I just came across a great article/video on Hilary Knight (US Olympic Team) skating with the Anaheim Ducks a few weeks ago.
Photo from Ducks.NHL.com
Things like this are great for the sport. If you’re a player or coach, I’d encourage you to take a few minutes to check this out. One of the things that really caught my eye (other than how awesome of an experience this must have been for Hilary…and all of the young girls that got to meet and skate with Hilary) was how excited Hilary was to use this as a learning experience.
She’s one of the best players in the history of the sport, and still incredibly eager to find ways to continue getting better. That should be a lesson every youth player keeps with them for the rest of their lives, within and outside of hockey. There is always room for improvement, and the best people are constantly trying to find that small edge. Great stuff!
To your success,
P.S. If you’re interested in off-ice speed training exercises for hockey players, check out Breakaway Hockey Speed, which now comes with a full downloadable exercise database!
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