Skating Tips

Our hockey skating tips section will make you a pro in no time!
  • For true hockey enthusiasts, nothing would be more satisfying on a hot summer day than step into a frigid ice rink, and run skating drills for a few hours. Unless they found out about MarsBlade roller blade frames.

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  • Regardless of your skating style, you want your skate blades to have good contact with the ice surface, so you don’t look like you are jogging down the ice. Your toes should be pointed in the direction you are headed at the start of each stride.

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  • For novice and even experienced hockey players, the ability to maintain speed through turns, and changing directions without slowing down is a challenging skill to master. Many players feel challenged by executing the turn or direction change they feel like they are going to fall in towards the direction they are turning.

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  • Being a defenseman often doesn’t come with the glory or recognition of a forward player who has more scoring opportunities to capture the spotlight. A talented defenseman may not get the headlines as often, however they do need to know where the lines are on the ice – as well as the dots, circles, net markings and the hash marks.

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  • Two minutes left in sudden death overtime. Game six of a best of seven, your team is up three games to two. You are on defense, and have caught up to an opposing forward with the puck who is streaking towards your goal. Using your pivoting hockey skills effectively could mean the difference between spoiling a scoring opportunity or losing the game and having to travel to your opponent’s arena for game seven. Your team is battling to catch up but you are the only player between the puck a...

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  • The inside mohawk has been around for a while, but it hasn’t been that popular until recently, thanks to players like Sidney Crosby, and others. I was taught this move about 22 years ago, as a youngster in Toronto, by a coach named Dan Cameron, who was a skills instructor for my team. At the time, no coaches knew this move, and very few players used it. It’s amazing to see how far ahead of the curve Coach Cameron was back then!

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  • As is the case with many skills, it's important for hockey players to be able to perform power turns properly if they hope to achieve their fullest potential. Power turns are used in games for situations which require quick transitional skating, such as getting away from an attacker, or getting back fast after your team turns the puck over.

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  • Stopping is a skill that is commonly overlooked among hockey coaches. Most coaches check to see that their players can stop both ways, then move on to other skills without giving it much more thought. Few coaches realize there’s much more to it than that, and that understanding the various types of stops, and when to use them, will give their players an advantage in games.

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  • Whether you are practicing with your team or just trying to perfect skills on your own or with your buddies, ideally you can always have a decent ice surface available to skate on. But that just isn’t practical all the time. Sure if you live in Canada or northern parts of the US you may have access to both indoor and outdoor rinks for a decent time during the year. But even then what about in the spring and summer? Or perhaps you live in an area where ice rinks are for-profit busines...

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  • Good balance is a fundamental hockey skill because your proficiency in this area translates over into your performance in many other areas of the game, particularly skating, stick handling, and shooting. Good balance leads to more comfort and confidence on your skates and is a precursor to developing more power and speed. So read on for more of the rationale behind the importance of improving your balance first, as well as some useful drills to help you get better at it.

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