Hi my name is Jeremy Rupke. 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. I'm active on Instagram, Facebook and more, you can follow through the links above.
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I had the chance to be on the ice with a couple NHL players this summer. I took the chance to record a lot of videos which I am slowly editing and will be releasing soon. A lot of the videos will be on TurksSnipers.com first, as I’m helping NHL shooting coach Tim Turk create an online shooting course.
The video below is a quick clip I shot on my cell phone, but I wanted to break it down and share some insight into how a pro shoots, and hopefully it will help you improve your shot.
Takeaways from the video
When accepting a pass, show your blade and create a space to catch the puck.
Every good shot should start with a push from the legs
You’re creating a chain reaction, aim for explosive power
Create space with your hands for a powerful release
Open the front foot for increased power and accuracy
Proper arm motion in the wrist shot
If you want more videos like this subscribe to our Youtube Channel and if you want to learn how to shoot from an NHL shooting coach check out Turks Snipers
I’m a firm believer in having targets in the net when you’re practicing your shot. It doesn’t make sense to just shoot at an open net, if you’re working on your power you might as well have some targets in the net as well and improve your accuracy at the same time.
It’s been proven in studies that shooting with targets will dramatically increase your accuracy. Simply having a target will train your brain to locate a target, attempt to hit it, and make any corrections if the target is missed. Not only are you training your brain, but you are also training your muscles. So if you don’t have a target, get some!
Of all the targets I’ve used, these are the ones I keep in my coaching bag and hockey bag. Whenever a goalie doesn’t show I pop these in the net, and I use them at home as well. Definitely recommend them!
Even though I’ve done a video on this before, I still get requests to explain it. I have a detailed video here on the ice, but I thought it would be fun to update the video and add some more possibilities.
In the video below I show 5 ways to pick the puck up from the ice. There are even more possibilities than the ones I show (you can use the knob!) but these 5 should keep you busy when you want to play around a little.
I work with a lot of hockey players and I’m always trying to figure out common errors in their shots so they can progress as quickly as possible. A common trend I notice with players is their tendency to try to shoot the puck. This can happen with the slapshot, wristshot and snapshot.
This video will give you a simple change of belief that should help you rethink your approach to shooting. Watch the video, take some shots, and let me know how it feels!
Takeaways from the Video
Before the puck is released, the stick should be flexed
The blade should not remain flush with the puck during the shot. If you’re doing this you are “shooting the puck”
In each shot focus more on flexing the stick, when you can figure out how to do that, you will unlock new power in your shot
In order to flex the stick the shaft of the stick needs to be in front of the blade
Your hand position is important. Your top hand should come away from the body during the shot
Improving your stickhandling is something every hockey player can do at home. It only takes about 20 minutes of focused practice each day to make notable improvements. If you start now, and stick with it, you will vastly improve by time the next season starts.
The only problem is that good stickhandling products can be expensive. In the video below I mention some of my favourites, but if you’re on a tight budget at the moment you can make a few of your own stickhandling balls. Check out the video below to find out how!
Follow the steps in the video above and remember to commit at least 20 minutes a day to improving and you will thank me later. If you’re lost on which drills you can do be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel or newsletter (box to the right) as we will be sharing stickhandling drills throughout the summer.
It’s not often that a new company pops up and starts making high end hockey equipment. Most companies that start in the market begin with affordable equipment, and hope to get some sales and then work their way up. It seems that Verbero likes to do things a little differently.
When it comes to hockey equipment, we usually only have a few choices. The top brands like Bauer, Reebok, CCM and Easton dominate the market. We know the prices too, top end stick – $300, top end skates – $800. This is where Verbero comes in. Their goal is to make only top quality products, and charge less than the big boys. They plan to do this by cutting out the middle man, and holding off on million dollar advertising deals. By selling their equipment directly to the consumer, and not dumping half of their profits into advertising Verbero can allocate more money into quality products, and charge less to the consumer. This sounds like a pretty solid idea to me, but is their gear any good?
A quick look at Verbero Hockey Equipment
Verbero Gloves – The first thing I noticed about these gloves is that they are very flexible and comfortable! The gloves have a lot of flex points in them, which allows for a lot of mobility. The palm material is unlike any other glove I’ve worn. I am used to leather palms, but Verbero uses some type of stretchy microfiber-like material that is very comfortable. My first impression of the gloves is very positive, and I look forward to taking them for a spin on the ice
Verbero Hockey Stick – Apparently they hired rocket scientists to help design their stick and they use space grade material in the construction. This sounds like a lot of marketing hype, which I try to never buy into, but I can tell you that the stick has a nice feel to it. The stick is light, well balanced and has good “pop” to it. The sticks are also coated with a durable resin that is meant to extend the life of the hockey stick.
Verbero Skates – A lot of engineering thought went into these skates and I’m looking forward to them hitting the mass market. I was one of the lucky few who got to test them out while they were still in the prototype stage. I love the carbon fiber boot, one piece design and light weight build of the skates. The removable blade and removable tongue are cool features as well.
Learn More About Verbero
If you’d like to check out this new company, and their new gear you can visit their website at Verbero.com. If you don’t need any new gear, give them a follow on their social media accounts so you are the first to know about their new innovations
Our friend Matt from WinnPro Hockey has been contributing videos to our Hockey Movement channel for a while now and we are happy to feature his latest video on how to take a slapshot while moving. Matt also focuses on how the stick impacts the puck, his break down is very clear and detailed.
In the video we link to Matt’s first video on the mechanics of the slapshot. I have embedded the video below
The Mechanics of the slapshot
Since you’re hear I thought you might also be interested in one of our older videos where my buddy Ken dishes out his tips for the slapshot while moving.
Every shot in hockey is not just one motion, but a combination of many subtle movements. Every part of your body is working together to generate power, accuracy, lift and control of the puck. If one part of your shot is lacking, or incomplete this will result in less power and accuracy.
In this video, I break down the 5 key components of almost every shot in hockey. When you understand these components, you can use them in different ways depending on what situation you find yourself in on the ice.
There are hundred’s of ways to shoot the puck, this video explains why.
I’ve been helping people learn how to play hockey and improve their skills for the past 6 years. Most of that help has been done over the internet with the use of videos and articles. I also respond to a lot of emails!
One of the most common questions I get online is “Am I too old to start playing hockey?” The answer is always “Absolutely NOT!”. I have helped countless people in their 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s learn to play hockey or get back to the game they love, however recently I received an email that set an all time record.
One topic we haven’t covered a lot here on How To Hockey is defense. I’ve been getting requests for a few years for more info for playing defense, so I have put together a 4 video series all about playing defense!
These videos are not JUST for defensemen. As a coach, I have a simple rule, when the other team has the puck our entire team is playing defense. The tips in these videos will help forwards and defensemen improve their skills, get scored against less, and end up with the puck more often!
If you have never played outdoor hockey before, you should. It’s the most amazing feeling of freedom and pure joy. Pond hockey is where I forged many of my skills, and some of my best memories from my childhood. Whether you’ve played outdoor hockey before or not, there is an amazing opportunity for you and all your friends to collectively indulge in this amazing experience!
The Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships
If you’re looking for an amazing weekend out with your closest friends, this is it! Hockey, Beer, Nature, Food, and hundreds of other beauty hockey players all having a great time and playing hockey. This is what it’s all about!
The tourney is hosted at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario.
The dates are
Jan 23rd – 25th for 25+ Mens Rec and Open and 19+ Womens competitive
Men’s 19+ division just added!
Jan 30th to Feb 1st for Mens 35+ Mens 50+ and Women 19+ Fun and Competitive
The cost is $600 and each team is allowed 6 players. Registration covers entry into the tournament, you can book a hotel room at Deerhurst or many of the other hotels in Huntsville.
What’s the Tournament like?
I played in this tournament a few years ago and it’s amazing. You’re with your best friends, playing hockey together on a pond, and trying to win it all! There is more to the weekend than just hockey though, I have included some details below
Friday Nights they have a “Food Truck style” meal at the “Gibson’s Finest Friday Night Bash” with a live DJ etc…no reservation required and it’s held at Deerhurst Resort. I’m looking forward to the food truck inspired meals!
Saturday Nights they have the “10th Annual Pond Party” with All-You-Can-Eat buffet, Raffles, giveaways, Hockey on the big screens, and live band and dance party! ( the dinner tickets are sold separately by Deerhurst) You don’t have to go to one in order to attend the other.
Throughout the entire weekend they have music pumping and food & beers flowing in the rinkside food and beverage tent all weekend! All the action is in one location with 28 rinks on Deerhurst’s Sunset Bay
The biggest piece of advice you will get from any coach when it comes to shooting is “Shoot a lot of pucks”. Most coaches will recommend to take 100 shots a day, some recommend more, but the general consensus is that in order to improve you need to get A LOT of shots in.
This makes sense from a scientific standpoint, because muscles have muscle memory. In order to train your body to perform an action consistently and well, you must repeat the motion over and over until you can perform it automatically. In order to allow hockey players to take hundreds of shots in a quick period of time, the Super Shooter was invented.
More than just a shot trainer
After training on this net I quickly realized that it can help improve much more than your shot. I found the following benefits.
More time spent shooting because it’s fun
Hand eye co-ordination from catching pucks with the stick when they are returned
Receiving a pass
Being prepared for a rebound
Mentally rewards the player each time the target is hit (the puck comes back)
Video Review and Shots
Pro’s and Con’s
Benefits – It works great and is fun and can improve a number of skills. It is also very durable and made to withstand 100’s of thousands of shots. It would be a great addition to a training rink or private training centre, or even a AAA organization to use at stations.
Downfall – The obvious downside is the price. At $3500 the Super Shooter has a steep entry point. This makes the product expensive for personal use, however if we look at the benefits that an entire organization could gain from having this handy for any practice or training time the price may be justified.
Another downfall may be with younger players who don’t have good accuracy and power. The puck may not come out every time when they hit the target. However, this could also be a benefit as this will motivate them to improve so the puck will come out the other side.
Every year we round up the best gift ideas for hockey players. This is our best list yet jam packed with gifts any hockey player would love. The best part is you can win some of these prizes
Enter to win some of the gifts
We are giving away some of the gift ideas shown below. To enter, simply share this post on Facebook or Twitter and then enter the contest box at the bottom of this post. (even if you don’t win, sharing this post increases the chance your friends will buy you cool stuff!)
In no particular order, here is our list! This one is a no-brainer. The obvious choice here is a new hockey stick, but if you really know your player you may be able to surprise them with something else. (Skates, gloves, or maybe replace that gross old jock) Check out Hockey Monkey, Total Hockey or Pure Hockey for some good online deals!
The foolproof gift for a hockey player
If you’re not sure what to get, no problem, you can’t go wrong with a gift card. A gift card lets your hockey player pick whatever they want, they’ll be in heaven! I recommend a gift card from Hockey Monkey for anyone in the USA, and from a local hockey store for anyone in Canada.
The Colt Hockey Stick
If you’re looking for a stick check out Colt Hockey, they are working to design the most durable hockey stick out there and you can save $20 with coupon code HOWTOHOCKEY. Check out Colt Hockey to see their sticks You can really surprise them with tickets to the game. The great news is, you get to go too! You can snap up some good deals on StubHub.com
If that special person on your list is a Leafs fan and tickets cost $300 each, why not do something a little crazy. Book two flights to Florida when the Leafs play the Panthers and get your tickets for $20 each!As a kid, all I wanted to do was practice at home. As an adult, I still enjoy ripping some shots beside the garage and working on the dangles from time to time. So what does EVERY hockey player need? My suggestions are simple:
a net – The EZ Goal is good for shots under 65 MPH
I’ve put together a video mentioning some of the must have training aids for shooting. Check out the video on stickhandling products as well
Any of the above should give a hockey player hours and hours of enjoyment and help improve their skills Personally, I’m a Leafs fan. If you get me ANYTHING with a Toronto Maple Leafs logo, I’ll be happy. A hat, shirt, pajama pants, slippers, coffee mug, etc. Any die hard fan probably feels the same about their team.
Where to shop –Amazon.com or Amazon.ca for Canadians is a good start (all items pictured are from Amazon.ca), they usually have free shipping and good selection. Every hockey player wants to play more hockey! This isn’t always easy, but here are a few ideas
Sure we can watch highlights on YouTube, but it’s tough to find good edits and compilations. If you want to give an entire years worth of highlights get them Rock’em Sock’em 26. This years latest release from Don Cherry.
Better yet, get them 25 years worth of hockey highlights by picking up the Rock’em Sock’em box set (Don Cherry has been doing these tapes since 1988 and you can own them all.
You can buy: BOX SET On Amazon.ca for $49.99 and free shipping OR Amazon.com for $71.99 (sorry USA, the one time something is MORE expensive in the states) We’re a little obsessed. We want everyone to know we play hockey, and what better way to do that than with some sweet hockey threads.
There are a few different hockey apparel companies including Sauce Hockey and Gongshow hockey, but I really like Scrappers Hockey. (and they designed the hockey movement logo!) There are some things that every single hockey player needs. They aren’t expensive, and it’s an easy item to pick up.
A few items include
Hockey Tape (cloth, and clear)
Skate laces (great to have as backup in case laces break just before a game)
These recommendations are a little on the expensive side, but if you’ve got the money they would make a hockey player very happy!
The Puck Passer Pro launches pucks at you. This is great for the player who wants to practice passing, shooting, one timers and more. When there is a machine sending pucks at you, you can get pretty creative.
Retails for $1495 on PPP website, or HockeyShotSynthetic ice is a plastic that you can actually skate on! put this in your garage, or basement and you can play hockey any time you want! I am actually putting this in my garage at the moment. I already have it all laid out, and now I am building dasher boards (Yes I’m lucky ) – Check it out on HockeyShot Every player dreams of having skill like Crosby, a slapshot like Chara, or silky hands like Pavel Datsyuk. In order to improve, players need to be taught, motivated, and inspired. I’ve created two training courses for hockey players to help them improve. Yes this is a shameless plug for my training courses, HOWEVER I have received countless emails and messages from players who have used these courses to improve, so of course I would like you to purchase them for your hockey player and help them improve. Both courses are delivered digitally, simply create an account after purchasing to access the training videos and e-books.
The complete guide to stickhandling
This guide is everything a hockey player needs to know to go from a beginner to a confident player with the puck. This comprehensive guide covers technique, common mistakes, and how to have complete control of the puck in any situation. I also include multiple drills as well as a half hour off-ice training video, and a half hour on-ice video where I answer the most common stickhandling questions and show a number of drills.
The Goalie Buster video training series (buy both together to save)
This is for every player who wants to have sweet shootout moves, and score every time on the breakaway. In this video series I teach every single move out there (I watched NHL shootout moves for about 6 hours straight to make sure I covered them all). NHL examples of each move are shown, I then break down how to do each move on the ice, and show me trying the moves on different goalies. Every move is categorized so the player knows when to use the move. I also teach when to shoot, and how to read the goalie. I have gotten great feedback from players ranging from house league, Junior A, AAA and Men’s league
Whenever I have some downtime you can find me reading hockey books! Here are a few suggestions I have, most of the books I have read are coaching books however I do own most of these recommended books as well.
There are some awesome biographies out now Bobby Orr just released his last year, Gordie Howe released his in October, Ken Dryden’s “the game” is a classic and there are many more to choose from (Gretzky, Bossy, . You can find most of them on the bestselling hockey books page on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
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