Deke of the Week 9 – Backhand Toe Drag

how to do the backhand toe drag in hockey

by Jeremy Rupke on December 16, 2011

If you are looking for a new move to try out during practice or shinny then todays deke of the week is a great one to practice. This is a shifty move that I like to use when I need to gain the center and there is a pesky defencemen in my way. Usually this works the best if the D-man is a few feet in front of you, and a few feet to your side (the side furthest from the blade of your stick) and he is trying to keep you to the outside. I have used this move a lot in games, it looks great and it works! If you want a full explanation of how to do this move visit our article and video on how to do the backhand toe drag.

Backhand Toe Drag Video On the Ice

Backhand Toe Drag Tips

  • Practice a lot before trying it in a game
  • You need to pull the puck in close to your feet to protect the puck
  • Don’t be afraid to try variations of this move and come up with your own style / moves
  • Make sure you have enough room to do this move otherwise the d-man will stop you every time
  • Keep your head up (especially if you play contact hockey) so you can read the defencemen and tweak the move if you need to

How to Backhand Toe Drag

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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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matt January 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Hey I am an offensive defence and I use the toe drag and the backhand toe drag a lot and they really work and I wanted to say thank for posting all fo these videos and it must have taken a lot fo effert to post all of these videos

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sam September 19, 2012 at 7:44 pm

hi Jeremy can u do a vid about how to do figure 8s fast

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Kyle March 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

Hey, I’m not sure if you have a tutorial of this already, but if not I was wondering if you could put up a video on how to successfully pull off a spin-o-rama!? Thanks

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Kyle March 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

Hey, not sure if you already have a tutorial somewhere for this but if not, I was wondering if you could show how to successfully pull of a spin-o-rama!?

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Mabbott December 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm

He great vids and tips was wondering about when u show the move in action if you could show some with the D skating backwards to mimic attacking a D one on one. thanks

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Jeremy December 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I usually show the scenarios when the move would work the best, I find if the D is skating backwards you would be better off with an under the stick deke, or a few fakes. If the D matches your speed it is hard for you to get past them so you will need to make them move for the puck and then pull a move. This move is best to use if you are cutting to the center and there is a defencemen in your way

Nathan December 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Great dekes! I love these!

I was wondering if you had any videos specifically devoted to defense. Not basics, but more advanced stuff, like how to work a corner, or how to play D on a guy who’s got really great speed, etc.

Thanks!

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Christine - Las Vegas December 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Hey Thanks! As a fan of hockey, I was trying to figure out what a “toe-drag” even was after watching an NHL clip over and over to see it. I was looking at the skater’s feet, [duh!] I didn’t think of the stick as having a toe as well! Now I know what I’m looking for. :)

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