Start Training at Home – The Essential Gear Every Hockey Player Needs

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by Jeremy Rupke on May 28, 2014

If you want to improve stickhandling, shooting, and passing, you will benefit a lot from practicing at home. In order to practice at home you will need a little bit of equipment first. In this article I break down what I feel is the essential training equipment for hockey players to improve their skills at home.

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Stickhandling Gear

Shooting Gear

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In order to work on your stickhandling, shooting, and passing you need a smooth surface. This surface will serve as your “ice” at home, and will allow you to practice a lot of different skills. You need a smooth surface for a few reasons

  • This will prevent your stick blade from being scraped away and breaking
  • It will be a low-friction environment which will help you get faster hands
  • It will be more like the ice, giving you an easier transition from practicing off-ice to on-ice
  • It can be use for shooting, stickhandling, and passing all essential hockey skills

Pro Sized Shooting Pad

Dryland Flooring Tiles

Roll-up Shooting Pad

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Product Page: Pro Sized
Price: $99.95 ($89.95 with coupon)
Dimensions: 30 inches x 60 inches
Advantages: Thicker material is better on uneven surfaces. Very easy to move
Product Page: Training Tiles
Price: $11.95 per tile
Dimensions: 1.5 foot per tile
Advantages: Recommended for indoor use. Very sturdy, can be used to create a very large training area
Product Page: Roll-up Pad
Price: $119.95 ($109.95 with coupon)
Dimensions: 4 feet x 8.5 feet
Advantages: Very large size which is great for practicing a lot of moves. Thinner material is recommended for smooth hard surfaces.

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stickhandling-toys

Pucks are great on the ice, but off the ice they don’t slide so well. I still recommend using a puck sometimes to practice with, but to really work on your hands you will need some other items. I strongly recommend getting one of each of the following. I recommend these products because they can be used almost anywhere and allow you to improve your stickhandling and co-ordination.

Green Biscuit

Wooden Ball

Stickhandling Ball

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Product Page: Green Biscuit
Price: $12.95
Dimensions: Same as puck
Weight: 4.4 ounces
Advantages: The best off-ice puck Two piece design will prevent it from flipping and rolling like most pucks Awesome to use on almost any surface
Product Page: Wooden Ball
Price: $3.50
Dimensions: About 2 inch diameter
Weight: Around 1.6 ounces
Advantages: Very light ball which is nice for practicing very fast hands and moves. Wood material is soft and easy to stickhandle with.
Product Page: Stickhandling Ball
Price: $10.95 or $7.95 for the HS ball
Dimensions: 2.1 inch diameter
Weight: 5 ounces
Advantages: The SmartHockey ball is designed to feel just like a puck. Soft outer shell, and weight has a good feel The HockeyShot Ball is a few dollars cheaper, but feels a little stiffer to handle

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There are a few options for shooting, personally I like a net the most, but I will mention the other options as well. With something to shoot at you can work on many different types of shots and different shooting techniques that you can then fine tune while on the ice.

Golf Net

Hockey Net

Shooting Tarp

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Product Page: Various options
Price: $45+
Dimensions: 10′ x 10′ +
Advantages: Most affordable option. Can be used for multiple sports. Large area means it can be used as a backstop if you get a regular hockey net later.
Product Page: EZ Goal
Price: $119.95 ($109.95 with coupon)
Dimensions: 4 x 6 (regulation)
Advantages: Has 2 inch posts, folds up for easy storage. Regulation size. Comes with targets. Will withstand shots up to 60MPH. Harder shots will dent posts.
Product Page: Shooting Tarp
Price: $209.95 ($199.95 with coupon)
Dimensions: 7 feet x 16 feet
Advantages: Very large size protects everything behind it. Targets give you something to aim at. No posts for ricochets and flying pucks Can be used in garage or basement.

hockey-backstop

Shooting pucks is fun, searching for pucks is not fun. I like using a backstop because it allows you to spend more time shooting, and less time hunting for pucks. A backstop will give you more confidence to aim for the corners (not worried about missing), allow you to shoot more, and keep you from losing pucks! The first link also allows you to use it for other sports!

Fishing Net / Golf Net

EZ Goal Backstop

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Product Page: Various options
Price: $45+
Dimensions: 10′ x 10′ +
Advantages: Most affordable option. Can be used for multiple sports. Larger area gives you more room for error. Not attached to the net which gives you some more creativity with the net. Permanently installed makes it easier to set up and take down your net. Good option if you want a permanent shooting area
Product Page: EZ Goal Backstop
Price: $89.95 (Save $10 on order over $100)
Dimensions: 10 x 6
Advantages: Fits perfectly onto any regulation sized net (6 x 4). Bolts onto the EZ Goal hockey net. Side panels can be moved when shooting from an angle. Side meshing may get holes in it with hard shots!

Now this is not a necessity, however I do strongly recommend it. This is an awesome training aid to show you how well you are shooting, motivate you to keep improving, and give you instant feedback on every shot you take. This is a great tool to have after you are set up with the basics explained above.

HockeyShot Radar

SpeedTrac Radar

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Product Page: HockeyShot Radar
Price: $99.95 ($89.95 with coupon)
Advantages: Most affordable radar.
Works well for hockey (unlike others I
have tested)
More consistent from close range
Product Page: SpeedTrac Radar
Price: $139.95 ($129.95 with coupon)
Advantages: Durable (I’ve dropped it
and hit it with pucks a few times and it still
works)
Consistent readings from all distances

This is the most important tip in this article. If you buy these products but don’t use them, you won’t get any better! So what are you supposed to do? Well luckily I have a lot of tips for shooting and stickhandling that you can pour over and use. Make sure you are subscribed to this website (box in the left sidebar) and our Youtube Channel to be notified of new skills videos that we release.

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Jeremy Rupke

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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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