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Q&A on Stopping on Your Outside Edge in Hockey

Hi Joyce,

I was watching the video you posted “Stopping Outside Edge, Inside Foot” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3ygHmjMgCA).

I have been practicing this stop for a while now based on the video, thanks very much.

Just a quick question, right now my method is gliding on my left foot and then placing my right foot on the ice and leaning back and turning into the stop. I’ve seen other players do the same stop but it looks like they are placing their foot completely perpendicular to their left foot and leaning back, as opposed to the right foot coming down facing forward or at a slight angle and then turning towards 90 degrees into the stop.

Do you know if that is possible to come down in a T position and stop leaning back, or am I just witnessing a really fast transition? I don’t witness this enough to get a close enough look, was hoping you might have some insight. Unfortunately, not much video on this available.

Thanks for your time in advance,
Jordan

Coach Kasie’s Response:

Hi Jordan,
Great question.  The best way to learn an Outside Edge stop is in fact to start and end in a “T” position.  This helps you to set your center of gravity before leaning backwards into the stop.  Without the “T” first, you are not completely in balance.  I urge you to start this way and set your center of gravity, BEND YOUR KNEES and build your confidence first and foremost.

Start from a stand still with your feet in a “T” position (one heal completely touching the opposite inside boot).  If your right foot is first, it’s what I’ll call the “post of the T”.  Glide on that foot slowly then slide your left foot on its outside edge along the ice and bring in completely back into your right foot (touching) until you slow or even completely stop.  Try doing this slow and controlled motion up and down the ice until you feel confident.  I call these “little T pushes”.  So T, push, glide, T.  T, push, glide, T.  T, push, glide, T.

Then, when you’re feeling more confident, try this same motion but push harder so that you have more speed.  Always start and end in a “T” with your feet touching.  The last step would be to lift your right foot (the post of the T).  So T, push, glide, T, lift the post of the T.  T, push, glide, T, lift the post of the T.  Eventually you will be able to do this, but without the T post all together!

Hope this helps,
Coach Kasie

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