It’s time to hit the ice! JHL in partnership with World Junior champion Kirill Safronov and Krasnaya Zvezda Ice Center present a new project dedicated to teaching how to play hockey from the very first steps to professional level. Every Thursday Safronov will talk about different aspects of the game and go into detail various elements of hockey – skating, stickhandling, puck control, positioning, shooting and much, much more. Learn how to play hockey with JHL on Star Ice. Stance. During the game hockey players lock their bodies in specific way, which is needed to maximize execution of skill moves. The stance has to give a player stable balance on the ice, creating optimal conditions for stride, skating, direction change and skating rhythm as well as for stickhandling. On top of everything else, the stance has to provide the player with a good view of the ice. Main characteristics of the stance – belly sucked-in, head up, body leaned forward, legs bent at 90-110 degrees, feet and thighs bent 70 degrees and set approximately at shoulder width. The shoulders should lean forward a little over knees. The knees should lean forward over feet. Arms should be bent at elbows. There are three types of hockey stance – low, medium and high.