Click on each of the skills below to see more detail. Individualized lessons will be tailored to each athlete’s specific ability and goals.
Power Skating lessons cover the fundamentals of explosive starts, efficient stops, powerful strides, and lateral movement. This is followed by performing these fundamentals with power and speed while stressing coordination, balance, and endurance.
Stick handling lessons cover basic stick handling techniques, wrist rotation, dribbles both wide and quick, deking and faking techniques, evasive moves, puck possession and beating defenders. We will work on mastering those skills at top speed and while changing speeds.
Passing lessons cover the basic passing fundamentals of the forehand, backhand, saucer, flip and shot pass as well as how to receive passes. We will focus on correct body and hand positioning which is the key to accurate and effective passing.
Shooting lessons cover the proper techniques and mechanics for wrist, snap, slap, back hander and flip shots. We will focus on quick shot release, shooting accuracy, shooting off the angles, and getting off shots before the goalie can get set.
BODY CONTACT & BODY CHECKING
Body contact lessons teach safety, angling, stick checks, sweep checks, and poke checks. We will focus on puck protection, winning the one on one battles, and separating your opponent from the puck while gaining control of it.
Off-ice training exercises increase an athlete’s strength, speed, and endurance and is an important part of developing better hockey skills. Dryland training will often be incorporated as part of a lesson.
Doug Kirton teaches lessons at two locations, Sno-King Renton and Sno-King Kirkland. Lessons are scheduled during Public Skating or Stick and Puck times. Check the Renton Calendar or the Kirkland Calendar for available time slots.
Do you have a minimum age requirement?
8 years old is the minimum age for private or group lessons.
Does the student need to be a member of Sno-King?
What equipment should my student bring?
Bring full hockey equipment for all lessons.
What is your cancellation policy?
Will reschedule for no additional cost if notified within 24 hours of scheduled lesson.