Power Skating Drills

by Jeremy Rupke on December 7, 2009

Power Skating

Power skating is very important if you want to build your strength, acceleration and technique. If you are serious about playing hockey then you should implement many power skating drills into your practice. All of the power skating techniques shown in these videos are for on ice development, however this does not mean you have to rent a rink to practice! Shovel your pond off, find an out door rink, shovel off the ice on the lake, or build a rink in your backyard! (for us in the northern climates) Power skating is crucial to improving your game, after all the easiest way to get past the defense is to skate right past them. Stickhandling is great when you need it, but why stick handle around 3 players and risk losing the puck when you could possibly skate past them for a one on one with the goalie?

I will save the rants for some of my stickhandling articles. This is the 3rd video of 3 about power skating

You should try to power skate anytime you can. If your hockey team is leaving the ice after a practice, or the guys are getting off the ice after shinny and the zamboni is not coming on the ice yet, grab the net and push it as hard as you can around the ice a few times. Power skating is a great way to improve your game!
I hope you enjoyed the 3 power skating videos, and feel free to share this site with friends. Also thanks to CoachWalt on youtube for putting these videos up.

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Jeremy Rupke

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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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TheMan February 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Hey I was wandering if you have any skating tips for a ten year old.

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Cameron January 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm

How much weight is a good amount for a 16 year old to be pulling for speed?

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michael November 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

i love skating and i need more speed but with this article i learned it will help with hard hit thanks

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Paul November 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Great site. Would you recommend the elastic straps in the above video for a 10 year old? If so, where can I get them? Thanks

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Jeremy November 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

Hi Paul I haven’t actually used the straps so I wouldn’t be able to give a good recommendation. My only advice is to make sure your sons skating technique is PERFECT before you start using weights or any other training devices. Proper technique is very important and will greatly improve speed.

Pam June 2, 2010 at 9:58 am

What are some off ice drills and exercises that a ten year old can do to improve his speed, balance and shooting strength?

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Jeremy June 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Hi Pam, some off ice drills that are easy are stair running and wind sprints. They work well to build acceleration, as for skating, at a young age it is best to get the most ice time as possible and work on a good stride. Make sure your child is skating properly, and taking powerful, full strides. Also work on crossovers, tight turns, skating backwards and stop and starts. We will try to get a full article up when the ice is in again

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