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01-14-2013, 10:30 AM
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sanityplease
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OP, conversation is getting pretty 'deep' here.

Sense/skill can be developed together. Don't let others get you down, NHL players spent 1000's and 1000's of hours developing their skills (ask Sidney Crosby's mom about being a goalie or ask the their washing machine in the bsmt.), they WERE NOT born as NHL allstars...

The most effective thing you can work on yourself is puck/ball handling. Get a "stickhandling ball", golf ball, practice puck, etc. etc. & use them off the ice, @ home/parking lot/basement, where ever. Put the time in, after a 100 hours, of practice, you're going to improve drastically. Remember to consciously train yourself to keep your head up & look around while you're practising.

Learn about different puck cycling strategies, offensive zone strategies, break-out plays etc.

Next, get on the ice & keep your head up (practice keeping your head on a swivel & look around the ice even when you don't have the puck). Another good point is when you don't have the puck, be a good passing option for your teammates.

All of your new skills will translate to your game, play against players 'slightly' higher than your skill level if you can. Use your teammates, try to make plays & have fun!

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