How to do the Mohawk Turn

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by Jeremy Rupke on April 12, 2013

The Mohawk turn (some people call it the Eagle turn) is a fairly simple skating maneuver to perfect if you are already comfortable on your edges. One player who seems to use this move quite a bit is Sidney Crosby (when he’s not getting hit in the face with pucks). In order to perform the move the skater simply puts their heels together and points the toes out, this almost aligns the skate blades in-line allowing the player to carve or turn in a circular motion.

How to do the Mohawk Turn

First practice while standing still, you can even practice off the ice. Bend your knees a bit and point one toe out, now lift the other leg and point the other toe out, then step down (heel to heel). With your legs you should be making a “fat diamond” shape.

Now try the same thing on the ice (with skates on). It may be a bit harder because you are on your blades, but work on getting comfortable in that position and balancing.

mohawk turn

When doing this move while moving you will be on both inside edges of the skates.

Mohawk Turn Video Lesson

In this video I show you how to do the Mohawk turn, a few drills you can use to get better at doing it, and a few game situations when you might want to use it.

When and Why you need the Mohawk

  • The move allows you to open up and see the entire ice while still moving
  • You can also use it to protect the puck while moving to an area you need to be
  • The move gives you more options while skating, with a push, or turn of a foot you can stop, keep going, or go forwards in a fraction of a second
  • Great to use when coming from behind the net
  • Use it when skating towards the net and calling for a one-timer (on your off wing)
  • Transitioning from skating backwards to going forwards

The Mohawk in Action Sidney Crosby

You can see Crosby using this move a few times in the clip below.

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Hi my name is Jeremy. I LOVE hockey and I am passionate about improving and helping others improve. My goal is to break every hockey skill down into easy to understand articles and videos. I explain everything step-by-step to help others improve. If you want to learn more about me you can read my about page. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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Joni July 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Crosby is king!

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Michael May 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I hope you don’t mind me linking another video, but here is a good example of shooting with a Mohawk on the forehand instead of a weaker backhand:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=MsAiPzVm7tc#t=35s

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Ari April 18, 2013 at 12:26 am

I can do this very easy and i just tend to use it during warm up to stretch out my groin muscles. I guess I should try incorporate it into my games some more

A good way to learn is without gear as you can you can have more flexibility. And its always fun cause it looks so funny.

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