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09-16-2010, 05:27 AM
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Noir
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Keeping your head up doesn't mean that you never track the puck. You should still track it every now and then but just peripherally. If you do have to look down at your puck, just be smart of when you look down by using your self-awareness. That comes with hockey experience. For me, in-game: I try to play heads up while tracking the puck peripherally, and when I do look down at the puck, I alternate by tracking my surrounding players peripherally.

Also, practicing it stationary is your problem. You have to practice it on-the-move because for me, the forward motion when I stickhandle does a lot of keeping the puck in my blade.

About the feel of the puck, it could depend on your stick. I prefer really lightweight sticks with only 1 layer of taping on the blade. Of course, it could be just in my head that the lighter the stick is, the more you feel the puck on stickhandle and pass-receiving.

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