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12-14-2012, 10:45 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
don't buy the expensive stick.
Use that money for skating lessons, or better skates, or better protective gear.
I've got nothing against buying nice sticks, but there's better places for you to spend that money now! Trust me!
Read my stick buying guide
and stop back and we can figure out a good stick for you, but for beginners I really like buying a composite shaft and a wood blade. First, it's going to be half the price (maybe less) than a high end stick. Second, it's a lot easier to learn how to feel the puck and learn to catch passes. Third, you can try out different blades and try different curves, lie angles, loft, etc.
Now, on to your stopping problem, I was there as a kid and when I picked up again as an adult. You have to practice. If you have outdoor ice, put on your helmet, some knee and elbow pads, and even your hockey pants if need be. Or else an open skate.
You have the right idea, stopping is a quick turn and digging in to the ice with your edges. Stand facing the boards and scrape the ice with your skate blade. Practice "shaving" the ice. Get that motion down, then start skating slowly and turn to shave the ice.
Plus if you have that money burning a hole in your pocket, see about a private skating lesson or two! I've done some group clinics and learned a LOT about skating, stopping, edge control, turning, everything. Well worth the money.
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