Defense 1 on 1 Along the Boards

You are a defenseman. You patrol the blue line, protect your end, and sometimes get called on to block shots between the hash marks. Every now and then, you like to introduce your opponents to the boards in the neutral zone or the corners of the rink. You could be gentle, but that's why you wear the pads.

Much quickness training can be done off the ice, leaving more ice time to spend on technique training. Drills that can be done off-ice to train for quickness on-ice are:

  • Sprint and interval running
  • Lunges
  • Russian box jumps
  • Speed chutes
  • Slideboards

Many sporting activities help develop quickness, too. At the same time, kids can have fun and diversify their coordination skills.

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Sprint cycling
  • Track

If you're not convinced that a combination of fitness and technique training are important, take a look at what Jack Blatherwick, a world-renowned expert in the field of off-ice training, says:

"The process of becoming a complete hockey player is a multi-edged sword. Without proper technique, no amount of off-ice training will help a player optimize his or her skating. On the other hand, without a good physiological base of strength, explosiveness and muscular endurance (in a good skating position) skating instruction will have less effect."

"If an athlete cannot get down on one leg to a good squat position, cannot explode from there, or cannot repeat it over and over without fatigue compromising the position—that athlete will never benefit (as much as possible) from skating instruction."

"Without good skating fundamentals, no amount of strength and power will allow players to reach their optimal skating speed."


The Speed Chute is available in many different sizes and allows players to maximize their acceleration and top running speed, thru resistance training. It will help you work on your stamina, speed, strength and acceleration. Perfect for off-ice training, the Speed Chute provides both resistance and overspeed training to improve two key elements of speed: stride length and frequency.

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