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Aug. 28 2001

Hockey is played faster every year. Players are bigger, stronger, faster, and more skilled than ever. Those who can't maintain the pace have little chance of making it at the higher levels.

Laura Stamm's Power Skating, Third Edition will help you develop explosive speed with Stamm's proven techniques that have helped thousands of skaters at all levels of the game become great skaters. It also provides you with practice drills that will help you hone and transfer that speed to game situations.

Laura Stamm has taught the Los Angeles Kings, the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders, the New Jersey Devils, and other teams around the world have employed her Power Skating System as well. Thousands of amateur and pro players—including many NHL stars—learned directly from Stamm how to increase their speed, ability, and efficiency on the ice.

In this updated edition of her popular power skating book, Stamm introduces additional coverage of the topics most important to today's hockey coaches and players. She explains everything from how to select proper skates and equipment for superior skating to all the critical components of explosive skating:

- Balance for stability and speed
- Explosiveness through greater force application
- Starts for a step advantage on the opposition
- Forward stride for a more aggressive attack
- Backward stride for mobility on defense
- Crossovers for split-second change of direction
- Stops for being able to halt on a dime
- Turns and transitions for multi-directional moves
- Agility for maximum coverage of the ice
- Training for faster and more powerful skating

Nearly 300 drawings and photographs illustrate skating skills from the basic to the complex. And for each maneuver you'll also find a detailed explanation of how to perform the skill, plus proven drills and exercises to help you practice that maneuver. The exercises progress from the simplest to the most difficult and include special pointers for coaches.

Every great hockey player skates powerfully and is able to get in position to make the key play. Laura Stamm's Power Skating will give you that explosive edge on the competition.

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"As a former student of Laura Stamm's, I can personally attest to the tremendous advantages of Laura's Power Skating technique." -- Rob Niedermayer, Florida Panthers

"Laura never changed my style. She helped me improve it; giving me a boost to make it in the NHL." -- Luc Robitaille, Detroit Red Wings

”Laura's instruction was extremely beneficial. She emphasizes body positioning and technique that ultimately leads to more productive skating.” -- Brendan Morrison, Vancouver Canucks



""As a former student of Laura Stamm's, I can personally attest to the tremendous benefits and advantages of the technique in Laura Stamm's Power Skating. It helped my skating significantly and was a factor in the improvement of my overall game. It's universally beneficial for any skater at any level.""
Rob Niedermayer
Florida Panthers

”The instruction I received from Laura was extremely beneficial. She emphasizes body positioning and technique that ultimately leads to more productive skating.”
Brendan Morrison
Vancouver Canucks

""Laura Stamm never changed my style, but she helped me to improve it, and that gave me a big boost to make it in the NHL.""
Luc Robitaille
Los Angeles Kings


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Skating Dec 25 1999
By Herman B. Finkelstein - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent book. I am a recreational skater, who plays the occasional pick-up/old folks hockey. I learned skating skills and techniques from some of the chapters, that I could not learn from my friends. My skating has improved since I read Laura Stamm's Power Skating. The author really knows how to express herself and teach. Techiques are described with clarity and appropriate drills are detailed. This should be beneficial to all skaters, from novice to expert. If you are only buying one hockey skating book, it should be this one.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book on skating! July 22 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Although I play roller hockey instead of ice hockey, this book is still an excellent resource. Very thorough explanations, illustrated with many clear photographs.
I think it is most appropriate for beginning to intermediate skaters. However, if you are an advanced skater and want to check that your mechanics or sound, or want to squeeze the last bit of performance from your technique, you should consider this book.
I can't recomend this book highly enough. In the first week after getting it, I was able to skate faster than many of the other people in my hockey class who had blown me away the previous week.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book! Dec 29 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I started skating just this year (I'm finishing a delta class now) and got this book in preparation for an upcoming power skating and hockey clinic. It's great -- there are lots of subtleties that I missed in my lessons thus far that Stamm covers very well, things like balance points, where to center your weight for most efficiency, and the most common mistakes that cost you speed.
Considering the cost of private lessons, this book is more than worth it! I've got lots to practice now even before I start the clinics.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just what I needed for practice Jan. 11 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great prep book before starting hockey clinics. She gives you lots of subtle position and balance tips that really change the feel of your feet on ice and help you move faster with more assurance. She's got practice exercises as well.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crucial resource for developing proper skating technique June 24 2008
By Luis Lozada - Published on Amazon.com
At the time of this review, I am 31 years old and preparing for my first season of adult hockey. I had almost zero skating experience (aside from maybe three public skating sessions when I was 12 or so years old) when I decided I wanted to play hockey. Before I started taking skating seriously, I would just go out an mess around on the ice for a half hour at a time. All that did was breed bad habits and frustration. Then, I purchased this book: I can't stress to you just how much the descriptions in this book helped form good skating habits while avoiding/undoing the bad ones. Remember, I am a self-taught skater and by no means perfect, but this book solidifed the fundamentals and spelled out the execution necessary to maximize my power. In just three months of practice patterned after the excercises in this book, I feel like a totally different individual than the unbalanced, directionless clown I was when I started out. Consider this book a must-read if you're looking to get into hockey.

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