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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Jeff Prestage September 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Hi Jeremy and Ken
After a 25 year break I got back into hockey again (now pushing 57 yo). Unfortunately due to my job having me out of town over half of every month a league/team isn’t a viable option for me so pick ups and skate and shoots are all I can commit to. The good news is I’m fitter than I’ve been in the last 20 years, I’ve met some great people at the local ice rink, my skills are slowly returning and I’ve had some great tutoring for FREE at your awesome website. Keep up the great work fellas I’ll for sure keep visiting.


chris young August 15, 2012 at 6:43 am

HI guys ,this is chris in ryde ,isle of wight /uk,thankyou so much for some very usefull tips,which have helped me no end,as i was having trouble stopping,but having looked at your instructional videos ,i have learnt alot,im the sort of guy who only learns from watching others,im now 61,not into ice hockey,but love ice skating,and go to planet ice skating rink,to the ice discos,im loving it,but was not confident about stopping,but now i will practice what ive learnt from you guys,best regards,chris.


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susan July 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm


I have been playing hockey throughout my life, but mainly ball hockey, but have started
back at ice hockey in a rec league. I feel I am a fairly good player, but lack a bit of confidence that I hope your site can give back to me. Tips on defencive playing is what I
am really interested in coupled with the rest of the game.

thanks Susan


Peyton May 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Hey there, my name is Peyton. I just finished spring travel hockey. Not too happy that it is done. I am new to your site and can’t wait to dig through it. I am hoping to get a few tips to help me with my travel tryouts for PeeWee. Excited to start watching.


Kinn May 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm

My name is Kinn and I’m 8 yrs old. I have been taking 100 wrist shots a day. I started a couple weeks after my season ended and now have 2,700 after tonight. My dad has been posting it for me each time, some with video, http://mwmuniz.posterous.com
I hope to learn a bunch from this site and to stay motivated over the summer!


Jeremy May 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Nice, looks like you are showing some good improvements so far

Bradleyboren May 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Hey I’m 14 I play roller hockey and I have a YouTube chanel much like you guys and I wanted to know if you guys coul give me a shout out of some sort just to get me going your videos also have helped improve my slap shot and backhand and my dekes


Rob Herman March 23, 2012 at 7:41 am

Hi Guys, I’m from Delft near Rotterdam in Holland .Thanks for the info on your website. I’m 44 and just starting hockey for a local rec team.
The difficulty is that when you start you’ve got to learn te stickhandle and ice skating at the same time, but thanks to the video’s i learn a lot. Perfectly explained by Jeremy.
keep up the good work
greetings Rob Herman


Gerry Lahey March 22, 2012 at 9:33 am

Great site! I picked up hockey in January of 2011 at the age of 39. This website has been a fantastic resource for me from the videos to the articles. I was completely starting from scratch and articles like the roles of the different positions were extremely helpful in helping me figure out the basics of where I should be and what I should be doing on the ice. I continue to visit the web site once every couple of weeks, re-reading articles and watching videos. Thanks for all the help. Love the cheat sheet.


Jordan March 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Hey I’m Jordan and I’m from Montreal. I’ve never played organized hockey before, but I’m going to join the Midget B team next year. I want to be a defenseman so I would really appreciate some videos and articles on how to play good defense or improving the slapshot power or even how to score from the blue line. Hopefully my comment helps improve this site!


David March 6, 2012 at 12:17 am

I’m from Prince George B.C. Canada, and I play rec C division hockey. This site has given me EXACTLY the information that I need to really improve and move forward in skill and technique. Thank you very much for creating this site. I could never go to hockey school, and this teaches me what I can’t figure out by myself, (A lot when it comes to technique).


Hamza B February 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Hi im Hamza i live in Ontario too i just wanted to say your site helped me too play hockey so i just wanted to Thank you guys for teaching me how to play through a website.



Andy February 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Hey my im from the great North Star state and I started playing hockey alot last winter… Nothing to intense just pond hockey with a bunch of my buddies. I would like to see a lot of stickhandling videos.


AidiZ January 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Howdy ;D I live in Richmond Hill, Ontario a town just north of Toronto :) I’m currently 16 and I recently just started playing hockey. So far I barely got any ice time since you have to pay and I don’t really have a lot of money.. I don’t have much hobbies and don’t play a lot of other sports but hockey.. hockey is what I am most interested in out of everything and really would like to learn the ways of the puck ;) I’m not going into being pro (i dont have all the gear like shoulder pads stuff like that, just skates, helmet, gloves, and the good old hockey stick) but at least work on my skills time to time is fine and your website and especially your videos on youtube has been very helpful in getting to where I am aiming for. The tips you give are super effective and hope you make a lot more videos in the future. So far I’ve been practicing a whole load of stick handling and playing street hockey with my neighbour and I hope to transfer all those skills onto the ice whenever I get the chance!
Thank you so much for all your help and the dedication you put in to help others.


Dave January 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Good day! I just signed up and here is a little about me. I live in a small town outside Pittsburgh Pa (USA). I am a huge fan of hockey… obviously the Penguins. I myself don not play ice hockey since I am sort of a “late bloomer” I guess. I have been playing in an “Over 40″ dek hockey league for about a year and my only experience prior to that was pick up games of street hockey growing up. Growing up I didn’t have the oppurtunity to learn to ice skate really and hockey wasn’t really that big of a thing back then. Also there were some family health issues that got in the way. Life happens… it’s all good. Anyway, I starteed playing pick up games at 38 as a goalie due to the need for two and we only had one “real” goalie. I enjoyed it but wasn’t the best at it. Then I recently started playing at a local dek in the over 40 league as a defensemen on a team with of all people, Alain Lemiuex, brother of Mario. He is a really cool guy and actually has had a clinic or two for kids down at the dek. I recently have giving a little bit of winger a try too. I don’t have that great of a shot so I was looking for things to help. I was looking for hockey mats to protect my stick while trying to improve my slap / wrist shot, and eventually saw your review(s) and bought one, actually 10 minutes ago, and the passer attachment and some pucks. I will try shooting both balls and pucks, I know there will be a difference but the mechanics should be the same / close enough… right? My 11 year old son is going to be using it too. I know there is a difference between dek and ice (a big one) but so far you guys are the best site I found for info and ideas for improving my game and my son’s (who hopefully will get interested in playing ice). Maybe at some point you could add a little section on playing dek or street hockey and some tips and equipment. I’ll get you started with the D-Gel broomball shoes. (No I don’t work for them.) They are great to wear on an outdoor deck in the snow and rain when the dek gets as “slippy” (Pittsburgh -ese for slippery) as ice.
Anyway I really like your site and hope you are willing to welcome an old dek player to your Ice site :)


Jeffrey S January 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Hey, my name is Jeffrey, and my son Ayden is playing Mite ADM for North Olmsted Hockey Club in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a first generation hockey player that decided he wanted to be a professional hockey player before he ever put on skates. I never played and it was making me feel bad that I couldn’t help him improve because he’s already better than me. Your videos are a huge help as he and I can watch your great videos and learn proper techniques together. Thank you for all you passion and dedication.


Ed Y November 19, 2011 at 4:47 am

What a great site guys. This is so helpful for every day joe schmoes like me who love to play hockey but were never trained professionally or through some form of organized hockey due to financial reasons or other lack of resources. I am definitely forwarding this to some of my beer league buddies who would greatly benefit from your teachings. Keep up the passionate work and thanks again.


george davis November 12, 2011 at 9:10 am

This looks like a cool site so I will look forward to your e mails on Hockey.I am an older guy Coached atJunior A level for 10 yrs Retired from Coaching 2yrs ago due to injuries rcvd on Bench Goaltender by choice played at College level and Junior A in MJHL a way back when .Most of my Goaltenders have gone on to Pro or College and all have turned out to be nice and succeful young men.i now watch my 8yr old play hockey as I did when his Dad played .Talk later Gord I usually go by Gord as my Dad namis George also .


Brandon Fitzsimmons October 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Hey, my name is Brandon and I am from Ft. Myers, Florida. I am 14 years old and I am a defensman on the Bantam Florida Eels travel team. I still need a lot of work to get better, but I am never going to give up. I just love hockey way too much!! I am going to ask for the power slide board for Christmas to help me work on mostly my stride and stick handling. I have watched a few of your videos and I think that they are great and a lot of help for many players. Keep up the great work and your dedication to hockey.


Martin Horton October 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Hi Guys,I’m from Rochdale near Manchester in the U.k .Thanks for the superb website. I’m 44 and just starting hockey again for a local rec team after 25 years off the ice. Been scouring the net for various tips and training advice and your site beats the lot.
Great informative videos, easy to understand and to learn from.
Keep up the good work, thanks very much.


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