The last few paragraphs of the article began to touch on the lack of development of skills in kids. One important reason for this is that we don't play skillful hockey anymore. Most of our players engage in the holding, hooking, high-sticking style of play that is accepted as " 'part of the game." Why should a player develop skills that will have him in the proper position when it is so much easier to hold or hook an opponent who has beaten him? The recent Russian-NHL series pointed out our shortcomings.
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