Jeremy Rupke

Hey there hockey players, my name is Jeremy Rupke and I created HowToHockey.com. I will share a quick story about who I am and why I started this site.

Growing up with hockey

I grew up in a small farm town and LOVED playing hockey, the best part of hockey was getting together with friends and just having fun. Of course I also had a passion to improve and be the best I could. In a small town you get taught whatever your coach feels like teaching you, some coaches were great and others were just coaching because their son played on the team. I learned a lot about hockey, but also had to figure a lot of things out on my own.

When I wasn’t at practice I would be up in my barn working on my shot, or in the winter I would head to the pond to figure out some new moves. I noticed that once I started working on my game at home I started to improve very quickly.

When everything clicked

At about 16-17 years old, while in my barn or on the pond I started to realize a lot of small things that I was doing wrong, or new things that I could do to improve my game. These are just small little things that I should have known, or been taught as a kid but no coach really mentioned it. In a small town you don’t really get expert hockey coaches, and even if you have a good coach they only have 1 hour a week to coach 14 kids so you don’t get much 1 on 1 time.

I started implementing these small tips and noticed big improvements in my game, unfortunately it was a bit to late to play Junior and I was focusing on School and a career, but my #1 passion in life was still hockey.

Why I started How To Hockey

I started this site to help kids (and adults) just like me, people who love the game of hockey and want to improve their skills. I wanted a spot to help anyone and everyone improve their hockey skills. Now if a kid from a small town wants to learn to improve their shooting, or stickhandling they can visit Howtohockey.com, I’ve got a handful of videos that are filled with great info. If an adult want’s to take up the game of Hockey at 40 years old they can read all my articles and videos. I want to share my passion for the game with anyone else who also loves hockey.

So you never played pro? Why should we listen to you then?

Nope, I am not a pro, and I have no problem with that. I think if I DID play pro this site would not be nearly as informative as it is now. Most pro’s have the curse of knowledge, they are just naturally awesome and pick things up very easily. If you ask them “how do you take a wristshot” they would probably say “Well… you just go like this”

I’m a good hockey player, and I have a desire to continually improve. I am studying the pro’s, watching how they shot, dangle, and skate. I watch the videos in slow-mo and pick out small things, then I test them and implement them. If I notice improvements I will have a deep understanding of what works, what doesn’t work, and why it works. I then pass that information onto my readers via articles and videos. I break everything down step-by-step and make it as easy to understand as possible. I guess you could say I am obsessed with player development and coaching, and the readers of this site can benefit from all the time I spend watching, analyzing and testing.

Consider me your online hockey coach!

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Now it is Your Turn

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 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

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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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Jeff January 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Hi Jeremy,
I enjoyed pond skating growing up but never had the skills held my those with proper training. Last week I played my first 5 of 5 in a hockey rink with more advanced pickup players. For the first 2 games I was lost; scrambling back and forth and not knowing why everyone was just skating by me with the puck. Then I watched some of your videos.

When playing defense now I know when to “contain” the player in the corner and not go for the puck (as you taught in one of your videos). When the opponent is back to me against the boards I move in because he can’t see me (another tip you mentioned).

I’ve learned many things so far and one of my favorites was when I scored a goal using a method you taught and the guys on my team were saying things like “beautiful” and “nice shot”.

I’m 48 years old now and I’m happy I found your helpful website. It’s great being able to pick up the skills I wish I had some time ago. Thank you for your help. -Boston

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Mike Ross January 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Hi Jeremy,
Thanks so much for the site.
Long story short. I joined the military in 1980 after high school and that was the end of hockey for a very long time.
3 years ago my friend ask me to skate with his team in the Black Ice Hockey Tournament in Concord New Hampshire. At first I didn’t want to do it but he kept hounding me. I told him I didn’t’t even own skates. Well he kept after me so I bought some used gear. Wow did I suck! The rest of the team were old friends but were very nice to me. I think it helped that I bought the post game beers. Anyhow we just skated in our third tournament and I have made some improvements. Actually got a few goals! Thing is I now have the hockey bug bad. I have been buying some decent used gear. Playing indoor pickup hockey a couple of times a week, and have gotten into a nominal workout regiment to help with my overall fitness. I’m really psyched about that.
Thanks a ton for the site. I really enjoy it! Keeping my stick on the ice.
Cheers,
Mike

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Eli Wiersma January 14, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Hey,Jeremy
I am 10 years old and I live in the small town of Fall River,Wisconsin. I started playing hockey with my friends 2 years ago when my school first built an outdoor rink. I broke my arm last year because it had been a long time since iv’e had been skating but now I am much better. Some of my friends have even learned since they put the rink up. We don’t play on a team but every year all of my friends come down to the rink and play games for the whole day. I’m still learning how to skate backwards and stop but now I think I have my stride down pretty good. For christmas I got a pair of reebok 22k senior ice skates. Everyone tells me i’m bigfoot because I have such big feet.well we’ll see you next time Jeremy,

– Eli Wiersma

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Mark D'Haen January 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Hey Jeremy,

I’m Well over 50 and have no knowledge of ice skating whatsoever. Only a week ago I went and bought me a new set of dutch hockey skates( live 2 Miles south of the Dutch border) and went looking for Some tutoring and a better medical insurance. Out of everything that I’ve watched on the net your way of getting the message across was sticking out. I’ ll keep you posted on how your tips Will work out for me. You made it all look so easy that I’m confidant to either nail it or crack my skull during the process.
All the best, Mark

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Scott Knight January 9, 2015 at 7:55 am

Could you contact me regarding in participating in a March Break Camp we are running?

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mark g January 7, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Love your ideas and willingness to share and learn more. I’m an old timer but my kids are only 10 so they have time and energy to absorb as much as you can put together. Keep the good stuff coming. For a parent, the vids on how to put certain products together and your ratings of the products is invaluable. Thanks!

Mark/Chicago

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Alexander January 1, 2015 at 10:35 am

Dear Jeremy,
I was wondering if have any tips, ideas, or equipment for working on “hockey sense.” I am not trying to brag, but I think my “hockey sense” is pretty good, but I want to improve it. Plus, I was wondering if you have any ideas or equipment to improve skating.

Sincerely,
Alexander

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George December 14, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Hey Jeremy,

Just wanted to say that I found your hockey videos the most informative and helpful I’ve seen so far. I’m a mid-20’s guy just getting into hockey, and your videos are doing wonders to get me started. Thanks a lot for spending the time to put up these videos!

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Max Furlan November 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Hi Jeremy, do you have an email address that you would be willing to share. I need help with a few things

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Ben Altieri November 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Hi Jeremy,
I did a Google search last night for “how to take a wrist shot” and I landed on your YouTube video. I was looking for some tips to help my son who is 9 and is a first year squirt for the team in my town. I have since joined your email list and bought your ebook and video course. I’m an assistant coach for my son’s team. The problem I keep running into is that my son doesn’t take critical feedback lightly when it comes from me. I am curious if you are open to doing like an online meetup session or if you are already in the process of doing that. My son will listen to others teach him, but not from me.
I understand if this kind of request is outside the scope of what you are willing to offer.
I know my son would listen and take advice from you if he had a chance attend something like I mention above or to at least have you critique his form as I did take some video of him trying to incorporate your advice from the YouTube video. The mistake he makes is he doesn’t shift his weight from his back leg to his front leg and he uses the heal of his stick to generate lift which causes him to lean back and not forward when he takes a shot.

Anywho, thanks for all you do.
I look forward to working with my son through your course.

Cheers,
– Ben Altieri

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Jeremy Rupke November 9, 2014 at 9:29 am

Hi Ben, I do plan to offer training through live online sessions. I am building a small training area in my garage where I can set up a camera and live stream. Keep in touch and we can set something up.

Nick Ellison September 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Hey Jeremy, first of all I really appreciate the fact that you set time aside to give other people information to improve their game, I respect that. I am 18 years old and started skating when I was two and began playing when I was five. However, when I turned 9, I thought it would be fun to try football (some of my friends were playing) and I took that hockey season off. When I came back next season I had lost a lot of my skills and obviously hadn’t gained any like the other kids had. I got discouraged and quit. Then when I was 16, one of my friends who still plays got me back into it and I have DEFINEITELY improved. I was invited to a junior A prospect camp (Berkley Bruins MWJHL) after attending a summer skate with them. I skipped the prospect camp though because I figured that I am still missing a few vital skills. My biggest problem is that I have trouble making quick decisions. Not so much things like “when to pass” or “when to shoot”, but more like “who” should I pass to. I know I don’t have a chance of making it to the NHL, but I feel like playing juniors is a feasible goal for me and I would like to play at a competitive level. Do you have any tips for me, and did you ever play juniors or AAA or anything like that (just wondering)?

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Jeremy Rupke November 9, 2014 at 9:26 am

For a situation like that it comes down to playing and practicing as much as you can. Mental visualization might help you as well. If you can just visualize plays unfolding in your head, and visualize the passes and plays you would make it can help you on the ice. Mental visualization trains your brain, without having to actually be in the situation, then when you are in the situation it’s like you’ve done it hundreds of times before.

I haven’t played any high level hockey for a few reasons. Including family, location, and skill. As a kid I was good, but not amazing. At the moment I play with former Junior A players on my men’s league and keep up with them in points though, lol.

Jake August 30, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Hey Jeremy,
I’m 14 years old, live in New York, and have always been a Bruins fan, and I have always wanted to play Hockey I’m practicing for try outs next winter. I’m not too much of a dangler, good at skating, and I have a hard shot so I’m thinking I will do defense. I’m also pretty big, 6’1 and 230 lbs. I want to get decent at stick handling so I have watched lots of videos and practiced daily. It seems to me that it’s hard to get into even a simple quick hands stance. While on my skates, I have a Vapor X70 stick with 87 flex and kane curve that goes to the bridge of my nose. Could the length of the stick be my problem or would my gloves make it difficult? I got a new pair of Bauer Nexus 400’s and got a size 13 because my old pairs of vapor and reebok SC-87 gloves were size 12 and I figured they would be better since I am growing a lot.

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