Andy & Diane Ness

Back to the fundamentals


By Andy Ness


When we do our camps, regardless if it’s Mites or the pros, it always comes back to the fundamentals of skating. It is very clear to me that there is a distinct difference between doing something and doing something well.

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Stride drills


By Andy Ness


A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the three main ingredients of an efficient stride (the load, the push, the extension). I would like to share a drill that we got from former Olympic speedskater Dave Cruikshank over the summer. It is one thing to understand how the technique should look and it is another to understand what drills help accomplish this.

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The load, the push, the extension


By Diane Ness


I have come across some great photos of young NHL skaters while we were working on their stride during a summer session. While looking at the pictures, it should give you a better understanding of the three main elements that go into a stride. The load, the push, and the extension. Although there is more that goes into a stride than that, I would like to revisit these three main components.  

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All about skates


By Andy Ness

Whether you are a Mite or a high school player, a pair of skates is one of your most important pieces of equipment you can have. There are so many variables from sizes to sharpening to brands. I will try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that we get in hopes that you can better understand how a skate actually works.

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Learning by “feel”


By Andy Ness

To teach skating, one must be able to find more ways of connecting to students rather than by just simply “telling” or “saying.” An instructor also must go beyond demonstration and showing a student what it should look like. One of the best ways to learn to skate is to learn by “feel.” Whether it is first-time beginner skaters or Niklas Kronwall from the Detroit Red Wings, “feel” tells you what is working or what is not working.

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