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AndyinSwindon

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Re: A total noob to Ice Hockey - sore and loving it
« Reply #77 on: June 30, 2017, 08:33:49 AM »
GOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!

As Leif says, throw enough mud at a wall, and some of it will stick!  And last night, some of it finally stuck!

This week I've been spoiled, spending upward of 10hrs on the rink due to a compatible shift pattern, and so the lunchtime skates have been available.  Monday & Tuesday saw me at the rink in full gear (minus body armour) for that extra confidence kick.  However, with the other more casually attired on the rink, I felt like the guy that turns up to a black tie party in fancy dress!  As a result, the rest of the week saw me with just the helmet (stop..... I know where your mind is going!).

Something, somehow seems to have clicked with the hockey stops, and I'm starting to get them. The nice graceful glide to the line kind now comes quite easily (dependant upon ice quality), but I am yet to be able to spray snow everywhere (more on that in a moment).  I am still not great at forwards to backwards transitions, but this is more of a mental block at speed, so I'm working on it.  I can also do a very (VERY) basic mohawk, again, working on it!

And so to last nights session.  All went superbly, and on the warm up lines I surprised even myself my racing to the goal line, and doing the mother of all hockey stops and sending a spray of snow!  Now I just need to get that dialled in for consistency.  The drills were pretty good - I was vastly improved on the one-on-one, stick/puck handling at considerable speed and agility, with good puck protection and giving my opponent a run for his money.  My tight turns are still laughable (think the turning arc of a London bus), but again, I felt a massive step change in my confidence and footwork.

And then, in the scrimmage, it happened.  The puck came my way, I took the shot, and it found the net!  Ok, I'm overshadowed by the guys that score 5 or 6 goals in the scrimmage, but I was pretty damned pleased with it.

All in all, I've felt massive progress this week.  And it reinforces my theory that I seem to learn and progress so much more on the quiet lunchtime skates than any other session (excluding the hockey sessions).

And it also raises a question.  My skating ability vastly depends upon the ice quality.  When I skate on a freshly resurfaced rink, my hockey stops, crossovers, and general stability are pretty good, but after about an hour, my turns, stops and crossovers go to pot.  I guess a good skater can skate on pretty much anything, but I can't help wondering how a pro-hockey game would develop if the ice wasn't resurfaced after each period.  The puck would obviously be slower, but I wonder how a pro's skating ability would be affected?

And here endeth my post :-)
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Leif

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Re: A total noob to Ice Hockey - sore and loving it
« Reply #78 on: July 04, 2017, 01:32:49 PM »
Hello Andy

Congratulations on the hockey stops etc. I also find that my skating depends on the ice quality. I can do a nice backwards hockey stop whatever the ice condition as I've done them so often, but it makes it tough to learn new moves, and even when doing moves I know well I can fall on bad ice, all it takes is hitting a crevasse, and I'm over. An ex-pro ice hockey player I know sometimes leaves a public session early if the ice is really bad. When I fell heavily a few weeks back, a coach asked if I was okay (I was, I had pads on), and she said she fell in that area as it was bad! I was pretty surprised to hear that a coach falls over.

The ice was so bad recently that one area was fenced off with bollards as it was so thin, and a steward was applying water with a watering can. I suggested to him that it'd be quicker if we all pee'ed on the ice. I'm sure he appreciated the suggestion and passed it on to Anita, the rink manager. He certainly smiled his appreciation.

Basingstoke rink did a wet cut last weekend, the first time in living memory. If they thawed the ice, woolly mammoths would pop up. The local paper sent reporters around to get the scoop on the wet cut, much to the annoyance of a herd of unicorns who were hoping for fame and fortune only to be pushed off the front page.

Anyway, the ice was brilliant. I started to get the hang of the forwards one foot slalom. Wobbling around is easy, the hard part is adding momentum and not slowing down. But for some reason I still struggle with the ACW forward hockey stop which is not up to scratch. I can do CW, as well as CW and ACW backwards! In fact backwards hockey stops is my party trick, albeit for cold and wet parties.

BTW quite a few people at our local stick and puck can't do hockey stops so I think you are really doing rather well.  :)

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Re: A total noob to Ice Hockey - sore and loving it
« Reply #79 on: July 04, 2017, 03:34:02 PM »
Hi Leif,

As always, you have managed to put a smile on my face with your witticisms!

I'm stuck in Dublin this week, and am dismayed to find that the only permanent rink is up in Belfast, so no skating for me until Saturday.

My one foot backwards glides were laughable on the LTS session last Saturday, but I am determined to nail them.

Comically, on the warm up, we were asked to start off just skating across the rink, which I did rather confidently, ending with a lovely hockey stop on the other side.  One of my classmates commented 'very good....but it's a bit showy offy isn't it!'. 

Damn right it is ;-)  O0
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Re: A total noob to Ice Hockey - sore and loving it
« Reply #80 on: July 19, 2017, 08:21:52 AM »
Feels like a long while since I was on here, so time for an update.

Having had a week of non-skating in Dublin, a weekend of non-skating (other than a 30 minute lesson) due to other events at the rink, followed by a week of non-skating in Edinburgh (incompatible shifts!), I wobbled onto the ice on Saturday for my weekly lesson, having missed two weeks of hockey training.  I felt like a new born foal on the ice, a bit wobbly, but it soon started to come back to me.  What surprised me was how much my skates hurt after not having worn them much for a couple of weeks. 

Still not that confident on my backwards one foot glides on edges (inner and outer around the circle).  We have to hold these for a count of 3 to pass.  I started off with a 1/2, now I'm up to 2 1/2....I just wish she'd count quicker!  Slowly getting there, but it feels like a real wall.

Outside edge 3-turns, well the tight half circle is there, and I am starting to perform the turn itself, but again, a major confidence wall there.  I just hope it'll come in time.

The coach had us trying forward cross-rolls last weekend as a change in pace.  They look pretty simple, but are deceptively tricky for a chap like me with 2 left feet.

On to the real skating....

Having spent some time skating in the company of a young upstart that has been skating for about 2 months, and is already skating like a pro, I have learned an awful lot from him, and he has been kind and generous with his time in providing some excellent and valuable feedback.  As a result, yesterday I managed a forward to backward move faster than I had previously, have started to do a (very) basic mohawk, can do a very clumsy and wooden tight turn (just a matter of practice), and my hockey stops are coming along nicely.

Hoping to get to the practice session on Thursday evening to see how it goes, so fingers crossed!



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Leif

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Re: A total noob to Ice Hockey - sore and loving it
« Reply #81 on: July 19, 2017, 01:23:17 PM »
Cross rolls are definitely worth mastering, they will work wonders with your outside edges. Try them slowly with a wide curve and fast with tight curves. Backwards cross rolls are another one for you to try.  :D A friend can do them, along with many other tricks including the penguin stop, one of my favourites which I cannot even begin to attempt.

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Re: A total noob to Ice Hockey - sore and loving it
« Reply #82 on: July 21, 2017, 07:42:46 AM »
Post LTP update time!

After a 3 week break, it was back on the ice last night for LTP.  In the interim I have worked on stops (coming along nicely), basic mohawks, forwards - backwards turns, and a bit of edgework.

Got off to a great start, laps around the rink to warm up, and decided to try one of my much improved stops.....only to find myself catching an edge on the freshly cut ice, stumbling, and flying / sliding shoulders first into the boards.

From that point on, my stops felt like they had gone backwards by two months.  My skates felt ok, not too tight or loose, but I just had no edge control.  My performance on the drills was lacklustre at best, my shots on goal during the drills were laughably slow and without power, my stick handling was all over the place.  Just couldn't get it together.

Was a very frustrating session.  Even on the scrimmage game in the second half of the session I struggled to read the game, didn't seem to make myself useful at all, and felt like I was just out on the rink having a 'bit of a skate around' a bit detached from the game, almost like a spectator on the ice, despite trying to place myself in useful positions.  On the odd occasions that I did get the puck, it was so unexpected that I either threw my balance a little, or ended up just deflecting it.

Maybe I was just having an off day, or was over-tired, but whilst it was an enjoyable session, I felt more like the comic relief than a potential player.

Oh well, it can only progress from here, surely?
Started skating 07.01.17
Currently working through NISA LTS Levels.
Currently wobbling through hockey LTP sessions.