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03-20-2011, 10:59 AM
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Rush22*
 
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Originally Posted by kingscourt26 View Post
I get back pains if it's anywhere lower than my chin. When I buy a stick I generally stand on my tip toes and buy one that reaches my chin.

To the OP, it varies depending on position. For D, you typically want a longer stick since you'll be doing less maneuvering and more reaching to defend and swipe at pucks. Forwards tend to use shorter sticks to maneuver around D and pull the puck in close to prevent getting it taken away.
That is an issue with your skating. You should be bending your knee and not your back to get lower to the ice.

Watch Alex Ovechkin skate, he almost looks like he is sitting in a chair mid-stride. He keeps his weight under his legs and keeps his center of gravity low.

This will help you change directions quicker, it will allow you to skate faster, it will allow you to play the puck easier.

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