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Andy Ness

Skills for the elite skater

11/29/2018, 9:00am CST
By Andy Ness

Board play, turning away from pressure and blue line work are important skills for high-level players

Changing gears throughout your forward stride

11/15/2018, 10:00am CST
By Andy Ness

With practice, skaters can improve their speed and acceleration, and understand how and when to use it in a game situation.

The perfect stride

11/01/2018, 9:00am CDT
By Andy Ness

The three main elements that go into a stride are the load, the push and the extension.

Designing a skating practice

10/22/2018, 2:45pm CDT
By Andy Ness

Having a plan on what you want to work on is key when putting together a skating practice

Power turns

09/27/2018, 11:30am CDT
By Andy Ness

For as many times as a skater will use a power turn, it is essential to learn how to do it properly.

Another look at development

08/29/2018, 9:45am CDT
By Andy Ness

There is a drastic difference between players that play hockey and hockey players.

Getting a deep knee bend

07/19/2018, 10:30am CDT
By Andy Ness

Regardless of a skater’s natural abilities, this is a skill that can be improved with consistent quality repetition.

Finding the right pair of skates

04/20/2018, 11:15am CDT
By Andy Ness

Buying the proper fitting skate for every skater is essential

Skill vs. drill

03/19/2018, 3:00pm CDT
By Andy Ness

The drill is what we design to help practice and improve the specific skill.

Training for the offseason

03/14/2018, 2:30pm CDT
By Andy Ness

We know we need to skate and train in the offseason, but what should we focus on?