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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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?

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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!

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Jeremy Rupke May 6, 2014 at 7:35 pm

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

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

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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

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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.

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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!!!!

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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.

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!!!!

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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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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Jeremy Rupke January 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Thanks Dave!

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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 :)

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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!

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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

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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

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!!

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