JANE: THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES IS THREE MONTHS FROM TODAY. ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED SPORTS IS HOCKEY. NIGEL: JUS WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THIS. WITH THE HELP OF THE GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS, I DECIDED TO GIVE IT A TRY. TAKE A LOOK AT HOW I DID. JANE: GO NIGEL. NIGEL: IS THIS LEFT OR RIGHT? WHEN THEY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO PUT ME IN FULL HOCKEY GEAR. I DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD BE THIS DIFFICULT. ALL THAT, AND THEN CAME THIS. ALRIGHT. I TRIED MY HAND AT HOCKEY BA IN COLLEGE, BUT LET’S JUST SAY THAT WAS VERY LONG AGO. MY TEACHERS — JOE BASARABA AND CARTER SANDLEK, BOTH FROM CANADA , BOTH STARTERS ON THE NEW YORK RANGERS AFFILIATE TEAM, THE SWAMP RABBITS IN GREENVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA.>>BEING FROM CANADA, IT IS A LOT DIFFERENT COMING DOWN HERE AND PLAYING HOCKEY OBVIOUSLY. NIGEL: DIFFERENT. BUT ON THE ICE, IT IS VERY MUCH THE SAME.>>THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN HOCKEY IS SKATING. NIGEL: I WASN’T AS SMOOTH AS THEY WERE, BUT I DIDN’T FALL>>EVENT THAT A PRETTY QUICK. SO WE MOVED TO STOPPING. NIGEL: THEY EVEN HAD ME PRACTICE GETTING OUT OF THE PENALTY BOX , WHICH FOR SOME REASON INVOLVED CLIMBING OVER THIS WALL, INSTEAD OF USING THE PERFECTLY GOOD WORKING DOOR JUST A FEW FEET AWAY>>THERE!>>YOU PICKED THAT UP REALLY WELL. WE KIND OF MOVED INTO SLAP SHOTS AND DIFFERENT SHOTS. NIGEL: I HAVE TO ADMIT, SWINGING THE STICK, AND SENDING THE PUCK DOWN THE ICE FELT GREAT. THEN THEY CAME UP WITH A BRILLIANT IDEA TO PRACTICE BODY CHECKING. OVER, AND OVER, AND OVER AGAIN. THANKFULLY, THEY TOOK IT EASY ON ME.>>YEAH, AT FULL SPEED AND I DON’T KNOW THE OTHER GUY ON THE OTHER TEAM, I’M GOING TO DO IT A LITTLE HARDER. NIGEL: ALL OF THIS ONLY ADDS TO THE EXCITEMENT OF HOCKEY ON THE PROFESSIONAL AND OLYMPIC LEVEL.>>WE ARE LIVING DOWN IN THE UNITED STATES AND WE ARE BOTH CANADIANS. THAT IS A LITTLE ADDED PRESSURE . WE ARE CHEERING FOR OUR COUNTRY THEY ARE CHEERING FOR THEIRS. NIGEL: THEY, LIKE SO MANY, HAVE CAUGHT OLYMPIC FEVER. BUT IT IS NOT HOCKEY THEY ARE EXCITED FOR.>>I AM MORE OF LIKE BOBSLEDDING OR THINGS LIKE THAT THAT I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT AND LIKE TO WATCH. I THINK PEOPLE ARE MORE EXCITED EVERY FOUR YEARS WHEN THE OLYMPICS ROLL AROUND. NIGEL: THAT EXCITEMENT HERE NOW. SIMILAR TO THE EXCITEMENT I FELT WHEN I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO GET OFF THESE SKATES. ON THE ROAD TO THE 2018 WINTER

Nigel Robertson tries his hand at ice hockey ahead of the Winter Olympics
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