Skating speed is determined by two factors, your stride frequency and the power created in each stride. But although stride frequency is an important factor there should be more focus on training to maximize stride length and power output in each stride. Why? Each time you take a stride you lift your feet and get in a position where you have a high center of gravity, which makes it harder to react quickly, harder to handle your stick, to take a hit etc. By improving your ability to create and maintain speed with both feet on the ice you can lower your stride frequency and still maintain or even improve your speed while having better control over your stickhandling, getting to quicker shots and become stronger in your battles.