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05-04-2012, 05:47 PM
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Speaking of falling, I'm taking a stickhandling class through the city. Lots of puck and skating drills, but every class we spend a few minutes learning something about falling.

Sometimes its just falling to your knees and keeping control of the puck, other times its flat on your belly, keeping control that way. But the big thing is what I learned about getting back up: use your stick.

It sounds simple, but almost no-one does it - even the experienced players in our group had a "whoa" moment. All you need to do is get one knee up, rest your stick across it, and push yourself up with your opposite hand on your stick. If you're right handed, get your left leg bent. Put your stick across it, and put down on it with your right hand to spring right up.

You spring right up and sure enough, I see the pros do it all the time.

Maybe you've all figured it out, and maybe we're all dummies in my class, but it's been a huge help to me.

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