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Weighted Hockey Stick Drills

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In my last post I showed you how to make a weighted hockey stick, now I will show you what you can do with it. Stickhandling is a very important skill to master if you want to be a great hockey player. There are many ways that you can improve your stickhandling and in this article I will show you the benefits of using a weighted hockey stick, and how to make your own weighted stick.

The benefits of practicing with a weighted hockey stick

Bench PressWhen you practice with a weighted hockey stick you will be working all of the muscles involved in  stickhandling BEYOND the point they are typically worked when you normally stickhandle. This is great because you will be building sport specific muscles, and training them beyond the level that they would normally develop. Here is a great analogy, if you bench press 150 pounds every day, then your muscles will plateau and only be able to lift 150 pounds. If you continue to push your muscles and eventually bench 300 pounds, then when you go back and lift 150 pounds, it will feel VERY light.

The same concept applies to stickhandling, if you only use a regular stick and puck, your muscles will learn the motions, but they will not be as quick as they could be. If you train with a weighted hockey stick for a while and then go back to using a regular stick you will be able to move the puck a lot faster.

What about the muscles

Another great benefit of using a weighted stick is the muscles you will build. When you practice your stickhandling with a weighted stick you will be building your wrists, forearms, bicep and triceps, pecs and core muscles. These muscles are involved in shooting and stickhandling and your core muscles will help with balance and stability, as well as shooting and stickhandling.

How to practice stickhandling with a weighted hockey stick

You should practice moving the puck all around you, just like you normally would. I like to train in segments, this is my typical session with my weighted stick.

  •  Stickhandling with the puck in front of me
    • stickhandling tipTwo minutes stickhandling the puck in front of me, moving the puck wide to the left and to the right
    • One minute stickhandling the puck in close, moving the puck quickly side to side, about one to two foot distance
    • One minute with the puck in front of me, I move it as far as I can on my backhand, then reach with one hand and pull the puck back in
    • Toss in a few toe drags, and moving the puck forwards and backwards
  • Stickhandling on my shooting side
    • Two minutes moving the puck as far forwards and backwards as I can
    • One minute of toe drags, and moving the puck side to side
    • One minute moving the puck as far forwards as I can, reaching with one hand and pullingWeighted hockey stick drills it back
  • Stickhandling on my backhand side
    • Two minutes practicing back and forth, and side to side on my backhand side, also practice moving the puck from your backhand side to your forehand side
  •  Stickhandling with the puck behind me
    • Four minutes with the puck behind me. I practice reaching around to the right and stickhandling, and then reaching around to the left and stickhandling, also moving the puck from behind me to in front of me. This is a great way to twist, and work the core muscles

Take Your Time

I take short breaks when I need them, you can come up with your own routine, and be sure to change up the weight, duration, speed and intensity of each session. After doing training with a weighted hockey stick I noticed a HUGE improvement in my stickhandling. The two main benefits I noticed was that I could move the puck a lot faster, and I was also a lot stronger on the puck. I have also made this video to show you some of the moves that I practice

Weighted Hockey Stick Drills

I hope these tips have helped, but remember reading this information will not make you a better hockey player PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!


How To Make A Weighted Hockey Stick

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Many hockey players are looking for new ways to improve their stickhandling. One stickhandling tip that I found REALLY helps is using a weighted hockey stick. There are a lot of products on the market like hockey stick weights, and even just plain heavy hockey sticks, but I found a great way to make your own weighted hockey stick with a few things around the house (or stuff you can get at garage sales)

This is a trick that Pavel Datsyuk used when he was younger and I bet a handful of other NHL hockey players have used this stickhandling trick as well. Before I go into any more detail, I will show you how to make your own weighted hockey stick.

What you Needwhat you need to make a weighted hockey stick

In order to make your own weighted hockey stick you will need an old hockey stick, some hockey tape, two hockey pucks, and a dumbell.

Start by taking the two hockey pucks and put them on either side of the hockey stick (a hockey stick sandwhich!)

You want the pucks a few inches above where the blade meets the shaft. The reason you want to do this is to stop the dumbell from sliding all the way down the shaft and interfering with your stickhandling.

Put a good amount of hockey tape around the pucks, and especially around the bottom of the pucks, so that the pucks do not slide down your shaft.

Now all you need to do is grab the dumbell and slide it down the shaft of the stick. There you go, you have just made your own weighted hockey stick, now of course you are going to want to use it. I have heard of a lot of pro hockey players who have done this, and I noticed a HUGE difference after a few weeks of using a weighted stick.

I have made a video with some drills you can do and also written an article. I hope this helps you with your stickhandling, check out my weighted hockey stick drills article to see what the benefits of using a weighted hockey stick are!

Here is a video I made that shows how to make a weighted hockey stick, in case you don’t like to read!

Weighted Hockey Stick Video