How To Hockey Stop

A common problem that many new hockey players have is learning how to stop. I don’t mean stopping by dragging your foot, doing a 360 or running into the boards, I mean doing a proper hockey stop!

In this article we have four videos to help explain the hockey stop.

I have written this article to help you learn how to stop in hockey, I have also made a how to stop in hockey video that I have added below. You can watch the video if you prefer a visual lesson, I will include key points below the video.

The first video shows the basics of stopping on skates. The biggest part of stopping on skates is getting over the mental barrier. Here is the first video

How to Stop on Hockey Skates Video

This video covers the basics of stopping and helps you understand what is happening.

As you can see in the video the main concept to grasp is that you have to peel the ice, and you will be sliding sideways for a brief second. The most important point to take away from this video is that you MUST keep your momentum moving in the direction you are skating, otherwise you will just turn around. Now you can watch the how to hockey stop video

The Hockey Stop for Absolute Beginners

We made the video below this one first, but we still had a lot of questions so we decided to address all those questions in this video, and offer some very simple solutions to some common problems that beginner hockey players were having.

30+ Years of Power Skating Lessons

In this video we have Scott Grover from the Science of Skating explaining how he teaches hockey players how to stop. Scott was a guest in our Learn to skate series.

How to Hockey Stop Video

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Learning how to hockey stop can be tough, but by learning the proper technique, taking it slow, and practicing a lot you should be able to learn in no time! Here is the process of stopping in hockey

A player starts by skating forwards, when the player is ready to stop they will lift one leg slightly to take weight off of it (this can become the back leg or front leg but for the purposes of this example this will become the back leg). With a bit of weight taken off of one skate, the player will start to lean back, rotate their hips and shoulders and begin to turn with their other leg (this leg becomes the front leg). When the player has turned their front leg approximately 90 degrees they will now plant their back leg about 1 foot behind their front leg. At this point the player will be leaning back, and keeping the momentum moving in the direction they were skating. With both feet planted the player will slide for a brief second before coming to a full stop. This sounds like a lot to learn and a long process, but it happens in less than a second. You can see this process in action in the video above if you would like. I have also added pictures of how the hockey stop happens below.

Hockey Stop – Start

You can see here that I am just finishing my last stride from skating, and now preparing to stop. I am pushing off with my back leg (left leg) and getting ready to land with my front leg (my right leg).

Hockey Stop – Rotate Hips

You can see that I have pushed off with my back leg (my left leg), landed with my front leg, and now I am beginning the hockey stop. I am starting to rotate my hips, and turning my front foot. At the same time I will be leaning back, and bringing my back leg behind my front leg.

Hockey Stop – Planting Your Feet

I have now rotated my hips a bit, turned my front foot enough to begin stopping, and just starting to plant my back leg. the back leg is used for balance, and also a bit for stopping. Most of the weight will be placed on the front leg. The key here is to lean back (so you don’t topple over) and peel ice. To stop you will be using the inside edge of the blade on your front skate, and outside edge of the blade on your back skate. I will pivot both of my skates just a little more, then really lean into the stop.

How To Hockey Stop

Here you can see the stop in action. I have peeled a lot of ice with my front leg and a bit with my back leg as well (hard to see though in this picture) The key is to keep moving in the direction that you are skating. If you have trouble stopping like this (you keep spinning or going in circles) try some of the drills I mention in the video, or in the article below.

Now that you know how a hockey stop happens I will teach you how to do it.

Learning To Stop in Hockey

  • The biggest obstacle in learning to stop on skates is the mental barrier that people put up. In the video and in this article I show you how you can overcome the mental barrier of stopping on ice. As you become more comfortable with the concept of how to stop on skates you will get better and better.
  • Start slow – Start skating slowly, and stopping slowly, in fact at first you will only be using one leg to stop, not both. If you are just starting, try holding onto the boards and just pushing off with your leg and get the feeling of your skate sliding sideways. Then move onto the next point
  • For your first hockey stop, take a few strides to get moving, glide for a second and make sure your balance is right. Now Lift a bit of weight off of the skate of your strong leg, rotate your hip a bit, turn your skate (of the leg that you just lifted) about 90 degrees (so it is almost perpendicular to your other skate) and plant your skate in front of you. Your strong leg should now slow you down and then stop you. You should use your other leg for balance. Practice doing this until you get used to using the inside edge of your strong leg to stop. If you feel comfortable at stopping like this then increase your speed a bit, practice doing it faster and faster until you have it down. Remember to practice stopping with both legs, in hockey you need to be able to stop with your body facing in both directions, so start practicing it now.  If you can stop like this you are halfway there.
  • You now know how to use one foot to stop, and the other for balance, with a hockey stop you should be using both feet to stop, but you are not ready to do that just yet, first you should practice stopping with only one foot! That’s right one foot and it is not as hard as you think. Earlier we were using one foot for balance, but your front leg was doing all of the work. Now we need to build your balance even more by taking away that leg you were using for balance. Perform the same motion as we talked about before, but take a bit of weight, or all of your weight off of your balance foot, try just using your front leg (your strong leg) to stop (as shown in the hockey stop video). Once you are comfortable taking weight off of your balancing leg, try lifting it right up. This will build your confidence in using your inside edge to stop, and the motion of sliding a bit, and keeping the momentum moving in the direction you were skating. That is pretty much it, now you can use both feet and do a full hockey stop!
  • To do the full hockey stop, skate forwards, lift your strong leg, rotate your hips a bit, lean back, and turn your body to the side so that both skates are now sideways (compared to how they were pointing before). Plant your back foot and dig in until you stop. Congratulations, you have just learned how to hockey stop. The only thing you need to do now is put that knowledge into action.

Understanding Your Edges

As requested by Jacky – If you have read our How to Ice Skate article you will know that when you are skating, each skate blade actually rests on two thin edges. When you skate, turn, and stop you need to use your edges. When you are playing this comes as second nature, but can be hard for some beginners to understand, and may help you learn to stop and skate if you learn about your edges. I have included some pictures that may help you understand how to use your edges to stop.

inside edge on hockey skate

This shows a front view of what a hockey stop would look like. This would be the front foot, in this case the left leg is leading the stop. On this skate you are using your inside edge, on the other foot you will be using your outside edge.

indide edge, closeup

This show’s a close-up of the hockey skate blade. You can see what I mean by the inside edge doing most of the work. The outside edge barely touches the ice.

how to hockey stop

You can see the inside edge of the left skate at work, while the outside edge of the right skate is being used. If a player were to stop in the other direction, the opposite would apply

Hockey Stop

This shot shows what the skates would look like if they were coming at you. You need to lean back in order to slide, and then stop. Remember, like in the video, practice with one foot, then try with both.

I hope this article has helped you learn how to stop in hockey. If you would like more hockey tips like this then you can subscribe to the articles with the box to the left.

Thanks for reading, let me know what you think (or add some tips of your own)

  1. Reply Mat August 12, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Hi There, I have a real tough time using my weak side (left foot) to stop or turn to the right. Do you any tips to help develop my weak side? Is there any dryland exercises I can do?

    • Reply Coach Jeremy August 31, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      You just have to do the same you did on the strong side. There is no trick except repetition. You will mess up, learn, and improve

  2. Reply random_guy August 5, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    It worked! It only took me 1 day.

  3. Reply AlamSakib April 11, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I get alot of chattering when i try to do a basic snowplow stop. what should or should i not do?

  4. Reply AlamSakib March 7, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Which part of the blade should the weight be on?
    The toes, heel, or middle?

    • Reply Eric March 10, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Definitely not the heel. In skates you never want your weight on your heels as you’ll end up on your butt really quick. Generally in skating you want your weight to be forward but not all the way on to your toes, try and have your weight on the balls of your feet, you can have your weight a bit more towards the center if that is comfortable (when you skate backwards you’ll find that your weight will tend to be more toward the middle than the front).

      I hope this helps a bit.

      • Reply Jason January 8, 2017 at 9:43 pm

        Point of order – when performing tight turns you want to have your skates weighted to the back of the blade (heels) for better grip.

  5. Reply Jelle February 9, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I skate since 2 years but not with hockey shoes , so I bought T-blades.Is it possible, too?(Do the hockey stop with t-blades) Have I sharpened them too deep ?

  6. Reply Brendon March 27, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Hey guys I am new to hockey im an aussie and I was struggling to do the hockey stop

    what I found really really helped me was don’t think to much about what your doing, pretend you have a board attached from your waist down to your feet and turn your hips 90 degrees and your feet will follow. (obviously knees bent and head and shoulders up)

    This is what I did and I was making snow strait away after struggling so bad I was hockey stopping both ways in 3 hrs

    im not sure if that’s the correct way but its just a tip that I found that made me hockey stop

    hope this tip helps out guys

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  9. Reply Chris May 25, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I’ve been skating for about 3 months now and I still don’t know how to stop, when I do my foot just gets caught in the ice and I fall. I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong though, my brother who’s been playing for 8 years says everything looks good and that he doesn’t know what the problem is, if you could help me somehow that’d be great.

    • Reply Ricardo August 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Hi I’m a coach for peewee hockey and at a highschool level, what I have noticed from begginers at stopping on my peewee team is that they put way too much pressure on their front foot, when your brother looks at you he probably is looking at the right moves but he won’t know about the pressure on your foot unless he is on your skates.

      I have came across too that new hockey players have their skates sharpened way too deep because it gives more bite and they can “grip” better on the ice, maybe that’s your case, try with a shallower sharpenning and see if that helps, most begginers go with 1/2 inch so if you haven’t done so I suggest go with that ROH.

  10. Reply Rebekah May 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you, it worked!!

  11. Reply franky May 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    hey so it seems like in practice I can do a hockey stop but the left one not so good and even if I was able to stick handle well once I start playing its like I cant get the puck, my positioning is bad and can’t receive the puck and it is like if I can’t do a hockey stop anymore and just punch the boards or crash into them. it is like everyone went away and all the bad habits came back. What should I do, just not be scared and try to eliminate the habits?

  12. Reply Timmy February 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    very helpful, and love the south park reference in the video (“you’re gonna have a bad time.”) Well done!

  13. Reply Athena October 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Hey! Can u guya teachnme how to do the hockey stop backwards?


  14. Reply chris young August 15, 2012 at 1:53 am

    hi guys,this is chris on the isle of wight uk,i am a 61 year old guy who goes to planet ice here in ryde on the isle of wight,love the ice disco sessions,i have only been skating a year,and self taught,by watching other people skate,i can go quite fast and turn left and right,but have not always found it easy to stop,but after studying your (how to hockey stop videos)etc, i have a much greater understanding of how to stop,so thanks alot,and i will continue to study your videos and written advice to further my own performance,i find i can only learn by watching and studying the moves,its no use someone saying do this,or do that,as it goes in one ear and straight out the other,so keep up the good work,and happy skating everyone,best regards,chris.

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  16. Reply Nicole June 3, 2012 at 1:28 am

    hey i have the whole concept of stopping and all lean drop your weight and stuff everything is perfect.. EXCEPT i cant turn out my right foot as much as my left and it really annoys me cause my snow plough is fine and ive been trying for about 6months

  17. Reply Gage April 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    nice article, i can stop very easily as far a quick stops.
    however i have noticed a lot of players do hockey stop but slide about 4 feet to kind of slow down to get off the ice. how do you do that, do you just put your legs closer together while stopping or do you have to have very shallow hollows

  18. Reply Jason March 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

    These skating tips and videos have been great and I’m already seeing improvement after just a couple of sessions.

    Please keep adding skating tips and videos.

  19. Reply Mark March 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    What would you suggest to help someone who seems to be spinning around quite a lot, or seems to be turning quickly when attempting to stop?

  20. Reply jennie p February 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Im a noobie skater, got my first hockey skates for Christmas, woot! I tried “regular”skates years ago but the darned toe-pick always tripped me up.
    I live on a lake so have LOTS of room but still either coast, grab an object, fall, or stumble to a stop. Its not pretty. I’m almost 56 so REALLY needed some lessons to (hopefully)avoid breaking something 🙂 Your steps are very practical and I intend on practicing the ‘shaving’ method tomorrow. One step at a time, wish me luck and thanks so much!

  21. Reply Michaela January 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

    This video really helped me im 12 years old and last year i was not able to stop!!!! (haha) but i learned from your video it took me 3 weeks to learn! Thank- you guys! <3

  22. Reply Andrew December 31, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Hey! I’ve been watching your videos and trying and I am finally starting to get the hang of it. My biggest problem is the mental barrier.. but I am slowly getting over it. I just had a quick question on stopping though. Should you learn how to stop both ways with the right and left foot in front? Does it really matter in hockey if you can stop either way?

    Thank you!

    • Reply Frank January 5, 2012 at 10:10 am

      I am not affiliated with this site but I will definitely tell you YES! While many times you can come to a stop with your favorite foot, there will be those “emergency” times in hockey where you have to quickly come to a stop with your off-foot. So instead of bailing and crashing you should spend the time now to learn and become comfortable with both feet.

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  24. Reply scapegoat November 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks HowtoHockey -this site is totally awesome! I’m 36 and have been inline aggressive skating for years -so on ice I can go but have never been able to stop (the correct way haha). I checked out your site the other day and practiced the gradual steps last night on the ice… I was able to hockey stop in about fifteen minutes- I could hardly believe it! I’m not a pro now by any means as it will still take quite a bit of practice to perfect at high speeds but I find it amazing that your simple teaching method is so effective.

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  26. Reply stan November 20, 2011 at 1:04 am

    i have been on the ice for most of my life . in michigan as a kid thats all i did in my teen years now 49 i still skate and not bad. the problem i have for some reason is when i go fast and try to spray its like my skates are just to sharp and i just cant get it right . can weight be the problem and my skates are diggin in more. when i was younger i could spray people in the face all day .

    stanley szamiel
    middleburg fla

  27. Reply Jerome August 26, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Thanks a lot for that video, it helped me a lot to finally achieve a correct hockey stop, after months of self and resultless attempt.

    Any advice for stopping backwards could be great as well. I don’t know why but when i stop while skating backwards, only one of my skate is skimming the ice, not the other one, so each time my stop is also a bit of a turn.

  28. Reply seongpil.woo August 18, 2011 at 5:24 am

    i want to be a better skater thanks to and hope to get more skating video

  29. Reply JB August 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    One thing that has helped me with stopping is to get a fairly shallow radius on my blade….I am 6’0″ and about 210lbs and skate with a 7/8 radius which is pretty shallow compared to what your hockey store’s default will be (probably 5/8″ or 1/2″). If you’re a beginning skater over 175lbs you should at least TRY a shallow radius once and see if it makes stopping easier. The added weight from your body mass will cause the edges to dig in pretty deep on a deeper radius blade, making it more difficult to shave the ice for stopping purposes (you’ll be digging in too deep without even trying to).

    If you just walk into the hockey shop and ask for sharpening without being specific, they are going to probably do the easiest thing…either just use whatever the machine is currently set to (from the last person that got his/her skates sharpened…which is like skating on a wildcard) or set it to a their average setting which is probably 1/2″ or 5/8″ radius which is going to be deep for a beginning skater who has passed puberty.

  30. Reply Anthony S June 16, 2011 at 2:48 am

    THANK YOU ! I lost 3 years of hockey due to a leg injury and I am not as great as I was as skating and you helped me out alot ! 😀

  31. Reply Matt H May 8, 2011 at 2:16 am

    After skating for the first time on ice in a few years my weakside stop seems to feel much more natural than my strong side can this be a possible advantage?

  32. Reply Dave April 13, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Thanks guys! By showing me the things that I wasn’t exactly clear on, this was just what I needed to get my confidence up a little for when I practice.

  33. Reply Elaine April 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Hey guys!
    I just wanted to say, “Many thanks to you!” I am just starting out with skating and hockey and your lessons are making my time at the public skate completely worthwhile. I have minimal skills, right now, but with your help, that will change right quick!
    Thanks again,

  34. Reply Godina# 22 March 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    P.s. don’t worry if it takes you 10feet to stop when you start learning the hockey stop… with practice your stopping distance gets shorter and eventually you stop on a dime… with authority like jeremy! Another helpful resource is although not as helpful as what you get here that’s all I had to learn from and it helps understand the physics of what your body should do and how the balance should feel…

  35. Reply Godina# 22 March 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    For my fellow learners… this is the most complete description with diagrams I’ve ever seen. I started skating about 6 months ago and have some work still. But stopping is the first and most crucial thing to learn… what I found, no matter how sharp the skates were was to find the sliding area as jeremy shows in one of the videos… after mastering the snowplow… you learn to “sit” on your skates to stop fully… apply that to the hockey stop. Your front foot slides, then dig it and “sit” on your back leg. This also helps in learning the power turn! Also, don’t just practice one way… I found, to achieve balance both ways I would start at the end boards and skate to the blue line then stop left… then stride to the next line (red or blue depending on comfort) and stop right side… next line left and so on, never allowing myself to stop on the same side twice in a row. Or a shorter drill, behind the goal area take a few strides and stop left, go the other direction a few strides and stop right… back and forth untill I got faster and faster… I hope this helps! And remember that even the best NHL players practice stopping and starting every day!

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  37. Reply Nathan Sorensen January 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Hey Jeremy and Ken!

    This article alone has greatly helped my ability to perform the hockey stop. I am still working on my opposite side as one side has definitely grown dominant. I am glad that I was able to run across your fabulous website and blog. I will continue to return to read your other articles and help me progress as a new skater/player.

    Again, thank you for your assistance that this article alone has provided!

  38. Reply Will January 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Great advice on here stopping is tricky at first, the only thing I might add is to not forget to practice stopping on your weak side, when skating with the puck you’re rarely going to stop on your stronger foot as that would turn you away from the play. A righty stopping on his left side can stop, pull up, 360, turn, do alot of things

    • Reply Matt H May 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      I’m a righty and I can only stop on my weak(left) side thus far. I finally broke out of my roller hockey stopping habbit and can do a proper stop on ice. It was definitely tough to break

  39. Reply A.J. January 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    hey. im a decent skater and i would like to get more advanced so i can play ice hockey. i can skate fast and do crossovers and i can do a hockey stop fine with my left leg in front and ive known how to do it for 3 or 4 years now. the only thing is, im a righty and i dont understand why i can stop with my right foot. i always notice when i try to stop with my right foot it ends up not turning all the way around but my left foot will spin so far to make like a T shape and i just cant control it. i would’ve just stuck with my left leg first but no matter how hard i push or drop my weight i cant spray snow past like an inch off the ground. so i would appreciate any tips on how to switch from my left leg first to the right leg first. thanks

    • Reply Jeremy January 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      Just watch the first video and practice the motions. You just have to keep on practicing until your muscles learn how to do it.

  40. Reply Jonny November 14, 2010 at 3:55 am

    I realize that this is geared towards a beginner level of stopping. I am pretty novice, myself. But I’ve been told that, ideally, you should actually be doing the majority of your stopping on you outside edge of your back foot. The reason for this is that when you are used to stopping on your back foot, you can use your front foot right away (before you’ve even finished stopping) for other things, like starting to move in another direction. Any thoughts on this?

    These tips are exactly how I learned how to stop on ice. The nearest ice rink is two hours away from me, so I don’t get to practice that much. But when you do utilize these techniques, you learn how to do it pretty quick!

    • Reply Jeremy November 14, 2010 at 8:53 am

      For a beginner using your front foot is a bit easier so that is how most beginners learn. If I want to do a hockey stop with a lot of ice spraying I really lean into the front foot.
      In hockey though I don’t really use a full hockey stop that often, it is mostly crossovers, turning, coasting, acceleration. For turns where you stop and turn at the same time, and really tight turns you can really bend your knees, put more weight on the back foot and use it as a pivot. For high speed turns I find most of the weight is pushed to your front foot due to the g-force.

  41. Reply Yanal November 13, 2010 at 8:46 pm


    I appreciate all the advice and time you put up for us novice skaters, I have one question: For my right skate I can easily stop,perfectly,however with my left,my leg stops,and I cant stop with my left,any advise on this? Thanks in advance!

  42. Reply NYRangerFan1 November 11, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    This is a great site and it’s been very useful so far in helping me decide to finally take up the sport of hockey- although I grew up in an area that didn’t have accessible ice, I’m learning now as an adult.

    My big problem so far has been hockey stops. I start to glide, lift the weight of one foot but my problem comes in the transition when I turn one foot my skates bite in and i just wind up cutting a very sharp turn instead of stopping. I’ve tried going faster, turning my feet quicker, I’m even trying to keep my momentum going in one constant direction, but everytime my edges just bite in and I wind up carving a hairpin turn/doing a 360 instead of stopping.

    I can’t seem to make my blades ‘peel’ the ice no matter what I do. It’s getting super discouraging, any insights?


    • Reply Jeremy November 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

      You might not be using your inside edge properly. The body naturally does not want to slide sideways so part of it is overcoming the mental fear.
      To practice sliding sideways you can push sideways with one foot, and then try to slide with the other. Just stand still and hop from side to side, you will slowly get use to the feeling and understand how to slide sideways on your skates

  43. Reply LearningHockeyStopGal November 2, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    First and foremost, a huge thank you for the video and the explanation! I checked out several sites, but yours is super helpful with the video AND the tips. 🙂

    I’m taking a class right now with a group of folks and I’m working on my hockey stop. While I can now do the 1-foot snowplow stop fairly comfortably now after a lot of practice and repetition, I seemed to be having the same problem that most people are having. I seemed to have some difficulty transitioning from one leg snowplow to the full hockey stop.

    When I try to do the hockey, my “balancing” leg (left one) just seemed to be a dead leg and sort of just hangs or go straight (so it looks like I’m trying to do the one-leg snowplow again). The other problem is that I’m not rotating the hips properly. When you rotate, which goes first, the feet, the hips or the shoulder that should turn first? (it all happens so fast, and there are some conflicting info). Are there any off-ice drills that you know that would help me get the hang of it better?


  44. Reply Girl hockey September 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    My only problem is when i stop, my left foot stays straight forward, and my right foot goes sideways. I tried stopping sideways, but my left foot makes me stop too fast, and i end up loosing my balance. Any suggestions?

    • Reply Jeremy October 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm

      It sounds like you have to get used to using your outside edge on your back foot. A good way to practice is to stand stationary on the ice and jump from side to side with your skates on. Get used to the sliding sideways feeling. Once you do this a few times then go faster, and then try to get both feet involved. Good luck!

  45. Reply HS September 24, 2010 at 10:37 am


    I’m having a lot of trouble stopping. If I want to stop using my right skate. How do I take weight off my feet, I have trouble taking weight off my legs and turning them 90 degrees. I can’t stop on the outside edge of my ice skate. It doesn’t dig into the ice properly? Can you help me?


  46. Reply ChrisRollins (from hfboards) August 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I’ve been playing for about 6 weeks now and [the hockey stop] is the first thing I made myself learn. I skated public sessions several times a week for about three weeks before I got it down from both directions. This article has really helped

    The way I learned, you’re pretty much doing all the work with your lead foot (the right foot if turning left and vice versa). Just get used to doing a plow stop with that foot and slowly put more and more of your weight on it when you do it. Then, when you’re more comfortable with that, twist your hips and while leaning “back” from the turn. Your momentum will throw you back up. It helped me at first to turn my head (but not my upper body) in the direction of the turn to focus me. After many, many repetitions you will begin to develop muscle-memory and it will become second-nature. Remember to practice in both directions!

  47. Reply Sarah June 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for the videos!! Me and my friend are going skating later this week. We recently really got into hockey and have been going to the rink a couple times a week. I’ve found that Im actually not too bad at the skating aspect of it and I love to just go as fast as I possibly can but my method of stopping is running into the first thing that comes in my way… usually a wall… or another skater. Hopefully these videos will change that!!

  48. Reply Scott Pantall April 5, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Great article and videos!
    I’m to the point where I can stop confidently on one skate, but I still have some work to do to do a full, 2 skate hockey stop. I think part of my issue is that I’m just not that comfortable yet on my outside edges.

  49. Reply John March 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Great Site and Advice:

    I’m trying to get back into the swing of things hockey wise and I can only stop leading with my right foot at the moment. For some reason, my left foot will not slide and I end up doing the majority of stopping on my lead (right) foot. I know its a psychological block but even when I think im concentrating on transferring the weight, rotating the hips, it just kind of fails me. Any advice and/or tips are much appreciated.

    • Reply Offense March 10, 2010 at 10:08 pm

      Well it is part psychological and also part that you just can not do it. In order to form the muscle memory to perform a task you need to perform the task a few thousand times, some times up to 10 000 times.

      My best advice is practice a lot, and try some of the tips in the video and article. Try using just your left foot to stop, and your right for balance (like in the video). Start slow, then go faster as you become more comfortable. As you get better at this then take some weigh off of your right foot that you are using for balance, until you can use both feet.
      Good luck!

  50. Reply Jacky March 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    what i mean is my right foot is leading

  51. Reply Offense March 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    You have your edges reversed. If you are stopping and your left foot is the front foot you will be leaning back, and that will cause the inside edge of your left foot to be causing you to stop. Try to visualize what you would look like stopping, and then picture the edges. Remember inside edges are on the inside (think about the inside of your legs) Outside edges are on the outside.

  52. Reply Jacky March 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Okay so if im trying to stop on the left i use the outter edge of my left foot and inner edge from my right foot

  53. Reply Jacky March 8, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    so basically a hockey stop is using your outside edge on your left skate and using the inside edge on your right skate and make a 90 degrees turn

    • Reply Offense March 8, 2010 at 9:06 pm

      I have added some picures that may help. The edges you use depends on which way you are stopping. The best way to learn after watching our how to hockey stop video and this article is to practice A LOT!

  54. Reply Jacky March 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    well i personally don’t own a hockey skate myself, when i do get one it’ll be hard to stop right? also which skate is good?

  55. Reply Jacky March 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I also roller blade and can i do the same for that?

    • Reply Offense March 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm

      NOOO! haha the first time I roller bladed I tried to stop like I do in hockey, big time face plant. In hockey you stop by sliding to a stop, the wheels on your roller blades do not work the same way, you will stop instantly and face plant.

  56. Reply Jacky March 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Okay thanks a lot now im less confused, does rental skates have an effect on doing this or is it just me? My cousin was able to do it the first time and i couldn’t 🙁

    • Reply Scott Pantall April 5, 2010 at 2:40 am

      I found that the hardest thing about using rental skates to learn how to skate is the inconsistency of the blades. I was never sure whether my blades were going to be sharp or dull until I stepped out on the ice. If you’re serious about learning how to skate, go buy your own skates. It’ll make it much easier to learn.

    • Reply Offense March 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm

      Only if they were freshly sharpened. If you are just starting then newly sharpened skates will make it harder to stop because they will be really sharp and have a lot more “bite”

      With duller skates it will be a bit easier to slide

  57. Reply Jacky March 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Oh yea, i was wondering whats inside and outside edge

    • Reply Offense March 8, 2010 at 6:39 pm

      When you skate you are actually skating on the two edges of the blade.Here is a quick diagram of what I mean.

      Hockey skate blade edges

      Pretend you are on the ice, and looking down at your skates. Your inside edge will be the right edge on the blade of your left skate, and the left edge on the blade of your right skate. Does that make sense? When you do a full hockey stop, say leading with your right foot you are using the inside edge of your right foot, and outside edge of your left foot.

      This video might help explain what I am talking about as far as learning the motions. The instruction starts at 1:30

      I will be sure to make a video for you, we have some ice time on Friday and we have a lot of videos planned to shoot.

      It can be frustrating, but it will take a while until you get it, the key is to keep on trying.

  58. Reply Jacky March 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Well im still not getting a hang of it, maybe im doing it wrong. Is it possible for you to make a video on how to do it? If you could that’ll be awesome cause im a visual learner

  59. Reply Jacky March 7, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Hey i am still having problems doing the hockey stop, everytime i do it i turn 360 what could i do to fix this problem any drills off ice?

    • Reply Offense March 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      For off ice you could put on some thick socks and go to your wood floor, or smooth floor. Stand with your feet a bit wider than shoulder width apart and push off sideways with one foot, slide with the other. Do this back and forth. This will get you used to the feeling of sliding.

      Next time you are on skates go and stand next to the boards, hold on with one hand so your one shoulder is facing the boards. Push out with one foot, just so you get used to your inside edge of your one skate peeling ice.

      Once you get comfortable doing this, then push off with your one foot, and slide / stop with the other (just like you practiced in your living room) Try it out and let me know if that helped.

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