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12-05-2011, 02:38 PM
It's a wolf v2.0
Join Date: Jul 2003
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No matter what anyone tells you don't waste your money getting expensive stuff right off the bat. Get cheaper gear and if you really enjoy playing you can always get an upgrade later. High performance stuff IMO really doesn't make any difference when you first learn to play. That doesn't mean to buy old ratty equipment but don't go for the big bucks thinking it will make you better.
True, except for skates. While you don't need to go out and buy some the top of the line ultra lite extra protection $1000 skates, you should try on a variety of brands and go with the ones that feel best, whether it's $250 Bauer's or $500 Grafs (if you have the money).
The other advice I'd give as someone who went through the same thing a couple years ago is keep an eye for protection when buying the equipment. I started with a cheap chest protector and shin pads, and quickly discovered I didn't like taking pucks in the exposed areas they left. When you're trying stuff on take note of the coverage your midsection gets between the pants and the chest protector (and on a different note make sure your elbow pads fit comfortably with the chest protector), and how much extended side and back protection the shin pads give. Guys that go with lightweight equipment generally have played a long time and know how to not get hit by the pick, but as a beginner with questionable skating when around the front of the net are you sure you can always have your shin pads facing forward when the dman takes a point shot?
For starting up, try taking some power skating or beginner hockey lessons firsts. Not sure where you are but most rinks should offer these at a few different levels around every 3 months, it's not as fun but it helps immensely in getting you started.
For actually playing the game, as a beginner going forward you're going to want to be on the wing. Offensively it depends a lot on what you can actually do, but I can give some simple defensive advice. When in your own zone just keep coverage on the point man, and if one of your guys gets the puck be ready to receive it along the boards. The area between the blueline and the hash marks is where you want to play, you don't need to go any lower. When you watch hockey on TV you always see the forwards collapse down low in front of the net, but what you might not realize is they also have the skating ability and the skill to get back into position on the point. If you leave your dman to play down low and the puck gets back to them, they're going to have all the time in the world to make a play.
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