Saturday, April 28, 2012

New York Ranger - Washington Capitals: Speed Kills Your Opponent or You in the Playoffs

Chris Kreider was clocked skating at 33.7 MPH during tonight 3-1 Ranger win!  Kreider scored the game winning goal and assist in tonight game.



  • The rate or a measure of the rate of motion, especially:
  • Distance traveled divided by the time of travel.


  • Activity with is rapidity of motion


  • The ability to move and change direction and position of the body quickly and effectively while under control.

The 4 Rules of  Improving Speed:

The First Rule: 

 Speed is a skill that must be practiced without the puck and with the puck.

  • Skating fast requires developing technical skill of skating
  • Coaches need to work on skating and puck handling techniques
  • Acceleration is the most important component in hockey 
  • Change of speeds is and essential tactic

The Second Rule: 

 You must train hockey specific. 
  • Hockey is game that played with 3-10 second burst of speed
  • 60 second shifts

The Third Rule: 

Speed work must be organized into the practice. 
  • You can’t get fast if you practice skating slow
  • Every player must master slow to fast and change of pace
  • Quality work/high intensity work as the workout  
  • Speed development can be improved off ice.

The Forth Rule:

 Hockey constantly changes directions; so change of directions must be implemented into your training program. 
  • Change of Direction
  • Stops and Starts


  1. Flexibility
  2. Posture
  3. Stick Position
  4. Stride Rate
  5. Stride Length
  6. Agility Exercise
  7. Reaction Time

Power Thoughts:

Speed is not your fastest, but your slowest man.  

Nine times out of ten, the teams or athletes with the most speed are going to win    -unknown
Speed will kill you, or your opponent. -unknown

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