How to do the Mohawk Turn

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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  1. Reply A. Wise July 15, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks for this. I’m wondering what else we can call this maneuver other than ‘Mohawk’?

  2. Reply Dan November 20, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Nice video of Crosby ripping up Spezza with that texhnique. Grapes didn’t seem to pick up on why the way the article has. šŸ™‚

  3. Reply derek May 3, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    michael great post too btw, i like those vids

  4. Reply Cory May 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    As a hockey/skating coach for over 20 years, let me first say that Jeremy and the rest of the Howtohockey crew have some great stuff out there and I would strongly recommend checking out more of their videos. I just wanted to point out a technicality on the definition of the Mohawk. The Mohawk is a change in direction (forward to backward or vice-versa) from the edge of one skate to the same edge of the other skate (in this case, inside edge to inside edge). It is a one-foot to one-foot move and is used quite often in hockey. A couple of minutes into the video, when Jason is going around the circle rocking from foot to foot, those are Mohawks. The turn, with two heels together and both feet on the ice is, technically, a spread eagle. Nothing wrong with his technique or the drills, just a note on the skating terminology. Looking forward to seeing more!

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke May 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks Cory, I’ve heard both used interchangeably so I just stuck with Mohawk. I will try to keep the terminology correct from now on šŸ™‚

  5. […] nice and low Here is another video of Crosby using the mohawk drill that I show in my video on how to do the Mohawk turn. This drill uses the inside edges. Crosby is pretty good so he uses a puck at the same […]

  6. Reply Joni July 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Crosby is king!

  7. Reply 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:

  8. Reply 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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