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11-29-2005, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Morrass
Street hockey.

Stickhandling with a tennis ball in the driveway is one of the best ways to impove your skills.

"Nifty" Rick Middleton credits most of his slick skills to all the street hockey he played as a kid.
Good call. When I used to coach young kids, I used to pick out a day for them to just have fun and play foot hockey. Foot hockey forces you to move your feet and stickhandle at the same time. It just creates good habits for ice hockey and gives a great work out IMO.

Another thing is practicing with a weighted puck. I practice it at every 30 degree angle until the puck is in back of me and then slip it through my legs. Practicing your toe drag with a weighted puck is great too.

Practicing stickhandling between chair legs is also very good. It gets you out of the habit of keeping the stick on top of the puck when stick handling.

I think that everyone will tell you the same thing and thats practice, practice and more practicing.

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