Hi everybody! Today at Marcel’s Hockey School we’ll be going back to the basics. We never start out learning hockey with a Toe Drag or Spin-o-Rama, instead after learning to skate forwards and maybe doing a few turns, the next most important skill to learn is how to stop. Not just for hockey players, but for anyone who enjoys skating. If you can’t stop, it’s dangerous for yourself, for others, you don’t want to be crashing into the boards, I’m going to show you, in three steps, how to learn to hockey stop: the best way to stop on the ice! The very first step, is learned standing still, not when skating. We’re going to make some snow. If you’re struggling a bit with your balance, you can grab onto the boards while doing this. I’m going to do it away from the boards. I go into a slight crouch, one leg stays still, and I try to make some snow with the other leg. I push out, and try to shave the ice evenly with my skate blade. It’s important here that we shave the ice evenly. You need to try and find the right amount of pressure: We don’t want to dig too hard into the ice or else this will happen: I dig in and keep catching my blade in the ice. and if I don’t put any pressure on my blade, then I will just slip. It’s also important to know, from where, with which part of my blade I’m shaving the ice with. I’ll turn sideways, so you’ll be able to see that the snow comes off the middle to front part of my blade. It doesn’t come from the heel. If I would try to stop with the heel while skating I would catch my blade in the ice and end up skating a weird curve. Step two is the half-snowplow. It looks like this: I glide with one leg, turn the other leg, and stop. One more time. Turn your foot inwards with using your hip, and come to a stop. There is also the full (double-leg) snowplow that looks like this: The reason, however, why we don’t practice it very often or why I don’t really recommend it is that when we want to learn the hockey stop the final position looks like this: both legs turn sideways in the same direction. If I do the full snowplow, then this leg will actually be turning in the wrong direction if I were wanting to go into a hockey stop. It’s easier to bring my back leg under my body out of the half-snowplow. Now we come to the final step when learning to stop with both legs on the ice: the Hockey Stop! I get up some speed, my front leg stop sideways with the inside edge, and I’ve got to make sure that I bring my back leg under my body and that it’s turned out a bit, not quite as much as right now but so that I can brake here with my inside edge, and here with the outside edge. It looks like this: The legs can be slighty staggered (back leg a bit ahead of the front leg) they don’t need to be directly parallel with each other. They shouldn’t also be so close to each other, because you won’t be as stable. Approximately hip-width apart is good, and the more speed you have, the wider the legs will probably be. Most of the stopping is done with my front leg. My back leg comes nicely under my body and helps out with the stop. One big mistake that a lot of people make when trying to stop with both legs is leaving their back leg hanging. You must try to bring your back leg underneath your body. If you don’t, the stop will look like this: My back leg drags, I brake a bit with the toe of my back skate but we’ve got two problems here: First of all, this kind of position is pretty much the worst possible position for my knee. You may not notice it when you’re young, but when you get older you’ll be feeling it. Second of all, usually when I stop, I want to change direction. But when I stop like this, I can’t do anything with this back leg. I’ll have to bring it underneath me first, before changing direction. That’s why, don’t leave your leg hanging, bring it underneath your body, in order to quickly change directions. I’m going to show you one more time how it should look with a change of direction: If I bring this leg (back leg) underneath my body, then I can push off right away Boom! and get going right away. Allright, that’s a wrap for stopping on the ice at Marcel’s Hockey School. It’s so important for anyone who enjoys skating or hockey to learn how to stop. Practice on your own wherever you can if the Winter gets cold enough, or at public skating, wherever you can, and you will end up feeling much more comfortable on the ice! I hope you enjoyed the video, have fun practicing, and see you next time at Marcel’s Hockey School.