"Positive and encouraging attitude from coaches, helpful skill teaching and drills. Most of his clinics and training have been "do this, again, again" without explanation of how and why. My son was able to explain to me what he learned and why it's important to know and practice. "
Dennis E. Bloomington, IL 2015
Backward C-Cut Video mini lesson by Instructor Team Leader Alan Noble.
Backward C-Cuts are best used when traveling at full speed going backward or in 1 on 1 situations as a defenseman. Backward crossovers are still best for acceleration and lateral movement. So the best way to do this is by performing 1 crossover to get your speed up, then going into the backward c-cuts.
Also the arm swing shown is used only in low pressure situations and when going for absolute maximum speed. When you are in a high pressure situation such as a 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 against you, you can do many things with your stick and might not be able to swing your arms.
Skating just got Incredibly Important for D
Defensemen struggle in the new NHL, because for their entire life they could use their stick illegally -- to a greater or lesser degree. Now they can't at all. They have to play the opposing forward as if they have no stick in their hands so they are required to mirror him perfectly. Actually, they must also learn to poke-check again, something that's been missing for thirty years.
By Jack Blatherwick, Ph.D. / Physiologist, Washington Capitals Hockey Team.