The off-season is a time for goofy shenanigans, but it's also a time for working out. Well, all year is a time for working out - but it's more pronounced in the off-season, what with how there's basically no other athletic activity going on. At all.
At least we have Brooks Laich to get us through this. He's doing that whole working out thing, naturally - but his latest example comes with some advice.
Wide leg squats are probably the best exercise I do for building speed strength in the glutes, hamstrings and adductors! I can't stress enough the importance of mobility and balance. Head up, chest up, load through the heels, sink the hips back, track the knees directly over the feet, and fire away! Take a breath in between each rep to ensure maximum intensity. Five sets of five at a weight that is challenging, but that you can still move with speed! Your skating stride will thank you, have fun!!
So there you have it, from an NHL veteran of 12 years, so he probably knows what he's talking about. Want to improve your stride? Wide leg squats. Probably not with as much weight as Laich is using, though.