I played some street hockey as a kid in the neighborhood. We used a tennis ball. We didn't wear rollerblades. I could only shoot a backhanded shot. I played goalie with a baseball glove. It was not hockey.
Because I never played and never tried, I can't really figure out how much skill certain things take. On TV these NHL guys make it look easy.
But after seeing the following drill, I have a new greater respect for the skill that these players have. And I finally understand what happens in the cloud of people who jumble up in front of the net.
The players stand in front of the net and use their sticks to slightly change the direction of the shot, but still get the goal without even looking. I couldn't believe it. Two different guys stepped in and nailed tip after tip into the net.
So who is going to teach me how to play?