Is there an order to learn skating skills?
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08-06-2013, 02:41 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: The Triangle
As someone who got into hockey as an adult, and had to teach myself a lot of the hockey-style skating technique, here's my tidbit of advice for learning to hockey stop.
1) Don't try to skip learning the snowplow stop. This was my mistake. "I'm never going to use this playing hockey, don't need to know it!" No. You DO need to know it!
2) Get really good at doing the aforementioned snowplows.
3) Now try lifting your weaker foot up while doing a snowplow. Much to your surprise, you will find you can do snowplows on one foot without falling over. Which is, of course, the same thing as a one-footed hockey stop.
4) When you get comfortable with those one-footed stops, introduce your back foot as a support. Boom, you can now do a completely comfortable hockey stop.
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