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08-19-2010, 02:50 PM
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First Season - Beginner

Hey guys,

I'm a big hockey fan and I play a lot of ballhockey but never really tried to play on ice. I skated 5-6 times last year but I'm still having trouble with my balance and cant handle the puck but I can still get some good wrist shots on net (no slappers, I would kill myself).
I know a lot about positionning and as a winger, i'll try to play my position the best I can defensively (not let the point man get a shot through).

I joined the E league for beginners because a friend of mine who is also average but still a better skater than me, asked me to join for fun. But i'm really nervous cuz you know, I'm not a good skater at all. I'm taking some powerskating classes this weekend with midget and bantam players (i know they are gonna look at me funny , but I really need the practice). I love hockey and I hope I will be able to get better as the season gets older and that my teammates will accept me without making fun of me...

I will go to free skating and all but like I read in some other posts...I don't wanna be THE GUY.

Still will do my best and give 110% and short shifts for what its worth...

Just feeling nervous as my first game is the 7th of september...lol

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Good luck and have fun!

When you're ready to look for equipment, I wrote a really long article giving some advice, feel free to check it out. Also have tons of info about sticks and shooting on there.

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Thanks a lot!

Hope Beginner hockey accepts terrible skaters...lol!

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I would say that you and I are in similar situations although maybe I have skated a little more. Look around your area for intro to ice hockey classes. They have a bunch of them here in the Chicagoland area so I can't imagine there not being any in Montreal. I just started Ice Hockey 101 as I have played ball & roller hockey before, but I wanted to place ice with full equipment. My first class was last week and I had so much fun out there. There is no pressure and although I still had some nerves they quickly went away when I saw that the others were beginners as well. In fact I am probably one of the better people in my class because some have never skated or picked up a stick before.

Have fun out there in your E league and good luck!

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Congratulations on making the decision to play some ice hockey! Just go out there and have some fun; in one way or another; everyone is "that guy" at one point. With determination and dedication, you will get better and your skill level will increase. Just be mindful of knowing your position, keeping shifts short, communicate with your team mates and take the shot when you have one. Good luck with the game on 9/7!

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I would say that you and I are in similar situations although maybe I have skated a little more. Look around your area for intro to ice hockey classes. They have a bunch of them here in the Chicagoland area so I can't imagine there not being any in Montreal. I just started Ice Hockey 101 as I have played ball & roller hockey before, but I wanted to place ice with full equipment. My first class was last week and I had so much fun out there. There is no pressure and although I still had some nerves they quickly went away when I saw that the others were beginners as well. In fact I am probably one of the better people in my class because some have never skated or picked up a stick before.

Have fun out there in your E league and good luck!
Thanks a lot man! Really appreciate it guys... Kinda makes me more confident...I think I worry too much about what i'll look like and how ill perform...I think that as long as I give my 100% ill be ok. BTW, we play with 6 forwards and 4 D....I will see a lot of ice loll

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Just have fun playing and if you do find the league is to advanced for you or the team is not fun there is plenty of other leagues to play in the Montreal area.

And try to not let them stick you on D to start. Playing wing is a much easier position to learn and is more of a positive position to play as you score more often as opposed to getting scored on. Don't worry about center because the better players just naturally end up usually playing center.

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Thanks a lot!

Hope Beginner hockey accepts terrible skaters...lol!
Everyone is a beginner at some point. Don't worry about how you might do, just go and have fun. Lots of public skates will improve your skating a bunch if you have the time for them.

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Work on your skating. I just started a few months back too and the one thing I did a lot of before I even picked up a stick was going to public skate and just working on my edges and balance. You don't need to have a great shot, or even be good at handling the puck in the lower leagues to score goals. Being a better skater than the guy trying to stop you is what will get you all your chances.

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When you first start to learn ice hockey is a great time. I know a lot of people have some nervousness and concerns about first trying to play hockey, but once you get on the ice all that will quickly disappear.

Just go out and have fun

This is a great thread from others about their beginnings in hockey.

It's a great read for anyone thinking about starting to play hockey especially peopel who a bit older.

enjoy!

http://hockey.inlinewarehouse.com/showthread.php?t=7455

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When you first start to learn ice hockey is a great time. I know a lot of people have some nervousness and concerns about first trying to play hockey, but once you get on the ice all that will quickly disappear.

Just go out and have fun

This is a great thread from others about their beginnings in hockey.

It's a great read for anyone thinking about starting to play hockey especially peopel who a bit older.

enjoy!

http://hockey.inlinewarehouse.com/showthread.php?t=7455
I post in the thread above lol...

However I wanted to play beginner hockey but in Oklahoma there isnt much of a beginners league. I had to actually make my own team , find my players etc.. It was quite the challenge . We just finished our first season. 5 wins and 12 losses. The highlight being that we beat the undefeated (13-0 at the time) 1st place team a couple weeks ago. We were down 4-0 but battled back and won 8-5 . It was awesome. The best part is all the teams in all divisions love our team. We are newbs who just love playing, I guess it didnt hurt we started BBQ'ing in the parking lot after a few games and invited all the teams to partake with us. It was a blast and we are looking forward to winter season already!

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When you first start to learn ice hockey is a great time. I know a lot of people have some nervousness and concerns about first trying to play hockey, but once you get on the ice all that will quickly disappear.

Just go out and have fun

This is a great thread from others about their beginnings in hockey.

It's a great read for anyone thinking about starting to play hockey especially peopel who a bit older.

enjoy!

http://hockey.inlinewarehouse.com/showthread.php?t=7455
I post in the thread above lol...

However I wanted to play beginner hockey but in Oklahoma there isnt much of a beginners league. I had to actually make my own team , find my players etc.. It was quite the challenge . We just finished our first season. 5 wins and 12 losses. The highlight being that we beat the undefeated (13-0 at the time) 1st place team a couple weeks ago. We were down 4-0 but battled back and won 8-5 . It was awesome. The best part is all the teams in all divisions love our team. We are newbs who just love playing, I guess it didnt hurt we started BBQ'ing in the parking lot after a few games and invited all the teams to partake with us. It was a blast and we are looking forward to winter season already!

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Wow Guys, really inspiring stuff! You don't know how much I appreciate all the comments and info....Kinda need it to stay positive! lol!!

I'm sure ill love it cuz ive been a huge fan for so long...just didnt have the guts to go all in!

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One of the great things about being a beginner is people will go out of their way to give you tips. Last time I was on the ice a vet pulled me aside to give me tips on passing. Another guy, a former minor leaguer, told me where to go during pickup so I could score on his rebounds.

It's a great feeling to know people see what you're doing and want to help you get to where you want to be.

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Just go, have fun and listen to any and all advice that people give you.
IMO, even if you are a horrible skater but at least TRY and arent lollygagging around the ice and are trying to get better; you will be accepted and people will be more than willing to help you.
Its the guy who is a terrible skater but thinks he is the next Gretzky that ends up being what people refer to as, "that guy".

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Just go, have fun and listen to any and all advice that people give you.
IMO, even if you are a horrible skater but at least TRY and arent lollygagging around the ice and are trying to get better; you will be accepted and people will be more than willing to help you.
Its the guy who is a terrible skater but thinks he is the next Gretzky that ends up being what people refer to as, "that guy".
BINGO!
The only pick ups we have here are dominated by kids that have a ton of skill, namely the university players. THey dont mind sharing the ice with us and actually are great to play with. I notice when I play with them i do things without thinking about them . I realize holy crap I am crossing over , or stopping and and going the other way really quickly. I usually have trouble doing these things when I have to think about it ... So really you get better a lot quicker when you play people with a ton of skill!

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BINGO!
The only pick ups we have here are dominated by kids that have a ton of skill, namely the university players. THey dont mind sharing the ice with us and actually are great to play with. I notice when I play with them i do things without thinking about them . I realize holy crap I am crossing over , or stopping and and going the other way really quickly. I usually have trouble doing these things when I have to think about it ... So really you get better a lot quicker when you play people with a ton of skill!
I love playing with players like that because they are so much better than me that it forces me to really up my game.
Id much rathar play against people who are better than me than to play with inferior players. You will never learn anything if you are the best player on the ice.

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