To be a fast skater, you need to get the most out of each stride, this is called stride efficiency and it simply measures the amount of effort you put into the stride verses the speed you generate as a result. To explain its importance by contrast look at a few of the common inefficient strides you will see in any arena.


The Runner - Moves his skates straight back like a runner, pushes with the flats on his skates as opposed to the edges. The result is high effort yielding very poor speed.
The Baby Stepper - This player looks like he means business. He moves his feet very quickly but in short choppy strides. He is putting in a lot of effort but going no where fast. Likely the first off the ice on his shift as his inefficient skating style wears him out.
The Penguin - This player has a very wide stance. As his feet are not starting from in front this limits the length of his stride and also requires him to shift weight from side to side to get his weight over the stride foot resulting in a stride that resembles a penguin waddling down the ice. Again as the stride is limited in extension speed is sacrificed.
The Stork - This player skates with his legs virtually straight with a high center of gravity. With insufficient knee bend on the gliding leg the power leg cannot fully extend. Both speed and balance are severely compromised.

While your stride may not fully resemble any of the categories above, it's likely that you share faults with at least two of them. You must have the proper mechanics of the stride established before you can become a fast skater. High Speed Hockey will help you establish this foundation.