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10-28-2012, 08:56 PM
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I had the very basics of skating (basically, going around the rink in a circle) from childhood, but started skating with the goal of playing hockey as an adult, so it sounds like we are on a similar path.

It took probably 6 months from the first serious steps until I was no longer the worst player on the ice during low C-league games. BUT -- that was about 2 months after I started adult hockey lessons.

The lessons are key. Seriously. Don't waste your money doing laps at the rink unless you're also getting some kind of professional instruction. It's like trying to teach yourself anything else... it could literally take years to get "good", and you still won't have strong fundamentals. A few weeks of lessons and you'll build your confidence and skill set to a better level than spending a year trying to learn it yourself.

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