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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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!

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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.

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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.

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!

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Jeremy Rupke June 25, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Sent you an email

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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Jeremy Rupke May 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm

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

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! 8-) Thanks a lot!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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!

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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!

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Jeremy Rupke May 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm

It’s in Port Sydney

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