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pat c
04-20-2012, 09:40 PM
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2012/04/20/maple_leafs_to_hire_barb_underhill_skating_coach/#.T5GvPzUVem4.twitter

The Maple Leafs have hired former figure skater Barbara Underhill as the team's new skating coach, according to Sportsnet's John Shannon.

:D

barbk
04-20-2012, 09:49 PM
Wouldn't it be cool if they won the cup and her name was inscribed on it!

algonquin
04-20-2012, 09:51 PM
Wouldn't it be cool if they won the cup and her name was inscribed on it!
Yes it would be, but that probably won't happen in my lifetime or Barb's. ;)

Johnny_Fever
04-20-2012, 10:30 PM
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2012/04/20/maple_leafs_to_hire_barb_underhill_skating_coach/#.T5GvPzUVem4.twitter

The Maple Leafs have hired former figure skater Barbara Underhill as the team's new skating coach, according to Sportsnet's John Shannon.

:DI'm just wondering how they think that will help them. That makes about as much sense as figure skaters taking ballet classes.

NorthernDancers
04-20-2012, 10:43 PM
Yes it would be, but that probably won't happen in my lifetime or Barb's. ;)

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

professordeb
04-20-2012, 10:51 PM
I'm just wondering how they think that will help them. That makes about as much sense as figure skaters taking ballet classes.

Actually I have heard that learning how to keep an edge and skate on it as well as getting more power in a single stroke is something that figure skaters quite often have over hockey players in spades.

Our Jr B hockey club has used a figure skater as an instructor and it seemed to pay some dividends.

Also, IIRC, there was a story about Elvis Stojko playing "pickup" hockey and the hockey players were amazed at how his skating skills did him in good stead against them. Once they realized he was a figure skater, they asked for some lessons. Does that story (or some semblance of it) ring a bell with anyone?

Habs
04-20-2012, 11:12 PM
I'm just wondering how they think that will help them. That makes about as much sense as figure skaters taking ballet classes.

Lots of power skating/hockey skating programs are taught by figure skaters. It's not at all uncommon.

pat c
04-20-2012, 11:26 PM
I'm just wondering how they think that will help them. That makes about as much sense as figure skaters taking ballet classes.

SC runs a power skating program that is geared towards hockey players. It helps.

I watched a fs coach teach power to some 12-14 year old boys who thought it would be a walk in the park. They all looked like they wanted to barf when they came off the ice, the fs coach looked fresher than a daisy. ;) It can only help, it certainly can't hurt the leafs to try some skating skills classes.

nlyoung
04-20-2012, 11:26 PM
Lots of power skating/hockey skating programs are taught by figure skaters. It's not at all uncommon.

My daughter is a hockey player, and one of her skating coaches (who coaches high performance treadmill skating to work on edges and power) says that he once saw Barb Underhill coaching a group of professional hockey players (probably the Toronto Marlies - farm team of the Leafs). She was demonstrating some amazing power/edge move and the hockey players were falling all over themselves trying to duplicate it. According to him, she has the best edges he's ever seen on a skater, male or female (his frame of reference is hockey players, of course). This coach also had a first hand look at Battle of the Blades as his training center is in the same rink behind the bleachers, and thinks Kurt is amazing too. (During one of my daughter's treadmill sessions, Kurt was working out on the machines 5 feet away from her. I'm his biggest fan, but restrained myself and left him in peace for his workout, though I did keep a close eye). It's also interesting that Barb is never in figure skates anymore. All her coaching is done in hockey skates.

Johnny_Fever
04-21-2012, 11:15 AM
There's no doubt in my mind that figure skaters skate better. I just think that teaching a bunch of 20-something professional hockey players how to skate is a case of "too little, too late". Just like teaching figure skaters ballet.

TygerLily
04-21-2012, 03:40 PM
Also, IIRC, there was a story about Elvis Stojko playing "pickup" hockey and the hockey players were amazed at how his skating skills did him in good stead against them. Once they realized he was a figure skater, they asked for some lessons. Does that story (or some semblance of it) ring a bell with anyone?I remember a story like that, but about Kurt.

I don't think Underhill is new to working with hockey teams. There was an article, possibly even discussed here, about that in the fall. (I'm pretty sure it was during BotB.)

Anyway, whatever can help the Leafs is good by me... :shuffle:

manhn
04-21-2012, 04:16 PM
Oh crap, now I have to cheer against Ms. Underhill. I hope her Stanley Cup predictions are the opposite of her World Championship predictions. Sorry, Barb!

viennese
04-21-2012, 05:53 PM
Interesting. When I was a little girl, many of the kids at my rink - boys and girls - took figure skating lesson along with their hockey training. Terrific skills among those young players.

Later on the power skating clinics were co-taught by hockey players, figure skaters and ice dancers. I was really impressed by the high quality of skating among the hockey players.

nlyoung
04-21-2012, 06:06 PM
Underhill has indeed been giving one on one instruction to NHL players for years now. For those who think getting this type of instruction later in life can't help, she has been getting fabulous results as she tailors the programs to the individual skaters. She is much in demand, and even those willing to pay her high prices can't get in. (I've talked to some minor hockey parents who have tried to book her)

Scrufflet
04-21-2012, 06:56 PM
My daughter is a hockey player, and one of her skating coaches (who coaches high performance treadmill skating to work on edges and power) says that he once saw Barb Underhill coaching a group of professional hockey players (probably the Toronto Marlies - farm team of the Leafs). She was demonstrating some amazing power/edge move and the hockey players were falling all over themselves trying to duplicate it. According to him, she has the best edges he's ever seen on a skater, male or female (his frame of reference is hockey players, of course). This coach also had a first hand look at Battle of the Blades as his training center is in the same rink behind the bleachers, and thinks Kurt is amazing too. (During one of my daughter's treadmill sessions, Kurt was working out on the machines 5 feet away from her. I'm his biggest fan, but restrained myself and left him in peace for his workout, though I did keep a close eye). It's also interesting that Barb is never in figure skates anymore. All her coaching is done in hockey skates.

Love this story!