degree hip placements. Right handed example: Stickhandle at 45 degrees in front of your left foot, then in front of you, then at 45 degrees in front of your right foot, then on your side, then at 45 degrees in back of your right foot, then as you get better put the puck through your legs from behind.
-Also try doing all of these drills with a weighted puck. It will build stregth in your wrists and hands. Plus when you go back to a real puck you should be able to do these moves much faster. *Be sure not to overuse the weighted puck because you'll have the roller hockey syndrome and constantly be looking down at the puck because you can't feel it.*

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