Skating Profiles

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

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

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

Skating Profile
Skating Profile

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

Nathan Gerbe Quick Acceleration

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

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

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

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

Clayton Keller Explosive

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for the next edition: Barkov vs Tavares!

Balancing Act

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

PROPULSION

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

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

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


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

HockeyShot’s NHL Customer Base Keeps Growing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This article was written by: Karina Penner

This article was written by: Karina Penner

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.

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This article was written by: Karina Penner

This article was written by: Karina Penner

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.