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.

Off Ice Drills with the PowerSlide Slideboard

PowerSlide Slideboard Drills

One of the toughest skills to work on when away from the rink is skating. While many use roller blades to skate outdoors, it isn’t quite the same thing as being on the ice. A slideboard is an effective tool to help work the same muscles involved in skating. This video features the PowerSlide Slideboard and shows you a number of different types of off-ice drills to improve skating and stickhandling. The slideboard is made of a smooth material that lays flat on the floor. On either end are stoppers which help control movement side to side. It comes with nylon booties that should be worn on your feet when simulating skating.





Improve Stickhandling and Skating Together

Stickhandling drills off-ice are great, but when you are playing you are on the ice with the stick and a puck. When used in combination with a Roll-Up Shooting Pad with a puck or Green Biscuit, you can place the PowerSlide Slideboard next to the pad and simulate skating and stick handling simultaneously working on a number of different drills. You can even add the Extreme Passing Kit on top of the slideboard for even more stickhandling drills while sliding back and forth on the PowerSlide Slideboard.

Get the PowerSlide Slideboard to work out those skating muscles. You can add a Roll-Up Shooting Pad and other accessories to work on skating and stickhandling at the same time.

PowerSlide Slideboard

The PowerSlide Slideboard helps players develop the quick, explosive power in your skating stride. Increase your lateral power, strength, agility and endurance off the ice. Make a difference today!


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Essential Off-Ice Hockey Training Aids Hockey Stickhandling Tools

The Dangler Review – New Product from HockeyShot

It’s all well and good to juggle a stickhandling ball in the parking lot to get quick hands. But to really practice your stickhandling in a more realistic and game-like situation, you need obstacles. More specifically, you need objects to move the puck or ball over, under and around just as you might go over, under or around another player’s stick of skates on the ice. Many stickhandling obstacles are available and you can use them on or off the ice.



HockeyShot Extreme Dangler

NEWLY DESIGNED with moveable middle legs, the HockeyShot Extreme Dangler™ gives you the freedom to create more custom puck control and stick-handling drills. It’s an excellent coaching tool for players of all skill levels. Teach everything from basic moves to complex toe-drags, on or off the ice!

Fast Hands Stickhandling Training Aid

The Fast Hands is a amazingly versatile stick handling training aid. Its the first fixed shape training tool used to develop fast and accrete puck handling skills.


Visit the Fast Hands Stickhandling Training Aid page

AttackPad Hockey Training System

New from TTP Sports, the creators of the Attack Triangle, comes the Attack Pad Hockey Training System. The Attack Pad Hockey Training System is a revolutionary approach to hockey training products. The system not only includes the physical product, but also exclusive online training and results capturing resources. With this new approach, players have quantifiable evidence of their game improving!


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Attack Triangle Pro

Attack Triangle Pro

The interactive Attack Triangle is designed to challenge players by replicating the positioning of an opponents skates and stick. The Attack Triangle forces players to develop puck movement skills.

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HockeyShot Extreme Dangler

Hockeyshot Extreme Dangler

NEWLY DESIGNED with moveable middle legs, the HockeyShot Extreme Dangler™ gives you the freedom to create more custom puck control and stick-handling drills.


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Essential Off-Ice Hockey Training Aids – Flooring Surfaces

Roll-up Shooting Pad Video Review

A faux ice surface is the No. 1 key to off-ice training because you can practice both stickhandling and shooting-two things that are not only easy to practice off-ice but make a real difference in your game.



The slick surface of a shooting pad or training tiles is far superior to the friction of concrete or plywood when it comes to simulating real on-ice stick and puck action. Plus, these durable, weatherproof surfaces save you money by protecting your stick from wear and tear. A shooting surface is an important investment, so how do you know which one is right for you? It’s mostly a matter of time and space. And, fortunately, you can mix and match shooting surfaces with other training tools, ensuring that nothing you invest in will be wasted.

Shooting Pads

Standard shooting pads are easy to lean against a garage wall, slide under a bed or tuck behind the sofa. They’re plenty strong and durable, and yet still easy to pick up and move. The big question here is how big?

HockeyShot Shooting Pad Review



HockeyShot Shooting Pad

  • Junior: This 24″x48″, 1/8″ thick, shooting pad is ideal if you’re just warming up and taking a few shots.
  • Intermediate: This 28″x52″, 3/16″ thick, shooting pad offers more space for stickhandling drills and practicing toe drags. If you practice quite a bit, you’ll be happier with this size than the Junior size.
  • Professional: This 30″x60″, 3/16″, shooting pad offers an extra 8″ for setting up stickhandling drills, practicing slapshots and more. As with the Intermediate size, you’ll be happier with a larger pad if you practice a lot.

Hockeyshot Roll-Up Shooting pad

Shooting Pad vs Training Tiles Review

The HockeyShot Roll-Up Shooting Pad is the largest Shooting pad on the market today. It’s a great surface to practice off-ice shooting, passing and stickhandling. The roll-up feature makes it very easy for storage or to travel with. This Shooting pad can be used to simulate game situations and make a real difference in your game.


Visit the Shooting pad category page

HockeyShot Professional Shooting Pad

Perfect for anyone who wants to improve their on-ice game at home, the HockeyShot Shooting Pad makes an excellent indoor and outdoor trainer. It simulates the smooth, slick feeling of the rink so you can work on passing, stickhandling and shooting.


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HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles

Any unused space can become a training zone with HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles. These snap-together 18” by 18” tiles simulate the slickness and smoothness of the ice, and are sold individually so you only have to order what you need.


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Improving your Shot Accuracy with the Shooting Pad & EZ Goal w/ Backstop

Improving your Shot Accuracy with the Shooting Pad & EZ Goal w/ Backstop

The EZ-goal is arguably the best net that is available at it’s price point. What I really like about the net is that it is unique from other nets you find in the stores. The EZ-Goal can fold for easy storage, it has a back stop and comes with four mesh targets. In today’s we share a number of drills that you can do to help improve your accuracy at home.



Drills to improve accuracy:

Around the world

See how many shots it takes you to hit all 4 targets.

Around the world Perfection

Go 4 for 4, if you miss a target you have to start over until you hit four targets with four shots.

Around the world Multiples

Try hitting all 4 targets multiple times ( either hit one target 5 times and then shoot for the next one, or hit each target in order 5 times).

Time Trial

See how long it takes for you to hit all four targets, try to beat your best time.

Rocket Drill

Fire the pucks as hard as you can while still trying to hit the targets.

EZ Goal – Pro Steel Folding Goal with Backstop Rebounder

EZ Goal Hockey backstop rebounder helps protect doors, windows and your garage. This is a 4’x6’ regulation size net with a 10’x6’ backstop that allows you to shoot hard in corners without the worry of chasing your pucks and balls. EZ goal backstop rebounder is a great tool to improve your accuracy, shot and your consistency.


Visit the EZ Goal – Pro Steel Folding Goal with Backstop Rebounder page

HockeyShot Professional Shooting Pad

Perfect for anyone who wants to improve their on-ice game at home, the HockeyShot Shooting Pad makes an excellent indoor and outdoor trainer. It simulates the smooth, slick feeling of the rink so you can work on passing, stickhandling and shooting.


Visit the HockeyShot Professional Shooting Pad page

Black Standard 6 oz Pucks

Black Standard 6 oz Puck from HockeyShot™

Standard 6 oz black hockey pucks, official size and weight. Manufactured by In Glas Co, an official supplier of the NHL.

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Training Drills for the Slide Board Package

Lateral Stride

The slide board series shows how to develop the proper stride of the ice. With the increasing cost of Ice-time we believe that this is a great alternate method to perfect your craft, while minimising your cost. The G1 slide board allows players to do that, as it’s a great tool to practice off ice drills.



The first drill that we look at is practicing our lateral stride. This allows players to lengthen their stride while improving their power, strengthening and it also helps avoid injuries as well. The important thing here is having the proper body position in order to form an athletic stance. This helps stabilise yourself as you are using your core muscles, hamstrings, squads and gluts. This helps simulate the proper skating stride, as you can push off, with maximum power and keep your balance at the same time. It’s very important to have a full leg extension to really push to your maximum ability. All in all, this is a great drill to help teach the proper technique, but also to improve your leg power.

Lateral slide with attack triangle

In this drill we’ve added the attack triangle to simulate opponents on the ice. This allows players to practice different stickhandling dynamics on the ice, such as the toe drag, backhand pull and the classic slip thru a player. The key elements here remain the same, as you need to have the proper skating stance, to keep your head up, while surveying the ice. These drills are great to improve your strength, agility, passing and stickhandling.

Lateral Slide while Stickhandling & Passing



The G1 slide board allows players to practice all sorts of stickhandling drills. In this video we are using the Green Biscuit, as it slides very well on off-ice surfaces. What we are trying to teach here is the proper technique when stickhandling the puck, while simulating the skating stride. The low center of gravity and strong push off are extremely important, yet keeping your head up while stickhandling remains crucial. You can even add the pass element with the bungee cord system, which allows players to practice their stride while simulating a pass. This teaches players to keep their head up and survey the ice.

Athletic Training



With the G1 slide board, you can do all sorts of different athletic training. As you can see, we replaced the 2 end stops with the circular disks. We this does is it allows players to open up their hip and give a different variation from the standard side-to-side movement. Another exercise is to get in the push up position and do push up and then slide your feet up to engage some core muscles. Furthermore, because of this slick surface, the mountain climber is a great exercise as well. So as you can see, the G1 slide board is a great tool to practice all sorts of exercises.

G1 PRO Extreme Slide Board Package

G1 PRO Extreme Slide Board Package

The G1 Extreme Hockey Training Slide Board System allows players to develop their skating stride, practice their shot, strengthen their stick handling skills, strengthen core muscles, and simultaneously develop agility, balance and coordination.

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Stickhandling Drills with the Roll-Up Pad & PowerSlide Board Combo

Stickhandling Drills with the Roll-Up Pad & PowerSlide Board Combo

The one major issue with practicing stickhandling and shooting off-ice is that there is very little movement. Stickhandling off the ice will still help improve your game, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could recreate the feeling of skating while stickhandling? That is the exact reason why I decided to try using a slideboard with a roll-up shooting pad. The result was great so I thought I would share a video sharing some drills you can do, and how they look with a shooting pad / slide board combo.



EZ Goal – Pro Steel Folding Goal with Backstop Rebounder

EZ Goal Hockey backstop rebounder helps protect doors, windows and your garage. This is a 4’x6’ regulation size net with a 10’x6’ backstop that allows you to shoot hard in corners without the worry of chasing your pucks and balls. EZ goal backstop rebounder is a great tool to improve your accuracy, shot and your consistency.


Visit the EZ Goal – Pro Steel Folding Goal with Backstop Rebounder page

Roll-Up Shooting pad

Shooting Pad vs Training Tiles Review

The HockeyShot Roll-Up Shooting Pad is the largest Shooting pad on the market today. It’s a great surface to practice off-ice shooting, passing and stickhandling. The roll-up feature makes it very easy for storage or to travel with. This Shooting pad can be used to simulate game situations and make a real difference in your game.


Visit the Shooting pad category page

Black Standard 6 oz Pucks

Black Standard 6 oz Puck from HockeyShot™

Standard 6 oz black hockey pucks, official size and weight. Manufactured by In Glas Co, an official supplier of the NHL.

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Green Biscuit

The Green Biscuit is an off-ice training hockey puck that will help you and your team develop passing and stickhandling skills that will blow your competition away. Try it and you will agree.

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Shooting Drills with the Roll-Up Pad & PowerSlide Board Combo

Shooting Drills with the Roll-Up Pad & PowerSlide Board Combo

Last week we showed you some drills that you can do to improve your stickhandling while using a slideboard and shooting pad. This week we have some shooting drills to practice. The slideboard helps add some motion into your off ice training.



Benefits of the Slide Board:

  • Adds motion to your shooting and stickhandling
  • Incorporates your legs and weight transfer into your shooting
  • Helps you practice some moves off the ice that you wouldn’t normally be able to practice (like sliding to one side and shooting, or side stepping a player during a deke
  • Lots of fun to use

EZ Goal – Pro Steel Folding Goal with Backstop Rebounder

EZ Goal Hockey backstop rebounder helps protect doors, windows and your garage. This is a 4’x6’ regulation size net with a 10’x6’ backstop that allows you to shoot hard in corners without the worry of chasing your pucks and balls. EZ goal backstop rebounder is a great tool to improve your accuracy, shot and your consistency.


Visit the EZ Goal – Pro Steel Folding Goal with Backstop Rebounder page

Roll-Up Shooting pad

Shooting Pad vs Training Tiles Review

The HockeyShot Roll-Up Shooting Pad is the largest Shooting pad on the market today. It’s a great surface to practice off-ice shooting, passing and stickhandling. The roll-up feature makes it very easy for storage or to travel with. This Shooting pad can be used to simulate game situations and make a real difference in your game.


Visit the Shooting pad category page

Black Standard 6 oz Pucks

Black Standard 6 oz Puck from HockeyShot™

Standard 6 oz black hockey pucks, official size and weight. Manufactured by In Glas Co, an official supplier of the NHL.

Visit the Standard Hockey Puck page

Green Biscuit

The Green Biscuit is an off-ice training hockey puck that will help you and your team develop passing and stickhandling skills that will blow your competition away. Try it and you will agree.

Visit the Green Biscuit page


Extreme Passing Kit Drills – Improving your One-Timers!

Extreme Passing Kit Drills – Improving your One-Timers!

Throughout the course of a game, a player uses different types of shots for different situations. In this video we talk about four situations where a player might use a one-time shot, and show you how to mimic these same situations at home, using HockeyShot’s Extreme Passing Kit.



Here’s a quick list of the four situations mentioned in the video:

  • Close to the net from the right side
  • Close to the net from the left side
  • Close to the net from the middle
  • Longer range, often from the blue line for defensemen

Your shooting strategy will vary from situation to situation, and it’s important to understand where to shoot on the goalie, why to shoot there, and how to get the puck away quickly and accurately.

Here are a few tips we discuss in the video:

  • When in tight, to either side of the net, think low short side, high short side, or 5-hole
  • Stay away from the middle two feet of the net
  • When in tight in the middle, think top shelf… especially if you’ve picked it up off a rebound with the goalie down
  • When shooting longer range, only use a slapshot for one timers, or if you have a ton of time (which is rare at higher levels of play)
  • When shooting from the point, your main objectives are to get the puck through to the net, and to make sure it’s deflectable or reboundable

A quick release is one of the most important factors in becoming a consistent goal scorer. The players who get the puck away quickly, and shoot strategically, find themselves at the top of the stat sheet more often than not… and the best part is, you don’t have to be at the rink to work on it! Pick up your Extreme Passing Kit, and start working on your one-timers from home!

HockeyShot Extreme Passing Kit

Quicker wrists and softer hands will help you move the puck better. Work on both with HockeyShot’s Extreme Passing Kit, now featuring a larger front slope for longer rallies and more practice. You can even use it to feed yourself one-timers!


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