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02-26-2014, 09:33 AM
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chapel
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yeah, play in D-level. I see plenty of D-levels who are still in the 'learn to skate' level.
either way, work on both sides... it's an important skill to have.

keep your knees bent and squat into it if you feel like you're not stable. Get as low as you can when stopping to increase your stopping power. Work both sides equally. When you get low, you also reduce the risk of upending yourself (catch an edge and go ass over teakettle)... normally you'll lowside (skates will slide out from under you and you'll baseball slide).

A fun game to play to practice stopping is to see how high you can get the ice to spray on the boards. When you can finally get really low you'll be able to hit the glass from within a few feet because you're digging in so well.
It's also good for blinding goalies... (sorry goalies)

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