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03-13-2014, 12:43 PM
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Steev. I started at 47. Based on my LTP class as well as a few skills classes I attended in another city, you'd be fine. Forwards, turning and stopping are key in the intro class. Occasionally we'd have a drill that involved backwards skating and I would be surprised at some of the (relatively) better skaters who when made to skate backwards looked liked they had never been on skates before.

I suspect that a lot of people who learn hockey as adults will early on devote their rare ice time to getting better at forwards, turning and stopping since those are used the most in the beginner leagues. Although I'm one of the worst players on my low-level team, I'm above average on defense simply due to being able to skate backwards.

You'll be fine, but work on the backwards on your own time as it does provide you with the option of playing defense.

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