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09-27-2013, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by KelownaRocketsFan View Post
Hey guys!

First of all, thanks to everybody who helped me and answered all the questions I had about hockey in Canada, equipment and so on.

I arrived in Canada a month ago and I got it done to join the minor hockey association here and to play hockey. I have all my equipment together now and got to know our first ice times. I'm joining a house league team and our first practice will be next Thursday. I never played hockey before (I know how to skate, though) but probably everybody else did (since I'm midget level in Canada). So my simple question is, do you have any tips how to succeed at my first time playing hockey? What should I do / should I not do? What should I pay attention on?
I can live with the fact that I'm most likely the worst player on the ice since I just love the sport and want to have fun playing it. However, I'm extremely nervous and kind of afraid of not getting anything done.

Thanks for your help!
I'm not far ahead of you, if at all (an old noob here ). But if I were you I would:

1. Get to stick and puck sessions. Skating with all the gear and stick is a different, errr, ball game to just skating. If they had these where I live I'd be there.
2. Work hard when you skate in training. Especially work hard in scrimmages/games. You're only playing for a couple of minutes so go for it. And keep moving. Maybe also pick a position, know what you gotta do and help organise your team-mates.

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