"Another critical camp is Laura Stamm Power Skating School. As a coach, I can say that the kids who attend this camp are easily distinguished from those who don't." "I can personally attest to the value of this camp. We could see the improvement in our players' skating skills when the took the ice every single day. The impact is huge."
Danny H. Newark, OH 2013
Forward Stride Video mini lesson by Instructor Team Leader Alan Noble.
A note on the arm swing; the arm swing shown is used for generating maximum possible speed. The technique was taken from speed skating and adapted into hockey. Only use this one hand arm swing when you are in low pressure or no pressure situations in a game such as on a breakaway before you get to the goalie or back checking while trying to catch the skater with the puck.
Most game situations require 2 hands on the stick, such as passing, shooting, receiving a pass, stopping, turning, transitions, and most other game situations. The only time you have one hand is when nobody is near you and you need pure SPEED. For younger skaters it is important teaching them when to go one hand on the stick and when to go two hands on the stick. You don't want your players to always have 2 hands on the stick the same as you don't want them to always have 1 hand on the stick.
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.