"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 Crossover Video mini lesson by Instructor Team Leader Alan Noble.
The crossovers shown are best used for gaining acceleration and lateral mobility and should not be done in a one on one situation.
Also players shouldn't do the "reach in" technique until they have already mastered normal backward crossovers powerfully and to full extension. When players try to do the reach in and have not fully grasped the technique of the normal crossovers, it tends to make the crossovers worse rather than better. It would be like adding in a puck to the forward stride before the player has the normal stride down, its just too much to think about right off the bat and should be built up to in a progression.
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.