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06-17-2011, 10:42 AM
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Jarick
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I was listening to hockey great Lou Nanne talking about this and his opinion was that checking is one of the easiest things to teach and with the size discrepancy at those ages it's probably a good idea.

From what I've watched of kids that age, the less hitting their is, the better the quality of hockey. I've seen games where nobody plays the puck and just hits each other. I've also seen games with lots of skill, great skating, playing the body but doing it smart.

But yeah the frightening thing is seeing kids that are 6' going up against kids that are 5'. I remember in squirts I was the biggest kid on our team at 5'6 140 pounds and any time we'd play tourneys we'd play teams that had multiple kids close to 6' that I'd have to keep hitting in order to keep them from our skill guys.

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