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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Petr Polák August 5, 2011 at 4:11 am

Hi Jeremy, Hi Ken! My name’s Petr and I’m from Czech republic. Hockey is just a passion of mine, but I’m playing hockeyball. Although I cannot use all your advices because character of the sport is different, there still remain lots of useful videos also for hockeyball. I appreciate you’re doing it for free and I would like to give you something back. I’m interested in website-development, I have a small web-studio and if I can help you some, just send me a mail!

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Dave July 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I’m 57 years old and started ice skating about 4 months ago. And I want to get good enough to play on the local novice adult hockey leagues that I can’t stand it. A friend/co-worker that plays on the local leagues, keeps threatening me that he’s gonna sign me up and make me sign the papers! I’m a much better skater than I was when I first started, but nowhere near ready to even think about playing the game. But I’m gonna get there!

I really like and get a lot out of your beginner skating videos. Especially the how to hockey stop video for absolute beginners. That one helped out a lot, not that I can do it yet (I tend to fall on my butt a lot!), but I can tell that I getting better….just a matter of time and practice.

Thanks for for putting up the site, and how about some more video’s for us beginners?

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Brian (West Virginia) June 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Hi Guys,

Great site! My 10 year old son had really taken to hockey about two years ago. He has played inline hockey for two seasons and now has transitioned into ice hockey and he has really got me hooked on hockey. The video’s are great for him to watch, especially during his hockey camps for that extra info. boost, and it helps me help him, especially during the off season. Keep up the good work!

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Chuck June 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

I’m glad to have found your site because I am making a comeback after not playing for the last 12 years – due to work constraints. My 6 year old son has become obsessed with hockey – vis a vis NHL 11(Playstation 3)- and has reawakened my love of Hockey and playing Hockey. So, your videos are great and I need to pick up a couple of green biscuits and a shooting pad to start practicing. We live in Chicago and I skate most of the time at Johnie’s Ice House. Lastly, I am 52 so it’s now or never!

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Jovita June 21, 2011 at 12:38 am

Hey Jeremy and Ken
I wanted to take the time and say Thank You so much for all our tips and videos on youtube, you don’t know how much you’ve helped me a lot. Growing up I couldn’t afford any ice skates or equipment or ice time. I saved up enough money to buy roller skates from Toys R Us, and practiced with a used hockey stick and a tennis ball. As I got older my daughter and my military career took over my dreams of wanting to play and learn. Now 34 years old, financially stable and ready to play, I’m in a California beginning Hockey program and I watch and practice everything you put out for me to learn, to include the off ice backyard stick time. Thank You a million times over, for you expertise and your time.
Sincerey Your Admirer and Fan
Jovi

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ed May 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Ed from Dana Point, CA. Grew up playing pond hockey in NY, my son(7) is playing mites an is in love with the game. Want to give him all the opprtunity to learn everything, so I need to learn the right way as well. Coaching for him right now is mass production, and need tips w/o paying 100.00/hr. We’re on the ice together for stick-time, way cool.

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Joey May 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I live in Pittsburgh, I saw my first game on television in the 2008 final (game 5), and I have been addicted to hockey ever since. After that game I taught myself how to stick handle and shoot, as well as roller blade. I haven’t started to ice skate until very recently though so your real simple skating videos are great for me thanks.

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David May 22, 2011 at 6:21 am

I started playing hockey after 40 to get on the ice with my daughter (it did not work as she still does not wait for me). I play drop in and in some novice leagues.

HowtoHockey is the best. Most hockey instruction is worthless (e.g., to skate backwards just wiggle your hips). Your videos and explanations are great. You explain why you do something which is key. There is nothing natural about hockey, and you demystify it.

Thanx so much.

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Nick May 19, 2011 at 7:37 am

Great site guys. I’ve played pond hockey since I was a wee one, and some drop in as a young adult. Once my two sons started playing mites, I finally joined an adult developmental league to learn and enjoy the game more fully. I’m on the steepest part of the learning curve, and your site is helping me ascend that curve. Keep up the good work and keep adding tips for us fledgling defensemen. Cheers from Treetown,
nick

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J. Wittmus May 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Hi! I just found your site through YouTube and am so grateful for it! I have been a hockey mom for 8 years (my son plays Bantam) and just last week I got the guts up to get on the ice myself and give it a go. I am addicted! I am starting from total scratch so your videos are very helpful, and you do such a great job of explaining everything simply and succinctly. I can’t wait for my next ice time to put things to use!

I’m following you on Facebook as well so I hope to keep in touch and up to date on what you have to offer. THANK YOU SO MUCH for Giving Back, and paying it forward. Keep up the great work! :)

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Billy (Vancouver) May 3, 2011 at 3:07 am

Found this site through a youtube comment on another hockey video and man am I glad about that comment.

This is quite easily the best and most informative hockey site around, bar none. So congratulations on achieving that.

Just commenting to let you know that I appreciate everything you have up right now and I encourage you to put up more stuff cause I’ll be watching.

Keep up magnificent work and thanks :)

- Bill

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Jeremy May 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Thankls Bill :D We are always working on new stuff

jason May 2, 2011 at 8:18 am

hey i’m jason i’m from berlin, ma and i just started looking at this website because my birthday is coming up and so far i love it. i play ice hockey at the bantam level but i help coach my 5 year oldcousins dek hockey. originally i just looked for stuff i wanted for my birthday bit now i think,no i know that i will be looking at this website a lot more!

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Matt H. April 30, 2011 at 2:50 am

Hey guys Matt here I’m from st. Louis, mo in the states I’ve been a roller hockey player for a long time I’ve only actually played on ice once and its been several years since I’ve been able to play I was on YouTube searching for some tips and found your site and I’ve got to say that its just amazing. I’ve always loved the game of hockey via the blues. Fortunately I grew up during the blues Brett hull era. I’ve already bought me the extreme passing kit and the green biscuit. I’ll be buying an EZ goal as soon as I get the bills paid :). Hopefully I can find me a mens league soon I’m ready to play again except this time I’m looking to play on ice! I’ve got a sweet picture of my 1 year old holding a hockey stick all by himself in a ready position looking at the puck like he’s going to shoot I plan on getting him some skates as soon as possible and passing this knowledge on to him. Again thanks for this awesome site. Keep up the great work and I look foward to the installments of the future!

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Erin April 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm

We are in Florida! I just (2 weeks ago) introduced my 10 year old son to ice skating and signed him up for hockey that same day. We found you on You Tube and have subscribed to everything you offer! Your love for the sport comes through with each lesson or tip. He is learning so much from you guys—even taping his new stick! I’ve also shared your site with the whole team. Thank you and keep up the great work!!!
–Erin (new hockey mom)

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Gage April 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

LOVE THIS SITE!!!!!! KEEP ON POSTING!!!!!

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BD April 15, 2011 at 12:19 am

Hey guys yall are awesome, great videos! Im from Tennessee and played baseball my whole life. Picked up hockey 8 months ago and found that its the sport I was meant to play. Watched all yalls youtube videos and gonna put them to work tomorrow!

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Jeffizzle April 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Jeremy!!!! Awesome site!!! Love the videos. Will you coach me if i drive up to ontario?? Hahah

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Kristina April 7, 2011 at 6:01 am

Hey Jeremy & Ken,

First, I would like to thank you for being great hockey ambassadors. Educating others on the basics of the sport are often withheld by hockey snobs. As if to say if you weren’t born breathing hockey, then you are not worthy of enjoying it.

I am an editor and lead writer for a hockey sports network, and I benefit greatly from your site. I’m a gal who never played (so uncoordinated that I get into fights with walls), so seeing the videos and hearing the instructions provides me much needed insight.

Keep up the great work. I would like to learn about reasons behind strategies, lingo/terminology, and penalities/rules. I’m sure you already have a lot of that info on here, since I’m new I am still reading through older posts.

Thanks again. And, oh yeah…LET’S GO CANES!

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Petr Polák August 5, 2011 at 4:07 am

Hello Kristina,

I know you sent your post four months ago but if you still feel you need some hockey tips, don’t hesitate and contact me. It’ll be a pleasure to help you.

Also I see you’re an editor of cardiaccane.com, so please contact me anyway:-)

Petr Polák.

sahil patel April 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm

hey jeremy i love your videos great stuff
i play AA hockey in edmonton and i’m dying to see a video on the ” through the stick deke” thanks

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Steven March 29, 2011 at 12:53 am

Great website! So far the best hockey tips site I’ve seen. I’m in Vancouver BC, it’s a huge hockey community here. Hope you guys ever do a video here if you guys comes over to the West coast.

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