Dr. Mike Bracko

Sports Physiologist • Skating Coach

Dr. Mike Bracko

Sports Physiologist • Skating Coach

How the Pros Skate

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To get an idea of the biomechanics of a high performance hockey skater, you can watch certain players and understand their characteristics.

Watch these players in these videos to see how they skate. You will notice they all have the 5 characteristics of fast skaters:

  1. Arms move side-to-side.

  2. Wide Stride with lots of space between their skates.

  3. Low Recovery after pushing off.

  4. Quickly getting the skate on the ice after pushing off.

  5. Their skates land in-line with their shoulder-hip-knee so they can get on inside edge to push-off.



Check out these fast skaters: Larkin, Saad, Duchene, Hall, Letang. Arms side-to-side, wide stride, quick recovery, fast feet.


Jonathan Drouin — 2015 NHL Fastest Skater


Taylor Hall — 2011 NHL Fastest Skater


Phil Kessel vs. Tyler Seguin &mdmdash; 2015 NHL Fastest Skater



 

 

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Forward Stride Benchmark Template
Created by Andy Scott, P.Eng, ChPC, President, Excel Hockey Group — from research and analysis of NHL players. Can be used to compare the stride characteristics of the players with those of NHL players.

CLICK HERE (PDF)

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A monthly newsletter with practical information about skating instruction and improving skating performance for all ages. It also has information about dry-land training, nutrition, and specialized training for high performance skating. The newsletter gives useful information to parents, coaches, and players.

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