Powerskating for ice hockey
Eileen Peerless has over 35 years experience in skills development. She has worked with hockey teams at all age and skill levels and has taught hundreds of skaters of all ages in developing her own powerskating method. Her students are constantly being recognized wherever they go throughout the country for their skating ability. She currently teaches at the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf, Md. and at the Mt. Vernon Rec Center in Alexandria, Va.
Eileen's book is now available for purchase from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. You can visit her website at www.peerlesspowerskating.com to order the dvd that accompanies the book
The Forward Stride of Hockey Powerskating
Ice hockey expert Eileen Peerless demonstrates her power skating method, including the forward stride.
Eileen Peerless: I am Eileen Peerless, hockey power skating instructor and coach. I have with me today, three of my students. This is Melvin John Nichols (ph), this is Michael Desau (ph) and this is Joe Ducat (ph). They are going to demonstrate my forward stride. I am going to ask each of them to skate down the ice, so that you can see the technique of my stride and then I will discuss how we get that technique. I am going to ask Melvin John to go down to do the forward stride. The forward stride, my forward stride uses body transfer. It goes from one foot to the other foot. There is your bend extend, that knee extended knee. Michael Desau will also skate down; the arms go forward and back with the elbow popping back. You do not want your hand going down. Straight out, the leg is bent and extend. There is your bend extend.
The stride push is directly out to the side. It does not push back. It goes directly to the side and it comes back. It's very very simple. How it goes out, it comes back. So you push out to the side and you return it back to the side. At that point, the body transfers over to the skater to stride in back, the other leg extends out and comes back. You have a stance that is basically an open V where you push out and return. You do not want any motion where the foot goes back and comes in behind. It is straight out with a straight knee. The knee should be locked, the ankle is locked and the toe is the last thing to leave the ice. You do not have a toe push. A toe push will cause the toe to go back. You wanted a knee push. So the knee goes out, it locks and it comes back the exact same way that it went out.
This stride is very important if you want to gain speed and power. It has both elements. The stance is fairly wide. You do not come back under your body. If you come back under your body and have your feet touching or your feet together, you are going to be off balanced. So you want your feet, keep with apart, so that this is where your stability is in the stride and from here it depends on how deep your knee is. If you have a very deep knee bend, you are going to have a good stride push out to the side. It comes back the same way it went out, so that this foot can push out. So you are going to the side, to the side, to the side. You are not going back, back, back. Every time you push back, that pushes your body forward. You do not want your body forward. You want it to go from side to side. That is the basic element of my forward stride.
Be sure that when you learn your stride, you edge your arms. You do not need to swing the hand all the way back; that is a lot of extra motion and it is very tiring to do that. Instead, you bend the arm with the elbow, you push back and this will go forward and then the elbow swings back. So you want to make sure that it is the elbow that you bring back; the hand goes no further than the hip. This is the arm movement that you want. You do not want to have it go back and get out of control. You want to make sure that you are in control.