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.
This is because a break away naturally stands out in a game. The crowd all starts to stand up to watch, the players on both teams lean over the boards to get a better view; it is the highlight of a players game.
We had a parent call us who took our Laura Stamm Power Skating clinic the year before and she said her child became known for always back checking. Now, someone who always catches people from behind is someone who is a fast skater.
by Alan Noble, Instructor