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05-01-2012, 06:20 AM
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Wilch
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Originally Posted by Thepandamancan View Post
On a serious note, do this. If you play the other positions, you will have a better understanding of what everyone else does.

I started off as a skater, but I was terrible. I tried goalie and loved it, it's my natural position. However, I still play out from time to time because it's so much fun. As a goalie, I have an advantage over other goalies because I have an understanding of what the skaters do. As a skater, I know what a goalie may or may not do depending on the situation.

My physical abilities (skating and stickhandling) aren't as great as I'd like them to be, but when I'm skating out I know where to be and what's coming next. The physical stuff is easy to learn if you have the time to practice...but the "hockey sense" you have to learn by playing and if you play a lot and at different positions, it'll come to you quicker.
Yep. I alternate playing D/forward as well. It really helps predicting what the opposing players may do.

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