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08-16-2011, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by beth View Post
I think you're both right. During stick and puck, I will get a lot more experience with the actual puck, but during games, I'm forced to skate faster and make quick turns. It's harder to replicate that pressure in practice by yourself. So just do both!
That's a good point and I'll agree that you need both to become a better player

Skating is the skill that gets the most work during a game. On the other side look at stick handling and shooting. I take about ~3-8 shots a game and have the puck on my stick for under a minute total. Studies have shown that in 60 min. youth games the average player handles the puck for under 30 sec. a game.

Everybody just wants to play games and that's why most people don't get any better. Men's leagues don't practice so for me it's find a corner of a deserted open hockey, camp/clinic, use my time in warm-ups, or do something off-ice.

People that practice skills get better. People that play games only go from that beginner level to intermediate and stay there forever. I know because I'm one of them. Signed- need practice time!

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