There is always some tension and animosity whenever hockey skaters and figure skaters are together on the same session ice.
Hockey skates tend to carve the ice a certain way which makes it difficult for figure skaters to hold an edge. Be that as it may, after observing the personalities of both types of skaters for many years, I’ve concluded that hockey and figure skaters have a lot in common, starting with the love of gliding on ice. Also, both skaters appreciate the precision in body movement that it takes to skate well. Hockey skaters are constantly practicing quick stops and change of direction because they know it can be done that much better. Similarly, have you ever heard a figure skater say “I don’t need to practice edges anymore?”
And the trait that I can appreciate the most is the desire to improve. Years ago, I used to practice at a small indoor rink nearly every day after work. And nearly every day after work, the same hockey skater would come at the same time and practice stopping and skating backwards. Whenever I would see her I would groan. But over the years I’ve come to realize that the same intensity that makes us figure skaters practice the back outside three turn a hundred times is present in a hockey skater practicing forward crossovers.