Hey guys, Im 16 years old and live on Long Island, New york. I used to play hockey in a father and son league about 7 years ago but stopped playing. Soon, basketball, baseball, and football became my 3 sports and Hockey was left aside. 7 years later, being the huge hockey fan that I am, I am dieing to get back into the game. I'd say mid february was when I really got the urge to play again. Since then I have brought out the old gloves, shin, and elbow pads and started skating. I bought Bauer Supreme 50s and feel pretty comfortable. I have skated about maybe 7 times since mid february, its tough getting ice time, in the mist of basketball season and now Baseball. My overall goal for this is to, end up ending my basketball career and trying out for my local Hockey team. Hockey isnt very big in my town but we have just enough kids to make a competitive team and next year a school "Varisty" team (which i will be trying out for). Im very athletic, and do feel comfortable out on the ice. I pick up speed well and can turn well. Lately i've worked on my crossover skating but that needs work. My biggest problem is hockeying stopping (lol) and staking backwards, but with some coaching and determination I dont see a problem with it. Once, I get the skating down, Im going to start working my stickhandling. I need a new stick so recomendations would help. Im plaing to go to some of the local shoot arounds and clinics to work on my shooting and overall game, but I dont want to look like a fool not being able to do the drills. Im just looking for a little confidence boost, cause trying to learn a new sport is not the easiest thing to do, especially hockey. I was wondering if anyone has any stories of somebody picking up the game at this late an age and any recomendations about getting better. Thanks a lot.