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02-17-2012, 12:47 AM
Join Date: May 2011
A few buzzwords, and/or tips that've helped me.
A lot of people think that getting low means leaning forward, but they end up curling their back down rather than bending their knees. Bent knees = lower center of gravity = better balance. I've constantly had to remind myself of this, because I'm a pretty bad back-bender.
On the boards, you can always use the boards to help you maintain balance. Particularly when you're trying to kick the puck out with a skate, it helps to have an extra point to lean on. I've also heard people use the word "tripod" (keeping their stick on the ice to help them keep balance), but personally I don't lean on my stick for balance.
More or less, chances are you need to continue working on skating - you're never perfect. My favorite exercises for skating usually end up being Russian circles, and they help with your balance, transitions, crossovers, etc...
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