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

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.

Stickhandling Gear

Shooting Gear


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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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


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.


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
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.

  1. Reply Rustin trombole October 3, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Jeremy,

    When practicing on carpet, do you recommend regular hockey tape on the stick, or something smoother like electrical tape?

  2. Reply Hunter April 24, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Hey Jeremy my name Hunter I need to work on stick handling ,slapshot,wrist shot what can I do to help improve it and for home training .

  3. Reply Carter July 31, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Hey Jeremy my name is carter I’m 12 years old and I love hockey. I practice shooting pucks everyday and I try to go to the rink to practice skating a lot. I’m really good at stick handling and shooting but ice skating is my problem, I can skate my I can’t stop. I’m really good at Inline hockey but I would do anything to play ice hockey. Is it to late for me too start? And will you please give me some advice?

  4. Reply Oliver June 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Thanks Jeremy! I’ve watched pretty much all of your videos but haven’t really practiced off ice until the last couple weeks. I noticed an improvement in my shot after 2 days. Since I’m usually strapped for cash I built my own goal and shooting pad. Using 2×4’s and old carpet and DPI hardboard from lowes, it only cost me ~$25. Keep the great videos coming!

  5. Reply MK June 17, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks Jeremy!

  6. Reply Martin Nahlovsky June 16, 2014 at 1:54 am

    What is the distance you are shooting from? I can’t decide how far off the goal should I place my shooting pad. Thank you.

    • Reply Hayden Stinson May 16, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      I would place it as far as you should or would be shooting in a game. The distance from the top of the slot (between the face off circles) is roughly 25 feet, so I would do at least 20 feet. If you really need to Improve and don’t think that you can shoot from that far and get improvement, start at 15 feet away and move farther back in 5 foot increments once you start to see consistency.

  7. Reply MK June 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Jeremy,I’m only 11 and I started play hockey when I was 10.I watched a bunch of your videos and became a pretty good player.But I want toget better.I need some type of training exercise. Because all I really do is go out for a run everyday for about 20-30 mins.And I don’t have much equipment besides a net,2 pucks and stick.Can please help me with things to do in summer to improve.My coach says I have mighty hard shot, but I just need some speed and some stick handling.I don’t just wanna sit and lose my power.xan you help me out please?

  8. Reply Storm May 31, 2014 at 4:26 am

    I was in your atom shooting class this year

  9. Reply Nick May 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    How has that lasted you 4 years!?!?!? I have the same net for like 2 years and mine is pretty much done for

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke May 29, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      I use it moderately, mostly just in the summer, and the odd time in the winter.

  10. Reply Mike May 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Good summary Jeremy. I got all the toys for my little hockey player who is going into Minor Atom next year. Any advice on how to motivate him to use all the toys? I don’t want to push him as he is still on the ice 3 hours week throughout the summer. He is also playing softball and soccer throughout the summer but I’d like him to work on a few things off ice during the summer. He skating is great but his stick work could use the extra effort.

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke May 29, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      At that age (like the other Mike said) you have to make it fun. Young kids will learn the most through play, don’t criticize or try to teach at every moment as the kids will get frustrated. Let them play and have fun, spend some time teaching, but not all of it.

    • Reply Mike May 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Mike, I know this was directed toward Jeremy, but I find he sometimes doesn’t have time to answer and thought I would offer my experience…

      Do you play hockey? I find that my son will work on his skills if I do it with him. He is pretty passionate about the sport and very talented. Sometimes this results in a bit too much confidence and a little bit of laziness, but he is young and a multi-sport athlete so I try not to push. He always wants to play a game with his old man though, so I try and get in the garage with him and challenge him by making games out of the training (things like around the world). Hope that helps.


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