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, with the help of some hockey videos I bought on VHS 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!

 

 

100 Comments
  1. Reply sammy sun May 16, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Hi Jeremy
    my name is sammy and am 11 years old and I LOVE your website i skate around 3 times a week and ive been using your tips and let me tell you I improved like crazy! i was the worst on the team and now am like one of the best! i am very glad you created this website for other hockey players! i am currently using a vic hockey stick with a flex60 it is firm flex so it is actually like 65 or 70 i would like to know when i should get a new one because about an inch ofthe tip of the blade broke off and ive been using it for 5 months

  2. Reply Lou Federico April 30, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Hi Jeremy
    I grew up in New Jersey and ice hockey wasn’t well known at the time. I started skating at age 42 because I loved the Flyers. I’m now 67 and play twice weekly with kids half my age. Even at my age,much like you I
    l have a burning desire to improve. I never had any coaching at all. Your website has helped me so much its unbelievable. I’m soooo thankful for people like you who want to help others succeed. yes even at 67..My skating has improved so much its unreal and I thank you for that. I hope this can be an inspiration to others to never quit trying to improve even at 67years old.

    • Reply Coach Jeremy August 31, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      If the blade is broken I would say it’s time for a new stick

  3. Reply Vikki McCormack April 29, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Hello Jeremy,

    First time ever to read and respond to a website.
    I am 59, and a little over a year ago I thought I wanted to speed skate; but once I purchased hockey skates (little boys size 13); they magically guided me across the ice.
    I watched little tykes skating like they had been doing this for years. I wanted a coach so bad, I wanted to pay someone to coach me, to teach me everything I need to know to play hockey; mainly ALL transitions. Everybody was either too busy, or didn’t take me seriously.
    YOU>>>>>>>>JEREMY! You’re site! Golly, what a God send you are. I study, and I practice, study, then practice. I went to my first game a couple of months ago……..and I want to skate like the pros. I
    I have only you and my skates. I make it to the nearest rink way out here in ABQ NM three times a week, two hours at a time. I am addicted to the ice, I love my hockey skates, and I love your site.
    Jeremy, thank you :) Where wouild I be today without your site. I can count only on my ambition, my dedication , my spirit and YOU.

    • Reply Coach Jeremy August 31, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      That’s amazing Vikki, keep doing what you’re doing!

  4. Reply Todd April 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Jeremy

    Love the site and your videos, product reviews etc have been a huge help for me (adult rec player) and helping my little Squirt-future NHL’er :), improve a lot. THANK YOU.
    One comment, question, request. There are a billion and one videos about how to do a stationary wrist shot (yours being one of the better ones) but nothing…nada….on a textbook wrist shot while skating in stride. You have one on a snap and slap, but nothing on a wrister? Help! I’ve heard and seen different things but I trust you to set me straight…turn to side, stay straight ahead, etc.. Trying to get that glass crushing power while on the move and pass it down correctly to my Squirt. Thanks a million.

  5. Reply Keagan gallagher March 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Hi my name is Keagan and im 12, I live in northern Ohio. After watching hockey videos I started having a interest in hockey I’m decent at skating I can do crossovers stops but I’m not to fast. I’m pretty good at stick handling but shooting and quick turns I’m not very good at. I saw in one of your videos that 12 years old is a little late but I feel that’s wrong but I’m going to need your help with videos for kids like me. I practice with a shooting pad almost all the time I can and I do clinic Tuesday and Wednesday’s I feel I’m missing something and that’s why I need your help.

  6. Reply Patrick Zimmerly March 15, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Hey Jeremy,
    I’m about to turn 37 at the end of March and just began skating again. I used to skate a lot when I was a kid, but cost and other interests put hockey on the back burner. I played college football and am a Physical Education teacher. I really missed the competitiveness and camaraderie that comes with team sports… and hockey is simply freakin cool.
    Over 20 years later I have gotten the bug. Bought some decent skates 2 weeks ago and have been on the ice 6 times since. I’ve also started accumulating equipment and am nearly ready to start some stick and puck, and have signed up for a “learn to play” class that will start at the end of May. (Teacher’s summers are awesome!)
    Your video’s and tips have really helped… breaking it down and showing both the right and wrong way is always best. Forget about pick-up basketball, golf or softball… joining a men’s hockey league is what’s next for me!! Thanks a lot. I’ll be here often!

    Patrick Z.

  7. Reply Toni March 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Hi Jeremy,

    I’m 28 from Perth, Western Australia and a woman. I have only been skating for the last 6 and a half months and in that time I have improved enough to join in a beginners learn to play ice hockey clinic at my local rink/work place and the first thing I learned was how to tape my stick thanks to your tutorial. In the last 5 weeks since starting the clinic I enjoy the scrimmage matches but I fall a lot, my stickhandling sucks and my shooting don’t get me started.

    I’ll be quite honest I don’t follow NHL but I have been watching the local teams play (when I’m not working), which wasn’t much through the last 8-9 months. With work and general skate sessions taking up most of my time I don’t often get a chance to practice with the boys at work, so 1 of them fashioned me a 60cm square board to practice and he is helping me with some off ice fitness training.

    What off ice drills/training would you recommend a beginner as I want to improve quickly over the next 9 months so I can hopefully enter into a local team (they are mixed) next season?

  8. Reply Danno March 1, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Jeremy!

    I just wanted to thank you for your excellent videos. I am getting into hockey and am just starting at the age of 55. I took skating lessons the past three years and this year I took a hockey development course. I’m going out on the outdoor rink almost every day now too. Your videos helped me a lot. CHeers!

  9. Reply Colton McKinney February 20, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Hi Jeremy,

    I just wanted to say thank you for having this site and how much great information is here. I live in a small town in Pennsylvania where the closest hockey rink is about an hour away. The ponds hardly every freeze enough to play hockey on. It has been my dream my whole life to play hockey but have never had the opportunity. I’m 19 and I have finally started to pursue my dream. I have been driving an hour to the rink 3 times a weekend for the open skate nights and thanks to your site, I am improving greatly. My skating alone has come a long way from the beginning of the season when I was just learning how to go forward. Now thanks to you I can easily go forward, backward, do cross overs, and am getting stopping down. I have been improving my shots, accuracy, and stick handling also on the open hockey nights and also in my basement. I never would have known where to start on how to really hockey skate if it wasn’t for your videos and this site. I think by next year I will be able to join a league and play some real hockey. Thank you for being the coach I never had and teaching me how to hockey!

  10. Reply 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

  11. Reply 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

  12. Reply 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

  13. Reply 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

  14. Reply Scott Knight January 9, 2015 at 7:55 am

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

  15. Reply 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

  16. Reply 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

  17. Reply 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!

  18. Reply 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

  19. Reply 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

    • Reply 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.

  20. Reply 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)?

    • Reply 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.

  21. Reply 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.

  22. Reply David B Sullivan August 20, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Hello-
    I played hockey years ago in my teens, and though I have loved watching the game and cheering for The Blues through the years, life, 2 kids, and 3 back surgeries have kept me in the stands. I did, however, make a bucket list to play again before my 50th birthday, and recently played a four-on-four game: I beat my birthday by 5 months. Your youtube videos were instrumental in recovering what little skating technique I have left, and I look forward to watching puck and stick handling instructives to progress even further. I’m signed up for a senior league this winter and hope I can compete. Keep up the good work. Cheers

  23. Reply George Cole August 15, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Hi Jeremy,
    My name is George and I love you YouTube videos. I started hockey 3 years ago and I am now on my towns b team ( we have a, b and c team) I really want to improve and I recently bought a extreme passing kit and I’m not sure how I can effectively use it to improve my game. I know it has helped with my stick-handling yet I really need to strengthen my core and my skating ability to make my high school team which is consistently the best in the state. Also I was wondering how I can strengthen my legs and my wrists. My last concern is how can improve my slapshot technique I have watched you videos but, the luck just shoots of the pad and into the dirt when I practice it and my stick vibrates like it just bit a stone wall.

    Thank you for your time,
    George

  24. Reply Tony August 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Hey Jeremy-

    Love your videos. I think I’ve watched them all. When you get a chance, could you make a how to video to do the spin move that Patrick Kane?

  25. Reply Jaret July 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Hey Jeremy,
    I am 16 years old and I’m looking to improve on where to shoot on a goalie. I was watching your “Where to shoot to score more goals” video, and you said to shoot for the ears. I was wondering if this only applies to when a goalie is in the butterfly or if he’s standing up. It just got me thinking that if he’s standing up and you shoot for the ears and the goalie’s head is higher than the crossbar you will miss the net completely. If you could reply or shoot me an email that would help a lot. Thanks!

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke July 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Hey Jaret, it’s a quote from Datsyuk. From experience it means shoot for his ears while he’s down, or for the smaller goalies in a low position.

  26. Reply Charlie July 13, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Hey Jeremy,

    I just want to say that your amazing. I am 13 and a Bantam. I love your tips. Your videos are so helpful. I started last season by making the team at my rink last fall. I was pretty much a kid who was there to take up room on the roster. After I found you on YouTube I watched almost all the videos you had. I practiced all your drills and tips after doing my homework. Now comes spring. I have practiced and seen all your tips. I finished the Spring season leading my team in Points and went first in our only shootout. I start every game and I was the only kid on my team to represent our team at the NYS Ironman Tournament. Your the reason for my successes. Thanks so much. Please right back to my email at metsnsox@aol.com.

    Thanks for everything
    Charlie
    PS: My coach calls me Little Kessel. Thanks for that How to Shoot Like Kessel video.

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke July 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Hey Charlie, that is amazing. I love hearing stories like this, it’s a blessing for me to be involved in helping other hockey players realize their potential and continue to improve and enjoy the game. You definitely earned it though as I know improving takes a lot of commitment and dedication. Good job!

  27. Reply Brad Duranleau July 5, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Jeremy,
    No words to describe… I understand Improvement is a never ending thing… But cheers to you on helping me and my little brother get to where we are now! I look forward to More videos!

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke July 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks Brad! Cheers to you for committing to improving!

  28. Reply Gideon June 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    hey i watched your slap shot video and still cant get it down. any suggestions? I have an RBZ 40 (CCM) if u could get back to me that would be great.

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke June 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Yes, you need to keep practicing, trying things, noticing how things feel, tweaking, and shooting. It won’t happen right away, it could take weeks, or months, but you will get it.

  29. Reply Jacob June 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Hey Jeremy just wanted to tell you that you have helped me alot with hockey and your just amazing please answer i have to ask you some questions!

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke June 25, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Sent you an email

  30. Reply Adam June 16, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Hey Jeremy.

    I’m a 30 year old dude living in Queensland, Australia. Hockey isn’t massive over here, especially where I live but I do love the sport. A friend and I are learning how to skate properly and looking to play and these videos and this site are helping tremendously!

    Cheers for all the help and I’m excited for more tips to come!

  31. Reply Lucas Kleiss June 10, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Hey Jeremy, just wanted to say thank you for this site. You’re an amazing person. You passion for the game in unreal. I can see you coaching in the NHL one day. If you ever have a training camp in Los Angeles count me in. -Lucas

  32. Reply lori June 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Hey Jeremy!
    I recently switched to center from defense and am having trouble getting around defensemen once i’m in their zone so I often end up taking shots from the side. I was wondering if you could make a video on how to break to the middle around one or two defensemen?

    Thanks!

  33. Reply Bill May 30, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Jeremy,

    After two years of learning from your videos and buying many products from Hockey Shot (in order to create an awesome “shooting and stickhandling gallery” for my kids, in our garage), I finally read your story about growing up in small town Canada and your passion for learning and teaching hockey. Wish I had read it sooner. You have definitely been a great (virtual) coach to us. I’m sure that thousands more feel the same way!

  34. Reply Brian May 4, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Hey Jeremy! I am a 28 yr old male who has been playing hockey for 6 yrs now. I found your website a few years back and it has helped my game out tremendously! I appreciate the time you take to share your knowledge! Keep up the great work!

  35. Reply John M. April 25, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Hey Jeremy,
    I came across some of your videos on YouTube last October. My then 5yo son had just shown an interest in skating never mind playing hockey. We live on a pond here in Plymouth, Ma. and I took your lessons, insights and tips with us whenever we went out on the pond to skate. Not only did my son pick up skating very quickly he is already playing in his first league. HE LOVES IT. To be honest, all the time spent with him practicing fueled the hockey bug inside me again and Ive started playing again after 10 years of sitting on the bench! We are frequent visitors to the site and to the YouTube channel, thanks for everything and for putting the time in on the site!

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke May 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks John, always happy to hear feedback like this. :)

  36. Reply Tapio April 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Dear Hockey Professor,
    Your videos and book are excellent! I have played now hockey for two months after almost a 20 year break in between. I need to practice my stickhandling during next summer. It is great FUN! 😎 Thanks a lot!

  37. Reply Matt Files April 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Hey Jeremy,

    I”m 38 years old. Long time hockey (Boston Bruins, BC, VT) fan! Never skated before in my life. Started skating this past December. Took a few skills classes. Now I play pick up 2 nights per week with guys 18-15+ and who are D to B level. I’m having a BLAST!!!

    Thanks a ton for your hard work and dedication to this site. Its much appreciated!

    Matt

  38. Reply Dan April 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I just wanted to say the howtohockey vids have really helped me with my hockey season. Thanks how to hockey!

  39. Reply Phil L. March 31, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Hey Jeremy,

    Much like you I’ve been huge fan of hockey my entire life. I began watching the sport as early as 3 years old and quickly fell in love. I started playing as soon as I could but shortly after my parents unfortunately got divorced and I was 5 years old growing up in a broken home with no money. My play was limited to street hockey because we could never afford to get me into any leagues. Being from New York I was brought up a die hard Rangers fan and like you said about yourself I am “obsessed” with everything about that team and the game. When I was 18 years old I decided to join the Marine Corps infantry rather than go to college. I take pride in the decision that I made and the life that I lead however, there is part of me that will always wonder if I had gone to college and tried to play there would I have had what it takes to be a good, young and developing player. After my time in the military ended in 2009 I began playing pickup ice hockey to get back in the game, stay in shape and keep my mind off of certain things. I was surprisingly good for having not played in however many years and I quickly continued to improve.

    We also have very similar trains of thought. No matter what it is, if I am learning something new I study it meticulously. I break it down Barney style and analyze every single factor involved in whatever it is I am trying to learn. I watch videos, read anything I can find about it and get hands on with it. With hockey that goes for anything from playing fundamentals and techniques to strategies for any given scenario etc.

    My problems now lay in the fact that in 2012 I moved from New York to Louisiana and there is no ice anywhere near where I live for me to go play. I would either have to drive 1 hour North to Baton Rouge, 2 hours West to Lafayette or 2 hours East to Bilox, MS for a pickup game.

    1.) I’d like to be able to practice my shooting fundamentals and techniques for wrist shots, snap shots, slap shots and backhands to strengthen my shot with some more power and to really gain precision accuracy while at home.

    2.) I need to improve my skating, specifically power skating, power turning and back skating.

    3.) Finally, puck control. I want to master stickhandling with my head up, specifically transitioning between front, forehand and backhand… and of course toe drags and other nifty tricks.

    Well there you have it. Thanks for making this site and I love your product review videos.

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke May 6, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      If you have a smooth surface and a net you can practice quite a bit at home. The one thing you need ice for is practicing skating! Good luck out there

  40. Reply Hannan March 26, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Jeremy,
    Thank you so much for taking the time out to make this website and videos to help me improve on my game i am 13 years old and i love the game just like you and when i get older i want to be smart and as good as you in hockey thanks jeremy!

  41. Reply Ron March 19, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Jeremy,
    Great stuff on your website and YouTube; I forward your updates to my Peewee team. Those outdoor skating videos are awesome. Where is the rink? Thanks!

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke May 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      It’s in Port Sydney

  42. Reply Ron March 19, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Jeremy,
    Great stuff on your website and YouTube; I forward your updates to my Peewee team. Those outdoor skating videos are awesome. Where is the rink?

  43. Reply Yan March 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Jeremy. Your videos and explanations are just as good for the small town kids as for older guys learning without a coach as in my case. Let me expand on this.

    I always loved hockey but played very little throughout my life, feeling not good enough and thinking my knees were about to just quit. At 38, I get to see the doc who says my knees are not the problem, I just need exercise… Great (wish I’d known before)! Now, I really wanted to play… 40 comes fast! Looked around and really, for older guys, theres not much one can do to learn.

    I found your site with a bunch of others but yours is one I come back to all the time. Your videos helped tremendously to learn cross-overs, backward cross-over, forward and backward stride, stickhandling, and shooting as well as a bunch of other small but important details.

    I now play in a mix league. Mix as in older Quebec Junior leaguers, dangerously good Junior A girls, middle of the pack and the beginners with heart as me. Some guys tease me my head is too full, that I must just practice (easy to say for those who started fantasy skating at 4), but my progress talk by themselves.

    30 games ago, I was enthralled that I just touched the puck, now I get compliments on how much I improved by some of the best players. I’m not yet a good player but I’m not the worst either and going in the right direction.

    Perfect practice makes perfect they say but to practice well one has to KNOW what the important points are. I also heard that (Knowlege + Skills) x Effort = Results. Effort is mine to give, Skills are developped with time and practice, KNOWLEDGE is what you provide and for that, I can only say… Thanks!

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke May 6, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks Yan, I like your equation at the end. I’m going to use that.

  44. Reply Thomas Gull March 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Jeremy
    Discovered your site some time ago and instantly loved it. I’m Swiss and used to play hockey as a kid in a professional organisation. I stopped playing hockey on a regular basis at about 16 and only picked it up again a few years ago. Now at 45 I’m more passionate about playing hockey than I ever was. I constantly try to improve my game. What I can get on your site is just awesome. Take the shooting for instance: when I was a kid skating was the most important thing we had to learn, therefore I’m quite a good skater, but I was never taught how to shoot properly which means that sometimes it works and often it doesn’t. Your instructions really helped me to improve and steady my shooting and to do it with more confidence. I also love to practice your dekes – just great to see them taught properly and to understand how they work because executed with speed they look magic. Thank you! Looking forward to get more of it. Best Thomas

  45. Reply Michael February 18, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Jeremy,

    Just found your website the other day. Thank you so much for the great tips. I don’t play hockey but know how to ice skate ok just from going to public skates as a kid. My 4 year old daughter started to take ice skating lessons and I thought it would be a good idea for me to get some tips, and practice of course, so I don’t fall all over the place. I will be trying out your tips on balance and backward skating whenever I hit the ice with my daughter. BTW gonna try to get my 16 month old son on the ice. Got some skates on order. He watches my daughter and wants to go out there so bad.

    Again thanks for taking the time to create this website and provide helpful tips.

    Michael

  46. Reply Andrew Staley February 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Jeremy,

    You have an awesome website. I am 45 and just started skating this past November. You have taught me pretty much everything I know :). My son is 10 and started at the same time. I have loved hockey since I was a young teenager, but never learned to play. My son wanted to learn and so here we are. I am glad he will have the opportunity at a much younger age than me. He has been taking lessons at the local rink, but I am able to reinforce what he learns by what I learn here. Thanks for all of your lessons and words of encouragement to the novices out here.

  47. Reply Zack February 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Jeremy,
    I just wanted to tell you that you videos have helped me improve so much! I realized that by watching your video about how to take a proper wrist shot, I was doing it wrong. I wasn’t turning my body the right way. At my very next game I scored a top shelf! Thanks again for all your help and great tips!!!!

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke March 4, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Amazing, that’s great to hear Zack. Keep practicing and you will have a lot more moments like that.

  48. Reply Zack February 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Jeremy,
    I just wanted to tell you that you videos have helped me improve so much! I realized that by watching your video about how to take a proper wrist shot, I was doing it wrong. I wasn’t turning my body the right way. At my very next game I scored a top shelf! Thanks again for all your help and great tips!!!!

  49. Reply Andrew February 5, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for your hard work Jeremy!
    Playing house league growing up with little hockey sense and coaches who were regular kicked out of games I lost my love for the sport due to lack of development and passion.

    Now 15 years later and pushing 30 I have a renewed love for the game, but little help (not every 28 year old feels confident asking for help from ex junior and college players during pick up games). Your site has helped me regain the key fundamental skills of the game helping me improve every time I step on the ice.

    Thank you for breaking everything down and taking the time to explain things.

  50. Reply Kyle February 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Hey Jeremy thanks for the great training tips and videos! I’m a beginner at 23 years old and this How To Hockey site has really helped. Keep the tips and lessons coming!

  51. Reply Blake February 2, 2014 at 12:23 am

    hey jeremy,

    your videos are outstanding! I watch them multiple times then i take what i learned and carry it over to my younger cousin who is playing in his first year of hockey!
    I play goalie and have for many years, he is a forward, a position ive played only a handful of times, being naturally good at hockey i struggle at explaining to him how to do things, as you mentioned in your bio, it has also has helped me elevate my game as a goalie as well, for example your wristshot accuracy video, with the feet, ive always relied on reflex to stop pucks but after you mentioned the feet thing its helped a ton, that is something i was never taught nor picked up. hopefully i can learn more from you so i can receive more knowledge to pass on to my younger cousin, and he can start hopefully a life of hockey, where a handful of people in my family threw away or gave up on

    thank you so much for making these videos, also if anyone has a problem with you never being a pro and they wont watch your videos thats insane, there are 100’s of amazing players who never went pro or played in the NHL

    thanks agian, sincerely. Blake

  52. Reply Ryan January 31, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Jeremy, thanks for all the awesome videos. Just starting hockey at age 29. My skating and puckhandling skills have increased significantly thanks to your videos. Trying to catch up to my Canadian wife (impossible!). Keep up the great work, you’ve really inspired me!

  53. Reply David Fried January 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I want to say thank you for all the great training information
    I am 54 I started learning how to play 51.
    All the info is very interesting and helpful.
    Dave

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke January 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks Dave!

  54. Reply Ben January 26, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Thanks for all the hard work you put into your website and YouTube channel! It really helped me improve my game and be the best hockey player I can be! Once again thanks ken and Jeremy!

  55. Reply Mike K January 21, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Hey Jeremy I’m from the norther lower peninsula of Michigan and love what you do with how to hockey. I just subscribed to the news letter and really look forward to being a part of it. I’m checking YouTube everyday for new videos and even watching the same ones over again bc they have helped me learn the game a lot. Thanks again for the tips advice and step by step demonstrations.

  56. Reply nic January 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    hey Jeremy
    cheers for the videos mate really great help starting out down in melbourne, aus not many rinks to get down to so good to see other ways to practise
    nic

  57. Reply joe January 3, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Hey Jeremy,

    I’ve only been watching your videos for about a week and implementing your tactics and wow, I already notice a significant improvement. You’re doing an excellent job. It would be nice to get a few more angles on some of the training sessions, but i realize that’s repetitive and more cameras are expensive. But otherwise, HowToHockey is a great program, and easily the best online tutorials I’ve seen. Thanks for your hard work.

  58. Reply Alaynah November 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Jeremy! Your site has helped me a ton! Like you, I started excelling and playing a bit too late (17 years old). I didn’t have the opportunity as a kid to play, but I love hockey and I cannot get enough of it. I’m struggling a tad with crossovers, pivots (especially from forward to backward skating), and my wrist shot lacks zest and accuracy. I can’t get the wrist movement just right. Once again thank you for sharing your expertise with us all, we really appreciate the time and effort you put in :)

  59. Reply Rich B November 19, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Love your site Jeremy, I’m 39 and a transplant to Canada from ‘Merica. Love your site And have learned a lot-a lot I have passed on to my kids as well.
    I’m working on my backwards crossovers now thanks to you guys!

  60. Reply masen culley November 14, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Hi jeremy, my dad is helping me. I really like your videos. I started hockey in 2011 never playing hockey before. That yr I played Novice C and learned to skate then 2012 made the Novice A team. This yr I made the Rep A Silver Seven team, my dad says I’m a natural. Your videos make it easy to practice my shots because i can copy what you do by watching you explain the shots. Thanks for your help. Masen

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke December 12, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      That’s awesome Masen! Keep it up, all the time you spend playing and practicing at home will make you that much better in the games

  61. Reply Ken November 1, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I’m now in my early 50’s and resumed playing (now for about 4 yrs) after a nearly 20 yr hiatus due to USAF duty. Basically, I lost, completely, ALL stickhandling skills. Any “muscle memory” (actually neuroplasticity) was totally gone & I’ve had to re-learn & re-develop the skills essentially from scratch (VERY frustrating to remember things done easily & with no real thought…gone…). Might as well had a stroke…

    Anyway, this site’s been pretty good for ideas. I’m on a team with 20-somethings, and older, and am keeping up just fine!

    Suggestion: What’s missing from How To Hockey: How about some roller-blade drills one can do alone, or, with a teammate? That’s a bit of a tricky issue as much of rollerblading does not translate well to ice…so identifying what not to do (assuming one is primarily interested in 0n-ice performance) is important!

    So many of us have easy, but often unplanned (hence individual drills) access to roller-blades & an empty street, etc. that this is a good alternative workout (especially stickhandling at speed with a Fly Puck or G. Biscuit — which is not developed on a shooting pad).

    I’ve seen on-ice problems from “abusing” roller-blading too much (e.g. developing an instinct to use a heel stop, sloppy front/back turns, etc.).

    So, this seems like an area “ripe for Rupke” to assess & address!!

  62. Reply John L October 27, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Hi all-
    My story is similar to Jeremies…love the game, played a bit and lived, breathed and ate it. Unfortunately I never got any decent coaching or direction regarding same (Learned more on the pond then I ever did from any of the “coaches” we had…) and bloomed late. Turned into a decent beer leaguer and coach and love every minute of it! Who wants the pressure of playing professionally anyway…I dont want the press analyzing my every move on the ice! Still looking for ways to improve my game and the game as I coach. Looking forward to every ice time, and enjoy the hockey community that has sprung up on the internet…Go Blackhawks!

    John L

  63. Reply Mike S September 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Jeremy,

    I played American Football from Age 7 through college, as my build and family backround are well suited and predisposed to that sport (I am ‘6″3, 265lbs). I moved to Denver when I was 11, and played hockey at 11-12 years, but that was it. After that, football began to dominate my life, as I eventually earned a scholarship at a D-1 college. I never had another shot at hockey, but have remained a fan for 30 years since. Three months ago was the first time I had skated in 30 years, since I was 12. In those three months I have worked hard to teach myself to skate again, and I’m getting around the rink pretty well already. I have used the videos with you and Ken to help me with backwards crossovers, basics of stickhandling, and right now I’m trying to improve my wrist shots and learn snapshots and slapshots. I play defense, and just started my first league three weeks ago. Your videos are not only extremely helpful, but incredibly easy to follow. They are a resource I wish I had when I was a kid. I am already skating much better than I did back then! Thank you so much for your commitment and teaching aptitude. Lots of people I know watch your YouTube vids as well. Keep up the good work!

  64. Reply Chris August 30, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Jeremy
    I am 47 and havent skated since junior high. My 10 yr old son got me started skating and soon we were playing hockey. We both love it and your videos have helped both of us improve our skating skills. Still pretty green when it comes to playing hockey but we love it. Thanks to your videos we have really improved quickly. Great site and great videos. How come you dont have any videos of you guys playing in a game? Maybe someday eh?

  65. Reply JoAnne August 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Hey Jeremy!
    Thank you SO MUCH for this website. I love the video tutorials; you make them really easy to follow! I’m just starting out in the 35 years + group, still really working on skating skills. One of my kiddos loves hockey as I do too. I explained to him your “how to hockey stop” video and he got it down in hardly any time at all!

    Anyway, thanks for all you do and for sharing your passion with us. I appreciate you!
    ~JoAnne =)

  66. Reply Denny Russell August 8, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Hey Jeremy,

    Great stuff you have here. I run inlinehockeydrills.com and would like to talk to you about sharing some of your content over there. Please email me so we can talk more.

    Look forward to talking to you.

    Denny

  67. Reply Ben July 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Jeremy, first of all, I enjoy all your hockey skill tips and your attention to detail to the game. I was wondering if you have a sample off ice shooting, stick handling, and passing routine that can be done daily.
    Thanks, Ben

  68. Reply Jay July 1, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Seriously great site! Your videos are a huge help! Really appreciate them, thx again!

  69. Reply Phil June 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Hi
    I want my 4 and 6 year old boys to improve their skating. The cost of skating lessons where I live is high, so I want to teach them myself. I can skate pretty well, but I would like to learn how to teach technique to my sons. Is there any book or video series that you could recommend?
    Thanks!

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke June 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      I am planning a learn to skate video series. I am hoping to have it ready by the next season. I am going to work with another instructor who has been teaching for over 20 years, it should be good!

  70. Reply JP June 4, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Jer,

    Great job man. I’m 41… stopped playing at 15 and then started up again. Love it… but can only squeeze in one game a week with kids,work…projects. Anyways, any advice for when to carry the puck? I always tend to look to make a pass as my first instinct as opposed to carrying the puck out of the zone…or go for a breakaway etc.

  71. Reply Sam May 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Hi I’m 13 and I would just like to thank you for all the tips that I feel have really improved my game.

  72. Reply Fred May 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Hi Jeremy,

    Tks for all yours lesson and videos. They are really good.
    I’m 37 and i’m prcticing hockey for almost 30 years, and for me ut’s to mlate to improve my skills, my two big sons starting to learn plying hockey.

    Unfortunately, english is not our native language, so please, in yours vids, can u speak a little bit slower :))

    Tks for everything !

  73. Reply Ki May 8, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Hi,
    I’m looking for tips on off ice ways to improve your skating stride. Even on ice ways and good dryland activity’s to improve speed! Any ideas would be great!
    thanks!

  74. Reply john May 5, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Hello. Thanks for the web site and video help. Im an older guy 55 taking up skating again not since 14 or so. Love skating, want to play in old mens league someday, anyways still trying to find right radius for my blades Could you please tell me what radius you guys use on your blades.And does your weight play a part in your choice? I started with 7/16s [my local skate shop standard] 7/16s was okay but was hard to stop until blades got duller yet seems to be giving me good control to develop foot work. You guys have amazingly fast feet and wondering if your radius choice helps that? I just had skates redone at 5/8s and have yet to test them out. Also i weigh 210 lbs.Could you please share your opinion or any insight on this issue? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for all your hard work on this forum john

  75. Reply Kelly Jenkins April 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Jeremy,
    I’m a 37 year old, southern California mom who took up ice hockey this past Christmas, after a couple of years of roller. I am obsessed. I am constantly looking for ways to improve, and feel that there is something to be learned from everyone. I came across your site as a result of a newsletter from Icetown Riverside. I signed up straight away and have been watching videos all day. Thank you so much for breaking the movements down to the basics. I definitely want to learn how to play properly instead of reinforcing bad habits.
    Thanks again,
    kelly.

  76. Reply Zach April 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Hey, im Zach! Im 18 an play Junior A in the NSHL, in the past 7 months or so ive put on around 50pds as of now i weigh around 180, an last summer i weighed around 135. I did a ton of upper body training but all i feel now when im on the ice is my endurance getting worse an worse and speed steadly getting worse. I need need need to get my endurance an speed back. I would love some off ice training thats going to improve it, thanks!

  77. Reply Steve April 10, 2013 at 5:49 am

    I stumbled upon this site while looking for a video on how to do a toe drag. I loved the site, and signed up for the newsletter right away. I’m 40, and have been skating since I was 18. I recently lost 34 lbs and am felling it on the ice! I have much better speed and endurance. Hopefully with the help from your site, I’ll get even better!

  78. Reply Anatoly April 2, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Hi Jeremy,
    My name’s Anatoly. I live in a small communty in the North of Russia, so you can guess we love playing hockey. I played a lot while I was a kid but now I am 45 and I still love this game. It’s very exciting and every time I find something new and useful. More than that I feel myself more confident after each game. I am sure I can improve my skills with your help. Thank you buddy!!!

  79. Reply John March 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Oli, although not on your team, I am that teammate who is new to the ice. I took up ice hockey at the age of 58 (61 now), broke my leg in my first league and got back on the ice as quickly as possible. With zero prior experience, my goal is to become a solid “C” player.
    This brings me to your question…and my answer based on being in those teammates skates.
    What I need, and rarely recieve from my teammates, is valuable, candid, non judgemental communication both on the ice and on the bench. In short I need my teammates to share the hockey sense they have gained over all the years of playing, what the coaches showed them, what they learned about playing the game. I don’t need anyone to play my position, just help to play it better and with consistancy. I don’t want to be rewarded for being in the correct postion, but taught each time I am on the ice. I do not intentionally make mistakes on the ice and will ask for feedback on the ice and on the bench, There are very few adult clinics in my area therefore I must rely on How To Hockey, a few unselfish teammates. Please be that teammate for all who play the game beside you…the hard part will be determining who is willing to give and who is willing to accept the knowledge.

    • Reply JoAnne August 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      As someone just in the very beginning phases of taking up hockey as a 37 year old, I really appreciate your post! I am crossing my fingers that when I join the local league next year, I will have some of those patient, encouraging, helpful veteran teammates who are willing to teach! Best of luck! =)

  80. Reply Al March 27, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Worth a peek….

    It’s a free slo-motion video app for iStuff.
    May or may not be something of interest or of use — for all the good you do for us?

    “Ubersense” is the name of the app

  81. Reply Oli March 16, 2013 at 4:26 am

    I’d like to know how to deal with teammates who are somewhat new to the game. It’s pretty hard to breakout and find opportunities because I end up doing their roles. Pls help. Thanks.

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke March 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Oli there is really nothing you can do except remind them of the position they need to play while you are on the bench with them. I’ve been in those situations. I usually will pass them the puck when they are in the right spot. Then on the bench I’ll say something like, that was perfect, good breakout! or Way to go to the net. When they start getting the puck and you let them know they were in the right spot they will remember.

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