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.



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!





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!


Vital Hockey Skills – Part 1

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.


Spicing Up Exercise is Important

The HockeyShot Slide Board Pro was what I needed. I can have fun while keeping fit! I am very satisfied with this product. It helps give me variety and keeps my spirits high while the weight is kept down! This product is not just for hockey players. It is for the average person who wants variety and a fun way to work in exercise. It is a great piece of equipment for a beginner to use and progress with. The HockeyShot Slide Board Pro works in fun and fitness at the same time.

It is important for me to keep active. I lost 125 pounds and have kept it off for over six years now. I was a bullied, overweight child with low self-esteem and turned to food for comfort. I became a negative obese adult. As my weight piled on, so did the problems. I could no longer find my size in a store. Walking and stairs were chores. I could not play with my then three year old son. I could not ride certain rides due to weight restrictions. I had to sit out of activities because I tired easily. This was not the ideal life; I did not feel free. A car accident left me with two knee surgeries and a more broken spirit.

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I mustered up enough courage to build a better life. I changed my mindset and came up with tips and tricks on how to overcome healthy eating obstacles that we face on a daily basis. After losing 125 pounds, I wrote a book with these tips that helped me keep the weight off: Goodbye Fatness, Hello Gorgeous! I was always stuck on diets but did not know how to handle obstacles. My tips and tricks worked so I decided to share. I did a TEDx talk (now on YouTube) called From Bullied to Bold. I give motivational speeches at various venues, including workplaces. It is my goal to help other so they do not have to suffer as I did at 272 pounds.



To keep my healthy lifestyle in check, I use the HockeyShot Slide Board Pro so fitness can be not only enjoyable, but something I can stick to. I first saw this when I was tutoring at a client’s home. The student’s younger brother was using it and it looked like fun. I wrote down the name of this board, but as the ex-scientist that I am, did research on what is out there. Competitor boards received a lot of negative reviews. The side boards were either uncomfortable or were coming off. The boards were not adjustable. HockeyShot’s board is well made and is comfortable. It is adjustable so it is great to change stride length or simply make it tailored to whoever is using it. I slip the booties over my feet instead of sneakers and am ready to go! Another thing that is convenient is exercising in my own home. I do not have to worry about the proper gym attire and can be free to exercise if I have a few minutes available. I do not have to change into exercise gear; I simply jump on the board and get my exercise going in the time that is available.

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It is a challenge to work in a healthy lifestyle when life is so busy. I work seven days a week! A lot of people, including myself at one time, say that there is not enough time to exercise. Well, make time, you are worth it! This piece of equipment makes it easy. Exercising for five to ten minutes is definitely doable and it is still a great workout. This could be set up in front of the television and can be enjoyed while watching programs. There are many kinds of exercises that can be done on this such as sliding lunges, gliding mountain climbers, and the standard skating.

For more of my story and tips/ tricks for a healthy lifestyle, you can order my book here

For additional tips and motivation, like my page: Weight Loss Problems and Solutions with Lori

Skating & Mohawk Dangles – Skills Series

If you really want to up the challenge in your off-ice training, try rollerblade drills like Mohawk Dangles! With a sweet name like that, you’d be a fool not to watch this video. We worked on the footwork and technique last drill, but now let’s take it up a level by adding stickhandling drills. Before getting into the drill itself, many viewers had questions about the awesome Marsblade in-line skates. As Jeremy explains, unlike other chassis (frame that holds your wheels) that remain stiff and rigid, the Marsblade chassis moves with you giving you an extra challenge and strengthening the most important parts of a hockey player, your legs! It also gives the skater a more realistic feel with turns and strides while also forcing your legs to bend to get extra power. If you’re not bending your legs while protecting the puck, you won’t last very long!



The first drill Jeremy shows us is simply one fluent motion where your heels are still together and toes pointing outward. It may feel uncomfortable so get your footing and feel down before worrying about speed. Next Jeremy gets us to shift on both sides using “The Crosby Move” while continuously stickhandling. This will force you to think while moving, and is a great way to start practicing before using real defenders. If you really want to challenge yourself, try using one hand as if defenders are holding you up with their stick or arms. This may seem impractical but at high levels you’re always being tied up in the corners and whether it is legal or illegal, you have to keep moving! The third drill is another stickhandling while in motion strategy. Jeremy recommends doing this on both sides so you get the feel of your backhand and forehand while in motion. It also helps with mastering the toe drag. Here we see Jeremy using the HS Green Biscuit that is an ounce lighter than standard pucks. This puck is not meant for shooting, but is perfect for stickhandling and passing. If you want to work on your dangles even more, try saucing the puck over the stick while still maintain puck control; it’s not easy!

Next, Coach Rupke uses HockeyShot Dryland Tiles to avoid ruining his stick and moves in a circular motion while keeping the puck on the training surface. This helps improve stickhandling while still implementing “The Crosby Move” and maintaining that leg strength you need to protect the biscuit. If you don’t have a Shooting Pad, the HS Green Biscuit is perfect for the pave and other non-ice surfaces. Finally, Jeremy tries another add on to this drill be using another stick to this drill. These drills develop your stamina while stickhandling fluently while still remaining in motion at a high tempo. These are the skills you need to get the edge on your opponents!

Be sure to try out these drills on our Synthetic Ice.

The Crosby Skating Move – Skills Series

Welcome back to another Skills Session with Jeremy Rupke! Today, in Episode 3 – Jeremy is going through smart skating drills for off-ice training. Last week Jeremy went over shooting skills but this week Jeremy goes over the importance of skating and how lower stances while keeping your legs moving can help in tight situations.

Sponsored by Marsblade, Jeremy uses a pair of Marsblade in-line skate blades that are usable with your very own ice skates! His first drill is “The Crosby Move”. We call it the Crosby move because if anyone has seen him play, Sid the Kid always has a low center of gravity and uses his legs (not upper body) to stay well grounded where the defender cannot push him around so easily. In terms of height, Crosby is 5’9” which means compared to many of his defenders, he lacks size. So how does he remain so strong on his feet while still moving at game speed? For one, he trains relentlessly, but it is his footwork and low center of gravity that allows him to stay on his feet and avoid being manhandled by defenders.

It’s simple: the best forwards know how to protect the puck and simply put, no one protects the puck as well as #87. Puck protection is often overlooked compared to speed and skill, but if you want to see more pucks in the back of the net, you need to master the art of protecting it. This is not just done with your arms stickhandling; more importantly, you have to protect the puck by having a low stance, and using your strong legs to protect the puck in corners and the sideboards. The drill is versatile in that it can be with or without in-line skates as well as indoors or outdoors.



To begin, Jeremy gets us to make a fat diamond shape with our legs where our heels are together and toes are pointing outward (visualize @ 1:38). While you’re doing this, push your heels as far as you can outward, while bending your knees for some relief of the awkward stance. In order to move with this stance, the player must shift their weight on the glide leg, open up and plant your other leg while still in motion on the ground (visualize @ 2:44). It’s important to open up your shoulders and hips so your body does not lock or make an awkward motion. Often players will use this strategy while coming into a turn or going out of a turn at high speed since it can help with your puck control while the defender is chasing. This is a great move for forwards to move around the defender but be careful of not opening up in this turn while in a vulnerable position; It can make for a big hit on the forward if the defender has a step on them, so timing of this trick is key!

At 3:30, we can see Jeremy go from each side. This is important because having only one side to work on this makes for a predictable forward. We also see that this trick is not only good for coming into turns, but it can also open the forward up for a one timer or to get open quickly. Especially on the power play where there is more ice to work with, this is a great strategy for all you slick skaters out there!

It can be hard for a skater to remain in that position for any period of time but one add-on drill to “The Crosby Move” is to keep both of your feet planted on the ground while pumping your legs (not lifting them) to keep the position and your movement. Your legs should act like pistons pumping in back and forth motions. This can help with the strength of your legs as well as footwork you need for puck protection in game situations. Finally, Jeremy’s last portion of the drill shows how if you use this move while turning your back (this can be done almost anywhere on the ice, but the corners work best while fighting off defenders), it seals off the defender and allows you some time. This time helps you two-fold: you have time to see other players and make that perfect pass, and it tires the defenders. Once you get used to this simple trick, you’ll be spending more time playing keep away from the D, and racking up the points while doing it!

“The Crosby Move” is something most hockey fans have seen before, especially when watching The Kid play in tight situations, in corners, or generally fighting off bigger and stronger defenders. Getting used to this motion as a forward is key for success, especially if you’re a bit smaller!

Be sure to try out these drills on our Synthetic Ice.

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Here we have NHL pros using HockeyShot’s Danglers in drills on-ice. Although they’re used mainly for stickhandling, players are also using them here to make their passing more challenging, and they can act as cones for players to maneuver around as well. A number of drills are being used in the video and shows the versatility of the HS products in many situations.



Another on ice (multi-player) drill shows us how passing with HockeyShot’s Extreme and Mini Danglers can prove very challenging in motion! More NHL pros are using these danglers to stickhandle quickly in between strides while also releasing and receiving passes in motion. HockeyShot products remind players to never watch your pass and keep moving!



This stickhandling drill with the HS Danglers emphasizes the importance of having light touch with the puck in tight spaces while going full speed. Players often stick handle to slow or too fast for their own good and that leads to losing possession. Dan’s intensive training starts at sunrise and ends at sunset so players make sure they get it right! Top-level players understand the need to continue intensive training even after the season.



Keeping with the on-ice training, we have more NHL pros using the Mini and Extreme Danglers in their drills. Here we have pros using their slick hands to sauce around the danglers before sniping one for the kids. The importance here is how they move at full speed while manoeuvring around them, and that they use their body to protect the puck while moving. In tight situations and working the corners, staying low to keep your centre of gravity and protecting the puck using your body is essential to fight off those big and slow defenders! For more info on HockeyShot products, check out their Instagram page @HockeyShotStore.



Finally, we have a behind the scenes look at Dan (at centre-ice recording) some drills using HockeyShot products. Remember, be careful sharing your on and off ice recordings. No one wants to slip or run into anyone mid recording so make sure you take all the right precautions. Thankfully Dan has the balance of a fox and didn’t slip on the ice (close though!), but always share with care 😉

The HockeyShot Playground – Where Men Become Boys

This Summer HockeyShot has teamed up with Professional Instructor, Dan Ninkovich to run his leading edge BTNL HockeyShot Development Camp. Beyond the Next Level is an innovative program and gym geared for top level hockey players. Let’s have a look at some video work in Dan’s newly renovated gym that includes HockeyShot’s training aids!



In our first video, HockeyShot gets a quick tour of Dan’s new facility. BTNL has renovated their gym and has added a complete setup of the HockeyShot Goal and Backstop along with the Extreme Shooter Tutor. As you can see, the NHL pros have beaten the h-e-double-hockey-sticks out of the net the past few months while practicing shot-power, speed and accuracy day in and day out! For one-timers and passing development, there are HockeyShot Extreme Passer Pros on each corner that STILL rebound passes perfectly. Lastly, to add a more genuine feel to stick handling and shooting, Dan has also integrated HockeyShot’s Synthetic Ice for a smooth surface.



Here, HockeyShot got an inside look at the renovated facility for Beyond the Next Level. We’re able to see the state-of-the-art locker room that, with the help of sponsors like Pacific Rink and MuscleMilk, is fully loaded with a flat screen TV for video preparation, speakers, and plenty of room, even for a Ping-Pong table! What you are not able to see is the hot-tub around the corner which had players soaking in it.



This short video shows HockeyShot’s Mini Danglers in a square formation (can use in circle formation too) for an on ice warm up drill. This gets the creativity and hand-eye coordination flowing correctly before getting out in high tempo drills. Adjustable and high quality, this simple accessory will most definitely improve your dangles and dekes!



HockeyShot’s game-changing Synthetic Ice Panels are being used in this video where our player is stickhandling seamlessly with HS Mini Danglers as well as quick passes to the HS Extreme Passer Pro. The synthetic ice panels are very smooth giving players a near identical feel as the ice itself. Although he is in sneakers, you can skate on this surface! All HS products serve for flawless off ice training tools!



In this video, we have HockeyShot’s Extreme Danglers stacked on one another to make a Celtic Cross formation. The drill aims at improving stickhandling, hand eye coordination and speed. Mainly, it helps tremendously with speed in relation to hand-eye coordination as you need perfect touch in these tight spaces. Also, Dan loves to share videos and stories on Instagram so make sure to post and have a look for more on his page @deejbtnl



HockeyShot Passer Pros are a great way to practice not only one-timers, but also quick-release shots. In this video, we have an elite prospect using the Passer Pros in a quick release drill. On the HockeyShot Synthetic Ice this drill is seamless in transition and gives the shooter a similar feel to the challenge of releasing the puck nearly immediately after receiving it.



Finally, we have some youthful talent using two Extreme Danglers lined up in rows for a stickhandling drill that forces the player to not only sick handle but also transition in motion to the other Dangler. This challenging drill should be done at the player’s full speed to improve on hand eye and of course stickhandling speed. Don’t forget, share your videos with Dan on Instagram @deejbtnl