Skating Profiles

I’ve always been a fan of skating technique, or what’s commonly known in the hockey world as « powerskating ». In today’s youth hockey development- from MAGH through Pee-Wee, there is a big emphasis placed on skating and that’s because it’s really the foundation of our sport. A good skater moves around with ease and can press an opponent or be first to the puck. In my personal case, I was always considered a good skater with an advanced glide profile, however I didn’t identify as such. I saw myself as a skater who was always leaning too far forward, which is often characterized by the explosive profile and I had a hard time imagining how other players could skate more upright or conversely in a deeper stance.

Fast forward and for the past 15 years I have been coaching at the elite youth levels, either with teams, at hockey schools or giving private lessons. I find that often in today’s training model we’ll see coaches asking their players to perform a “one type fits all” skating technique, which isn’t necessarily suited to that individual’s biomechanics. For this reason, I wanted to seriously evaluate the possibility that there are different skating profiles across players. So, I dove into a study on skating styles by filming and carefully observing many of my player’s skating tendencies, in order to define their different preferences. I looked at the way they positioned themselves and how they pushed off on from their edges. I made sure to add slight tweaks to specific exercises so I could get feedback on what they were experiencing, their level of comfort and their confidence on being able to master a certain movement. Following this I began analyzing game footage of the players and many professionals that I train. I was specifically looking at their body positioning tendencies, their stride patterns, their stances, but also the locomotion of their arms.

Without delving into my specific evaluation techniques and data compilation, below is a chart that I developed for 9 different skating profiles, identified during my study. The evaluation of skating profiles consisted of players ranging from no younger than 14 years old to seasoned professionals. Over the next few months I will be picking skating profiles from this chart and using short video clips of players to highlight the differences amongst them.

Skating Profile
Skating Profile

For today’s article I have selected Nathan Gerbe and Clayton Keller. Gerbe falls under the “Quick Acceleration” profile, while Keller fits the “Explosive” skating profile.

Nathan Gerbe Quick Acceleration

Players with the « Quick Acceleration » skating profile are generally very quick on both their starts and stops over short distances. Their hips open easily, and they can lean into the front part of their edges, which upon starts, gives them good power and nice contact with the ice. These are players who often tire quickly, as they exert a lot of energy.

With players who fall into the quick acceleration category we will often see them with an exaggerated forward lean as they take off. Their tendency towards a forward lean creates a tilted starting position but it helps to facilitate powerful, fast first strides. After take-off, we would notice a very short but deep skate rut down on the ice due to the nature of their start. A player like Nathan Gerbe is low to the ice. Naturally, he is somebody who would most likely walk with his weight on his heels and the same would be true when he is on skates too. When it comes to identifying a skating profile like Nathan Gerbe’s, it is quite easily identifiable.

Players with this skating style have very quick bursts while their stride gait is often wide. They tend to skate with both hands on the stick. This type of profile will see almost no glide in between strides. In most cases, this type of skater likes a deep concavity for their skate sharpening. They like feeling the responsiveness from their sharp edges and the firm contact points with the ice. They are very good in “Stop & Start” scenarios.

With skating profiles like Nathan Gerbe’s, the skater is comfortable with keeping both hands on the stick, but they also exhibit decent use of their arms. The locomotion of their arms is centered around the waistline. You won’t see them reaching far and high out front.

Clayton Keller Explosive

Players with the « Explosive » skating profile are also generally very quick on both their starts and stops over short distances. Their hips open easily, and they can lean into that front part of their edges, which upon starts, gives them good power and nice contact with the ice. One of the biggest differences is noticed when the player is performing crossovers. They give the impression that they are jumping while crossing over to gain speed (see video). The crossovers are very short and succinct.

What allows us to differentiate the skating profile of those I call « Explosive » is that that they stand up quickly once in the glide phase. They aren’t comfortable performing all movements when in a low skating position, in other words- close to the ice.

These types of skaters have difficulty doing many laps of the ice while remaining efficient in their strides. They have wide stances and never use their outside edges when skating, which severely limits their glide potential. Their weight remains centered down the middle of their body. This means they don’t efficiently transfer weight from left to right when skating. When it comes to their arms, the locomotion is short, and the axis is horizontal. Their stride rate is so short and frequent that their arms move quickly but it leads to a lack of efficiency.

I should note that my skating profiles are not set in stone- but my objective is that they serve to facilitate an identification of common tendencies in certain skating styles. At the speed the game is played today- we should always be seeking to optimize our skating and if we can address the nuances in each player’s specific profiles, we’re giving ourselves a huge advantage on the ice- both while training and in game situations.

Stay tuned for the next edition: Barkov vs Tavares!

Balancing Act

Stride after stride, whether we’re conscious of it or not, we’re always making sure that our skates come back to the starting position under our body. Depending on the type of skater we are and the corresponding cadence, we should remember that, while actively skating we are only on 1 leg at a time. This means that, albeit temporarily, all our body weight is being carried on one leg…repeatedly going from left to right. What I am saying is not high science, but it’s important to note that regardless of whether we are carrying the puck or not, we are relying on balancing our whole body on 1/8th” of steel! So, let’s look into becoming as effective as we can on such a small surface area.

PROPULSION

Our acceleration from a static position can be improved by self-evaluating each step’s mechanics during take-off. It’s necessary to focus directly on the quality of the support leg’s blade contact with the ice (in front third of blade) and the skater’s forward lean.

In this video: The HockeyShot Speed Deke (3 x 16”) is used in low mode. The placement is subject to player’s regular stride range. While doing this drill, remember:

  • Release weight from the front third of the blade on your dynamic push (lift your toes in your skates) Example: Lifting foot from break pedal in a car!
  • To identify proper balance, you’ll need to use your legs to help you fully complete your weight shift and to generate power. 30% of your speed and power comes from using your arms efficiently.
  • The extension of your stride should be on your heel line if compared with your other skate. Too many players finish with their toes behind their heel line. You have to generate speed with your natural body weight while keeping a good balance which is tightly related to your stride.


Tip:Exaggerate each leap and “stick” your landing. As your balance improves, add a partner who will give you a slight shove at the moment you land your jumps. This will increase the degree of difficulty and challenge you to work on your optimal blade contact with the ice.

It Starts At The Ice

When we watch a player’s skating style, the main things most observers will often notice are aspects of the skater’s stride, their level of explosiveness and their glide-ability (err’ being smooth!). Although it would be easy to lump all body sizes into their historical stereotypes, it just wouldn’t represent the reality of what it means to skate well or efficiently. A good skater is a site to behold, and a poor skater is as crunchy on the eyes…as they sound! With that said, there is always room to improve your skating. Let’s start at the ice.

DYNAMIC EDGES

Edge work is crucial for all areas of skating- but especially for creating separation in small area play. In this video: The HockeyShot Speed Deke Pro (36”) are used as short-distance markers/hurdles to encourage the players to focus on 3 key points:

  • Mastery of both inside and outside edges on small radius turns
  • 3 first strides coming out of dynamic edges
  • Using natural body weight to generate speed out of turn

Tip: Perform this sequence at high speed without a puck. As you gain confidence and real power from your edges, you may bring in a partner to work on passes at different points in the drill.

Jack Hughes’ Training Earns Him #1 Selection in 2019 NHL Draft

Chances are you have already heard of Jack Hughes. Younger brother to Quinn Hughes, chosen No. 7 by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2018 NHL Draft, and older brother to Luke, a prospect for the first-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Like HockeyShot, this family legacy has come through lots of hard work and humble beginnings, from shooting puck holes in the drywall as kids to training on their very own HockeyShot Home Training Center, we’re proud to have Jack and Quinn Hughes as HS ambassadors.

Jack Hughes is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters and expected by many to be selected No. 1 by the New Jersey Devils at the 2019 NHL Draft on June 21 in Vancouver. A left-handed center, Jack is likely to be the first NTDP player to go directly from the draft to playing in the NHL.

The kid just turned 18 years old on May 14, 2019

His stature and agility on the ice have drawn comparisons to Patrick Kane, while his skating resembles the style of Connor McDavid. Whoever he reminds you of, there is no question that Jack Hughes is going places, and HockeyShot is right beside him to help him continue to dominate!

Growing up in the Hughes household all the brothers played hockey, in fact, Jack was on the ice from the time he was 1 ½ year old. While the brothers may have learned theirsignature cuts, turns and slices from their parents Jim and Ellen, both high-level hockey players themselves, they have also been training hard with Dan Ninkovich (nickname: Deej) at Beyond The Next Level (BTNL) to perfect those skills and raise them up to the NHL level. A training center in Oakville, Ontario with alumni ranging from Connor McDavid to Phil Kessel, BTNL and HockeyShot are proud to support some of the top NHL prospects such as Jack and help them train to win.

Throughout his training at BTNL, Jack has perfected his innate ability to process new information on the ice, and keep his feet moving to continually adapt to the play. He has the capacity to change his mind at a moment’s notice without sacrificing speed or ability, knows how to make full use of the blade and can scan the ice mentally without slowing down physically. These are all fully teachable skills, and thanks to Deej, the whole BTNL team and his dedicated family and coaches, Jack Hughes is a shining example of where hard work will get you.



When you train the right way, you can ensure the game is tailor-made to fit your skills. Jack Hughes and Deej have worked to create an intricate training system that you can recreate at home using only the best training equipment, they love dryland training toolssuch as the HS Slideboard Pro, stickhandling drills using the HS Speed Dekes and shooting practice with the Extreme Shooter Tutor and Indestructible Goal.

When asked about the growth that he has seen in Jack Hughes, NDTP coach John Wroblewski said

“From two years ago when I first met him through last spring until now, it’s is a completely transformed individual, just look at the way he can generate scoring chances, and how the ice is tilted while he’s out there. Jack will find a way to impress onpeople in the NHL next season with his game.”

Clearly, the folks over at BTNL know what they are doing, and with the use of HockeyShot Training Products Jack Hughes star is only going to continue to rise. We can’t wait to see what happens next!



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This article was written by: Karina Penner

This article was written by: Karina Penner

Own the Moment on the Ice

Be in the Moment and Own It to Help Your Hockey Performance

By Mental & Emotional Coach, John Haime

As we move forward in the 2019 season and playoffs are on the horizon, we start looking forward to great and memorable playoff performances.

Will I rise up and perform to my potential?

Will it be just the same old thing with similar results?

The sport of hockey is literally defined by moments. It all comes down to one moment on the ice for you to make an impact on the game.

With this reality, I might suggest that if you “own the moment” in the coming playoff season – a little more than you did in the regular season, you can create a performance reality that exceeds your expectations – and bring a different level of joy to your time in the game.

Here’s how …

Play in the Moment

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There are three potential places your mind could be when you are on the ice. The past, the present or the future. Of these three places, there is only one place where you can absolutely control performance – that is the current moment. And this is exactly where noted psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, in his best-selling book “Flow” made his mark as a researcher. His research demonstrates that people are happiest and most productive when in a state of flow – when they are totally absorbed in the task at hand, and the challenge of the situation is equal to (or just above) their skill level. This is where you must strive to be when playing the game. The past and future are distractions to performance in the here and now. The past has happened, so dwelling on it is not productive. The future has not happened, so being fearful about what might happen is not productive. In this playoff season, adopt a practice that focuses you in the moment (a simple mindfulness practice is a good start) to help you own the moment on the ice. At every opportunity, pull yourself back into the moment you are playing in.

Fall in love with the process and results will follow

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To help you further with “playing in the moment”, a focus on your playing process can be a key for you. The key to every plan is not necessarily the ultimate goal or target – but the small steps
needed to take you there. These small steps, often focused on a technique or strategy that you have worked on and tested in practice this year, keep your mind on your execution on the and not on outcomes like winning – that you have no control over. In order for you to “own the moment” and stay in the moment, put all of your attention on what’s important to play your best in the moment – great positional play, an aggressive, proactive approach, your best effort on each shift or whatever “your” focuses in practice might be. Fall in love with your process and let the outcomes fall where they may.

This is my time – no one else’s

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It all comes down to you. You are the one who can make a difference in the game – or help teammates to make a difference. You accept feedback and instructions from coaches, but ultimately decide how you will
use it. You are responsible for your own enjoyment in the game of hockey and determine who impacts that joy. Will you allow the many distractions in the game to dampen the reasons you play in the first place – because you love it. Owning the moment is about taking responsibility for your playing experience and your performances. Each moment on the ice, whether practicing or playing, is yours – no one else. In this year’s playoffs, make a commitment that you are in control and solely responsible for your performance – there will be no excuses or blame.

These are three simple keys to help you own your play in the upcoming playoff season. The opportunity exists for you to create your reality and embrace the beauty of it in the coming playoff season. Each “moment” for you on the ice is an opportunity to shine and express your potential, so embrace each opportunity and own it!

Wishing you some great moments on the ice in the playoff season.

Hockey Dad Takes Kids for a Skate of a Lifetime

If you’re still not sold on the new HockeyShot Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles, have a look at this review video from HockeyShot’s Hockey Dad, Jeremy Weiss. In the video he tests out the Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles in a ‘small, medium and large’ format, and addresses some questions that you at home might have before purchasing.



The Hockey Shot Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles are a fantastic product that are skate-able, affordable and lightweight. They are also flexible enough to be forgiving on uneven surfaces, as well as being weather resistant, UV protected and self-lubricating. They are easy to assemble and disassemble while requiring no extra tools.

In the video Jeremy gives us a birds eye view of what a setup with 60 tiles, 120 tiles and 260 tiles looks like, so you can get a better idea for how much you can do with different sets of tiles. He also gives us a few training drills with his favorite 8-10 year old players to demonstrate how much fun kids can have with their favorite HockeyShot Products.

In the first drill, Jeremy utilizes the HS Extreme Shooter Tutor, HS Passer Pro and HS Goal & 2D Backstop Combo to showcase a 60 tile synthetic ice set up with 2 players. Doubling the size to 120, Jeremy adds 3 more players on the ice, for a total of 5, and adds the HS Extreme Danglers to the mix for his synthetic ice training drills. Next we see the piece de resistance, a full 260 tile setup equipped full with HockeyShot Training Products including the HS Extreme Defender.

One of the best parts about the HS Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles review video is you can really see how much fun the kids are having while training. While these tiles are great for players of any age or skill level, kids really enjoy the sensation of skating on synthetic ice while maximizing the amount of training area they have.

As an added bonus, Jeremy also gives us his notes on which part of the Synthetic Ice benefits from each type of siding. If you are confused as to whether the Puck Stopper Edging or the Smooth Edging is right for you, this will be very helpful in figuring out which synthetic ice hockey training setup will be a perfect fit in your home.

The HS Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles are fun and easy to use while being a great at home training aid, for a fantastic price. You too can be practicing your hockey skills on a tennis court in the summer heat with the HS Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles, so pick some up and get started on perfecting your skills today.

HockeyShot’s NHL Customer Base Keeps Growing

Getting serious about taking your ice hockey skills to the next level means committing to training even when you aren’t on the ice. Don’t believe us? Just ask pro hockey players Jake Allen, Mike & Ryan McLeod and Alexei Yashin. They know first-hand that your top favorite NHL players train all year round to make sure their game stays sharp, and with the help of the new Hockey Shot Product Line Up that has never been easier.

Hockey Shot prides ourselves on knowing that our products will deliver to you the closest feeling to on ice training at home that you can get. As Jake Allen, Goalie for the St. Louis Blues, told us “The Hockey Shot products really made my off season training adaptable to my on ice/in season performance. The consistency of the Slide Board Pro made me feel similar to what I do on the ice and to keep my condition at peak levels. Great tool to keep your body sharp and ready for the season.”

When playing the game your team mates become your brothers, so to have your actual brother on the ice with you is a pretty surreal experience. That is brothers Mike & Ryan McLeod’s reality. Playing together in the 2016-2017 OHL League for the Mississauga Steelheads, they both finished first and second in assists on the team. Mike was then chosen by the New Jersey Devils with the number 12 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Ryan isn’t far behind his big brother, being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Hockey Shot is proud to have been a part of the McLeod brother’s hockey training journey from the start. As they told us,

“We were introduced to HockeyShot long before being drafted to the NHL. This company gets it and we only wish they had been around when we were younger kids looking for quality hockey products and free training content all-year-round. Any players wanting to build their skills and have fun while doing it should shop at HockeyShot.com.”

Having trouble deciding which Hockey Shot Products are right for you? Mike and Ryan McLeod love the Hockey Shot Dryland Flooring Tiles All Star Edition. They are the ultimate in functional hockey training products because of their versatility. Like the Mcleod brothers put it,

“Being able to customize our own setup with HS All Star Tiles is a huge advantage! This surface is really durable and allows us to train on sneakers the way we want too, whenever we want too. They’re easy to pick-up and move around and can be snapped back together in seconds. Thankfully we don’t have to worry about the space where we practice anymore!”

We love that the McLeod brothers utilize exactly what the Hockey Shot Products are all about.

One of the biggest parts of being a team leader is having confidence in yourself. Alexei Yashin, former ice hockey center who played twelve seasons in the NHL as captain of both the Ottawa Senators and the New York Islanders. Hockey Shot Products like the Extreme Passer Clamp-On and the Roll Up Shooting Pad helped Alexei maximize his skills. As Alexei said, “it’s the ultimate tool to work on your precision passing. Because it acts as if there is a teammate practicing with you, you can train independently! I am impressed by the puck return velocity.”

Hockey Shot delivers the ultimate in hockey training aids that help you improve your ice hockey skills and become an unstoppable threat on the ice. As Alexei Yashin knows,

“HockeyShot products allow me to design workout the way I want to. With a variety of different training aids, I can maximize my skills and help get the most out of others during their training!”

Get your Hockey Shot Products today and see what all the pros are talking about.

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This article was written by: Karina Penner

This article was written by: Karina Penner

Team Canada Women, Gold Standard Training

Girls who play hockey rock, and HockeyShot is thrilled to have ties with some awesome female hockey players from Team Canada. First up to tell us why she loves Hockey Shot is Caroline Ouellette. Caroline has been a pillar of Canada’s national hockey team since 1999, winning Olympic gold in Salt Lake City in 2002, Torino in 2006, Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.

Caroline Ouellette is also a source of inspiration through her hockey camps, which utilize the great diversity of Hockey Shot Products. As Caroline told us,

“I currently run female hockey camps in Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and PEI. Hockey Shot has allowed us to create a fun environment in which young female players are learning and improving by doing high repetitions of a particular skill.  Whether we are working on skating, shooting, passing, stickhandling, dekes or deceptive moves, Hockey Shot’s products are remarkable. The HS Extreme Dangler , Attack Triangle Pro, Passer Pro, and Extreme Shooter Tutor challenge players at every level.”

We love that Caroline uses so many different Hockey Shot Products in her camps to help elevate specific hockey skills in every athlete.

Marie-Philip Poulin also knows the importance of improving your hockey skills through repetition and at home training. A member of the Canada Olympic Female Hockey Teams at age 18 that won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver she went on to win gold again at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, as well as scoring three goals for Canada to take home a Silver Medal in PyeongChang 2018. She has been referred to as the Sidney Crosby of women’s hockey for her high level of achievement at a young age, and Hockey Shot is proud to be part of her training.

When asked about how Hockey Shot Products were a part of Marie-Philip’s training process she answered,

“HS Training Aids are a big part of my off-ice season practice. To be an elite Olympian, I need to stay sharp, products like the HS Tiles, Passer Pro, Dangler and Slide Board Pro allow me to maximize my performance and be ready for the big games. HS Products are helping me improve my game every day.”

Players who use their Hockey Shot Products every day are the reason we do what we do! Take it from a 2x Olympic Gold Medalist and Team Canada Captain, at home training with Hockey Shot Products is a sure-fire way to improve your game on the ice.

Another great thing about Hockey Shot Products is their versatility in developing specific skills while being used in multiple different ice hockey training drills. Jenn Wakefield, a member of Team Canada who participated in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as well as playing on the gold-medal winning team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the silver-medal winning team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

Jenn is a relative newcomer to Hockey Shot Products but has already fallen in love with the quality and durability Hockey Shot Products provide. As she told us about her first encounter with our Product Line Up,

“This summer I was introduced to a variety of HockeyShot products on and off the ice and loved them all. I found they helped me improve my stick handling, shooting and passing. It was great having the option to train off ice in my driveway and all the products were easily transportable to the rink for on ice sessions.”

Another hockey pro who recently got a taste of all that Hockey Shot has to offer is Natalie Spooner, former player for the Canadian National women’s ice hockey team and current member of the Toronto Furies of the Canada Women’s Hockey League. After testing out Hockey Shot Products at the High-Performance Hockey Academy Natalie bragged,

“HockeyShot completely delivered this weekend at my High-Performance Hockey Academy! They generously donated on-ice training aids and giveaway items such as bracelets, stickers and unique promo codes to all participants. The kids loved using the products and wearing their new HockeyShot swag. We could not be happier :)”

Hockey Shot is committed to helping athletes of all performance levels continue to improve their hockey skills with at home training, so grab your gear today and get training!  

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This article was written by: Karina Penner

This article was written by: Karina Penner

Hockey Experts Choose HockeyShot

It is important to stay consistent and motivated all year so that your hockey skills never fall short. Hockey Shot Products can help develop and maintain your skills in a range of ways. Need help deciding which product is right for you? Let’s hear from some renowned hockey coaches and experts to hear which Hockey Shot Product is their go to training aid.

Pavel Barber, stickhandling specialist and creator of ‘World’s Best Amateur Hockey Videos’ on YouTube which has more than 150,000 subscribers, has partnered with Hockey Shot to help bring Hockey Shot Training Aids to his subscribers. When asked about Hockey Shot, Pavel responded by saying,

“Working with Hockey Shot has been great. I am always very cautious when I align myself with a certain brand. I see them as a progressive brand who care about the advancement of the game. They have been very open minded with me which is extremely important as an “ideas guy”. I need to have an environment like that to get good ideas going to help out the best I can, and they definitely provide that. I am beyond excited in partnering with them and can’t wait to see what we can do for the game of hockey in the future.”

We feel the same way about Pavel and are thrilled to help him step up his training game as well as his audiences.

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One of Hockey Shot’s top selling products, the Dangle Puck, is one of Pavel’s favourites because it provides a realistic training experience that allows you to practice your skills to be able to dangle around any player. As he told us,

“The Dangle Puck blew me away! I am constantly in desperate search for off-ice pucks that perform and slide like they do on ice or dryland surfaces… No other puck came close to being able to slide like this one. It’s like a puck sliding on a clean sheet of ice! Total game changer as it forces me to react faster and allows me to transfer from off-ice to on-ice easier.”

Second round pick for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2007, Stefan Legein knows a thing or two about at home training, so we asked him what Hockey Shot Products help him keep his game in peak condition. When asked about the importance of off-ice training Stefan said,

“Off ice training means exercising daily and HockeyShot products make sure to always keep me and my clients in great shape. They provide the best products to get the most out of my training regimen. I personally like the SKLZ dryland items.”

We are thrilled to hear Hockey Shot is a big part of Stefan’s training regime, but what products help him keep up not only his endurance but also technical skills like stickhandling? Hockey Shot Products help Stefan keep all aspects of his game sharp as he tells us,

“My student’s stickhandling has never been quicker! The HockeyShot stickhandling products make practicing very easy. I like to use the Stickhandling Balls with Extreme Danglers to improve hand speed on or off the ice.”

And what about when it comes to training alone? The Hockey Shot Clamp On Passer is here to keep you motivated just like Stefan, “Thanks to HockeyShot, passing & shooting has never been easier! The Clamp On Passer rebounds the puck right back to you as if you had a friend there and the Shooter Tutor gives you real target holes to aim at just like a goalie.” We’re glad that Stefan loves the versatility of Hockey Shot Products as much as we do.

To cap it off we have Hockey Shot’s official Bench Boss Jeremy Rupke. We have partnered with Jeremy and his website howtohockey.com to help bring premium hockey training aids and drills to your home. We here at Hockey Shot very much admire Jeremy and we think it’s safe to say he feels the same way after he said,

“HockeyShot truly is the leader for innovative ice hockey training products. They continue to push the envelope, achieving success in creating off & on ice tools that any hockey player (young or old) would be happy to own. If you want to improve your game, HockeyShot is the only way to go!”

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Thanks for all the kind words from our friends and partners. Hockey Shot is thrilled to have relationships with so many great hockey coaches and experts out there. We are committed to bringing you the highest quality hockey products and at home hockey training aids, so what are you waiting for? Join the Hockey Shot Revolution today.

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This article was written by: Karina Penner

This article was written by: Karina Penner

Qualified Skating Coach Puts Synthetic Ice to the Test!

HockeyShot’s Skating Sensei, Jim Vitale, welcomed us into his basement hockey training area to tell us why he chose HockeyShot Synthetic Ice Panels for his training needs. Jim did some research when looking into a few different synthetic ice surfaces on the market, and he told us there was “no doubt in my mind that HockeyShot had the best product on the market.” We agree with Jim, and after trying out the new HockeyShot Synthetic Ice Panels we are sure you will too.



HockeyShot is so sure that our products are superior that we give you 7-10 years of warranty per side on the Synthetic Ice Panels. That means that you can have at least 14-20 years of at home training and play time with these Panels with proper care. That is sure to take a load off your mind in terms of durability, longevity and bang for your buck.

Another reason the HockeyShot Synthetic Ice Panels are a step above the rest is the self-lubricating polymer.This means that you aren’t spending a lot of time or effort in trying to push and get that natural feel, it comes without any work at all and no need for any waxes or add-on liquids.

The HockeyShot Synthetic Ice Panels are also super easy to install. They come in 4×8 sheets which are lightweight enough for most people to carry on their own. Our Interlocking Dovetail panels significantly outperform traditional spline and square-edge styles and require no extra tools or equipment. Jim even takes his customization one step further by sawing one tile in half to fill in the extra corners and nooks of his at home basement hockey training setup.

Another great way to maximize your at home hockey training setup is to add some shooting tarps and aids to help get you in the scoring zone. The Crowd Goes Wild Shooting Tarp is one of our favorites to help transform your basement into the stadium of your dreams.

Its every players dream to have an efficient and durable at home training area. With the HockeyShot Synthetic Ice Panels this dream can be a reality. Perfect for any garage, basement or backyard, the HockeyShot Synthetic Ice Panels are the absolute best way to help make sure your game stays in top shape. Have no doubts that HockeyShot Products are the best on the market with this video from Jim as well as our other testimonials from renowned coaches, players and trainers. When it comes to HockeyShot you are getting the highest quality product and best at home hockey training aids out there. What are you waiting for?