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04-22-2009, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Tinkeric View Post
Hey everyone, I've done a lot of "power skating" before, but I'm still not sure about one crucial aspect of skating: is it better to try to stay as "light" on the ice as possible or is it better to "dig in" with the edges?

At one extreme of the spectrum, I could try to skate essentially like a figure skater and be as light on my feet as possible. Or at the other extreme, I could try to really carve up the ice with all my strides, crossovers, etc.

Obviously, each specific game situation determines which style is better. For speed and agility though, doesn't it make more sense to try to have as light contact with the ice as possible? (Less friction, less wasted energy, etc.)

It looks like there's a variety of skating styles in the NHL too. But most of the best players look like they're floating on the ice when they're gliding.

I would think the answer is both at once. The pushing foot should be carving while the lead foot should be gliding, no?

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