About

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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Jeremy

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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.

Ken

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!

Jeremy

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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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Robert December 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Guys honestly, I BEG you NEVER shut this site down, it’s so useful and helpful beyond belief. I’m literally just starting to take up hockey, I’m 19, so I won’t be in the NHL anytime soon, but who knows haha, I would have started years ago, but I live in England :P (but I’m half Canadian so hockey is in the veins haha) and these tips and tutorials are going to be so useful I know it! I feel that when I eventually hit the ice I won’t feel completely isolated (no pun in intended) as I’m going to have a decent knowledge of how the process of the body works and how to get the best of myself! For that, I thank you :)!

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Jason November 26, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Jeremy/Ken
I just came across this site and I am excited to see what new things you guys will have for the future. Keep up the good work and I am looking forward to improving my skills.

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Tom November 25, 2010 at 3:05 am

You guys did some AMAZING work!
I just started playing for fun when my kid started practicing in the local club, with few other fathers, just to see how it is like.
I am 44 old father of an 11 yr old kid and was playing serious basketball until the injury, (also tennis and windsurfing instructor) so I thought it won’t be hard to do some smooth moves on the ice as well*
Since I was a bit wrong*.. and It was harder than I thought, I looked for some help and your site came out of nowhere – exactly what I was looking for. I have a gazillion of questions and you gave so many answers in here already!
Few of them are so “basic” that you won’t believe it…so thank you again!!!! and BTW greetings from Slovenia.

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Randy November 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

very helpful and insightful thanks for the help

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Jimmy November 17, 2010 at 10:42 am

Hey guys, thanks for the awesome (and detailed) tutorials. I mostly play goalie, and I was thinking, “If you know anyone else who plays goalie, It’d be awesome if feature them in some of your vids.” Anyway, keep up the good work. :)

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Lloyd November 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I LOVE this website. Keep up the good work. I couldn’t find anything on saucer passes. Could you do a video on how to do a saucer pass properly? Scoring is fun but setting up a pretty goal is more satisfying to me. Thanks.

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Jeremy November 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Great suggestion Lloyd, we will add this to our list of videos to shoot.

Jonny November 12, 2010 at 1:13 am

Hey Jeremy/Ken,

This is the first time I’ve visited this site, after finding a few of your videos on youtube. I have been looking at strictly slap shot videos for the past hour or so before working my way to a few of your slap shot videos, and I can honestly say they are the most detailed videos out of the ones I’ve watched.

I’ve grown up playing roller hockey in california, and have never really excelled. However, I love the game and expect to be playing my whole life. Although my chances to play ice hockey are few and far between, I do get to step onto ice on occasion. I have to tell you, I’m not the greatest roller hockey player, but I am TERRIBLE on the ice. The biggest challenges, in my opinion, in switching from roller to ice are :
1. Overall game play- on ice there is an extra player on each team, and it seems like people are not as flexible as far as positioning goes during play.
2. Skating- should be obvious. Skating on ice is different than skating on wheels.
3. Weight of the puck- ice pucks are significantly heavier

I don’t know if any of you guys have any experience with these problems, or if you know anyone who does (I believe that TJ Oshie of the St. Louis Blues started out playing roller), but if you can, it might be cool to see some advice on transitioning.

Great site, guys! See you around.

@Matt: My dad didn’t even learn how to skate until he was 50! Seven years later, he does pretty well, so don’t let your age be a deterrent for you. For skating backwards, just skate forwards, and then turn around and let your momentum carry you! And I say this all the time, but the best way to learn to skate well is to play hockey. =)

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Jeremy November 12, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Hi Jonny thanks for your comment, check out School Yard Puck, they have some cool roller and ice hockey tips on that blog. I have always played ice hockey and when I tried roller blading it was fairly easy. You can also check out the HFboards forum as I think this topic has been discussed a few times there.
Good luck!

Maccas November 3, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Hey guys,
Absolutely awesome site you have here!
Being in the UK its extremely hard to find anywhere that does tuition (At least for anyone over teenage years) so for someone like myself videos like yours are an absolute godsend. I’ve only been playing a couple of months now but my stickhandling and shooting have improved significantly thanks to your videos. Now I just need to get the power and accuracy sorted and I’ll be scoring a bit more regularly!
Keep making the videos and I’ll keep watching them (and hopefully improving because of them!)
Thanks Again!

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Matt November 1, 2010 at 6:41 am

Hey guys!

I just subscribed this morning… and I’m finding the site most excellent.

As an old guy who has NEVER played hockey at all, I was wondering if there were some recommendations you could make on skates and some drills to help me learn. I DO know how to skate, but not backwards, YET.

I have watched your videos on youtube and theyre very informative and I am looking forward to signing up to play this Spring… I just want to be able to hold my own against people who HAVE played. There are no organized practices as far as I can tell, soi I will need to do all of my tyraining/learning on my own.

Some positional videos would be great too.

Thanks, and keep up the great work!!!

MK

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stephen hill October 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm

my name is stephen and im from illinois i would like to see more reviews on stuff that you can buy to help you. I really liked your review on the shooting pad

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Chris October 20, 2010 at 7:14 am

You guys have an excellent site here! I have been playing hockey since I was 8 (roughly somewhere around 20-25 years). Not only have you guys provided great tips, but also ways that I can help both of my boys get better. The tips are great and the videos are even better for them to see how things are done. Keep up the great work! I will be checking back often.

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Kelly October 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Just showing you guys a little Cali love, keep up the good work.

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harry August 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm

hi jeremy,

realy like the website, especialy because i live in england and trying to find as much instuctional info on hockey and thats what this website does for free! I have just subscribed and loved the first artical on the slap shot; it realy helped my understanding on the technique. are there any sites that will send radars, pucks, shooting mats etc. to england?

Harry Johnstone

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Mark August 7, 2010 at 10:46 am

Just discovered this website yesterday and love it…I loved your videos so much that I splurged and bought the hockeyshot extreme passing kit, radar gun, and folding backstop to use in conjunction with this website to tweak my mechanics for increased shot speed like Jeremy has talked about in his videos. I’ll be spreading the word of this great site!

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Jeremy August 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

Awesome Mark!

You will love the passing kit and the radar gun. The backstop is great too, but you might need to re-enforce the meshing if you have a hard shot. I really like the roll-up shooting pad that comes with the xtreme passing kit, it gives you so much room to practice moves, and shooting. Once you get the radar gun send me an email and I will give you a few tips for how to get the most consistent readings.

Ryan July 21, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Guys I just started to play ice hockey (age 26) so much fun!! and your tips and vids are great for guys like me who dont have a clue what there doing on the ice.

Thanks learning allot. keep up the good work

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Alex July 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Hey guys, nice website. I stumbled upon this site a few days ago, and I have been practicing my shots, and I have already noticed a difference! The only question I have is why did I not find this sooner?

-Alex

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Ingrid July 6, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Thanks so much for the site. I always read your posts on Reddit and have learned a ton from your videos. I play with and manage an adult women’s hockey team in Alaska, and forward your links to the team all the time. We range from age 20 to 60 and include beginner skaters to those who have played for decades. We all learn from your site – it’s like having an on-line coach. Any summer practices/workouts you have would be great – our rink doesn’t open until September and the ladies are getting stir crazy :)

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Paul @ FiscalGeek May 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Great site and I very much appreciate your videos. I’m captain of a brand new adult hockey team in Seattle, WA and trying to get us all up to speed as quick as possible. It’s challenging for us old guys. I’ve shared your info with my team and look forward to future installments. I would especially love some focus on positioning aka where the heck should I be based on a current situation. Just figuring that out has been a challenge.

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Jeremy July 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Thanks Paul, I have added an article on the positioning for a winger. We will add more articles on position soon!

Ted May 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Hi,
I Love the photos I’m guessing that are out on a frozen lake. Brings back fond memories as I too grew up in Ontario but now living in Sydney Australia. I can recall weekends going up to our or a friends cottage (ours near Haliburton and friends near Beaverton). Would get up late Friday evening and would immediatley start shovelling the snow till the wee ours of the morning only to find that it was all for nothing as it snowed again. But we didn’t care. We just started shovelling again. Ah those were the days lol!

Ted

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Richard lewis May 14, 2010 at 6:33 am

thanks guys!

im a Brit living in croatia where roller hockey is growing in popularity every year but have no coaches or places to learn. this will help the teams and give us ideas on what we need to work on.

i dont suppose you have any tips on how to deal with disciplin? – keeping the team in their positions?!?

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Ken May 18, 2010 at 10:47 am

hey richard great to hear your bringing the sport to new areas. You don’t have to discipline to keep the teams in their positions. the best idea is to keep them out of the skates and off the rink. teach them the positions first and hammer it into their heads. next you get them on the rink. I guarantee you will have a few players who listened to you and start playing positional hockey. this is where you use the reward system. the few that listen get the longer ice time, and play whatever position they want. the rest of the team will see that if they stick to their positions they will be rewarded as well.

now as for disciple…nothing works better then a benching a player. do not yell or curse just sit them on the bench. this is the best way to get the point across

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