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How to Play Ice Hockey : How to Stop and Quick-Start in Ice Hockey

August 23, 2019

Hi, my name is Luke. I’m from Boston, Massachusetts.
I play for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks, and I’m going to tell
you how to stop and quick start in ice hockey. The main thing you want to do, when you’re
stopping, is using your inside and outside edge. You’re going to have your feet together.
You want to use your inside edge, from your far foot, and your outside edge from your
closer foot, and use all your body weight, to stop ,so you’re really going to be pushing
on your skates, like so, and then after you stop, like so. To get a quick start, you really
want to cross over with your outside foot, over your inside foot, to get a good stop,
and I’ll demonstrate for that to you now, and that’s how you stop and quick start in
ice hockey.


  • Reply Rahul Mehta July 26, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    @phoenixicarus He does but like the comment below said these guys have been playing for years, the best thing to do would be to take what you see hear once and just take it to the ice cause i watched this video sure it was a good foundation but in the end the best thing is to try it yourself.

  • Reply Rahul Mehta July 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    @howtohockeydotcom i subed. your slapshot video helped me put more power in the shot i had a hard time figuring out the weight shift.

  • Reply How To Hockey - Coach Jeremy July 27, 2010 at 12:05 am

    @Rahul95Mehta Awesome, glad you liked it. We just put a video up showing how to improve slapshot accuracy as well!

  • Reply Michael Ireland July 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm


  • Reply Clayton Ward July 31, 2010 at 1:59 am

    ill demonstrate for that to you now. lol

  • Reply Cwhaley August 16, 2010 at 2:15 am

    ill demonstrate for that to you now

  • Reply thomasfrellick August 31, 2010 at 11:47 am

    not rippin on you man, but if you cross over on your starts it takes longer to get going5

  • Reply How To Hockey - Coach Jeremy September 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    @Rahul95Mehta Thanks, the slapshot can be tricky, and you can learn it a lot faster if you have an idea of what to do! Glad you like the videos

  • Reply How To Hockey - Coach Jeremy September 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    @TheAceofNate Thanks man! We are working on another one, that is even more beginner. It should be even better than our first video 😀

  • Reply Timothy Walsh October 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    it is easy…

  • Reply jakstrike1 October 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    you are magic

  • Reply sploochable October 22, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Woah woah woah, did the guy in the background miss an open net from 2 feet away at 0:20 ????


  • Reply IMastersI October 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    @phoenixicarus Well it isn't that hard when you get the hand of it

  • Reply Roupreht October 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Это для каких же идиотов объясняют как останавливаться и стартовать??

  • Reply phoenixicarus October 24, 2010 at 12:20 am

    @IMastersI I know right!? I'm finally getting it down this year. I'll have it down pat on both sides by the end of November!

  • Reply IMastersI October 24, 2010 at 10:36 am

    @phoenixicarus Gratz dude nice to know you got it. It's pretty easy right?

  • Reply Arthur Abatti Schüler October 27, 2010 at 7:07 pm


  • Reply Bailey Clark October 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    @addingvids117 thats not hard lol

  • Reply Michael O'Hara October 31, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I will demonstrate. for that. to you. now.

  • Reply David Cote November 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    this guy is sloww

  • Reply Dave Cee November 30, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    wood sticks eww

  • Reply riley woodcox December 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Im already a pro in hockey… i dont even know whi still watch these kind of videos

  • Reply Kizushi December 7, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    boston massachusetts ftw

  • Reply EvilThingsNme December 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm


  • Reply commradhypnotic December 24, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    wow thats what passes for a university hockey player these days.

  • Reply Zach December 30, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    How can you tell how good he is? He has good technique, I don't see how anyone can tell this guys talent level just by this video.

  • Reply Zach December 30, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    You're a pro? Really? Lol, what a joke.

  • Reply riley woodcox January 1, 2011 at 6:14 am

    @mkailov13 You know that I mean.

  • Reply firkka January 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm


    IMHO better destration

  • Reply Nic P January 10, 2011 at 3:29 am

    what kind of skates are those? They look sweet.. they kinda look like vapors

  • Reply Simon Buteau January 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    @Bombardie8 They are Vapors I'm pretty sure

  • Reply phoenixicarus January 30, 2011 at 7:50 am

    @phoenixicarus wow. finally got it down this year on my left side. still pretty choppy on my right -hopefully by the end of the season I'll have it. -good incentive to buy a nice set of breezers . . .

  • Reply Ian Black February 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Apparently, one of the problems I seem to be having, when stopping, is the fact that I stop with my feet very close together; not shoulder width apart. I still stop, but it's a little unbalanced. I still also can't seem to stop turning on to my right side. Whats' the best way of gaining more confidence to stop, using both sides of your blades?

  • Reply 9squid9 February 22, 2011 at 1:50 am

    i am 13 and playing hockey for my first time is this a bad age to start at?

  • Reply Bovice Bo February 22, 2011 at 6:24 am

    @9squid9 no, there is never a bad age, hockey is fun!

  • Reply orotonster March 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    i work at a rink and play hockey, and just from experience the feet apart stop your referring to IMO is a quicker stop, but you'll never get moving again anytime soon, in all honesty the feet together stop 'hockey stop' that he was doing is by far a better way to stop, balance wise and how quickly you'll be able to keep moving.

  • Reply dasling April 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    this guy couldn't make a C division beer league team in Canada

  • Reply Dean Sheaffer April 13, 2011 at 1:46 am

    @dasling And I thought Canadians were pretty cool. Guess every country has its tools.

  • Reply Dean Sheaffer April 13, 2011 at 1:51 am

    @9squid9 No dude 13's a great age!!! Do a half-hour of stick handling every day and you'll be a god in a few yrs.

  • Reply Ondrej Salanci April 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm


  • Reply Lukematt21 April 24, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I've never heard of ICE HOCKEY, but I've heard of HOCKEY. Damn Americans!

  • Reply George Cioclu April 24, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Guy in the back rofl

  • Reply Jersey Blues April 24, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I'm like luis mendoza… minus the speed and control. i can go forward and backward fairly well, but i need the boards or an innocent bystander (or a 2 ft wall of cans) to stop myself.

  • Reply I toke daily April 27, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Hhh I want to play (never played before) but i'm 15, am I to old to play seeing as how I have no expereience?

  • Reply CAMAKAZEEE May 15, 2011 at 2:24 am

    umm totorial on how to stop would be fantastic? :L lol

  • Reply khajj16 May 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    For the crossover start many of my coach told me it was more efficient to use the outside leg first then inside leg cos u have less power with your inside foot than your outside foot, plus you gain more distance more quickly. Not a professional like you, just saying what we told me.

  • Reply LeonsLifeOnWheels June 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    like so…

  • Reply Ozku9 June 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Protip: Put on your COOLFACE so you will win the match

  • Reply sarita336 June 11, 2011 at 7:06 am

    i'll never be able to do this ;L

  • Reply mauricio mille calderon June 28, 2011 at 12:32 am

    @zycloneARTS And I'm mexican!!!!, VIVA MEXICO SEÑORES!

  • Reply Jsavolainen July 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    wont i like flip over if i do this xD

  • Reply danglesnipecelly13 August 10, 2011 at 7:43 am

    My name is Luke too

  • Reply loptosko2222 September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm


  • Reply Bkbonez Titan September 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    if he went fast enough he could freeze time not time travel…. or melt the ice because he got to hot in the heavy hockey uniform.

  • Reply rab91787 October 4, 2011 at 10:03 am

    @Lukematt21 There's ice hockey and street hockey, dip shit.

  • Reply James Warburton October 12, 2011 at 12:50 am

    hey what you guys think of my hockey videos can you let me know?

  • Reply James Warburton October 12, 2011 at 12:50 am

    hey what you guys think of my hockey videos can you let me know? ive been playing 3 months.

  • Reply monnyg1 October 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    i was just doing this stop about an hour a go and it was my first time ice skating

  • Reply slippyg November 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm


  • Reply slippyg November 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    @monnyg1 Bollox

  • Reply idiot508 November 24, 2011 at 6:18 am

    and i will demonstrate for that, to you…. now

  • Reply cheefer keefer December 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    yeeee boston!

  • Reply TorontoCrypto December 19, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    ermm ok i AINT

  • Reply aquabullle December 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    @emenentia u have to training this 2 times per week. in first period its better to try this with blunt blades

  • Reply Chelsea T December 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    @9hogger actually no you don't need to learn when you're a little kid, I learned when I was just 14 and I'm as good as everyone on my team.

  • Reply MaxMorerProductions January 5, 2012 at 8:20 am

    i've been playing hockey for like 12 years and I still don't know how to stop on my left skate, only on my right side, this video really helps and the next time i skate, im def going to practice this. thanks dude.

  • Reply Liam de Römer-Brisland January 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    @thokih1 its never to late

  • Reply dovydas.d January 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    it was funny when i tried to do that 😀

  • Reply Za Wr January 31, 2012 at 4:41 am

    University of North Carolina- Willmington, quite the hockey hot bed I bet, eh?

  • Reply armido110 February 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    thumbs up if you can do it with 1 foot but have difficulties getting your next foot to help stop

  • Reply IggyJiggy12 February 15, 2012 at 5:46 am

    I stop by hitting the boards like luis mendoza!

  • Reply timek9 February 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    @IggyJiggy12 hahaha yesss! <3 mighty ducks

  • Reply Stephen Mueller April 10, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Hehe I've played at that rink in Wilmington

  • Reply ThePepejovi April 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Wait, so this is somehow an advanced thing that actually needs a tutorial? We've been doing this since we were 12 years old…

  • Reply Nahia Mi May 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    this video would be better if he tripped and fell not that i want him hurt or anything…it just would be funny

  • Reply Juan Durandal June 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

    No shame in that bro 😀 I fell a lot, and even bruised my knee 🙁 No pain no gain bro 😀 I just practiced for 2 solid hours, after that? I raced with my friends :3 Even pro figure skaters fall bro 🙂

  • Reply mrhandofbod June 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    If you're not falling, you're not trying hard enough 🙂

  • Reply Stephen Mueller September 2, 2012 at 2:24 am

    haha im assuming you've played there

  • Reply Nathan Ishizaki October 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Great stuff on this channel.

  • Reply magda wierzcholska November 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    amazing videos! well done mate. can you tell me if your skates are very sharp?

  • Reply kingkong7299 November 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I tried to do that and my skate just got stuck in the ice. What am I doing wrong?

  • Reply B November 30, 2012 at 6:20 am

    lol i remember watching this last year to learn how to skate. I play jr b hockey now.

  • Reply OnlyTheBrave Gaming January 1, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Hey. Thanks a lot for this awesome video it is going to help a lot I think though I'm going to end up in the under 16's and I'm going to be the only girl if they let me play.

  • Reply NinjaShotty January 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Don't worry man!! Sometimes you just have to not drop balls and do it, when i started to learn hockey stops i was slamming in the wall quite a bit (if you and aim to stop just before the wall then it will always catch you :P) but eventually you will get used to the motion of going sideways and end up starting to learn really fast and it will soon click!! (it only too me around 4-6 hours of very occasionally trying it – at a public rink which is always packed btw) So just go 4 it – helps so much!

  • Reply kantrzyn January 21, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Do not use all your body weight! I have learnt the hockey stop today, and the most important thing is to properly amortize the body weight by bending the legs during the stop. It is like amortizing body weight during jumping. Look at his knees – he is doing something else and telling something else. (sorry for my English)

  • Reply vince jacang January 31, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Use ur inside edges and outside edge to perfectly do the right stop

  • Reply SwiftBassBeats February 4, 2013 at 3:22 am

    if it's new skates it's normal, just need to break them in before they are comfortable

  • Reply hckyroxs March 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    It might be more to do with your skates and not the fact that you're a new skater. Do they fit properly? You're also using your feet in a way they're not accustomed to so that might be it. With time hopefully it will get better.

  • Reply Riley Gerzsenyi July 8, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    You should also push harder on your heels when you're stopping .

  • Reply Matt Heussner July 18, 2013 at 5:54 am

    lol is it too late to start at 17?

  • Reply xXGEN3000KBMXx August 15, 2013 at 1:06 am

    That causes the problem of people only turning and not actually stooping.. keep the weight even, make sure your shoulders stay forward and only turn your skates and lean back and bent knees.. you'll get to spray ice better like that as well.

  • Reply Byron Elliott September 4, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Hi are black people aloud to play hockey?

  • Reply IRONx MONKEY September 26, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Kind of a misnomer here….EXPERT Village….from Boston, but plays club hockey at UNCW. I guess Merrimack, Lowell, BC, BU, Amherst, and other D1 schools weren't knocking at his door.

  • Reply Alex C October 15, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Did you try it in the end? 😉

  • Reply Alex C October 15, 2013 at 1:05 am

    That was cute!

  • Reply Austin Campbell November 6, 2013 at 4:44 am

    hell yeah

  • Reply swayeze February 6, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Its SAS I've been playing hockey for five years and I still can't stop on both sides and I am pretty advanced lol

  • Reply Eric Stang March 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Whoa, totally incorrect. You don't want your feet so close together, widen them up and you'll get a lot more power to pull and push when crossing over to start in the other direction. If you keep your feet too close together you lose balance and are not strong on your skates. What level of college is this anyways? No offense but 90% of Peewee's in MN skate better than this lol!

  • Reply bogacola1 January 31, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    thnks you

  • Reply Sean Gibbons February 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm


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