Improve Your Stickhandling

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This page is meant to be a compass for players who want to learn or improve their stickhandling. My #1 tip to improve your stickhandling is to stickhandle everything! Learning good technique is important, but once you learn you have to be creative and invest a lot of time into improving. The more you practice, the better you will get!

How to Stickhandle

This is an older video I did that covers a lot of the basics of stickhandling. Watch this video to understand the fundamentals

Free Training

Detailed Stickhandling Training

  • stickhandling guideComplete Guide to Stickhandling – I put together a short e-book and two 30 minute training videos (on ice and off ice) to teach as much about stickhandling as I could from start to finish. Armed with this you will have a grasp on what you need to do to improve.
  • Goalie Buster – I spent months putting together a library of breakaway moves that can be done on a goalie. I then broke down each move to show how you can pull it off, and when the best time to use the move is. I include NHL examples of each move, and teach with over 2 hours of on-ice video

Stickhandling Products

You don’t need much to improve your stickhandling, but there are two things that I absolutely recommend. A smooth surface and something to stickhandle with. Off the ice I love a stickhandling ball and Green Biscuit (links below the video)

Shooting Pad

Stickhandling Ball

Green Biscuit

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Product Page: Shooting Pad
Price: $40-$120 depending on size
Why you need it:

  • Smooth surface is more like ice
  • protects your stick blade from wear
  • Can be used inside or out
Product Page: Wooden Ball
Price: $3.50
Dimensions: About 2 inch diameter
Weight: Around 1.6 ounces
Why you need it: Very light ball which is nice for practicing very fast hands and moves. Wood material is soft and easy to stickhandle with.
Product Page: Green Biscuit
Price: $12.95
Dimensions: Same as puck
Weight: 4.4 ounces
Why you need it:
The best off-ice puck Two piece design will prevent it from flipping and rolling like most pucks. It will work great on almost any surface

Stickhandling Drills

I’m currently doing a short series on stickhandling drills. Make sure you’re subscribed to our Youtube channel so you can stay up to date. Here are the first two

Your Game Plan

  1. Find an area where you can practice, if you can’t afford products, be creative, don’t let anything stop you from improving
  2. Watch some videos to help you understand what to practice.
  3. Your best teacher will be experience, practice about 20 minutes a day. Doing anything is better than doing nothing. At first you will learn basic control, and keeping the puck or ball on your blade. With time you can practice more complex moves.

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12 Comments
  1. Reply Jason February 6, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Jeremy, doesn’t practicing stickhandling with anything other than a puck on ice mess up your timing? I practice with a green biscuit on a shooting pad, but its not the same as ice, so when I get on the ice the puck slides faster than I’m used to.

  2. Reply Jeff January 8, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Like it was said above….. Wish I’d watched these videos when I was younger. Never to late to practice and improve your game though.

  3. Reply Jhon April 17, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Were to buy the thing that you put on the stick in plastic that slide to help stickhandling

  4. Reply Lloyd February 20, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Hey Jeremy I just found your videos on YouTube. Sure wish I had something like this when I was a kid. That been said my son is nine and is just finishing his first year of hockey. He’s a right hander and is playing as a right hander. Do you think it’s already to late to switch him to lefty. Thanks man.

    • Reply Coach Jeremy March 2, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Let him play with what he’s comfortable with.

    • Reply Jacob February 25, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      It has to do with what’s more comfortable. If he is more comfortable with shooting right than that’s the way he should shoot, the dominant hand on top thing is just for if both ways are comfortable.

      • Reply Coach Jeremy March 2, 2016 at 10:14 am

        Well said!

  5. Reply bambam February 16, 2016 at 6:58 am

    WoWorks great I am getting better already.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Reply eli December 11, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    If i use my ice hockey stick off ice on my shooting pad for stickhandleing, will it mess me up when I am on ice because of the size difference.

  7. Reply James November 28, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Great video, now I have a lot more to work on. One question about the stick length to practice with. Is it advisable to go with a shorter or longer stick for these drills off ice? Or is this not even a factor when picking out an inexpensive stick for stickhandling drills off ice?

    • Reply Coach Jeremy December 8, 2015 at 11:51 am

      It’s common to use a shorter stick off the ice so it has the same relative height as your on ice stick.

  8. Reply Emma October 13, 2015 at 8:44 am

    This helped a lot (=

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