SUNRIVER, Ore. - There's no full-size hockey rink in Bend, so I headed to Sunriver to lace up my skates with the Bend youth traveling team.
Before I could become the next Patrick Kane or Sidney Crosby, I needed to learn how to skate.
"Your feet are your most important tools on the ice," Bend Polar Bears Coach Meghan Herman told me. "You definitely have to have your feet under you, or you're not going anywhere,"
Now that I learned the basics of skating, it's time to work on puck and stick handling.
"When you shoot, you're going to pull the puck back behind you, and you're going to slide it from the heel to the toe forward," Herman said.
"You want to be able to feel the puck rather than look at the puck," she explained said. "You feel it in your hands. You just get used to it."
"You have to have your legs for skating. You need your upper body. A lot of your power comes from your legs, the way you transfer your weight," Herman said.
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