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10-04-2012, 11:02 PM
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Skating Drills

Hey Guys

So, I'm a Goalie, but I'm always looking to go out and play on the ODR as a forward, because it's a great time. Thing is, I'm a subpar skater. I can pretty much do everything on my right foot, which keeps my competent enough in the crease, but when I take the pads off and am just out on the ice I'm really weak as a skater. I'm looking for 3-5 drills that you can recommend that really work on all the fundamentals of skating, not as a goalie but just as a player. It's my last year of hockey for 4-5 years, and I'm not playing at too high of a level, so I'm cool with just trying to become a better skater. It'll help me out in the crease eventually too.

Anyways, yeah, just 3-5 drills I can work on by myself for hours at the outdoor rink that'll help me at least feel like I can fake like I know what I'm doing out there with all my AAA buds who can actually play

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I posted all my favorites in the original Hockey Noob thread:


enjoy! They helped me quite a lot!

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I've posted this before, but I'll post it again, it's a progression that really helped me improve my skating/edges:

This link has terrific edgework drills:


The only thing I don't like about it is the order they're presented in, they have the 1 leg weaving drill early on, when it's the toughest skill to master. My suggestion would be:

1) Start with the 1-footed figure 8s, on both your inside and outside edges, do these until you're very comfortable on all edges
2) Progress to scissor skating, again until you're very comfortable, doing it both slowly and quickly, and getting lot's of pressure/power out of all 4 edges
3) Progress to crossovers (slow crossovers, really focusing on form). Lateral step drills can help here too (walking along the blueline by crossing your legs over each other, facing the end boards)
4) Progress to 2-footed turns (with basically equal pressure on your inside and outside edges). Start coming into the turn slowly, then practice coming in with more and more speed
5) Try the 1 leg weaving drill to really perfect your technique

Ideally you will do this whole progression going both forward and backward, but obviously it's much tougher going backward. One last tip is to keep a nice deep knee/ankle bend, too many newer skaters skate really upright, which hurts your balance and ability to generate power.

By just practising crossovers, you'll eventually get decent at them, but I think to become TRULY comfortable on all 4 edges, so you can really generate a tonne of power on those outside edges, you need other drills too (like the ones listed above).

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