Suggestions for learning to play hockey in Toronto?
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08-19-2010, 06:56 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
I've ice skated leisurely and did roller-skates/blades since I was a kid but never played with full equipment or in a league until four years ago. Ice hockey play is so dynamic with sudden changes in direction of play, that your skating and transitions has to be really good.
After the first season of winter ice hockey, I continued through the summer season playing twice a week thinking my skating and hockey skills would develop. It took me two years to figure out......duh.....that I wasn't getting any better.
I read books, watched videos, and practiced extensively on skating as others have stated.
I took a stab at the Toronto FUN skating as my two kids were going through the program and said, I might as well be on the ice with them then sit on the benches waiting.
The simple drills when practiced properly helped alot. Class size was decent at 12 to 1, running 45 minutes, and I was able to ask alot of questions.
For the past year, I've taken hockey lessons somewhere else, and have to say it has definitely improved my skating, balance, and positional play.
TruNorth Hockey - I've heard good things about them from other beginner players but I've never gone through the program. They have a program where you have lessons for the first part of the season, and then play games for the remainder. It is held on Sundays but is out by Yorkdale area. Distance might be the problem for you.
hockeytoronto.com has alot of listings for games and lessons. I've never attended any though, so can't say how good they are.
Beginner pick up games are great as there is no pressure and better players will give you room to play the puck during a game....at least the ones I play at.
Your gonna love zipping across the ice!
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