Power Skating News

Kevin Lohan

July 31, 2020

Jacki is the best in the business. Skating has become the most important skill of the game. If you want to move onto the next level, you have to be a good skater. No matter what your skating abilities are, Jacki is extremely talented in evaluating your skating and knowing exactly what you need to do in order to improve your skating abilities.

Jacki has transformed my game. Quickness, foot speed, and efficiency are all aspects of skating that Jacki had helped me improved on. If you put the work in, and listen to what Jacki tells you to do, you are guaranteed to see improvements in your skating. Her approach to teaching and structuring her lessons make every lesson unique and challenging. It is the hardest 30-60 minutes on the ice and there is no better way to prepare and condition for the season!

Jacki is an excellent skating coach. She emphasizes proper stride technique and she is able to quickly notice and correct even minor skating flaws. Her teaching abilities allowed me to improve ability rapidly and make a difference on my Division 1 ice hockey team.

I started skating with Jacki Munzel back in 2012, while playing for the Long Island Royals U16 team. Jacki came to our team and worked with us one practice a week to strengthen our skating skills and speed. She was instrumental in helping our team win a not only a State championship, but also a National Championship. After that year I have continued to work with Jackie in a group setting and individually during the summers. Jacki and I have worked together for the past 5 years and she has helped me to get back and exceed my skating ability after I suffered a broken ankle. She still continues to tweak my stride and balance as there is always something to make your skating stronger and faster. In addition to her tough skating lessons, she works on your mental toughness too. She does not go easy on you, but knows how to get the best out of you. I attribute much of my success in my freshman collegiate season to Jacki.

• U16 National Champion with the Long Island Royals 2012
• Avon Old Farms Best Offensive Player 2013
• Tri-City Storm in the USHL 2014
• Salmon Arm Silverbacks 2014-2016
• Salmon Arm Silverbacks RBC player of the month October 2015
• Canisius College ‘20
• Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team 2016-2017

One of my biggest regrets was not training with Jacki Munzel earlier in my career. Jacki is more than just a coach that does skating drills, she has the knowledge and ability to work on specific skating techniques, which is one of the many things that separates her from other power skating coaches. She also has the ability to push her students to the next level both mentally and physically. Having the opportunity to work my way up and be given the chance to play NCAA DI hockey at Canisius College, I can honestly say that Jacki is one of the main reasons I have made it this far. I highly recommend players of all ages to train with Jacki because she has the ability to take you to that next level. I look forward to continuing my training with Jacki until my playing career is over.

Prior to skating with Jacki, I thought I knew all there was to know about a stride: I was wrong. After every lesson I have with Jacki, I leave the ice with new knowledge and an improved stride. Just in three short years, I’ve excelled in all aspects of my game with simply perfecting my stride through Jacki’s lessons. She incorporates drills that will make you a better puck protector, quicker in transitional situations, more explosive in offensive rushes and much more. The most unique part of Jacki and her lessons is how she pushes us mentally and physically. Her lesson are challenging which requires resilience and determination. This strengthens our ability to fight through tough games, a bad shift, or injuries which is extremely important not only on the ice but of the ice as well. With out Jacki’s inspiring strength, knowledge, and passion I would not be the player or person I am today.

Working with Jackie was one of the best things I did to excel while playing at St. Lawrence. Every time I stepped on the ice with her, 30 mins or an hour and a half, I knew I was going to get better. 30 mins might sound short, but don’t misjudge those 30 mins – it’s an uphill battle . But in the end I knew I was better for it.

I worked with Jackie for 3 summers while at school and in the seasons after I was awarded most Improved and the Perseverance award. Her passion to make you better day in and day out is first-class. Everyone who has worked with Jackie knows that no one compares. You will be pushed to your ultimate limit. I thank you Jackie for all your dedication and passion to help me grow as a hockey player and person.

I have been lucky enough to be working with Jackie for about 3 years now, and the difference I have seen in my skating from then to now is amazing. I had always thought of myself as a strong skater but what Jacki has taught me has made me a stronger skater than I could have ever been without her coaching. I owe a lot of my success so far in my career to Jacki and I look forward to continuing to work with Jackie throughout my career.

I have been working with Jackie and Will for over 5 years now. Jackie has helped me develop my stride and make me into the powerful skater I am today. Will coached me for 2 years and has continued to help me reach my goals of someday becoming a pro hockey player. I am thankful for all the help from them and how much they have developed me into the strong player I am today as I continue to move onto higher levels.

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