Deke of the Week 7 – Under the Stick Deke

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by Jeremy Rupke on May 31, 2011

This is one of my favourite dekes to pull on the defencemen when I am in a one on one situation and the D is matching my speed. If I have speed on the D I will usually pull a simple fake like I have shown in the previous dekes, but if the defencemen is matching your speed and skating backwards I find faking to one side and then tucking the puck under his stick and going the other way is a great way to get past them and freeze them in their spot. Check out the video to see how I do this move

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Here are a few tips from the video for those of you who like to read

  • To prepare for this deke either deke to the outside to get the defensemen to make a move and sweep at you with his stick, or leave the puck out to the side like you are going to skate past him on the outside and then pull the puck across and under his stick
  • You have to avoid the stick and the skates, to avoid the stick make sure you push the puck far enough ahead so it isn’t in the D’s sweep zone. Once the D goes for the sweep pull the puck straight across so he can’t catch the puck in his skates.
  • This move is easier to pull on an opponent who is the opposite hand of you. A righty going against a lefty will have more success with this move than a righty going against a righty

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Jeremy Rupke

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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ace November 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm

yes technique j can you do more dekes of the week veids though


Vicky August 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Nice move!Definitely need to try it out, thanks!


Right Winger May 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

You said that this move works best if the D is the opposite hand as you. What would be the best move if the D is matching your speed, and is the same hand as you?


Jeremy May 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Go wide and look for another man coming down the center. Sometimes you just don’t have a very good chance of beating a d-man with a deke so your best bet is to take the puck wide and then pass it, or even dump and chase.

Justin November 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm

This really helped me and I think i’m going to use it at my next game. Thanks man.


Ryan November 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm

When your doing this move on your forehand you put the puck between the stick and skates so when your on your backhand do you the same between the skates and stick?



Jeremy November 15, 2011 at 7:11 am

Yep, same thing on the backhand, remember to do it straight across though so the D can’t get the puck with their skate.

Francis July 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I love doing that move! But i was wondering if the deke of the week would involve a goaltender one day? ‘Cause I’m doing pretty well against players but i often loose my imagination (and confidence) when im going on a breakaway


Mishal July 11, 2011 at 12:53 am

i’ve noticed this deke doesn’t work out as often as i would like because once you lean the stick out like that and now that this move isn’t very unique, it’s a fairly common move, the defender sees it coming. Also if you manage to get it through and the person is your speed, they just come shooting back so then i find i either have to shoot backhand or i gotta do the deke again just the opposite way and that success rate is even less than in the beginning. But for those who didn’t know about this deke, this is a good video. I also think if you do it on ice it’s easier to get passed the D because they are sliding in that direction farther from you after the deke compared to ball/street hockey where the D can stop and turn immediately after the deke and just knock the ball off your stick.


Jeremy July 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm

There is definitely a down side to every deke, but it helps to know them for that time when they work perfectly. Soon you will realize when it is a good time to use this one, and when it is a good time to use a different deke.

Jamin June 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I love all your videos and they really help. I just wanted to say that in games when i’m playing i love to do this deke on my backhand as well. its harder to time but its so sweet. I just go from my forehand to my backhand to get the D to bite on one side, then i push the puck up and pull it between their stick and skates. i found that that works since i play a lot of people who are also right handed. Plus i play left wing so the D man bites to the boards and i have a lot of open ice.
Thanks for all your work and keep the vids coming!


Brian June 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

Great deke, but you should also mention how defencemen can try stop it. On top of showing how to make the deke, this video is also a great demonstration of why you need to stick with the puckhandler (even while you’re trying to make a stick check) and take the body instead of just going for the puck.


Jeremy June 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Very true, that is why I like to toss in a head and shoulder fake to get the defence moving to one side thinking that they will be playing the body. Then put the puck under the stick and go in the other direction. I usually get away with it but the odd time I mess up or the D is too good (or lucky :D)

Matt H June 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Nice vid. Can you guys try and keep the feed updated? I haven’t been on the site for a couple weeks wondering where the new deke was. Nothing new was coming up on the RSS feed


Jeremy June 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm

We are going to focus more on off ice training for the summer, and start the deke of the week back up again in the winter

sahil June 5, 2011 at 10:54 am

awesome vid jeremy
just one question? if you’ve been practicing this deke for a while now and you go against a D with the same hand as you and you intend to put the puck swiftly through their sweeping zone… will this work?…


Ryan June 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Great tips! I often pull the puck into their skates on this move.
Will work on it and try it out.
Thanks guys!


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