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07-08-2010, 11:48 AM
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ponder
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Improving acceleration

I have decent top speed, but not great acceleration, tough for me to blow by good skaters, and I also have trouble defending really good skaters in the neutral zone. Obviously this is partly genetic, and I don't have great acceleration on dry land sports either, but I feel I should be able to improve it somewhat. Anyone have good drills/exercises (on ice, or on land) to help improve acceleration/explosiveness? I've played around 15 seasons of organized hockey at a variety of levels (currently just in a beer league), so not really looking for beginner tips, more tips for an experienced skater to get to the next level. At the moment am just doing suicides on ice (occasionally), and squats in the gym.

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