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Are You Finishing Your Shot?


A common problem I see with newer hockey players is something I call “not finishing your shot”. In hockey it’s common knowledge that to get more power, you need good weight transfer, but that’s how you start your shot, so how do you finish it?

Finishing your shot requires a “snap” motion at the end. It happens in the wristshot, snapshot, and backhand and will help you get some extra power and accuracy in your shot. A good snap requires the use of your wrists, and proper placement of the stick to allow for a push-pull motion at the end of your shot. In the video below I explain the concept and show some examples

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In this video I talk specifically about using your wrists in your shot to get more power and accuracy. I also share a simple exercise that you can do on a daily basis to improve.

Beyond using the wrists

Using your wrists is important, but getting the stick in the right position to finish your shot is also crucial to adding more power. In this video I show you how you can add extra power to your shot, and improve your quick release.

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Where to Shoot to Score More Goals


If you started playing hockey at a young age you probably had a dream to roof the puck. Young hockey players have trouble getting the puck off the ice, but once they learn how to shoot high it’s almost the only place they shoot. At a young age it is not a bad idea to shoot high, the goalies are short and give you a lot of room to shoot up high, however as the goalies get older they get much bigger and soon you don’t have the same advantage. At a young age shooting high is a good idea, but when you get older you need to know the best places to shoot. In the video below I discuss some of the best places to shoot to score more goals.

Shoot to Score

Some of the best places to shoot

  • Shoot for the goalies ears (if they go down easily and play in their crease)
  • Shoot just over the pad, either blocker side or glove side
  • Go 5-hole when you are in close

Why you shouldn’t always shoot high

  • If you shoot a bit too high the puck will end up behind the net, no chance for a rebound
  • If the goalie stops you he will usually catch the puck in his glove – no rebound
  • If you don’t know about the shooters illusion you may think there is a lot of room up high, when in fact it is covered
  • Shooting high through traffic usually results in a blocked shot
  • A lot of goalies anticipate high shots because they know players like to roof the puck

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Simple Tips to Improve Your Shooting at Home


I have been working with HockeyShot.com lately to produce a series of hockey training videos. The videos come in two parts, how to perform a certain skill, and another video on how to improve that skill at home. The on-ice videos are on my Youtube channel and the off-ice videos are on the Hockey Shot channel. In this post I have embedded all of the off-ice videos to help you learn to improve your shooting at home.

In each video I give a few simple tips that should help you improve your shot. If you need a step-by-step breakdown of the shots you can watch the on-ice video.

Improve your Wristshot at Home

In this video I explain a few common mistakes that I see people make when they are shooting at home. I show you how you can correct these mistakes and improve the power of your wrist shot.

Covered in the video

  • Using every muscle to get power
  • Weight transfer
  • Getting your top hand out of it’s holster
  • Using the whip effect for more power
  • Use the quick release

Tips to Improve your Snapshot at Home

Covered in this video

  • Training at home how you would shoot on the ice
  • Use a lot of pucks!
  • Basic technique of the snapshot
  • Weight transfer for the snapshot
  • Getting the hands in front of you
  • Using the snap to get power

Tips to improve the Backhand at home

Covered in this video

  • The mechanics of the backhand
  • A trick to getting the puck up
  • How to add power to the shot
  • Weight transfer

On-Ice Videos

If you guys want to see the on-ice versions of these videos check out my articles on how to take a wrist shot, how to take a backhand, and how to take a snapshot. In the videos I give you step-by-step instructions to help you learn the shots.

Training Aids I use

In these videos I am using a roll-up shooting pad, and the EZ-goal net. I always recommend a shooting pad and a good net to anyone who wants to work on their skills at home.

Remember my #1 tip for any shot is take 100 shots a day – the only way you can improve your technique is through practice.