... And, the edge we’re looking for is superior skating ability by working with EDGES in a pilot project to upgrade the skating skills of our Novice through Atom level skaters.
Hockey experts agree that skating is the key difference-maker. They also acknowledged that figure skating instructors have much to teach emerging hockey players about skating mechanics.
That’s why many NHL players and prospects train with figure skating coaches. That’s why ‘Battle of the Blades’ has been such an eye-opener to the program’s ex-NHL participants and TV viewers alike.
EDGES is run by principal Janice Cook, a former competitive figure skater, and her team. EDGES, has been operating in the Durham region for the past 14 years, teaching and improving the skating skills of hockey players, children and young adults. Janice’s credentials are noteworthy. She was a member of Stars on Ice with CTV, has over 30 years of coaching experience and is World championship certified, as well as pursuing Olympic certification. Janice is quick to say that she is backed up by a very strong coaching staff with great experience and credentials. We agree!
Edges’ focus on skating mechanics is designed to increase speed, agility and balance. Janice’s efforts can be observed as she works with our rep teams on Mondays at the Clipper Complex. Edges is also working with a number of House League teams.
But Edges’ instruction is only the beginning. To be truly effective, the skills being taught by Janice and her team need to be practiced and reinforced by our coaches. So, to that end, coaches have been invited to gain first-hand experience by being on the ice during the training sessions.
And parents have an important role, too. Their positive encouragement is vital, because Edges’ process is different than the traditional hockey skills training. There are no sticks, no pucks…. It’s about skating efficiently. Young players sometimes assume that skating just comes naturally, or that the technique taught by figure skaters is for sissies. They don’t understand the relationship between leg extension and speed or good skating mechanics and puck handling. So, helping our kids see the value and purpose of this training will set the stage for their acceptance, and for the effort and persistence they put forth.
We encourage you to check it out!
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