Diane Ness

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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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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The art of skating


By Diane Ness


When looking at what makes a good skater, sometimes attributes we see may be subjective. After all, if we sink a putt or make a basket, we get the immediate feedback of doing something correctly. How do we tell a good skater from a weak skater? We can do simple timing speed tests, but that just scratches the surface on how good a skater actually is. Is the skater efficient? Does the skater corner with speed? Is the skater agile? Does the skater have good balance and is strong on their skates? When evaluating any skating skill, whether it be forward crossovers, quick starts or backwards skating, there will always be four main key components to every skill. For each skating skill to be proficient all of these skills must be present and executed properly, so let’s look at all four.

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Finding the right pair of skates


By Diane Ness


As hockey camps are in full swing, I have seen many younger skaters who are in need of a different pair of skates. Buying the proper fitting skate for every skater is essential.

When trying to buy skates, fit, type of skate, stiffness of a boot and sharpening are some things to consider. This is the most important piece of equipment a skater can have. Parents may be able to cut costs on some other equipment, but make sure to invest in a good pair of skates. There are so many choices out there so here are some things to consider.

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Practice makes permanent


By Diane Ness


In skating, one of the main areas of concern is getting every skater’s center of gravity lower to the ice. This means getting your knees bent, your ankles flexed and your butt down. This does not come with a few repetitions of  drills, but rather with countless hours of an actual concentrated effort.  

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