HockeyShot Staff Picks “Top 10” NHL Players (5 through 1). Part 2

We are counting down the Top 10 active NHL Players as ranked by our HockeyShot experts. The 2017-2018 NHL Season was the 101st season of operation (100th of play) and saw no shortage of excitement filled games and interesting trades. After welcoming the Las Vegas Knights as the newest expansion team, the Knights went on to face the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Capitals ultimately clinched their first cup, and the centennial year of hockey was concluded. Which stars shone the brightest in the 2017-2018 NHL Season? In our last article we highlighted players 10-6. Read our list below for our Top 5 Active NHL Players.

Another Russian born player who is making waves in the NHL is Evgeni Malkin, who was the 2nd pick in 2004 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and comes in at number 5 on our Top 10 list. Malkin is arguably one of the top playmakers in the world and has won the Stanley Cup 3 times with the Penguins. He has won the Conn Smythe trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy and has twice taken home the Art Ross Trophy.

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At number 4 we have Patrick Kane, who has also won 3 Stanley Cups, with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Kane has also represented the United States in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, and is an intimidating presence on the ice. In 2016, he became the first American born player to win the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy.

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After winning his first Stanley Cup in the 2017-2018 NHL Season, Alexander Ovechkin is a household name. Often referred to as “the Great Eight” or “Ovi”, Ovechkin was selected by the Capitals first overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, and can most recently be seen drinking champagne out of the Stanley Cup during the Capitals winning celebration in a Las Vegas nightclub. He has lead the NHL in goal scoring seven times, and was awarded the Conn Smythe for most valuable player in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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It is rare for a newcomer to gain such celebrity power in only a few short seasons, but Connor McDavid has done it, which is why he gets spot number 2 on our Top 10 List. McDavid was drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and has lived up to his glowing reputation. He has already led the league in points twice and won the league MVP award. We can’t wait to see what more this 21 year old will accomplish in the upcoming NHL Season.

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The number one spot on the Hockey Shot Top 10 Active NHL Players countdown is Sidney Crosby, one of the highest regarded hockey players of all time. It’s no surprise that ‘Sid the Kid’ gets spot Number 1, after being drafted first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005, Crosby is an international superstar and incredible hockey player. He has won the Stanley Cup three times, the Conn Smythe two times, the Art Ross two times and the Hart Memorial two times. An incredible resume and he is not done yet.

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We hope you enjoyed the HockeyShot Top 10 Active NHL Player countdown, brought to you by the experts at HockeyShot. Who are your Top 10 favorite players? Let us know in the comments below!

HockeyShot Staff Picks “Top 10” NHL Players (10 through 6). Part 1

We are counting down the Top 10 active NHL players as ranked by our HockeyShot staff. The 2017-2018 NHL Season was the 101st season of operation (100th of play) and saw no shortage of excitement filled games and interesting trades. After welcoming the Las Vegas Knights as the newest expansion team, the Knights went on to face the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Capitals ultimately clinched their first cup, and the centennial year of hockey was concluded. Which stars shone the brightest in the 2017-2018 NHL Season? Read our list below for our two-part Top 10 Active NHL Players.

Starting us off at number 10 is Jonathan Toews. A fellow Canadian, Toews was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks with the third overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft. After only one season with the Blackhawks he was named team captain, becoming the second-youngest captain in NHL history, after Sidney Crosby, at the time. Toews has won the Stanley Cup 3 times along with receiving multiple other awards such as the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Selke Trophy. Coming up in the 2018-2019 NHL Season we here at HockeyShot can’t wait to see Toews work towards the cup once again.

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At number 9 we find Steven Stamkos. Stamkos has had a promising career from the beginning, being drafted at No. 1 in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since then he has become a top goal scorer and was named the 10th Captain of the Lightning in 2014. He is a two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL’s leading goal-scorer and one of the biggest scoring threats out there.

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Next up we have John Tavares at number 8. After nine seasons with the New York Islanders, who selected him with the No.1 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, Tavares was recently signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs for a seven-year, $77 million-dollar contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, his childhood team. Tavares has been playing in the OHL since he was 14, so it is no surprise to see him rise so quickly. We look forward to seeing the skills that Tavares brings to the Leafs in the 2018-2019 NHL Season.

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Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings at No. 2 in 2008, Drew Doughty has possibly the best all around game of any defenseman out there, which lands him the number 7 spot on our list. Doughty is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion and won the Norris Trophy for best defenseman in the league in 2016. He is a strong skater and has a buzzing energy that we here at HockeyShot love to see.

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At number 6 we have Nikita Kucherov, the first non-Canadian hockey player on our list. Russian born Kucherov was drafted in 2011 by the Tampa Bay Lightning and is another strong player who has perfected his skills to become a threat on the ice. A two-time All-Star in the previous two seasons, Kucherov is only going to keep getting better.



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Check back next week as we rank the top 5 active NHL Players.

Pavel Barber’s Top 10 Training Tips

  1. Listen: It may sound simple, but those who listen and pay attention to the small details will get better faster. When a coach is trying to help you, they can only do that if you’re listening to them. 
  2. Focus: Be 100% in the present moment. This is a very difficult mental practice, but it is one of the greatest skill advantages you can give yourself. If you’re on the ice for an hour, don’t allow your mind to wander off and think about homework or Fortnite or anything else. Be in the moment and get a full hour of training in. Not 45 minutes. Not 30 minutes. But 60 minutes of focussed practice. 
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  4. Get out of your comfort zone:
    The only way to get better is to take our current abilities and push past them. It’s very easy to get caught staying in the comfort zone because it’s exactly that, comfortable! But comfort is the enemy when it comes to development. Identify your current level, and push just to the edge of what you can already do. We don’t want to go too fast because we need to be able to process the information in order to get feedback from our failures and successes.  
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  6. Redefine failure: Failure is an awful word. In school, an F means we flunked, and we need to go to summer school. However, there is positive failure, and negative failure. Positive failure is failure that we can learn from and build on. Where we listen, work hard, and focus deeply, and make a mistake, identify the area we made the mistake, and address it. Then there is negative failure where we are either not listening or not focussed, and we make a mistake. The issue here is we don’t get much if any feedback if the focus and effort isn’t there.  A good way to look at positive failure to redefine it in a way that contributes to development is: I didn’t fail 9 times out of 10, I found 9 ways that didn’t work.  
  7. Use slow motion video capture: I can’t overstate how important slow motion video capture is. I would have killed to have this technology on my phone as a kid. Slow motion picks up on things that we often overlook when we look at video in real time. It is a great tool to offer awareness in areas where we are often moving very quickly. Especially in skills where we are working on a very small detail in a skill set we’re trying to attain. 
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  9. Put in the work off the ice: These hours add up. And you don’t need much. Whether it’s a carpet floor and a golf ball, a backyard stickhandling zone, a driveway, and outdoor rink or a parking lot… you can get a lot done off the ice to supplement your on-ice skills. I didn’t have much money growing up, and the only way for me to get my hours of deep focussed practice in was to stickhandle at home, and stickhandle at an outdoor rink near my house. In your shoes is great, but adding rollerblades is a great way to take your skills and challenge them at speed and with edge work.  
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  11. Read: There are so many books to compliment your development and help make you aware of all the competitive advantages you can use to gain skill faster. You’ll notice most of my advice above is about mental skill rather than physical. This is because the quality of the physical skill you perform will be influenced by the mindset you have going into that training session. A few great reads are: “The Talent Code”, “Mind Gym”, “The Power of Now”, “The Cellestine Prophecy” and “The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari.”  
  12. Have fun: This point is painfully overlooked. When we’re training there is a lot of pressure. There’s a lot of expectations. When it comes down to it, we want to be the best we can be and do the best with what we have. In order to put in the ungodly amount of deep, focussed hours needed to be the best we can be, we have to fall in love with the game. Over and over. We need to have a positive relationship with training. It needs to be fun. We all love fun. When we have free time, we seek fun activities to do. When we enjoy it, it’s easier to stay in the present moment for longer, and we will undoubtedly train more if we love doing it.  
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  14. Focus on yourself: It’s easy to get distracted by what others are doing, especially when they are better than us. Sometimes that leads to us feeling insecure, and that’s ok. We all learn at different paces, and we need to understand that the only way to get better at the fastest rate possible is to focus on ourselves. We are constantly in competition with our former selves. That means we aren’t looking at how fast someone beside us in line is going through a drill and trying to go as fast as them even if it means disregarding the skill we are working on. What you’ll find is that when learning a new skill, going slower will actually get you to learn the skill faster. Focus on your own development. Use every tool at your disposal, and do your very best with what you have.   
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  16. Use a notebook: Those with more awareness will build skill at a faster rate. We all know those moments where we’ve been working so hard on a skill, and we make one small tweak and it finally clicks. I would get so excited as a kid when these moments happened that I would need to write down the details in a notebook. This way I would never forget that small point which made me successful with that skill when I struggled next. To get truly great at something you have to immerse yourself in the trial and error process. The failures and the disappointment will actually be the glue that will allow these points to stick so you won’t forget. Capture these moments, enjoy them, and continue to build.
     

Recent NHL Draft Picks, Michael & Ryan McLeod Train With HS – Part 2

Elite NHL Prospects Train With HockeyShot

Get your jerseys on and turn the volume up because HockeyShot is here just in time for off-season training with the ultimate hockey training drills. Our friends over at BTNL, including Dan Ninkovich, set up one of the best hockey training drill videos we’ve ever seen using products that can be found in HockeyShot’s Premium Home Training Centres.





We partnered with a great team of prospective NHL players to show you what HockeyShot products can really do. First up, Michael McLeod of the New Jersey Devils and his younger brother Ryan McLeod of the Edmonton Oilers.



Next, adding another set of brothers to the mix, are Quintin Hughes; seventh overall pick by the Vancouver Canucks in 2018 and Jack Hughes; top prospect for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Also joining the club at the amazing age of 16 is Alexis Lafreniere, who is already being watched for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, some deeming him the next Sidney Crosby. Alexis is now an official HockeyShot ambassador, and we can’t wait to see his NHL career take off!



Using products like the Extreme Defender and Speed Deke Trainers, the boys were able to step their game up to a new level and continue training even in the off season. Check out their speed, agility and all the creative ways they improve their game with HockeyShot products.

For the more seasoned players, we gathered up the BTNL coaches and trainers to give the Hockey Shot Premium Lineup a test run. Given their careers they have seen lots of hockey training products, and they were blown away by the quality of HockeyShot products. The moves were off the charts and the Hockey Shot jackets were even cooler.



Speaking of high quality hockey training products, look at this quick social video taken by Dan Ninkovich. After 3 weeks of NHL and Junior hockey players taking slap shots, the 5 Star Extreme Shooter Tutor was still in mint condition. This goalie tarp helps you practice your shots more precisely and accurately, so you can keep pushing yourself. Can you name another hockey tarp that durable and practical? We’ll wait.



Check out Coach Benty go! Just because it is the off season it doesn’t mean you can start slacking on your skills. Keep your game up to the highest level by practicing with your favorite HockeyShot Products and by checking out our videos for all the latest training tips and hockey training drills.



HockeyShot Grant 2018

The Cost to Get in the Game

While overall number of youth joining hockey continues to grow in Canada and the US, participation amongst children from lower income is drastically decreasing.

The high costs of equipment and cost of registration is leaving many kids behind.

Enrollment fees and equipment costs, according to recent reporting done by CIBC and Kidsport, have been seen as the two major barriers to children participating in sports. Parents surveyed believe that sports are becoming too expensive and many say they know children unable to partake in organized sports due to high costs.

Over the past two decades, in particular, hockey has become more and more expensive. On top of enrollment and equipment costs, hockey has seen increase in other various expenses associated with playing the game. The costs of purchasing ice time has more than tripled, the cost of recreational fees for elite teams continue to rise, and the cost of playing house-level hockey has tripled along with it.

According to Joseph Kolodziej of ZealHockey;

Back in 1994 I had all of my equipment stolen out of my car. Top of the line pro model equipment and a half-dozen sticks. When I went to replace all of my gear and sticks I spent less than $600 total. Today you might be able to buy some middle of the road skates for $600 if you find them on sale. If you had to do a full equipment replacement with sticks you will likely spend upwards of $3000. That’s a 500% increase.

On top of that, the cost of travel hockey has more than doubled, with some AAA teams charging from $12,000 – $25,000 dollars for one season.

Playing hockey can be an extremely costly endeavour for parents and teams, and many struggle each year to make it work.

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HockeyShot’s & FlipGive’s 2018 Youth Hockey Grant Campaign

With players, teams, and parents in mind, HockeyShot and FlipGive have been teaming up over the past two seasons to help ensure that the next generation of hockey players are being given the opportunity to play the game that we all love so much.

The GET IN THE GAME Hockey Grant extends $5,000 in funding and each year is awarded as two TEAM Grants of $1000 each and six INDIVIDUAL Grants of $500 each. The grants provides under resourced players and teams with the financial support to cover hockey equipment, ice times, uniforms, tournament expenses, and registration fees.

“This new Hockey Grant is an extension of our business’ commitment to supporting youth athletes,” says CEO, Mark Bachman of FlipGive. “With hockey ranked as one of the most expensive sports to play, this grant will help provide much needed support for a group of under-resourced children. Sport has the ability to transform and develop youth beyond the game itself. Participating should be driven by ability to play, not pay and we’re thrilled that FlipGive and HockeyShot.com are helping get more hockey players into the game.”

“Hockey shaped who I am” says J-P Brun President & Co-Founder at HockeyShot.com “The team experience fostered the importance of building trust, responsibility and sportsmanship – important lessons I’ve carried into my career.” He adds, “It’s important to me that we broaden the exposure of this great sport, and these life lessons to those who might not otherwise have a chance to play. We’re pleased to reinvest in communities across North America to help under-resourced youth play hockey”

So far, The GET IN THE GAME Hockey Grant has seen a total of $11,000 donated to players and teams.

2017 Team Grant Recipients

The Fulton Squirts – Fulton, NY

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The Fulton Squirts are a completely volunteer-run organization. Parents handle everything hockey-related; managing the canteen, cleaning the rink, and even working the Zamboni! Hockey has brought the community of community closer together, with players uniting under the tutelage of many dedicated coaches and volunteers.

The GET IN THE GAME hockey grant allowed this team to make sure that every player was able to travel and get to their tournaments last season. The Squirts used their grant to help pay for practice time and travel to tournaments outside their city.

The Badger Lighting – Mauston, WI

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The Badgers high school team fields a group of players that have been playing together since third grade. The girl’s hockey program have faced many challenge during their time playing together, especially the 2016 season, when their school was considering removing the girls hockey program.

With some help from the GET IN THE GAME hockey grant last season, the girls are continuing to make positive strides to ensure that their program is around for many more years to come, and that every girl wanting to play hockey has the opportunity.

Bishop’s Falls Express – Bishop’s Falls, NL

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The Bishop Falls Express is a team that has turned to hockey for refuge during difficult times.

Recently, the team suffered the tragic loss of one of their players in a fatal ATV accident. The team wore their hockey jerseys to the funeral and performed a hockey honour guard when their friend was being taken to rest. “These are the strongest bunch of boys I know”, says Bantam Falls Minor Hockey Executive Kerry Lynn Green. “I am proud to say these boys are part of our association.”

Hockey is something that has united this bantam hockey team.

The team rallied together to host a fundraiser to raise money so they could make #8 jerseys dawning the name “Penny,’ to remember their lost teammate and friend. With the $1000 GET IN THE GAME grant, the team has been able to reach their goal and pay tribute to their friend, each time they take the ice.

“This means so much to this team, said Greene, “but more than that, it means so much to a family that has been through so much in the last few months.”

HockeyShot and FlipGive are incredibly honoured to be able to help this unbelievable group of boys pay tribute to their teammate.

2017 Player Grants Recipients

Since the GET IN THE GAME hockey grant’s inaugural season, two years ago, HockeyShot and FlipGive have seen first hand the world of difference that this financial support makes for the players and families that we have been fortunate enough to help.

For each of us, and these families, hockey is more than just a sport; it’s a part of our lives and it’s what brings many of us together.

Every year we are blown away by the sacrifices and lengths that parents are going to so that their kids can play hockey – 2016 & 2017 were no exceptions. Because of that, we are so proud to have been able to help these players last season.

Maddox P. age 6, Pennsylvania;

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Blake E. age 13: Minnesota;

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Tyler H. age 10: Illinois;

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Emily V. age 13: Ontario;

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Konnyr D. age 12: Quebec;

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Parker S. Age 9: Arizona

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We are thrilled to have helped these teams and players hit the ice last year. For us, the grant is our way to make a small difference in the hockey community, but a huge difference in the lives of under-resourced players and teams.

Last year, one of our 2016 grant winners donated $500 of their own to help another player on their team. Their improved financial situation encouraged them to pay it forward and lend a helping hand – we couldn’t be happier when we hear stories like these.

Apply for the 2018 GET IN THE GAME Hockey Grant

With the cost of hockey continuing to rise each year, HockeyShot and FlipGive are committed to ensuring families can support their children’s passion for the game. If you know a team, player, or family that could benefit from the 2018 GET IN THE GAME grant, click the link below to apply.

We look forward to hearing the many great stories from the hockey community and cannot wait to see what this year’s teams and players do with our support!

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About HockeyShot

HockeyShot is the largest online specialty retailer of hockey training & skill-building products worldwide. We are dedicated to providing the latest in hockey training equipment, superior quality merchandise and excellent customer service. We believe in having a website that’s easy to navigate and that offers extensive content and a vast selection of products.

About FlipGive

FlipGive FlipGive combines the convenience of online shopping with the best of online fundraising, making it easier for people to raise money, and for retailers to generate sales while improving communities. Fundraisers earn up to 50 per cent for their school, sports team or cause by shopping with retail partners. To start your fundraising campaign visit flipgive.com.

Professional Hockey Products 4 Professional Hockey Players

There is no better way to keep perfecting your ice hockey skills then with at home and off-season training. NHL Players Thomas Chabot, Kris Versteeg and David Desharnais know this better than anyone. We asked them what their favorite product is from the new HockeyShot Product Lineup – here’s what they had to say!

Thomas Chabot had an elite hockey career before even stepping onto NHL arena ice. He had four goals and six assists in seven games to help Canada win the silver medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he was named MVP and Top Defenseman. In 2018, he again helped Canada to a fourth-place finish at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. On top of being taken as a defenseman with the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, we’d say Chabot has a pretty exciting career ahead of him.

When we asked Chabot about how HockeyShot Products could improve the training abilities of NHL Prospects, he told us,

“HockeyShot products are amazing for a prospect like me trying to make my way to the NHL.  The Allstar Tiles are super slick and very similar to ice and are great for stickhandling or shooting. The Passer Pro is ideal to practice one-timers and receiving passes like in-game situations.”

Here at HockeyShot we love to see kids with potential take their training to the next level with HockeyShot Products and Thomas Chabot is a great example of that.

One of the perks of being an NHL All-Star is the ability to travel and experience life on the road. That’s why it’s important to have durable gear that you can depend on, like HockeyShot Products. Kris Versteeg knows what it’s like to live a hockey life on the move. After helping the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2010 as a regular; he made stops with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers before returning back to Chicago to help them win the Stanley Cup for the second time in 2015. Kris has been a free agent with the Calgary Flames since 2016 and spends lots of time keeping up his trademark grit around the net.

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When we asked Kris Versteeg what his favorite HockeyShot Training Products are, he couldn’t pick just one! One of his favorites is the HS Synthetic Ice which Kris said had a great impact on his skills because

“Being able to practice my game anytime I want at my home with HockeyShot Synthetic Ice is an unbelievable feeling. Having the artificial ice readily available for training is an experience that can’t be duplicated anywhere but HockeyShot.”

What’s better than HockeyShot Synthetic Ice? Synthetic Ice training drills with the HockeyShot Speed Deke Trainers of course!  Kris said

“I’m now capable of practicing my stickhandling on or off the ice with the HS Speed Deke Trainers. They give me the flexibility I need to truly get the most out of my training. Arrange this tool any way you want. HockeyShot has the most solid training products I have ever tested.”

Thanks Kris!

Hockey Shot was inspired by small town kids who want to perfect their ice hockey skills, kids like David Desharnais. Coming from a village of 2,600 residents in southern Quebec, he has succeeded in crossing over into the big leagues of the NHL, using his technical skills to outrank the competition and play as a free agent for the Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers. HockeyShot was a big part of David Desharnais development as he told us,

“Being smaller than the average NHL player, I need to rely on my skills and speed to compete at the highest level. HS Products are the best I’ve come across and they allow me to work on my skills at home during the season and be the best I can be. I wish I had those when I was a kid!  I strongly recommend them to anyone looking at taking their game to the next level!”

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The best way to keep maximizing your potential as an ice hockey player is to practice, practice, practice. And with the help of HockeyShot Products, training can not only step up your game but also be a fun and enjoyable way to spend your time off the ice.

Recent NHL Draft Picks, Michael & Ryan McLeod Train With HS – Part 1

Check out these guys’ skills! Today we have a set of star studded hockey tutorial videos for you. First up we have brother’s Ryan and Michael McLeod, who have been training over at the BTNL Training Centre using only the best Hockey Shot products. Michael was drafted in 2016 to the New Jersey Devils as the #12 pick in the first round. Ryan, following in his brother’s footsteps, was drafted in 2018 to the Edmonton Oilers.



Here we see Ryan using the HS Off-Ice Speed Deke Trainer, a new addition to the Hockey Shot Product Line. Both McLeod brothers have been using the Speed Deke Trainer to improve their stick handling and create a flexible space to be able to deke.

His deft puck handling skills and control over his speed are the defining aspects of his offensive abilities.
— As Curtis Joe said about the oldest sibling

Keep up the great work, Michael!

Next up Ryan demonstrates the ultra-useful HS Extreme Defender. Ryan has been using the Extreme Defender during weeks of training, and it still looks as good as ever! As ISS Hockey 2017 said , he is an “effortless skater, extremely fluid in all aspects, great speed & edges”, 2018 is expected to be Ryan’s breakout year.

After getting his offensive practice on the Extreme Glide Synthetic Ice panels, Ryan goes for the goal with the HS Extreme Shooter Tutor. Congratulations on being chosen 40th overall at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Connor McDavid and the rest of the Oilers are lucky to have you.



Chances are you have heard of Pavel Barber, the legendary stickhandling specialist. After 20+ years in the business, Pavel has brought a new dimension to Hockey Training Camps by providing coaching on areas of expertise that not many players have. HockeyShot is constantly working with hockey professionals like Pavel to create new and inventive ways to help you improve your game. His skills are next level, the technology is advanced, and the players just keep getting better.



Finally, we leave you with a teaser from the NHL Professional Camp in August 2017.

HockeyShot and BTNL love to work with professional athletes to see how we can improve the training of those who aspire to be in the NHL. Even the pros use Hockey Shot equipment, like Off-Ice Speed Deke Trainer you see in the video below. Keep watching for more training videos so you can play like the NHL star of your dreams!





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!

New HockeyShot Training Center Featuring Synthetic Ice Rink

HockeyShot’s Center of Excellence, a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of the greater Toronto area just south of Erin Mills Road and Highway 401, will be opening its doors to the public April 27th 2018. It is the first HockeyShot training Center of its kind and showcases the company’s famous synthetic ice revolution tiles.

Founded in New Brunswick 22 years ago, HockeyShot is a company that is truly beginning to widen its operations and the Center of Excellence is just the latest example of its tremendous, continuous growth.

Inside the Center of Excellence

Featuring a miniature synthetic ice rink that is enclosed by glass and boards similar to that which can be found in an NHL arena, the state-of-the-art facility boasts an incredible suite of amenities for visitors to use. These impressive features include a high-tech production studio when necessary for recording demos and tutorial videos — a gym that is not too space-consuming, various lounging spots where a massive television is never too far away serve as a reminder of what HockeyShot offers, a kitchen area that contains a quartz island capable of wirelessly charging cell phones and, for good measure, a table tennis set-up for when things really get heated, the HockeyShot Center of Excellence will inevitably provide an eye-opening experience.



Exactly how did this luxurious, attention-grabbing showroom come about?

Best Trainers in The Business

Steven J. Wong, a renowned high-performance trainer, filmmaker and entrepreneur, was flirting with the idea of installing synthetic ice within his home in Brampton, Ontario.

Elvis Stojko, the iconic Canadian figure skater and one of the many notable athletes that Wong has worked with, suggested that his training partner look to HockeyShot for supplying his specific demand.

“He didn’t know anybody in the company, he just knew they had the best stuff,” Wong said.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Wong, greatly intrigued with the product, invested in the company, eventually becoming their senior vice president of global business development, operations and brand excellence.

Every detail involved in the creation of the HockeyShot’s training center, from the location of the building to the glowing sign that first greets incoming visitors, which Wong admits that he did not select until consulting with three major sign companies, has been meticulously thought-out and chosen to ensure everyone has an enjoyable, memorable time.

“Everything about this place is all about excellence – in our products, in our brand essence, in the people we want,” Wong said. “We want people in here striving for excellence – our customers, our staff, our team. Everyone is on a trajectory to become better and better and never settle for just good enough.”

Recommended by NHL All-Stars

Elite NHL players such as John Tavares of the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov, Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers and San Jose’s Brent Burns, all of whom participated in the 2018 All-Star Game, are just a few of the big names that have trained with HockeyShot and endorsed their products.

Then there is Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens, who took it a step further one summer by skating on 200 feet of the synthetic ice in an Alberta-based McDonald’s commercial that saw the defensemen race a horse.



That he emerged victorious was simply a bonus for himself and the company; a win-win situation that sees Weber get bragging rights over his teammates and HockeyShot receive plaudits aplenty.

Enhanced Strength & Conditioning

Although the tiles are tougher to skate on than real ice, Wong believes that this will ultimately be a benefit for training purposes and long-term player development.

“If you skate around for five minutes, your legs will be burning,” he said.

“It’s like resistance training. You reinforce fundamentals. You have to bend your knees more, you can’t just glide, you must stroke.”

In an effort to allow the public to sample the HockeyShot tiles before purchasing them, Wong has consulted with Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey, hoping to design synthetic ice surfaces within the city eventually.

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The synthetic ice will give people a chance to skate on it, try it and understand it before they spend money on it,” he said. “Our intention here is to give someone the experience.”

Analyzing Financial Hockey Costs

As a father of two sons who play hockey, Wong is all too familiar with the fees that can accumulate over the course of a season and he is seeking to alleviate some of the financial burden for parents and players.

At an average of $10 per square foot, the synthetic ice may seem pricey when one calculates the overall cost of filling a designated area.

However, Wong predicts that covering 800 square feet, in addition to a net or the many other training supplements that HockeyShot has available, can result in a grand total of $10,000; but that pales in comparison to the yearly expenditures that arise within organized hockey.

“For parents who have kids playing rep hockey, the AAA fees, registration, travel and all that stuff, you’re looking at $30,000 a year,” Wong said.

“So, $10,000 is really not that bad if it’s going to extend a player’s ability to train from five hours a week on ice to five hours a day. Being on the ice five hours a week is just not enough.”

“For AAA players, you need to be skating 25-30 hours a week, but that’s impossible. No one can afford that much ice time. Now you can put this in your basement. My sons are on it three to five hours a day. It was like that well before I became a part of the HockeyShot team.”

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For anyone who is still unconvinced, HockeyShot’s brand new training center welcomes the challenge of turning skeptics into believers.

Get a 360 degree tour of the Center of Excellence or book an appointment here >> HockeyShot’s Center of Excellence

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!