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01-08-2011, 03:11 PM
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Skating fast is great, but you also need to be able to change direction quickly, stop quickly and skate backwards.
Skating fast alone isnt going to make you a good hockey player.
Id strongly suggest taking some hockey skating lessons.
As for gear, I personally wouldnt play hockey without a helmet, hockey gloves and skin/knee guards. Hockey pants and shoulder pads would be good too, but for pickup hockey I think youd be OK with just a helmet, gloves and shin guards.

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