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Hockey Defensemen Drills for Controlling the Puck While Skating Backwards

Puck control while skating backwards is a fundamental skill for defensemen, and all players alike, to master. One of the most common inefficiencies seen...

How to Make Tighter and Faster Turns on the Ice

Developing powerful and efficient tight turns will ensure that a hockey player is able to change direction effectively, and always be in a position to...

Perform the V-Stance Drill to Skate Faster

The "V­Stance Drill" is designed to teach a player how to find their maximal range of motion for knee bend and depth of center of gravity for an optimal...

Build Elite Hockey Skating Speed With This Simple Drill

The "One Foot Stride, Two Foot Glide Drill" is the next evolution from the "One Foot Push, One Foot Glide Drill", where there is a momentary pause...

Increase Skating Speed With the Foot Stomp Drill

A common inefficiency seen in many hockey players is what is known as the "heel kick", where the skate rises behind the player when recovering the...

Perfect Your Glide Phase to Skate Faster

For the first instalment of our drills focused on developing linear forward stride technique, the "One Foot Push, One Foot Glide" Drill is used to...

Powerskating Playbook: Improve Your Skating Stance for Faster Acceleration on the Ice

Credit for this exercise goes to our mentor, Peter Twist of Twist Sport Conditioning, former NHL Strength and Conditioning Coach. The Athletic Ready...

Powerskating Playbook: How to Develop Your Outside Edge Technique

Utilizing the outside edge is one of the most underappreciated and overlooked aspects of technical skating development for hockey. A skater's ability to...

Powerskating Playbook with Apex Skating: Learn a Proper Knee Bend to Skate Faster

Developing a strong knee bend is crucial to becoming a game­changing skater. Not only does it assist in maintaining optimal posture for injury...

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