CanPowerSkate  is an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance. Skills, techniques and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations. CanPowerSkate is an excellent complement for those athletes playing on hockey or ringette teams. Its unique skill award program provides incentives and motivation for skaters to continue to achieve.

CanPowerSkate is geared to skaters aged approximately six or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills (they must be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides) and are able to stop on command without use of the boards. For safety reasons participants should wear full hockey/ringette equipment that is CSA approved. The coach to skater ratio is 1:10.

CanPowerSkate’s Pre-Power is designed for young skaters, approximately four to six years of age who can stand up on skates and move forward (shuffle, walk or glide) who may not be ready for CanPowerSkate Level 1. Pre-Power helps develop basic skating abilities in a power skating-specific environment, including balance skills, forward and backward skating, stopping, turning and agility skills. The curriculum is presented in three progressive levels complete with its own awards to encourage participation and motivate skaters. Pre-Power has been designed to run concurrently with CanSkate sessions.

CAnpowerskate Coaches 

Michelle Cowell

Michelle has been Skate Canada CanPowerSkate certified since 2002 and has enjoyed working with hockey players from Initiation to Bantam level to improve their skating skills. She recently recertified in the new CanPowerSkate program and will be introducing the new format this fall in all the clubs in which she currently coaches.  The new format will build on the skating skills learned in the CanSkate program and allows for the skater to progress at their own rate.

Alicia Friesen

Alicia has worked on ice as a power skating coach for both teams and individual hockey players from the Novice to Midget levels. Working in the Calgary and area and Ottawa she has been trusted to teach the children of several notable NHL players. Often contracted by teams to develop and execute a multi lesson plan giving them the competitive edge.