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. If you want to learn more about me you can read my about page. Thanks for reading and sharing!
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Don’t Rim the Puck

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A few years ago I was working at a hockey camp with Dennis Maruk (former 50 goal scorer and NHL all-star) and we were ending the camp with a scrimmage. One of the students playing defense rimmed the puck a few times to move it up ice to the wingers. I didn't think much of it, as I spent a lot of ...

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Bobby Ryan VS Beer Leaguers

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Sometimes it's fun to pretend. If you grew up playing hockey and ended up in the beer leagues the thought has probably crossed your mind "I wonder how much better those NHL'ers actually are" or "I bet if I practiced a little more I could have made it". Well, now we finally have a comparison of ...

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Beer Leaguers try Chara’s Stick

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A couple of months ago I was browsing Pro Stock Hockey and saw that they had a Zdeno Chara hockey stick up for grabs. At 69" long (from butt end to heel) it's the longest, and possibly most unique hockey stick out there. Standing up straight it measures 77" and is a ridiculous 150 flex. The twig ...

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Hockey in Sweden

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As a Canadian I'm always curious what hockey is like in other countries. I dream of visiting countries and little known arenas and playing hockey there. I was inspired by an article called how we play hockey in Sweden by Victor Hedman on The Players Tribune. While I might not be able to easily ...

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Stay Saucey Toronto

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Vince from Hockey Sauce Kit was in town, so I made the trip to the city to shoot some videos. We ended up attempting a few trick shots, tossing some sauce, and shooting some great video with the GoPro. Check out the full video below, and if you want a Sauce Kit for the summer you can use the hockey ...

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5 Hockey Drills to Improve Acceleration

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Speed is important in hockey, but too often players see speed as only going straight down the ice. In hockey you have to be fast in many areas. We need speed in acceleration, crossovers, lateral speed, stopping, turning and transitions. As you can see, there are many areas of your game that you can ...

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Can you Bud Holloway?

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A few days ago Bud Holloway performed one of the most amazing saves that you may ever see. The only thing is... he's not a goalie. Holloway is a forward for the St Johns Ice Caps of the AHL. What's so amazing about his save? It was a completely, out-of-nowhere mid air, fully stretched STICK save. ...

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How to Hit the Net

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I've done a lot of videos and articles on improving your shot, but once you get a decent shot the next problem is HITTING THE NET. I typed that in caps because you have to read that part in a coaches voice "HIT THE NET". While I've done a video on accuracy before, this one is a little different. ...

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How to Beat the Goalie

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As a coach and player I see this scenario all too often. A player gets a clean break, one on one with the goalie. They look down at their stick and shoot, or completely freeze up and then get too close to the goalie to do anything and jam the puck right into his pads or chest. Don't let this happen ...

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The Soft Touch Stickhandling Drill

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Last year I started a series on stickhandling drills. This is the first skill that I recommend any hockey player learns when it comes to stickhandling. It's a simple movement, but is quite difficult for new players to perform quickly. Learning to do this at a decent speed will teach many things. ...

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Crash Course for fitting Hockey Equipment

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If you're looking to start playing hockey you will need to get proper fitting hockey equipment. This can be a confusing process if you've never played before. We recommend going to a good local hockey shop with knowledgeable staff to answer your questions and help you find the right fit, but that ...

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Progression Drills for Hockey Practice

By Tyler Hinds, ProSmart Hockey (@THinds3) We are well into our season now, practices have become routine, maybe even monotonous, and the players are looking a little complacent. It’s time to spice things up a bit so that we can continue to challenge our players to keep developing their skills. ...

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How to make your sticks last longer

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As a men's league hockey player I know the pain of breaking a hockey stick. I'm a frugal guy, so every time I was in a sports store I would look for big discounts on hockey sticks so I could have some backups when needed. My frugality led me to focusing on how to get the most life out of each ...

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The Rink Within the Rink – Using the Markings

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We're breaking down some fundamental defensive strategies to help you play better hockey. These tips aren't just for defensemen. Anyone who plays hockey should know how to play defense, because remember, when the other team has the puck, everyone is playing defense. Using the Markings ...

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