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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

Tight Turn Video mini lesson by Instructor Team Leader Alan Noble.

A video mini lesson on the tight turn. Most players cannot execute a tight turn at full speed properly or without falling down, even fewer players can do that on both sides. For most players this is because they are doing a common mistake and not performing a C-cut when entering the turn, as addressed in the video.

The other common mistake would be leaning into the turn as opposed to leaning out to keep your center of gravity more over your skates. Between these two corrections you will see a vast improvement in your turns.

Tip: Drag Touch

After pushing off, fully extend your pushing (left) leg and drag the first two or three inches of the left inside edge (called "the toe") on the ice for about two seconds. In order to drag the inside edge of the toe your left leg and skate must be turned outward. If they are turned straight downward you will be dragging the "tippy toe" of the skate, with the leg now in a walking-running position (a "no-no" for skating).

After dragging the toe, now drag the heel of the returning skate back under your body until that heel (left) touches the heel of the gliding (right) skate. Your feet should now be in a "V" position (heels touching, toes apart). If your knees are well bent, the shape between your thighs, knees and ankles will form a "diamond" shape. I call this recovery position the "V - diamond" position.

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DOUG BROWN :

 "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.

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by Alan Noble, Instructor

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