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07-06-2013, 11:06 PM
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Miami Panther
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I started skating seriously in January (I had skated 10-15 times over the course of as many years) and can stop on both sides, skate backwards and crossover forwards and backwards. Granted I work at an ice arena, so that obviously greatly accelerated my development. If you are serious about playing hockey, I would skate 3-5 times a week for 1-2 hours. It is very important to push yourself within reason and not be afraid to fall. Falling happens to everyone (see Chara a few weeks ago at practice), its how you get better.

edit: forgot to mention that you should pick something to work on each time that you go out to the rink. If you skate around mindlessly, you are wasting your time and not really improving.

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