Roller hockey skates
Roller hockey skates require different skating techniques than ice hockey skates. Whether you are skating forward, backward, or braking, if you have only been on ice hockey skates, it will take some adjustment.
Because the wheels of roller hockey skates, or inline hockey skates, are much wider than the blades of ice hockey skates, it's harder to maneuver, turn quickly, and glide smoothly and effortlessly across the playing surface.
Stopping on inline skates is a key skill to learn when moving from ice hockey to roller hockey. Skates specifically designed for roller hockey do not include a rubber brake to help you stop, as they can get in the way during hockey play.
One popular technique is to use the T-stop, or drag stop, which requires dragging your rear foot perpendicular, or 90 degrees, to the direction that you are skating. If the wheels in your rear foot do not continue to spin, this can quickly flatten your skate wheels.
Another technique for stopping on roller hockey skates is to use your stick as a pivot point. By making a sharp turn to the stick side and placing the stick on the ground, the player can lean into the stick and use the outside leg to grind into the playing surface. Staying close to the ground will help you to complete this roller hockey stop.
It is also useful to remember that goalies do not typically wear roller hockey skates. Sneakers are a better option for goalies in this version of hockey, as the goalie will be unable to move side to side as quickly and easily as on the ice in skates. This is an important skill for a roller hockey goalie, since there is no off-sides rule.
Although regular inline skates can work well for a roller hockey pick-up game, it may be in your best interest to pick up a pair of actual roller hockey skates to help improve performance.