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Hockey: Backward Stops

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Defensemen in hockey often skate backwards in order to keep the play in front of them. Thus, it is important that the defenseman is able to stop and change directions the moment opposing player change theirs.

One stop is known as the backward 1-foot stop and T-push. As the skater is skating backwards, they should extend their right leg and transfer their weight to the left leg. As the right leg swings behind, the skater must turn their shoulders, hips and legs in a counterclockwise direction. The skater should plant the right skate in braking position (perpendicular to the lead skate) by using the inside edge of the skate. Weight should be transferred from the left leg to the right leg as the skater allows their right knee to bend.  The left skate and knee will move under the body, letting the skates fall into position for a T-push start (using the back foot to push and start).

The v-stop is another braking technique used when skating backwards. The skater should spread his or her feet shoulder-width apart with both toes turned out and both heels turned in. The body should slightly lean forward and the knees should be bent, forcing the inside edges of the skates against the ice. As the player begins to slow down, they should extend their legs and exert pressure through the skates. After the player has stopped, they should be in a position to go in any direction they please.

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