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"Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how fantastic your program is! My son attended over the weekend at Oak Lawn Ice Arena. Every aspect of your program was fantastic! He learned things in the first hour that he hasn’t learned in the year that he has been playing hockey. He was so pumped up the first night, he couldn’t wait to come back the following morning. The instructors were awesome and so patient with the kids, all while having fun too. WE WILL DEFINITELY ATTEND NEXT YEAR! Thank you again for a great experience!"
Donna S. Oak Lawn IL 2014

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.


 "I learned more from one hour at Laura's clinics than from all the hockey schools I had been to."


Catch or Be Caught

How do you know if someone is a fast skater? The best way to find out is always by having a race. And the type of race that most often stands out in a game is the race between a skater on a break away and one back checking.


by Alan Noble, Instructor

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