The Secret to Balance, Speed, and Power

Skating tip

by Jeremy Rupke on December 6, 2013

Do you keep falling over, do you get off balance, are you easily knocked off the puck? You should be more like Sidney Crosby, his personal trainer explains he’s so hard to knock off the puck because he stays low

This is the second article in our how to skate series and it covers a very important aspect of skating. We covered this in our first video, however I wanted to expand on it to really drive the point home. In the first video we talked about the importance of knee bend, and in this video we talk about the importance of staying low throughout your stride.

If  you want more power, better balance, and a smoother stride it is important to stay low and maintain a good knee bend. Many players start low, but then end up coasting. Remember to always be ready, you have to be low, it helps with speed, balance, agility, and power.

Maintain Good Knee Bend for more Power

More Skating Tips for a better stride

  • How far should you bend your knees? With equipment on, and knees properly bent, you should not be able to see the toes of your skates. Remember to keep your weight over your skates, like in the video.
  • Good knee bend is important for a powerful stride, but be sure to maintain the knee bend in all maneuvers (crossovers, turning, accelerating, stopping)
  • Chances are your legs are too straight when you skate. If you get a chance record yourself skating for a shift and watch it later.
  • Remember to get a full extension with each stride, and recover quickly
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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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Angel December 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Great video and advice Jeremy. I’ve been told that I start to coast, especially after a few strides with the puck and am easily knocked off balance so the puck is taken away. I play in a no-checking league, but body contact is frequent. Can you post a video about how to use body to protect the puck AND keep moving and driving at the same time? I’ve noticed more advanced player can do this well.

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Peter Rafferty December 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

Fantastic video, that 5 stride drill is something I’m gonna be concentrating on. I’ve noticed myself doing exactly what you’ve said in our skating and coast to Coast drills, I stand up towards the end, this will give me a tool to work on for it. Cheers Jeremy!

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