The season is winding down for a lot of teams around the hockey world. One thing every hockey player can agree on is offseason, off ice training is pivotal to maintaining and expanding your game. Check out the below exercises to boost and strengthen your legs and stride.
1. Shoot in Stride:
This drill will not only help with skating, but comfort and agility with the puck. Performing this drill will also help condition the body to feel natural in the shooting position.
2. Stick Handle on one Leg
Starting one one foot, begin to stick handle in a variety of ways. Balance is such a huge part of the game, especially at high speeds. This drill can be adjusted to fit the needs of any skill level. more advanced players can try variations of the drill such as jumping form one leg to another while stick handing.
3. Hands and Feet
Hands and Feet will work the speed of the fast twitch muscles we use for explosive strides. All three of these movements help create and maintain a muscle memory that will transfer to the ice. working into and through the offseason can lead to a stronger, faster year next season.