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Secrets for Skating Faster


Feet should be shoulder width apart for balance and stability

Knees flexed forward over your toes

Try to achieve about a 45 degree angle between your thigh, knee and shin

Head up, body bent forward at the waist, elbows in close to your body

Arms can alternate swinging straight ahead but not side to side as this will slow you down

Skates angled outward at least 45 degrees to the direction you are skating

Use the inside edge of both skate blades alternately to push backward from the ball of your foot

Push to the full extension of your leg

Recover by bringing the pushing skate back low to the ice and to the starting position


The first 3 strides are extremely important to build up speed

Stroke left, stroke right, stroke left in short strides pushing backward then lengthen out your stride during strokes 4, 5, 6 ...

When skating after the initial 3 stroke start, the angle of the blades are reduced to almost parallel to the direction you are going


In a hockey game you do not skate full out for the entire shift

Hockey is a game of sprints and glides

If you watch a game live, or on TV you will see what I mean

Sprint while carrying the puck, breaking into the open for a pass, trying to cover a player when backchecking

Glide during other parts of the shift

Skating speed in hockey changes with different game situations

Hockey Made Easy - Playoff Preparation Tips

Hey Coach,

If you want to compete in your League playoffs read on.

Youth/Minor Hockey League playoffs are just around the corner
and now is the time to start preparing your Team & players for them.

To get a jump on the playoffs use your last few regular season games
to practice your playoff game plan.

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, regarded by many as the best
coach in hockey, will tell you “Defensive Hockey Wins Playoff Games.”

His players must be able to play correctly away from the puck in order
to reduce quality scoring chances and prevent goals.

The better his players perform defensively, especially in their own end,
the more minutes they play.

Youth and Minor Hockey playoff games in principle are no different than
NHL playoff games, they’re just played at a much slower speed.

Players must understand playoff games are much different
than regular season games.

There is more hitting if allowed, tighter checking and increased speed.

In the playoffs preventing goals is just as important as scoring goals.

Scoring goals becomes much more difficult during the playoffs
because of the increased aggressive in your face forechecking,
stick like glue backchecking and blanket coverage of open players.

Our “Hockey Made Easy” Instructional Manual explains defensive hockey
and prepares teams and players for the exciting but stressful playoffs.

If you want to go deep in the playoffs read the “Hockey Made Easy” Instruction Manual.

Go to to get your copy including playoff prep information.

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Here are some basic playoff tips to help you get some W’s in your first round.

On ice discipline is essential.

Angle the puckcarrier to the outside of rink to a bad shooting angle.

Cover the open man in front of your net, the slot and the points.

Take away any cross ice passing lanes with your active stick.

Block shots and prevent direct shooting lanes to your net.

Clear any rebounds into the corner.

Chip puck off the boards or glass into the neutral zone.

Exit your zone as quickly and safely as possible.

Protect a lead late in the game by getting the puck in deep.

Many young players will not understand some of these terms
and it will be up to the coaches to explain them in the simplest
of terms as well as showing them on a white board.

By executing these defensive skills will allow you to be competitive in all playoff games and to get some W’s.

Good luck to all teams and players during your playoffs.

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