Diane Ness



By Diane Ness


As defined by the dictionary, “agility” is a rapid, whole body movement with change of velocity or direction in response to a stimulus. To put it in hockey terms, it’s the ability to change the body’s position efficiently and to move quickly in any direction. Much like a running back in football, it’s basically the skaters ability to be “shifty” and “nimble.”

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Blade positioning


By Diane Ness


When examining skating, one needs to understand how a skate blade works, as well as the blade positioning. If I were to ask any skater how much blade is in contact with the ice, most would answer “the whole blade.”

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Increasing speed


By Diane Ness


After a good summer of training, players that prepared themselves properly should feel confident going into camp.  In the photo of Ryan McDonagh, you will notice him executing a stride. This photo was taken as a screen shot from videos. We took videos of Ryan at full and half speed during a summer practice. Notice the knee bend and extension in the photo. These attributes always seem to be the same while examining a skater with excellent speed.

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Basic skating for the Mini-Mite


By Diane Ness


As hockey season is finally here so is the start of Mini-Mite hockey. Whether you are a coach or a parent that wants to get out on the ice with your son or daughter, take along my must-have checklist. Always remember at this age to try and make skating and hockey fun and creative. Engage yourself into a lot of little games. Remember, everything is a contest at this age, even getting into line. So from right out of the skate shop and onto the ice, here we go...

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Engaging a skater’s legs


By Diane Ness


As I am finishing up my four-week stay in New Jersey, I got to pop in to one of the players’ workouts after a power skating session. It was great to see all the exercises and movements and how they are very specific to skating and hockey in general. Strength training has come such a long way and can be paired really well with effective on-ice training.

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