Since 1963, we have owed our success to a simple philosophy — a child must learn how to crawl before being able to walk and learn to walk before being able to run. In the same way, children must learn the fundamentals of skating before playing hockey.
The reasoning behind this is because hockey involves a lot of different skills that require a background in skating. We want to prevent the development of bad habits such as leaning on the stick, hockey-stopping on only the dominant side, single-direction transitions, and many others. These behaviors can stop your child from becoming the best hockey player they can be.