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If you could teach your kid one thing about hockey, what would it be?

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07-19-2012, 03:50 AM
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07-19-2012, 08:06 AM
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Do your best, but have fun. If at any point you realize tht you don't love being on the ice, it's too expensive to keep up as a hobby that you don't truly love. Take up basketball or soccer instead.

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07-19-2012, 08:51 AM
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Work hard and have a good attitude. They go hand in hand. Only two things that matter.

He's 3 and has a great shot already, so there's not much I can teach him skill wise

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07-19-2012, 09:02 AM
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Some bullet points:

Respect those around you
Play until the whistle
Support your teammates, no matter who they are
Don't be so critical of the goalie, theyre the crazy ones on the team
Don't play the blame game
Have fun, Don't get down on yourself, always have the mindset you can learn from each game.
Leave any hatred or issues with the opposition on the ice/floor
Keep an open ear

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07-19-2012, 09:03 AM
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For me, it would be the value of being a team player. Doesn't matter if you score a goal or make a nice pass, help the team win and you're doing your job.

I've never been a "star" on any team I've played (I like to characterize my playing style as Hal Gill, great when it comes to defense/PK/5on3 PK, pilon in other situations), but my teammates have always appreciated the enthusiasm I have, even from the bench.

Every team needs a guy or two like that.
i agree, i actually started using this mentality with my kids at home. we have a new rule that no one gets ice cream or treats after supper unless everyone eats their food. at first they didnt really get it but just last night my 2.5year old offered to eat my 5 year olds corn because he doesnt like it. I split it in half and they finished all the food. i was proud of them and we all got to have strawberrys to dip in yogurt. I think its a valuable thing to have to encourage teamwork.

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07-19-2012, 12:09 PM
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First and foremost: Go out, try hard, have fun.

In the end, that's all that matters.

If he takes up goaltending like myself: Every shot is saveable, you're better than any of the shooters, keep your head up no matt what.

I think positive reinforcement is alot more important for a young goalie. Hell, any goalie.

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07-19-2012, 12:47 PM
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I just let my kid go, The biggest thing I teach is to play sound positionally.

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Work hard and have a good attitude. They go hand in hand. Only two things that matter.

I have to agree with Jarick on this. I think they are the two of the most important things for kids to learn, and that applies to life in general as well.

If we were talking strictly skills here, I'd probably try to teach my kid how to skate really well.

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07-19-2012, 03:21 PM
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Respect yourself, your team, and your opponent.

Nobody likes the ****** bags who run around throwing cheepshots, and making "Your Mom" jokes on the ice.

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Make average great. Also, don't forget how many hot babes you'll get playing hockey!

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07-19-2012, 05:28 PM
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07-19-2012, 05:35 PM
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Expect that someone is always watching. No matter whether it's practice or a game, you never know who could be there watching.

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07-19-2012, 06:06 PM
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Expect that someone is always watching. No matter whether it's practice or a game, you never know who could be there watching.
You've clearly never played beer leaguy hockey.

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You've clearly never played beer leaguy hockey.
Im in the process of it haha my second beginners hockey for adults is Saturday more controlled falling

Actually that's something I picked up playing baseball as I got older. If two are equal in talent, it's the little things that get you noticed. Running on and off the field, running out ground balls etc. I've also seen guys who were better than me get shrugged off because they were lazy at practice and didn't realize there was either a college coach or scout there watching.

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hard work >

I do what you won't today so that I can do what you can't tomorrow.

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Right positioning means everything. Don't get greedy, stupid, sloppy, or tentative. As long as you're always in a play or able to jump into one easily, and able to stop an oncoming one, you can always make a play. If your steady like that, you can always build your talents around that. Being a good skater/scorer, but running yourself out of plays, making turnovers, giving up breakaways, or just skating around like a spaz is how you excel in high school and then never make it anywhere past. I see so many kids with so much experience and talent, but waste it trying to look pretty, skate around people or into the defense when they don't need to, and taking bad angle shots when they got perfect passes lined up that they miss because their heads are too far up their own *****.

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07-20-2012, 02:22 PM
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The puck bunnies will be worth the extra practice time you had to put in when you were young.

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Doesn't matter if you fall, what matters is getting up as fast as you can.

And don't be a Canuck.

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^This. I got rocked (unintentionally) when I was younger and had a concussion and really couldn't play after that.
Oo...I was tempted to let him learn that himself. I've had a few but not career ending.

I would teach him to love the gritty play. He'll want to snipe, but you need to learn to love the grit. Especially in the corners where I call home.

Have fun is up there too...but you cant teach that.

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I would just hope that my kid would be in to hockey in the first place.

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07-23-2012, 05:04 PM
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Rule 1-Keep your head up
Rule 2- If you can see their number, DO NOT hit them!!!!
Rule 3-Go where the puck is going, not where it was

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You just wrote how to make your kid an AHL'er.
I would still consider that a decent accomplishment.

Come on, everyone in this thread would love to be good enough to play in the AHL.

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07-23-2012, 07:26 PM
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passing is more rewarding... sometimes after a game, I feel just as good if I got a nice primary assist that set up an easy goal.

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passing is more rewarding... sometimes after a game, I feel just as good if I got a nice primary assist that set up an easy goal.

For me, I wouldn't say "more" rewarding, but definitely just AS rewarding as most goals. That being said, there are those absolute snipe shots that leave you feeling the best.

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