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02-14-2012, 10:10 AM
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madmutter
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The main focus in hockey at 7 or 8 years old should be fostering a love for the game and increasing or maintaining a players enthusiasm. Skills development is very important but secondary at this age.

A standard net leads to more goals, scoring goals is fun, having fun means wanting to play more hockey, playing more hockey leads to being a better hockey player.

From a goaltender standpoint I suppose that making more saves is fun but a 7 or 8 year old should not be playing more than half their games in goal until they are 9, if not 11 years old anyway.

The only people who have ever said that a hockey game has too many goals in it are defensively minded coaches (who should relax that focus some at younger levels) and goalies (who are weird, everyone knows that. ).

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