How to Hockey is run by Jeremy Rupke, and Ken Macnab. We are a couple of guys who LOVE hockey and want to help others improve their game. We started this site a few years ago and it has grown quite a bit. Every week we get comments from people who have used our tips to improve their skating, shooting and stickhandling and we love to hear them!

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So that’s me, Jeremy. I live in Ontario and love to play hockey. I have a full time job that I balance with playing sports (mostly hockey) and working on this site. I have played hockey since I could walk and hope to continue to play until I can not walk anymore! I am a forward and love to dangle and of course score goals.


This is Ken, he is my best friend and biggest rival on the ice (when we are playing against each other) Ken played some competitive hockey in Alberta and then moved to Ontario to go to college (where we met). Ken is a defensive specialist, has a rocket of a shot and a few nifty dangles as well. He will be adding most of the defensive articles to the site.

What is the Point of this Website?

The point of this website is to get some really solid hockey instruction, articles, drills and how to videos online. When I was growing up I never had the opportunity to just hop online and learn a new move. I was desperate to learn some good moves so I paid $100 for some stickhandling videos when I was 15 and just loved them; I watched them all the time. I realize that not every child, or parent has that type of money so I wanted to provide some great hockey tips for free. If there is anyone that you know that might want to learn about hockey please share this website with them, and if you want to learn more about hockey then just pop your email address in the box on the left and join us (if you haven’t already)

Now it is Your Turn

We have over 7000 people who follow this blog directly by email, and thousands more following on Youtube and Facebook. I would love to get your input on what you think of the site, and what you would like to see. So how about leaving a little message in the comment section below. I think your name, where you are from, what level you play, and what you would like to see more of on the site is a good start. I hope to hear from most of you, and don’t be afraid to share the site with your team mates!


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Jeremy Rupke

Hi my name is Jeremy. I LOVE hockey and I am passionate about improving and helping others improve. My goal is to break every hockey skill down into easy to understand articles and videos. I explain everything step-by-step to help others improve. If you want to learn more about me you can read my about page. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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Ben May 26, 2014 at 8:16 am

Jeremy and ken,
Thanks so much for the tips! 2 years ago I signed up for my first season of hockey and soon after I found out about this website. I bought a shooting pad, shot tons of pucks, did power skating classes and at the end of the season I became one of the better players on my house league peewee team. Over the summer I participated in my first hockey camp. I played with mostly a and b players and realized I needed to continue working hard and become a better player. At the start of the next season I bought a roll out shooting pad and the I snipe app and practiced even more! Soon after the c and d all star try outs came along and I made the team! I continue to practice every day and I am planning to try out for a and b next season! Thanks for all the tips and I continue to try my hardest!


Chase Hanson May 12, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Thanks so much! I have posted previously but am posting comments again. I am going to play travel hockey soon! I am so excited! If it wasn’t for you, I would still be in the Hockey skating classes! I am a forward for my team and am now eager to learn as much as I can. I love hockey and practice 24/7!
Your Most Eager Viewer,
Chase Hanson


Chase Hanson May 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

Thank you so much for posting all of these videos! I am 10 years old and I am in Peewee hockey at the moment. I am new to the game and was not a good shooter at the start of my season [ :-( ]. But then I found How To Hockey and I watched some shooting videos. I was shelving the puck and scoring goals soon after. Thanks so much!
Chase Hanson
(P.S. I learned the Datsyukian Deke and made those goalies feel BAD!)


Jeremy Rupke May 6, 2014 at 6:51 pm

So awesome!

DavidT April 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Love your site Jeremy. I’ve been coaching Mites hockey for two years in in AK and use your videos in the locker room and as homework. Your videos are by far the best in quality on the web – content, simplicity, audio/video quality, etc. I think the kids love your references to particular skills/moves to NHL stars. And as a coach I love the really simple break down of skills. I also love the ‘challenges’ that you give viewers, its a great way to engage and motivate them. Keep it up.


Jeremy Rupke May 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Thanks David

Francis Buchheit February 28, 2014 at 8:39 am

This is a fantastic site and tool to learn more about hockey techniques. I’m 61 and have been playing hockey since I was 10. Born in Buffalo but I’ve lived in Indiana since I was 13. We never had training tools like this when I was growing up (or roller blades) and we just learned what we could from others. I played in college at IU. I had good coaches that were previous Yale and Boston College players. Keep up the good work and site. I’m still learning more at my age. Francis


Jeremy Rupke March 4, 2014 at 11:01 pm

That is awesome Francis!

paige c February 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm

This is by far the best website for hockey, but I am having trouble understanding different positions and how they work. It would be totally awesome if you could make a video explaining plays and different positions


Jeremy Rupke March 4, 2014 at 11:03 pm

We have a few articles on the role of the winger, and centermen. There are some videos included. These should help a little.

Dan February 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Thanks a lot for setting this great site up. It s definitely helped me improve my hockey and also my kids skating. Great site. Thanks!


Mike C December 6, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I love your site. I’m a 41 year old hockey dad who picked the game up in college playing roller and then finally got to play a bit of ice when I got into my 30s and had the pressure of teaching my kids to skate. Now I coach squirts and mites on my kids’ teams and I play some pick-up here and there. Usually I’m going against guys who have played an extra 25 years on me, but I make up for that in passion and a desire to learn. I love the game and I’m constantly working on my skating, my shot and game tactics, both as a coach and player. Your instructional videos and products are great. Thanks so much for creating this place.


Brett Thielen November 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Hey I’m Brett a Freshman in High School and Ive gotten really determined to play on my high school hockey team next year so I’ve been looking around for helpful and I really enjoy this site and hope to get on my team next year. So keep up the good work and thanks for helping me


Erik F. November 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Hey Jeremy & Ken,

Been a fan of this site for quite some time, you guys do good work. Thanks!
Either of you ever sprain your ankle? If so, how long did it take to come back from it? Did you baby it and do a few skates to feel it out or just hop back in games?

I sprained mine doing crossfit (NOT playing) about 6 weeks ago. I tried to rush back a couple of weeks after and it wasn’t feeling too hot so I gave myself a few more weeks. I’m raring to get back out there, it sucks being sidelined. E


Andy October 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Hi. I’m 34 and I played mostly roller hockey and a little bit of ice hockey when I was in high school and college. I haven’t played hockey in 10 years but I’m getting back into it. Since I’m so rusty, I’m utilizing the tips on your website to help me get back my game and knock off one of the items from my bucket list – learning how to hockey-stop.


Mike S August 31, 2013 at 9:26 am

Hi, my name is Mike, and I live in Arizona. I am 42 years old, soon to be 43. I played two years of Bantam when I lived in Colorado as a kid, then football took up most of my time all the way through college, but I have loved hockey ever since. Until about two months ago, I hadn’t skated even once in THIRTY YEARS. I am a big guy, ’6″3, 265lbs, and have been trying to learn defense, which means a lot of skating backwards. You two have helped me a TON, and have broken down fundamentals in easy to understand ways that I have picked up quickly. I am zipping around the rink pretty good these days, especially for a big dude, and I start my first beginner league season in 8 days. I’m pretty excited to say the least. Cheers guys, keep up the good work!


Nicholas July 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm

My names Nick, I live in Vancouver, I play bantam and want you to keep up with the shooting, stickhandling, reviews and hockey talk.


Andrej March 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Hi, i was just looking around the web, to find some stuff how to improve my hockey stop (although i’m not a hockey player) and found this, in my opinion it’s a very very helpful site and everyone can see and share your passion for hockey, greetings from Slovakia


ESchwartzie94 January 28, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I love you site. I’ve been playing men’s league for over 12 years now. I had to take a 3 year hiatus from skating before then while I was in the military. Your site has really kept me improving my skills and reminding me of what I should be doing on the ice. Thanks and keep it coming. In the few short weeks I’ve been reading the site I can already tell it’s helped my game.


Angel December 24, 2012 at 1:14 am

I’m 26 and recently started playing hockey. This website has been a tremendous help from the basics of skating and shooting, to fancy deke moves and shots. With only 2 season of hockey under my belt, thanks to HowToHockey, I’m good enough to play on an intermediate level next season! Keep up the awesome tips


Rochestr71 December 23, 2012 at 9:46 am

I started playing hockey and skating when I was 16. They put me in net for the first couple of years. I decided stopping pucks was not for me. So I played out after that realized I enjoyed it and started playing defence. I had a decent slapshot, a pretty good wrist shot. However my skating crossovers, speed and backwards skating didn’t improve much until I took some lessons with a friend. Then I stumbled on to your site with the breakdown of moves (slowmo). Wow learned more in hour then time spent with trainer. You broke down mechanics of skating backwards and also helped me understand how to pick out the proper stick.

Love the site and I will tell my buddies.

Keep shootin HIGH and in the CORNERS


Matt Whipps November 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm

This is an awesome site! I just started playing hockey a couple of years ago, so am trying to get up to speed on as many different topics as possible. The videos are especially helpful, and I really appreciate the step by step instructions. I’ve watched the backwards crossovers video at least three times and I pick up something new each time. Keep up the fantastic work!


Keagan Duguay November 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I love this site, it has a lot of good information on everything about hockey from skating to stick handling, and lots more. I like how there are step by step instructions and everything is explained, and the videos.


John Potts October 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

This is one of the most informative sites i have ever seen. I have played all my life and still do ( i am 55) I am also a coach, i have coached Varsity, JV and also a womens O18 team, and i use a lot of your tips and videos for my players. Your instruction is simple to understand . Awesome site. Keep up the great work. john


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