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Not a parent, but I didn't start skating until I think I was around 5 or 6 and I never took lessons until I was a lot older and even then it was low level lessons. I may not be your typical example though, as I didn't grow up playing ice hockey (floor/road hockey for me). 

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Not really sure about age i learned to skate.. probably 3-4 .  Was on my first hockey team at 6 yrs old though.

Still playing rec hockey so many years later.....  

 

Best sport as it has so little impact on knees and joints. Hockey is probably the only team sport you can play until you are 60-70 yrs old.

 

Truly such an amazing sport. 

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My son started skating at 5

My Grandson at 3

 

The secret is to make it fun chasing mom and dad

 

My son started hockey schools at 7 years old

 

The program I enrolled my daughter in was Can-skate....great for learning edges

My son was put in Power skating

 

It was full emersion in my family

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23 minutes ago, janisahockeynut said:

My son started skating at 5

My Grandson at 3

 

The secret is to make it fun chasing mom and dad

 

My son started hockey schools at 7 years old

 

The program I enrolled my daughter in was Can-skate....great for learning edges

My son was put in Power skating

 

It was full emersion in my family

Good tips - I play(ed) uni and rec hockey in the UK and my son is 5 we were hoping to get him on the ice this year. I learnt to skate in Canada (at kits rink) and then in the UK did a lot of short track speed skating which when I went and played hockey at uni payed dividends with my foot speed from a standing start 

 

both me and my wife skate so will try and do the chase mum and dad thing and make it as fun as possible 

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9 minutes ago, UKNuck96 said:

Good tips - I play(ed) uni and rec hockey in the UK and my son is 5 we were hoping to get him on the ice this year. I learnt to skate in Canada (at kits rink) and then in the UK did a lot of short track speed skating which when I went and played hockey at uni payed dividends with my foot speed from a standing start 

 

both me and my wife skate so will try and do the chase mum and dad thing and make it as fun as possible 

Foot note

 

I flew up and seen my son's family last winter, and went Terrace, where the whole family went skating, including my 15 month old grand daughter, who was in a stroller, whipping around the ice with snot running down her cheek and a huge smile on her face......my grandson (3 years old) wanted to chase the 5 year old blonde girl, lol

 

Haha! Those are the memories you want to have!

 

 

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1 minute ago, janisahockeynut said:

Foot note

 

I flew up and seen my son's family last winter, and went Terrace, where the whole family went skating, including my 15 month old grand daughter, who was in a stroller, whipping around the ice with snot running down her cheek and a huge smile on her face......my grandson (3 years old) want to chase the 5 year old blonde girl, lol

 

Haha! Those are the memories you want to have!

Definitely! We’re lucky in that we have a good quality Olympic sized ice rink about 20 mins away from us which when it opens back up we will want to use. It’s pretty rare to have that in the UK

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49 minutes ago, UKNuck96 said:

Good tips - I play(ed) uni and rec hockey in the UK and my son is 5 we were hoping to get him on the ice this year. I learnt to skate in Canada (at kits rink) and then in the UK did a lot of short track speed skating which when I went and played hockey at uni payed dividends with my foot speed from a standing start 

 

both me and my wife skate so will try and do the chase mum and dad thing and make it as fun as possible 

The younger the better. We did "parent and tot" skating lessons when they were about 2yrs old. 

 

Edit - I didnt learn to skate until I was 6 and I'm still a lousy skater..

 

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2 minutes ago, luckylager said:

The younger the better. We did "parent and tot" skating lessons when they were about 2yrs old. 

 

We would have loved to but unfortunately financially wasn’t able to,  provided work is still there post COVID will be in a better place m to do so! 

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7 hours ago, janisahockeynut said:

Foot note

 

I flew up and seen my son's family last winter, and went Terrace, where the whole family went skating, including my 15 month old grand daughter, who was in a stroller, whipping around the ice with snot running down her cheek and a huge smile on her face......my grandson (3 years old) wanted to chase the 5 year old blonde girl, lol

 

Haha! Those are the memories you want to have!

 

 

Were you outside, or at one of the arenas? I can't recall if it was cold enough for lakes to freeze over last year....

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Two things: It's never too late and don't be afraid to fall.

 

Take those two things to heart and you can become a decent skater in a surprisingly short amount of time.

 

In our Oldtimers league, we had a rule that players could just show up at games if their team wasn't playing and "slut" for another team if they were shorthanded. A couple of guys who were new to the game quickly became the biggest "sluts" in the league and by season's end, were much better players than when they started.

 

You get out of it, what you put into it.

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8 hours ago, UKNuck96 said:

Good tips - I play(ed) uni and rec hockey in the UK and my son is 5 we were hoping to get him on the ice this year. I learnt to skate in Canada (at kits rink) and then in the UK did a lot of short track speed skating which when I went and played hockey at uni payed dividends with my foot speed from a standing start 

 

both me and my wife skate so will try and do the chase mum and dad thing and make it as fun as possible 

In Calgary, the youngest organized hockey is Timbits for 5 and 6 year olds and we have more than 100 teams in this age group. My 3 grandsons all started skating at 4 and all started playing organized hockey at 5. The oldest now plays Midget AAA.

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I like GORDIE HOWE  story.

 

He and his sister got a second hand pair of skates to share as kids.  So Bobby and sister each had i skate to use.

They learned to skate on 1 skate with a shoe on the other foot.....

 

After a few months.... i think he convinced his sister to give him her skate... So he had 2 to use. 

 

Amazing story of coming from a not well off family and having the drive to excel.   I think i got the story more or less correct. 

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