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Backward Crossover Video mini lesson by Instructor Team Leader Alan Noble.

The crossovers shown are best used for gaining acceleration and lateral mobility and should not be done in a one on one situation.

Also players shouldn't do the "reach in" technique until they have already mastered normal backward crossovers powerfully and to full extension. When players try to do the reach in and have not fully grasped the technique of the normal crossovers, it tends to make the crossovers worse rather than better. It would be like adding in a puck to the forward stride before the player has the normal stride down, its just too much to think about right off the bat and should be built up to in a progression.

Tip: The Pivot (Tight Turn)

One of the most important agility moves in hockey is the pivot or tight turn. Wayne Gretzky was a master of this move. He used it magically to escape defenders and accelerate into open ice with the puck.

The pivot is a forward skating move in which the player executes a tight turn and emerges from it still skating forward, but in a new direction. It is an extremely important hockey move because it gives the player numerous options.



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Catch or Be Caught

How do you know if someone is a fast skater? The best way to find out is always by having a race. And the type of race that most often stands out in a game is the race between a skater on a break away and one back checking.


by Alan Noble, Instructor

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