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06-28-2012, 12:21 PM
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JJ Johnson
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Great thread!

Yes, what you described as "hips behind you" positions your kinetic chain ("your body") in such a way that you will be maximizing "hip extension" - allowing you to utilize your powerful gluteal muscles during each stride (<--- those back of your leg muscles the Wild prospect is referring to).

Of course (as mentioned by others), when you're handling the puck in close quarters and you have to sacrifice skating speed for "protecting the puck, or avoiding bodies/traffic, etc..." then yes you can't be in a position where "optimal hip extension and full out speed is your priority" and so in those situations your "hips won't be behind you" (as you described).

Hope that helps!

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