There was a time not too long ago that the words hockey and California did not go together.
Thanks to the addition of three NHL teams to The Golden State, three Stanley Cup Championships and work from people like Cathy Andrade, and hockey is thriving in Cali.
Andrade, the founder of Cathy’s Power Skating in San Jose, aims to provide elite hockey skating instruction to players of all skill levels and to elevate their competitive advantage on the ice. She believes superior power skating is by far the most significant edge a player can have, and that adding this skill set to an athlete’s overall performance is the ultimate goal of her profession.
As part of The Coaches Site’s Global Skills Showcase, Andrade explored a non-traditional skating move that every hockey player needs to know: “3-Turns.” The move can strengthen all eight edges, impact forward and backward footwork, and improves a player’s overall skating skillset.
Her 32-minute presentation defines the “3-Turn,” describes fundamentals and attributes of it, and how it transcends to all players; Andrade even calls out the elephant in the room of when a player will use this in a game. The answer, curiously enough, is never! Special guest Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, who uses it as part of his pre-game on-ice warm-up, explains why “3-Turn” is still crucial to learn.
Burns is just one of the tens of thousands of hockey players who have benefited from Andrade’s coaching since she began working in hockey in 1992 after she moved from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to San Jose. She established Power Hour, the Bay Area’s first formal power skating program in 1998, and began working in the Sharks’ training facility in 2004 and was hired by her first NHL player, Joe Pavelski, in 2009. In 2018, opened Extra Hour, a hockey training facility and California’s largest synthetic ice facility.
Andrade offers over 38 years of coaching and has provided countless private and semi-private lessons to hockey players; she is also affiliated with many teams and clubs and teaches camps, clinics and pro players.
This video is available exclusively to members of The Coaches Site.
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