The hockey stop is that sudden, flashy move that sends snow flying and has spectators gawking. It is the move that players use to "stop on a dime". Many coaches insist that when changing direction, their players should use stops and starts rather than wide turns; they feel that when properly executed, stops and starts are faster and more efficient than turns.
The hockey stop leaves players well prepared to start out either in the same or in the opposite direction.
Following are some important things to remember when executing hockey stops:
by Laura Stamm, © January, 2002