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Skating & Video Tips

In last month’s edition we gave a first glance of our ideas on how to use “skating imagery” to improve your play. The goal of learning skating imagery is to get you to a point where you can practice skating on your own and be able to draw pictures in your mind of what you […]

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As a Power Skating Instructor, I feel one of my top priorities as a teacher is to present you, the student, information in such a way so that you can retain it and then practice it long after one of my Power Skating Programs has been completed. No matter what your level of play, to […]

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At my Schools, I often show the kids photos of NHL players executing proper techniques in skating, and one of the pictures I inevitably display is of that Hockey Star, himself, Michael Jordan. How’s that??? Is he playing Hockey now too? Of course not, but I show the picture of Jordan making a move on […]

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Fast starts are vitally important in Ice Hockey. Whenever I work with pro players, from the LA Kings to the National Team players in Europe, inevitably, the skating skill that they like to work on the most, whether they are a Defenseman or Forward, is the explosive start. They like to work on bettering their […]

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As published in USA Hockey Magazine, Coaches Playbook Section, 02/06. Backward skating is obviously a very important skill to master for Ice Hockey… and that goes for both Defensemen and Forwards.  The skating fundamentals needed to be a better skater when going forward, such as deep knee bend, bodyweight centered over the skates, 100% power […]

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Whenever we watch a great NHL game, it always makes us realize how important Transition Moves are in Hockey (and this holds true for both Ice and In-Line Skates). One common myth is that only defenseman have to be proficient in all transition moves, but you only have to have seen a Joe Sakic or […]

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With our Summer Power Skating Schools having come and gone, my Instructors and I have tried to reconstruct for you the three most common mistakes our students made (with respect to their overall skating techniques) while they were attending our camps. These include: not enough kneebend, using two hands on the stick, and poor edge-control. […]

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No matter where I am coaching power skating, whether it is in North America or Europe, I am asked this one question by the players’ everyday coaches all the time, “How do we incorporate skating training into our practices, when we barely have enough ice time to teach shooting, passing, positional play and strategy?” They […]

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One of the most frequently asked questions that we receive in regards to our Power Skating Program is, Do you guys utilize pucks at your camps?  My standard answer is in the form of another question, Do they use pucks in the game? Of course· then we most definitely use pucks at ALL of our […]

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If you are a frequent reader of my articles, you are no doubt aware that I am constantly striving to teach you what it takes for you to attain more speed while skating.  And hopefully, by now, you are beginning to master some of these techniques for speed.  However, now that you are skating faster, […]

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