The Defensive Skating System

The Defensive Skating System
The Defensive Skating System
Item# HD-04586
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Product Description

  • Learn better defensive skating to stop high-scoring forwards
  • 20 skills and drills to help players maintain a tight gap and be in position for quick right/left movements
  • Learn how to minimize crossovers and the time and space they provide to offensive players
  • Learn effective skating techniques for the neutral zone and the corners
with Adam Nicholas, North Yarmouth Academy Director of Player Development;
Lewiston Maine IACS Skating and Skills Coach;

Stop high scoring forwards using the Defensive Skating System! Adam Nicholas has taught this effective system to players and teams at every level - youth, high school, college and the NHL.

Crossing over gives your opponent time and space to create trouble for your defense. This system enables defensive players to stay square to an opponent, recover, maintain a tight gap and maintain speed without crossing over.

Players of all levels can use this system. It starts with a simple T-push and advances through 20 progressive drills and skills for improving defensive skating, such as:

  • The Lidstrom Arcing Technique - Allows for quicker left/right reactions when closing on an opponent.
  • Niedermayer Progression - Lets defensive players gain momentum without crossing over and also helps them effectively recover to the left or right and to re-gap to stay in good defensive position.
  • Tight Air - Lets defenders maintain momentum and containment when forwards make turns in the corner.
  • Box Drill Progression - Teaches how to maintain speed in the neutral zone enabling players to track opponents and maintain a tight gap when accepting an on-coming rush.
  • Defensive X Drill - Combines all of the defensive skating techniques from this progression for developing proper tracking control.

Also included are stick handling tips to improve defensive performance in tandem with skating techniques.

This is system isn't just for defensemen. It's for any player who needs to shut down a rushing opponent. Order now and start improving your defensive skating.

43 minutes. 2014.

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