How NHL Players Train & Why They Choose HockeyShot

Nobody knows how to keep their game sharp like an All-Star NHL Hockey Player. HockeyShot has a long-standing relationship with some of the best of the best in the NHL, and is always pumped to be able to help them improve their training. We’ve gathered some of our favorite NHL Hockey players to give us their thoughts on the new Hockey Shot Product Line Up.

If you don’t know John Tavares you may be living under a rock. After being selected first overall by the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Tavares went on to become Captain of the New York Islanders and has arguably become one of the top ice hockey players in the NHL. Recently he signed a 7-year, $77 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, his hometown team.

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John plays center so he knows a thing or two about needing to train all aspects of your game to stay on top. John especially loves the Hockey Shot Passer Pro.

“I’m always looking for an edge to my game. HockeyShot products, like the Passer Pro, are great to help keep my puck handling & shooting sharp during the summer. All of their products help me to prepare better for the next season.”
— When asked, John told us

Next up we have one of the darlings of Finnish hockey, Aleksander Barkov. The son of a former Russian national team member, Barkov was chosen as the 2nd overall pick in 2013 by the Florida Panthers. He is an offensive threat and an absolute inspiration for any youngsters looking to get excited about playing ice hockey.

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One of the reasons Barkov plays with such high confidence is he knows the power of at home training. HockeyShot has been right alongside Barkov, helping him develop his skills and get him ready for the NHL level.

“I have always been a big fan of shooting pucks during the summer. HockeyShot products took it to another level. Now, I’m not only shooting pucks… I can dribble, pass, sauce and practice one timers. Allstar tiles are amazingly slick and you just can’t get any closer to real ice feeling.  Overall, the products are a lot of fun and help preparing me for on-ice situations.”
— As Aleksander said himself

Fun and training? Sounds like a win-win to us!

Continuing the pedigree, we have Jordan Staal. A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Jordan grew up playing hockey with his three brothers on the outdoor rink built by their father. All 4 boys later grew up to become massive ice hockey threats, with all of them making their NHL debut between 2003-2013.

Jordan was selected at No. 2 in the NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2006 and took home the biggest prize of all in 2009 after winning the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After 6 years with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jordan signed a 10-year, $60 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012, later being named co-captain alongside Justin Faulk. Jordan Staal continues to be an incredible threat and legacy both on and off the ice.

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One of the only ways you can make it as far as the Staal brothers is with the help of proper training aids. Even if you have a backyard rink, there is no comparison to having the right gear. One of Jordan’s favorite Hockey Shot Products is the Passer Pro. As he said, “The HS Passer Pro is a fantastic training aid! I was impressed at the high quality and strong puck rebound, it allows me to work on my passes and fire one-timers at home during the off-season. Their training aids are now an essential part of my off-ice training. Join the HS revolution, I did!”

It takes passion, hard work and most importantly training, to achieve your goals of playing in the NHL. The Hockey Shot Product Line Up can get you there, so pick up your gear today and start playing for your game of a lifetime!

How to Clean Hockey Equipment

Have you ever gone to get your hockey gear out for the season and realized you left your old smelly gear in there all summer? Have no fear because Hockey Shot’s Bench Boss Jeremy Rupke has made that mistake too. He is here to literally air his dirty laundry and show you how to get rid of mold, rust on your skates and prevent moisture with his How to Clean Hockey Equipment video.

The number one tip for keeping your hockey equipment clean is to store it dry. Make sure you are leaving it in a dry place and that everything inside the bag is dry before you zip it up. If you are worried about extra moisture, the main culprit in mold growing on your gear, throw some old newspapers inside the lining of the bag and inside your skates to help absorb any extra moisture your gear may encounter.

If you have already made the mistake of leaving your moist gear to sit for far too long, do not fear, with some simple steps you can get your gear looking as good as new. First make sure to pre-treat anything that has mold. Coach Jeremy uses Resolve Oxi-Action which is safe to use on your gear, unlike bleach which can deteriorate parts of the padding. Don’t worry about putting your equipment in the washing machine, hockey gear was designed to take a beating, it can survive the laundry! Once everything is squeaky clean make sure to hang everything to dry with a fan on it, the heat from the dryer can hurt a lot of hockey gear, so make sure it doesn’t end up in there.



Coach Jeremy also shares tips on ways to treat the things you can’t wash, like your helmet and your skates. Make sure to protect your Hockey Shot Products with a proper anti-bacterial wash, it’s important for you and your teammates health, plus, your gear will thank you!

HockeyShot Synthetic Ice – Revolution Tiles Review

Today stickhandling specialist Pavel Barber is putting the HockeyShot Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles to the test. Think you can’t skate and do all the edge work you need to up your game on synthetic ice? Think again.

Starting off with some skating drills using the HockeyShot Speed Dekes , everyone is quick to see just how similar skating on these tiles are to ice. You can trust your edges just like you would on real ice and do all the same hockey training drills. As opposed to rollerblade training, the HockeyShot Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles allows you to do real edge work drills like you would on the ice.

What an incredible feeling it is to be able to train in your t-shirt and shorts! The HockeyShot Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles have a huge benefit to your off ice training time, helping you develop tough skills. With a synthetic ice surface in home, training has never been easier and allows you to nail down the little details by mastering tough skills much faster.

“These are such fun drills to do, kids when they are training on off ice surfaces like this, they’re just having fun, they don’t realize they are training, the hours add up, and they are always really focused cause they are enjoying themselves. That’s why I love the Synthetic Ice Tiles” (13:06)

Pavel explains the incredible feeling he gets from skating on the Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles and runs through lots of different drills you can perfect using your at home training area. If you are looking to practice team drills, the HockeyShot Extreme Defender is your go to practice companion. Never fear, solo trainers can make great use of the HockeyShot Passer Pro.



One of the things that sets the HockeyShot Revolution Synthetic Ice Tiles apart is our interlocking puzzle piece system that allows you to attach the boards however you like – there is no wrong way! The tiles are also made with a honeycomb design which makes them super lightweight for easy transport as well as ultra-durable.

Another way HockeyShot is changing the game is with our newly created Puck Stopper Edging, which is a game changer in the synthetic ice world. This edging makes it seamless to stickhandle off and on the tiles. Pavel loves these because you aren’t wasting any time getting pucks and can help you have a more positive relationship with training.

Practicing on your own is the only sure-fire way to up your game. It is important to have quality training time both on and off the ice to master your skills and excel at the fastest rate possible. You can turn yourself into a dangerous scoring threat by logging quality hours on your Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles, so pick some up today.

Feel the Puck & Change the Angle – Skills Series

Hockey Shot’s Bench Boss Jeremy Rupke is at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, Ontario with another Skill Series episode. The first part of today’s session is all about how to improve your puck feel, and he found some of the Buffalo Regals team to help show you how it’s done!



A great trick when practicing your stick handling on all parts of the blade is to work with a golf ball or even better, the Swedish Wooden Ball or Extreme Stickhandling Ball from HockeyShot. The Buffalo Regals do this before every game, and Coach Jeremy uses them to demonstrate the certain way you can use the golf ball to get the feel of the puck. Try passing a ball back and forth as a team, it’s a great team hockey drill and can help in understanding the different parts of the blade of your stick.

Coach Jeremy shares an awesome tip by using opposite color hockey tape to help highlight the toe, middle, and heel of the blade. This tip combined with Coach Jeremy’s Yo-Yo Drill and Backhand Toe Drill will help you get a great feel for where your puck is at all times during the game.



We’re not done sharing how HockeyShot products can be combined with Coach Jeremy’s hockey drills to improve your game all year round! It is important to not only focus on your position in hockey, but also your angles. Lots of players use the same angles which can be a tell for the goalie. By switching up your angles you will not only become a better player but also get more goals. Be unpredictable!

The drills covered by Coach Jeremy will help you in three different on-ice situations. First by switching up the angles in tight to your stick, when you are in the slot and those times you are squared off to the goalie in close to the net. Coach Jeremy uses the Hockey Shot Crowd Goes Wild Shooting Tarp to demonstrate the difference between what you see and what the puck sees. By practicing seeing the net from the eyes of the puck you have a better chance of beating the goalie and finding the back of the net.

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It is important to stay creative in how you change your angles, and one of the best ways to practice this is by switching up your shooting lanes. By using the Hockey Shot Extreme Passers you can train how you set up your shooting angles and see where your game needs improvement. Coach Jeremy and HockeyShot believe that experimenting and making mistakes is the whole point of training. When you see where you make your mistakes that means you can improve, and with the help of Hockey Shot Product Line-Up that can be very exciting!

HockeyShot Dryland Tiles Review – New Vs Old

HockeyShot’s Bench Boss Jeremy Rupke is putting the new HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles Allstar Edition to the test. Coach Jeremy has been using the old HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles for a while now, so we thought we’d give him the all new set to see how well they stacked up to his used ones. Coach Jeremy tests our Allstar Tiles on their ease of assembly, durability and glide.



The biggest difference that Coach Jeremy loved about the new tiles was their puzzle piece design, created specifically for easy assembly. Say goodbye to loops and hooks because these new tiles are a breeze to put together and can be arranged in any pattern. Coach Jeremy recommends a few different patterns in the video to help maximize your space for how you train.

Coach Jeremy tests the new Dryland Flooring Tiles Allstar Edition durability by a good old-fashioned slash down. Watch him attack our Dryland Flooring Allstar Tiles with the ‘Crosby Finger Chopper’ (warning, do not try this at home!) and see how well both the new and old HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles Allstar Edition hold up. Our super strong plastic does not give in to any cracks or breaks. Hockey Shot has even added a matte finish, instead of the industry glossy finish, for prolonged glide and durability.

In addition to the Dryland Flooring Allstar Tiles, Coach Jeremy suggests Extreme Passers or a Slide Board Pro to help you take your at home training to the next level. If you are looking for an amazing way to train at home, then you have come to the right place. Coach Jeremy puts the pressure on the Hockey Shot Dryland Flooring Tiles Allstar Edition and they hold up great.

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To make sure you have the product that is just right for you, the HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles Allstar Edition are made with thick, durable plastic, have interlocking puzzle piece connections with teeth for added stability, and a smooth surface for easy gliding. These tiles are the easiest way to strap on skates at home and help you improve your technical hockey skills.

NEVER Miss A Pass – Skills Series

One of the most common issues Coach Jeremy sees on the ice is players struggling with catching passes, especially in your feet or further away. By expanding the area where you can successfully receive a puck, you can get more passes on your stick which will help you get more goals.

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The key to perfect hockey passes is to be able to adjust to every angle while keeping your blade flat on the ice. By practicing this skill, you will greatly increase your chances of getting that pass and getting the puck on your stick.

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Not everyone has a 2nd person around to help you practice passing, which is where the Hockey Shot Extreme Passer Pro comes in. This is the perfect product for anyone looking to practice hockey passes alone. It is the only passer on the market with dual sided passing lanes, extra durable and on and off-ice compatible. When you use the HS Extreme Passer Pro combined with the HS Extreme Dryland Puck you can get an authentic training experience that will help make sure you never miss a pass again!



Jeremy shows us how shifting your body weight, changing your grip and activating your top hand can help you cup the puck and keep it in an area you can control it. Plus, he shares the proper way on how to hold a stick to instantly bring the puck to where you want it. It’s another great Skills Session with Coach Jeremy, watch the video below to test your hockey skills and learn some new hockey training drills.

Shot Power & Release From Your Knees – Skills Series

We like to think of Coach Jeremy’s Skills Series as building blocks to the component of a great shot. As Coach Jeremy points out, there are many components that go into a good shot, so you need a good foundation of building blocks so that you can practice all your skills and take them to the ice.

The next building block Coach Jeremy shares with us helps you isolate part of your shot so that you can generate more power and improve the accuracy in your release. The best way to do this is to isolate your upper body to see how much power you have. How do you remove your legs from a shooting drill you might ask? Simple, you kneel!

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After you have laid down your HS Dryland Flooring Tiles All-star Edition you can practice your shot from kneeling on either 1 or 2 knees, or sitting on something, depending on your size. Using only your upper body without relying on weight transfer you can test your hockey strength and pay attention to how you get power in your shot. This also helps you improve your shot.

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Depending on your skill level Coach Jeremy recommends using the HS Lightweight Pucks to make sure you are able to build some momentum and get a good snap. This drill helps you improve how much power you shoot with, and challenges your body to get a decent shot even when you aren’t lined up in the perfect situation. This hockey training drill forces you to get outside of your comfort zone and forces your body to adapt.  



This drill is extremely important, even if it makes you feel a bit silly. Just remember to listen to Coach Jeremy’s advice to always use a shooting tarp, like the HS Crowd Goes Wild Shooting Tarp. As your skill improves so will your power, and an all-star player needs an All-Star Premium Home Training Centre to keep your game up all year round 😉

Vital Hockey Skills – Part 2

More Vital Hockey Skills Skating Sensei, Jim Vitale – Part 2

Once again, we are here with Jim Vitale from Vital Hockey Skills to show us some innovative and creative hockey drills to help you improve your stickhandling, passing, and much more! Jim has been a coach since 1999 and has a unique technique to develop your hockey game. By combining Jim’s one of a kind approach with Hockey Shot’s Lineup of Training Aids we’ve created the ultimate online hockey development.

Most drills that focus on increasing your range of motion focus on which muscles to tense up and turn on. Jim finds that by actually breaking what your body thinks is normal and teaching it a new trick, like turning certain muscles off, you will see even more explosive power in your slap shot. This drill solves your backwards pivot problems by helping your legs become more spongy and receptive to your range of motion.


When it comes to hockey training, every now and then you need to throw in a drill that mimics the aggression you can experience on the ice. This can be difficult and is often overlooked by a lot of coaches but is a very necessary skill on the ice. This drill prepares you on how to get around someone aggressively to pursue the puck. By using your net as your opponent and skating on your toes this drill is the ultimate hockey tactic training. Just another great example of how Jim likes to think outside the box to bring the best hockey skating drills to you.


The Hockey Shot Stickhandling Aids have a wide range of uses, one of them being low cut cycle drill, perfect for forwards looking working on their low game. Jim combines these cut lows with a tap through using the Hockey Shot Extreme Danglers to develop your skills in multiple ways during just one warm-up hockey drill. The goal is to maximize space between the defenseman and the goalie to be able to get your stick in the blue zone and make a killer score!


Last but not least, some of the most important but overplayed drills are stick handling ones. By using Hockey Shot Stickhandling Aids the goal is to train your hands and feet to do opposite things, which helps you become even more unstoppable. Take this one slow to challenge yourself to stretch as much as possible to get the feel of the puck as well as increase your reach. Jim is cleaning up biscuits around the crease and sending them to their home. This hockey skills tutorial is a slot barging good old time!


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Vital Hockey Skills with Skating Sensei, Jim Vitale – Part 1

After a lengthy minor hockey career Jim Vitale began coaching in 1999. Jim’s enthusiasm as a coach was spurred by the revolutionary skills being developed in the game. As Jim explains; “The techniques changed my skating and playing ability so dramatically that it was impossible to not want to pass them on!”. His passion for coaching has turned into an art form. Jim has formed Vital Hockey Skills into a very recognized hockey school focusing on player development and using innovative products, from HockeyShot.com.

In this series of videos, we can see first-hand how Jim inspires his players and uses creative drills in order to fully develop all aspects of their game. Below, we see Jim using Hockey Shot’s Extreme Defender to help create the perfect deke.

Often in hockey, you can’t simply skate around a defenseman. It takes a combination of stickhandling moves, the right pressure on your skates, and lots of practice. This is where Hockey Shot’s Extreme Defender comes in! Shaped like a pair of skates with a hockey stick blade made from high impact plastic and aluminum, you can practice getting around (or through) your opponent. You can even lift the stick up to simulate face-offs and takeaway drills!

In these videos Jim will focus on how to develop your extension during an under the stick deke and how to let the deke finish with a good stretch and reach. Watch below as Jim and his team demonstrate how to create the perfect fake out.

Jim is unique in the way he trains by cleverly using products in ways you probably have never even thought of! By using a Hockey Goal turned on its side, you can create your own net hack drill. This drill uses the net to act as an opponent, and helps you practice your puck protection. By keeping wide from your body and dropping your arm as a shield you too can create the ultimate resistance training.


Next Jim focuses on how to load your back leg to transfer into a slap shot efficiently. By making sure that you are not only setting yourself up for a goal, but also for your next shot, you will have a better chance of making sure you are in control of the puck. By being in charge of your puck placement you will ensure good agility and be able to roll off checks with a breeze. Watch below as Jim shows how to skate through the shot.


HockeyShot Enhances Off-Ice Hockey Training Possibilities

HockeyShot has introduced their Dryland Flooring Tiles – Allstar Edition. Offering hockey players at all levels an off-ice training outlet to hone their craft without the hassle of having to worry about rink expenditures and time—or, for those extra tenacious and devoted parents, putting together a backyard patch of ice for that matter.

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From the comfort of your driveway, garage or basement (this is when those unfinished basements come in handy), you can concentrate on various aspects of off-ice hockey training on a surface that mimics the feel of the ice in terms of both smoothness and its slick texture while stick-handling and passing the puck.

If you are looking to improve your stickhandling, shooting or passing, ANY Flooring Tiles from HockeyShot are the perfect solution, providing a similar gliding sensation to that which is found on a fresh sheet of ice, as you weave your magic with a hockey stick or burst forward explosively.

John Tavares, captain of the NHL’s New York Islanders, echoes these sentiments by stating: “I’m always looking for an edge to my game. HockeyShot Products, like the Flooring Tiles, are great to help keep my puck-handling and shooting sharp during the summer. All of their products help me to prepare better for next season.”

Building on their success from the original Flooring Tiles, HockeyShot has instilled a few upgrades in the off-ice allstar product, namely by enlarging the surface size and making the tiles thinner, which, in turn, increases the flexibility and adaptability provided, particularly on uneven platforms such as backyards for optimal off-ice hockey training.

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That same fluid texture found on HockeyShot’s previously-formed tiles has returned, taking it to another level with its newest formula that increases the sleekness without sacrificing its ability to stave off hindering light reflections and the wear and tear of scratches.

Weather obstacles are another element that the preferred off-ice hockey training Dryland Flooring Tiles can overcome, thanks in large part to the UV protection and weather-proofing treatment instilled into each tile. They are more than capable of withstanding the blistering heat or the freezing cold; however, it should be noted that the tiles would be better suited for indoor storage to avoid lengthy sun exposure that could ultimately lessen the longevity of them.

As for assembling the tiles themselves and any concerns related to it, fear not; the convenient clipping system ensures that the task will be simple and hassle-free. Think of it along the same lines as an IKEA project (but much faster), except for home hockey purposes rather than home furnishings.

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When you have completed your training, and exhausted yourself for the day, dismembering the tiles is similarly convenient, as they come apart without having to apply extensive force. Indeed, the only obstacle will likely be finding a logical reason to disassemble the tiles, unless of course you discover that it has become an overwhelming addiction in its usage.

Do not be fooled though; the tiles are remarkably durable, so much so that they can be pinned beneath a car and the only consequence would perhaps be in the form of a skid mark. Sorry parents, but you will have to find another method to pry your children away from HockeyShot Flooring Tiles.
While your friends might be looking forward to a summer filled with leisure and relaxation, you can get an edge on your competition, starting with the recommended 20 tiles in a box purchase to get going.

After that, the possibilities are endless and how far you wish to expand your self-improving hockey operation is entirely in your hands. Additional off-ice hockey training features such as Puck Stoppers, which act as miniature boards to keep the space confined and those pucks from wobbling elsewhere, and the Speed Deke Trainers, specifically designed for stick-handling drills, are just a couple of the exciting add-ons available.

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“I have always been a big fan of shooting pucks during the summer. HockeyShot products took it to another level. Now, I’m not only shooting pucks; I can deke, pass, sauce and practice one-timers. Allstar tiles are amazingly slick and you just can’t get any closer to the real-ice feeling. Overall, the products are a lot of fun and help preparing me for on-ice situations,” said Aleksander Barkov, shootout specialist for the Florida Panthers.

Although endorsements from the elite players such as Tavares and Barkov are re-assuring, one should not feel that HockeyShot Flooring Tiles are merely intended for only those who compete in league action; on the contrary, they can be enjoyed by others who partake in the sport on a semi-regular basis.

HockeyShot’s Dryland Flooring Tiles are also a viable product for the youth who are considering starting hockey activities or are worried about keeping their bearings while skating on the ice initially.

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“Combining AllStar Tiles, Puck Stopper Edging and Slide Board Booties works great when you want to work on your strides to improve your leg muscles. Skating will never be so easy,” said Alexei Yashin, former captain of the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders.

Each tile measures 18″ x 18″ and 7/16″ thickness, all for the affordable price of $11.95 USD. To put that into context: a few hours on an ice rink will prove more costly than the 20 tiles which can jump-start your development or enhance it.

At that price, the only questions that should enter the minds of customers is how many of HockeyShot’s Dryland Flooring Tiles they will purchase at the first checkout and whether or not they can refrain from buying an abundance of them in the weeks that follow.