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08-05-2010, 12:37 PM
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Generally the novice/D league coaches have a line on whether your rink has some goalie gear to borrow. Or find the hockey director at your rink and ask. Generally (especially in non-hockey markets) goalies are hard to come by so they like to help you any way they can.

Skates are the hardest part, IMO. Most gear you can fudge for a little while, but skates need to fit. You can start in your player skates, but unless you're very athletic and have great balance, it won't be as steady, but you probably will be more agile, so there's a trade-off.

If it's awful and really hard the first time out, don't worry about it. That's how it is. The gear is heavy and awkward and the up and downs are hard, but with a lot of work and persistence, it gets better. Learning to play goal as an adult takes a lot of passion for the position because it's incredibly frustrating at times. But it always pays off with a great game or a sick save somewhere down the road. Have fun!

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