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12-15-2012, 11:03 AM
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I was in the EXACT same situation you were in when I was a kid. My parents had me take skating lessons as they wanted me to play hockey. I loved the NHL but hated skating and I quit.

Only several years ago did I get back into it. If you want your kid to play hockey early, I highly recommend getting a one-on-one instructor instead. They teach pretty early for children basic skating and will help your child become a hockey player.

I took a public skating lesson when I was 15 and it didn't help alot. Took one on one lessons when I was 16 or so. I made a drastic leap in one on one skating. I can do tight turns and hockey stop and have fast acceleration and stride. I'm bad at skating backwards for the most part, but if I started earlier i'd be a pro at it. Unfortunately I didn't make my senior year since I started late, but I still play recreational and might try out for my college team next year. I never tried out for high school, which I regret just as much as quitting in the first place.

Go with a one on one instructor if they are available/when he is old enough.

Good luck!

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