Over the last two weeks, we’ve shown you the basic inside edge and outside edge drills. This week we’re going to cover an advanced edgework drill for skaters who have mastered the basic edges. The drill begins by alternating from the inside to outside edge on a single foot, performing a single-foot stop (without putting the other foot down at all in between), then regaining speed by performing quick inside edge c-cuts. The drill requires body and ankle control…and a lot of balance. Enjoy the video:
Defense turns are an essential pivot to learn for both forward and defensemen. A “D turn” is a transition from forward to backward using a 1 or 2 foot stopping technique into a cross-over to change directions.
We’re back this week with our normal videos. This week we cover the stretch pass. The stretch pass is a quick pass (usually coming from a defenseman) allowing your team to quickly transition from a regroup to an attack. It’s important for defensemen to learn the skill of making this pass while skating backward.
The final skill development video in this series focuses on defensemen handling the puck at the point and driving to the middle. The drill is very simple, but the techniques used to control the puck are crucial for them in game situations.
In video number 5 of 6 in our summer training series, we’ll take a look at the Double Pivot Drill. The Double Pivot Drill is great for focusing on explosive change of direction and maintaining puck control.