I'm new to skating and hockey, any suggestions?
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01-21-2010, 10:45 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
I agree with the people saying skating is the most important thing. It really is, it can make or break a player (obviously this won't be a problem for you at your age).
However, don't "work" on your skating. Working on bad technique will just form bad habits.
I would swallow my ego and take figure skating classes. I am dead serious. I did it with one of my friends who's a figure skater and the amount of improvement you see is really impressive, and in a very short amount of time. You'll learn how to properly gain speed doing crossovers, you'll be more agile and a lot more comfortable skating backwards.
If you ever start getting serious(or moderately serious) about hockey, then you might want to look at making a weightlifting program(not a bodybuilding program, something more along the lines of what westside barbell or rippetoe does). That also helped me a lot.
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