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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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Richard Brookman March 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Hey! I have just started playing Rec Hockey in the UK and have found your site really useful, especially compared to other coaching videos on youtube. Could you do a video on how you transition from just having basic backwards skating skills to being able to crossovers as it is really the one thing that I would like to know.

Hope this is possible, and even if it isn’t, keep up the good work anyway

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Sorenna March 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm

You guys are amazing. I am in Ontario, too. Do you offer private lessons or group lessons?!

I really improved just by watching your videos.

Go Leafs!

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Jeremy March 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Hey I responded to your message on our Facebook groupon. If you live near Huntsville and have ice time I would be happy to come out.

Sorenna March 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm

You guys are amazing. I am in Ontario, too. Do you offer private lessons or group lessons?!

I really improved just by watching your videos.

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Allison Groten February 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Hey Guys,
This is great stuff! Our son plays on a Bantam travel team here in Houston where ice is tres cher so to get extra time to just work on shots, etc. is difficult. So doing street hockey is the only other way. Your videos are most helpful in breaking it down so that the viewers can try and imitate it. One rogue puck on a slap shot took out the glass on our front door and freaked out 14 year old son thought i’d have a bird, but was relieved when I told him I wanted to replace it anyway! We’re from Toronto area. Son said when he heard your accent, that you must be from Canada! (where do you guys call home?)

Keep up the great work – will be sending out a link to other teammates.

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Ryan February 21, 2011 at 3:34 am

Hi Jeremy, Ken, this is the best hockey instructions/tips site ever!
I love how you blend clear instructional text with images and videos.
I started playing hockey after high school (been playing over 15 years now) and this is the type of help/instruction I have been searching and dreaming about forever.
Keep up the great work.

Btw, one suggestion on your site. I found and Liked your Facebook page.
It would be helpful if you added Facebook and Twitter buttons on this site for people to follow you (in addition to sharing blog posts via social network which you already have).

Thanks again!

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Jeremy March 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Thank Ryan, I just added the Facebook button site wide. I’m not big on twitter so I just stuck with the Facebook button for now!

Tom February 18, 2011 at 6:50 am

Hey guys!

Just have to say a huge huge thanks for your excellent articles and videos. I’m pretty new to the great game (I’m in the UK so it’s not too big of a deal here) and your site has helped me learn to stop and to shoot like no other!

I’m no longer the newest on my team so every time someone asks what advice I can give I just point them your way!

Thanks again – Tom.

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John February 12, 2011 at 8:22 am

Hey Fella’s

Great site with a wealth of info. My son and I both play, he’s a mite and I’m in the old guy beer league. We work on skills everyday and really appreciate the how to’s and tips. Thanks!

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Michael February 7, 2011 at 12:12 am

Hey guys, I’m 14 and I still haven’t started playing real ice hockey yet. We had a hockey unit in my PE class in my school, and recently I tore a tendon in my hip, so I could no longer play soccer. I was sitting watching my favourite team, the Canucks, and I searched hockey tutorials on youtube, your video was the first one to come up. That night I stayed up till 2 in the morning watching every single one of your videos, and now I’m out every day, on my blown out hip, shooting pucks and balls at the side of my house for hours, and even more hours stickhandling in my kitchen with random balls I find. Thank you so much.

- Mike

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braveheart January 22, 2011 at 3:43 am

thank you for the tips , ive been out of hockey and not played in about 20 years.Starting to play in a leauge real soon ,thank you again.

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Drew January 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Hey guys,

I found this site off YouTube the other day. I know it’s new because I’m always looking for good hockey tips and want to learn more about the craft.

I’m from Gilbert, AZ and started playing hockey here (of all places!). I started senior year of high school and compete in our Tier 3 league as well as Recreational B. The videos i’ve seen thus far are excellent, and I intend to spend a lot of time here and have already subscribed to your email list.

Thanks for creating such a great hockey resource site, and I look forward to learning more and more from you guys in the months and years to come!

Drew

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Jacob January 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Hey Ken and Jeremy,

First off, this is a great site and incredibly informative. I’m Jake from USMA (the US equivalent of RMC), and since I’m not a D-1 player, I’ve been relugated to off-ice hockey :(. We’ve got a team going in my Company that starts up soon, so I want to thank you guys already for the immense amount of practice tips we’ll be using off this site in our quest for the Brigade Championship. This site is amazing, keep up the good work. I know this is difficult to ask of you, since they’re only two of you, but team drills would help out a lot. Thanks!

Go C-3 Gamecocks,
-Jake

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Travis January 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Great videos. Can we get a backhanded toe drag tutorial? That would be great.

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Jeremy January 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

I will add it to the list of requests ;)

David December 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Great videos! I was trying to help my 4.5 year old work on his wrist shot, and I couldn’t really communicate to him how to do it right. We watched your videos and after one day he’s got it down! Amazing! He loves watching all your videos and we’ll no doubt learn a lot more. Thanks for this great site!

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Marcus December 23, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Im from Sweden and I love your site.
Keep up the good work mate.

Let us love the game of hockey together.

/ Marcus

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Clayton December 22, 2010 at 1:56 am

Amazing site!! I grew up in a small town and the coaching, especially of individual skills, was rudimentary at best. Your site and video are an incredible source of information that I wish I had growing up. I have a four year old that I’m going to be getting into hockey soon. I’m sure we will both be using your site to work on our skills together. Keep up the great work. Best hockey site on the web!!!

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Alicia December 16, 2010 at 11:05 am

Hi Jeremy/Ken,
I stumbled across your terrific site while looking for hockey products for my two hockey crazy 8 yr old twins. This site is so helpful to us as both my husband and I were never into hockey at all and find we are at somewhat of a disadvantage to the other kids that have hockey dads and moms. It is really hard to get them the instruction that they want (they are totally dedicated and fanatical about learning) because we have no idea what would be best. Our whole basement is unfinished concrete and half of it is already a ball hockey arena but I would like to set up some type of flooring for stickhandling, passing and shooting practice. I saw the dryland floor tile review you did, but was wondering if you’ve ever done a demo on synthetic ice? If so, does a puck slide as nicely on it as on the dryland flooring and could they use a rebounder well on it and have the puck slide back to them for a shot? We’d rather go with the synthetic ice if possible but wondered how a puck slide on it.
Also, do you know of any resources that would help them to learn positional/stratigical hockey plays?
Thanks in advance for any advice you might have!
Alicia

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Jeremy March 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I have tried the synthetic ice and it is pretty cool, you have to push harder though then on real ice. The puck slides nicely on synthetic ice. There are a few decent videos on youtube about hockey stategy, I will email you the links.

Jim H December 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Nice job guys. Somehow I missed your site when I went looking for how to help a couple of months ago but now I have found you. So I live in Seattle, WA and played hockey outdoors growing up in Minnesota (many years ago). I would love to see a video and advice on skating backwards. I did not develop my cross-over on my “weak” leg and was wondering if you could give all of us some tips. A video is worth at least a 1,00 words. Thanks again .

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Jim Damren December 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Guys,

I am coach in NH and played hockey growing up. I have 3 son’s that play now: Squirt, Peewee and Bantam and I am always looking for additional information that I can incorporate into my practices, or pass on to my boys. Thanks for what you do. Even though I just found you today, I will be a regular visitor from now on. Thanks again.

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Mark Rogers December 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm

very cool site! Thanks for doing it. I’m 52 and playing again after 20 years or so! My Blackhawks inspired me! Now I’m using your tips to re-learn some things. You guys rock!

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Trevor Miner December 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I really just want to say Thanks for doing this. There are not alot of people who take the time to do this and stick with it .I have only been able to play hockey for fun no leagues or … Anyway I am from Ottawa,Ont. and now live in Esq. B.C. Vancouver Island not alot of lakes or stuff toskate on so roller is what I can do all year weather permitting . Please keep up the great work so I can learn even more as I go Thanks again Trevor

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