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03-25-2010, 02:11 PM
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noobman
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Skating is a key skill in hockey. In today's NHL, it's hard to find an elite player who isn't a great skater as well.

If you're going to practice anything, practice skating. Shooting, passing, stickhandling, and your decision making (revolves around your ability to play heads up hockey) all rely on your ability to skate. You want to reach the point where you can take your mind off of skating (it becomes instinctive) and start thinking more about what you're doing on the ice.

Even for a beginner or a beer league player... there's almost always improvements to be made from becoming a better skater. I've been playing for about five years and skating for six... and I'm still considered a lousy skater. What I do have is good size/reach and enough hockey sense to make plays.

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