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12-01-2012, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by canuck2010 View Post
If I may that used to be the way for us old timers lol. Every night playing shinny on the local outdoor rink for 3 or 4 hours. You learned how to skate and develop all of the individual skills.
That's actually a point made by some opponents of the ADM. If cheap ice and equipment were regularly available to a larger portion of the population and kids were allowed to play as long as they wanted in unstructured pick up games it might very well lead to good things. I believe quite a few of the first great US players developed their games this way.

It's actually not too dissimilar from the way basketball has been learned for so long in the US and I'd say that of all the sports the US is known for our basketball players tend to be among our most creative and skilled athletes.

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