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Roller Hockey Defending a summer love
Let’s look at some of the issues of discontent, and set the record straight on what kind of entertainment one can expect next summer when attending a roller hockey match-up.
Roller Hockey Profile: Daniel Shank
“The key to success is practice. Put 100 percent into your game and practice hard and with desire every day. The more you do it, the better you’re going to get at it.”
Roller Hockey Parking lot practice: Make your game automatic
Outdoor practice time on inlines is good exercise, and it's usually free. Best of all, it will improve your game. Inline skates, a stick and a flat, paved, safe surface are all that is needed to create a practice facility for improving hockey skills.
Roller Hockey The best defense is a good offense
When it comes to talking about defensive strategies for roller hockey, I often use the old sports cliche “the best defense is a good offense.” Some hockey experts, most with ice hockey backgrounds, cringe at that kind of talk. Old-time hockey coaches might even consider the statement sacrilegious; however, the fact remains that in roller hockey the deck is stacked against the defense. There is simply more time and space available to the offense, which encourages an offensive possession-style rather than a defense-first style; hence, the best defense really is a good offense.
Roller Hockey Get It and Go!
Ice and roller hockey share the same simple offensive objective: create time and space between yourself and the opposing team in order to move the puck into position for a high-percentage scoring opportunity.
Roller Hockey How to beat the heat
All athletes have to worry about overheating in warm weather, but roller hockey players are especially vulnerable because of heat build-up under all that equipment.
Roller Hockey Hockey is hockey
I didn’t put the words “roller hockey” in the title because fewer hard-core ice players would read it. But that’s what this is about. Ramblings, random thoughts and opinion on inline hockey—from the perspective of someone who plays both versions of the best sport in the world: