Develop your Passing Skills with the PassMaster

Develop your Passing Skills with the PassMaster

Working on passing from home can be a lot of fun. In this quick video we show you a new way to get creative with your passing development.



Using a double-passer set-up let’s you work on giving and receiving passes, on both your forehand and backhand, in new and exciting ways. We use HockeyShot’s dryland flooring tiles, with two Pass Masters set up directly across from each other. Feel free to add in a slideboard, a net to shoot at, or any number of stickhandling aids to increase the level of difficulty.

Now that you’ve seen the set-up, the ball’s in your court. Get creative, and have fun!

PassMaster

PassMaster Hockey Passing Aid

All 3 sides can be used to create unlimited drill possibilities. It’s also a great tool to simulate one-timers and can be used on ice or off-ice. Make a difference in your game today!

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Improve your snapshot at home

Improve your snapshot at home

When you are practising your snapshot at home there are a few important practice habits that you should apply. In this article (and video) I share some of the practice habits that I think will help you greatly improve your snapshot while practising at home



Relate your off-ice practice to your on-ice tendency’s

When practising any skill you want to make it sport specific. The best time to take a snapshot during a game is when you are closer to the net and you need a quick release. This means when you practice at home you want to be closer to the net.

Practice the correct technique

Proper technique may be one of the most important aspects in developing power, if your technique is wrong you will never reach your full potential. If you practice the wrong technique you will essentially be training your muscles incorrectly. Once you learn a bad habit you will have to un-learn it while learning the proper method.

If you need help with the technique of your snapshot you can visit our article and video on How to Take a Snapshot.

Quick technique tips for more power

Shoot with your chest facing the net and the puck to your side. This simulates your body position while skating towards the net and stickhandling with the puck to your side. If you can get a quick and accurate shot off from this position you can beat a lot of goalies.

Get your hands away from your body to get more leverage on your stick. With the snapshot you need to get your hands out and away from your body, the shot requires you to generate power by pulling back with your top hand and pushing with your bottom hand, if your hands are too close to your body you will not be able to generate as much power.

What you need to train

If you want to train at home you should have a good area to practice shooting and stickhandling. Using the right equipment will make training more effective and a lot more fun. If you want to practice shooting at home I recommend a good net, lots of pucks and a shooting pad. If you want to kick up your training even more pick up a radar gun.

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.


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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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Improving your Passing Technique

Improving your Passing Technique

Throughout the course of a game, there are a variety of pass types that can, and should be used, depending on the situation. Some of these pass types include “cushion & sweep,” “touch pass,” and “saucer pass.” Furthermore, you should be able to perform each of these on both your forehand and backhand.



In this video, we show you how to work on your passing technique at home, using equipment from HockeyShot™.

The cushion & sweep pass should be your baseline. The technique we explain in this video allows you to keep your target square to the passer at every point along the receiving route. With a solid foundation on the cushion & sweep pass, it’ll be easier to move up to the more complex passing types later on. The main key points on the cushion & sweep pass are as follows:

  • Sweep when delivering
  • When receiving, make sure to have the stick out front, blade turned up
  • Blade rolls over as puck comes in

The touch pass is useful in game situations that require a quick reaction. Your touch pass should accommodate the following key points:

  • Push top hand forward
  • Blade stays “cupped”
  • Cross-checking motion to give and receive passes

As you progress through these passing techniques, you will be continually adding to your passing “arsenal.” Having a wide variety of physical tools available to you will allow you to make the proper passing selection at the proper time.

Stickhandling & Deking Fundamentals

Stickhandling & Deking Tips

Throughout the course of a game, there are a variety of pass types that can, and should be used, depending on the situation. Some of these pass types include “cushion & sweep,” “touch pass,” and “saucer pass.” Furthermore, you should be able to perform each of these on both your forehand and backhand.



There are two main elements to an effective deke:

  1. Physical components – being able to physically perform the move
  2. Timing the move – making your move and “selling” it at the right time, so that it catches the defenseman or goalie leaning one way, while you’re going past him/her the other way

For today, we’re focusing on the physical components. When developing stickhandling and deking abilities, there are three key points that should be remembered and performed correctly:

  1. Proper “hand-spread” – hands should be about a forearm’s length apart. If a player’s hands are too far apart, the stickhandling motion will be choppy, and the player will have a limited range of motion. If the hands are too close together, the player won’t have the strength to execute his/her moves quickly and precisely.
  2. Top hand controls motion – many youngsters have the misconception that the bottom hand should be the one controlling the stick handle. This practice is incorrect, and leads to a choppy stickhandling motion. Let the top hand control the motion, while the bottom hand stabilizes, and you’ll notice your hands becoming a lot softer.
  3. Weight transfer – stickhandling motion should be fluid, and should involve the whole body. Having a slight weight transfer side to side will help promote smooth hands, and will make it easier to handle the puck in stride on the ice.

In team settings or camps, I like to work through a stickhandling progression that looks something like this:

  • Stationary stickhandling – in front of body, then to the right and left sides of body. Focus on keeping the head up, and performing the three key points mentioned above.
  • Stationary deking – work on “selling” the move by quickly pulling the puck out wide to one side or the other
  • Stationary deking with obstacles – work on your moves using an obstacle, such as the attack triangle or sweethands, to offer token resistance
  • On-ice application – work through the same progression, eventually building up to full-speed 1 on 1 drills, where both the ‘physical components’ and ‘timing the move’ can be practiced.

How to improve your slap shot accuracy

Slapshot Accuracy

In this video I show you how to aim left, right, high and low and I even pick a couple of the corners myself just to prove I know what I am talking about.



Improving the aim of your slapshot in five easy steps

Here are a few tips that you should remember when practicing your aim

  • Look at where you are shooting
  • Align your body properly
  • Practice proper form
  • Practice your follow through and rolling the wrists
  • Make sure you have the right stick

I will now go into more detail on how you can get better aim with your slapshot. In my article about where slapshot power comes from I mentioned the arms, legs, core muscles, and stick. If you have learned how to improve your slapshot power you should now be using all of those body parts to generate power, but now we have to learn how to use those body parts to get better aim.

Shooting High

Using Your Feet

You might think I am crazy, but you can actually improve your slapshot accuracy with your feet. I mentioned this in the how to improve wrist shot accuracy article and the same is true for taking a slapshot. When you are skating, you point your feet where you want to go, and when you are shooting you point your feet (or foot) where you want the puck to go. Pointing your foot will properly align your body, which means the rest of your body will be in a good position to take an accurate slapshot.

What you want to do is point the toe of the foot that you transfer your weight onto towards the side of the net you are shooting for. This not only helps you improve your accuracy, but also your power. By pointing your toe towards the target, and transferring your weight you will be moving your energy towards the net, which helps put more power into your shot.

Using Your Arms

This is where proper form comes into play, if your back swing looks like your golf swing then we have problems! You should practice nailing down your form so that there are very few inconsistencies. If your slapshot is different every time, then your aim will be different every time.

For the best aim you want to be able to draw a line from where you start your backswing, where the blade hits the ice (or ground), where the blade contacts the puck, and where you follow through to. Now if we put an arrow at the end of that imaginary line, that should be where the puck went

Using Your Stick

Your stick plays a big roll in having a great slapshot, but you have to know how to use it. Here are a few tips to using your stick properly

  • Make sure the flex is right for you
  • Make sure your stick is the right height
  • Hold the stick in the right spot
  • Contact the ground / ice before hitting the puck
  • Close or open the blade in the follow through to control height

Using Your Stick

I covered most of those points in the how to take a slapshot article, but I will touch on a few of them now. For flex and the height of the stick these are usually personal preference, but if you are new (or newer) to hockey I would suggest using half your body weight as a starting point for your flex, and then going up or down depending on your strength.

How to Put the Puck Top Shelf, or Nice and Low

Controlling the height of the puck is a problem that a lot of players have. Some hockey players have the problem of rifling the puck over the net, while other can’t seem to get it off the ice; I will show you how you can do both!

How to get slapshots off the ice

The biggest problem I see here is players cheating they try the proper slapshot form a few times and can’t get it right, so they just chip the puck. This is when players make the blade of their stick like a wedge and chip at it like it is a golf ball BIG MISTAKE. The best way to take a slap shot is by hitting the ice first, with the blade of your stick cupped over a bit. This method, and angle allow the stick, and the blade to flex back before hitting the puck, now all you have to do is follow through properly and the puck should come off the ice. If you are using the proper technique and the stick is not flexing then try using a lower flex stick! If you want the puck to come off the ice then follow through high, and leave the blade of the stick open a bit (don’t roll your hands all the way over) remember to point the toe of the blade of the stick where you want the puck to go.

How to keep slapshots low

How to get the puck up when in close to the net

This is another problem some players have, they can pick the corner from the blue line, but not from the hash marks or closer. What you want to do here is change your form a bit, you don’t need a massive wind up, and beast of a shot when you are in close. The technique I use is not the most powerful, but it works. I find getting lower to the ice, and dipping your back shoulder helps you get under the puck more and get it up quickly (shown in video)

How to keep slapshots low

This is a fairly easy fix because most players already know how to take a shot, but they just want to keep them low. I find there are two things that really affect the height of the puck, follow through, and rolling the wrists. If you want to keep the puck low, keep the blade nice and low to the ice for the entire follow through, and start to roll your wrists over right when you contact the puck. By rolling your wrists you will be closing the blade of the stick, and this motion will keep the puck down.

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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EZ Goal – Pro Steel FOLDING Goal with 4 Corner Netting Targets

The EZ Goal pro steel folding goal with targets is an excellent tool to practice your shot and accuracy. This 4’x6’ frame is made with Heavy Duty 2″ 1.2mm steel that is very easy to install and folds flat for storage use as well. Overall, this product is great to improve your game at home.


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Dangle Glove Stickhandling Aid Review

Dangle glove review

Every once in a while, a product comes along that just “makes sense.” The Dangle Glove is one of them. This special glove helps to “force” players to use proper technique while stickhandling.



Dangle Glove Overview

I’m sure at some point you’ve seen players stickhandling using a piece of PVC pipe, or a toilet paper tube on their bottom hand. This old training technique has been around for a long time, and is used to help players develop the habit of using their top hand to control the stickhandle, while their bottom hand acts as a stabilizer. The Dangle Glove takes this training method to a whole new level, allowing for more flexibility in drill types.

Problems with PVC Pipe Method

Although the old PVC Pipe method is a good start, there are some major limitations to this training method.

  1. You can’t let go of your bottom hand. If you do, the pipe drops to the bottom of the stick, and the device is useless.
  2. You can’t do on-ice, contact drills. Obviously, there’s no padding around a piece of PVC pipe. In theory, you COULD wear your glove, and hold onto the PVC pipe, on the ice… But then you run into the same problem we mentioned above; you can’t let go of the stick without the pipe dropping to the bottom.

The Dangle Glove

The Dangle Glove fixes the problems with the old, PVC pipe method. Here’s how they’ve done it:

  • Dangle Glove features an HDPE insert that mimics the effect of the PVC pipe, except it’s the shape of a half cylinder. This design lets you let go of the stick, then re-grab it, without losing the insert.
  • Dangle Glove has attached their plastic insert into the palm of the glove (via velcro), which allows players to wear the glove in on-ice, full-contact situations.

Conclusion

The updated design of the dangle glove let’s players develop their stickhandling skills in a multitude of situations. It’s great for off-ice use, as well as for use on the ice. It’s a fantastic tool, and one that I definitely recommend!

Dangle Glove Stickhandling Aid

The revolutionary Dangle Glove Stickhandling Aid teaches proper technique, while increasing wrist strength and hand speed. It is designed to allow bottom hand to move freely along the shaft, while your top hand controls the movement of the stick. Learn to stickhandle like the pros with the Dangle Glove.


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Home Hockey Training Center

Dryland training kits

HockeyShot’s dryland training kits are an awesome way to set up structured, well-organized dryland sessions for your team. Each starter kit contains 6 Speed Hurdles, 2 Reaction Balls, 4m Agility Ladder with carrying sleeve, 50 Saucer Cones, 6 Jump Ropes, Instructional DVD with TONS of drills, and a nice Transport Bag.



I recently had the opportunity to do a detailed review on HockeyShot’s Dryland Training Kits. So I took my boy Tyler down to the tennis courts to have a workout and make some videos. We had a great workout, and had a blast putting these videos together.

These kits are available in three different sets; the Starter Kit, Premium, and Premium Plus. I reviewed the Starter Kit, and was impressed with how much equipment it came with, even for the lowest-priced option! All three kits are fantastic. The main difference it that the Premium and Premium Plus kits come with more equipment (Speed Chutes & Plyo Hurdles).

In this post, I’m including 6 videos that highlight each product in the Starter Kit, and give a few ideas of drills you can run with each piece of equipment. After you pick up your kit, I recommend watching the instructional DVD that comes with it. The DVD contains over 300 drills… definitely enough to get you started! After that, run a YouTube search on additional drills you can do with the equipment. There’s no shortage of options out there!

Speed Hurdles



These 6 speed hurdles are great to have in the dryland kit. They are lightweight, yet durable, and there’s a lot of stuff you can do with them, as you can see in the video.

Agility Ladder



One of the most versatile pieces of “quick feet” equipment, the agility ladder is a solid selection for this kit. Agility ladders are great for developing a quick, explosive lower body, but there are some fun upper-body drills you can do with this as well, so make sure you give a quick YouTube search when you get yours.

Jump Rope



Awesome for both agility and endurance drills, the jump rope is a staple for team dryland sessions. This kit comes with 6 durable vinyl speed ropes, with molded PVC handles.

Saucer Cones



Great for use for agility shuttle runs, routes, or wherever else pylons can be used. These saucer cones are a great selection for this kit because they’re flexible, so it won’t hurt if a player lands on one. Simple but the best!

Reaction Ball



The Reaction Ball is the ideal tool for improving eye-hand coordination and reaction time. It’s unique 6-sided design allows the Reaction Ball to pop, bounce and leap unpredictably in different directions. Awesome for goalies!

Agility / Speed Step Hurdles

The Agility / Speed Step Hurdles are great training tools to improve your foot speed, knee lift and your explosion off the ice. With the various height options and portability of these agility hurdles, you can develop multiple configurations.


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7” Saucer Cone – 10 Pack

Great for a variety of different agility drills, the Saucer Cones are small, lightweight and very durable. This is a great tool to work on your Dryland training, as you can work on proper technique.

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Extreme Passing Kit One-Timer Model Review

EZ Goal Review Detailed Look

The Extreme Passing Kit is a Great Way to Incorporate Passing into your Off-Ice Workouts

Passing is a skill that most players don’t think about working on away from the rink. The main reason they don’t think to work on passing is pretty obvious: because you need a partner to pass to, and to receive passes from, unless, of course, you have the Extreme Passing Kit.

Overview:

The Extreme Passing Kit is a really cool skill pad & passing rebounder combo, that will let you work on multiple skills such as regular passes, touch passes, and one-time shots.

The Extreme Passing Kit comes in two different models, the One-Timer Model (which you see in this video), and the Bungee Cord Model. The only difference between the two is that the rebounder is removable in the One-Timer Model, and can be mounted onto another shooting pad, or even your dryland flooring tiles. This feature gives you a little more flexibility than you have with the Bungee Cord Model.

On the Bungee Cord Model, the rebounding bungee is mounted right onto the skill pad, making the unit completely self contained (which has its benefits as well, in my opinion).

Both models use the 4′ by 8′ roll-up shooting pad (huge!), which is light weight, durable, and portable. You can easily roll it up for storage when you aren’t using it, or pack it in the car to bring it to a new dryland training location.

My Experience:

extreme passing kit review

The Extreme Passing Kit comes already rolled up for you. When I first unboxed mine, it had retained the shape of being rolled up (which is to be expected), and I had to sort of pry it open and reverse roll it a bit on the ends to keep it from rolling back up on me. I let it sit out on my driveway in the hot sun for about an hour, and it flattened right out.

Once the shooting pad had flattened out, I mounted the rebounder to one end (it just clamps on), and went to town!

One thing you’ll notice about the Extreme Passing Kit is that it works really well with pretty much any type of puck. I’ve used mine with regular black pucks, FlyPucks, and Green Biscuits, all of which slide really well, and stay flat off the rebounder. In fact, the pucks stayed flat enough that I was actually able to work some one-touch passes as well (which actually surprised me a little).

Conclusion:

In conclusion, the Extreme Passing Kit is definitely a worthwhile product to add to your Home Hockey Training Center. It is well built, versatile, portable, and the surface area of the skill pad is big enough to use it for shooting, stickhandling, or passing.

One-Timer Passer

Step up your passing game with HockeyShot’s Extreme Passer™ Pro. You can use it to work on shuffle passes, bullet crosses and even long leaders thanks to its wider passing slot. And with its new dual sided passing lanes you can now use it with a partner! Every team needs a HockeyShot Extreme Passer™ Pro!


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Ultimate Goalie Hockey Target Product Review from HockeyShot.com™


Ultimate Goalie Hockey Targeting System

If you’ve been following me over the past couple of years, you probably know I’m a huge believer in developing your snipes both on and off the ice. One of the main tools I’ve recommended and used over the past 20 years has been the Shooter Tutor, which is basically a canvas goalie with holes cut out in the corners and five-hole.

Shooter Tutor Overview

The Shooter Tutor is a fantastic product, and I’ve used it myself for a number of different reasons:

  • It’s light weight, and easy to transport
  • It’s durable
  • It gives “dead” rebounds, which are more realistic in my opinion
  • It’s fun to work with!

Shooter Tutor Overview

As good as the Shooter Tutor has been for me over the past 20 years, there are also a few drawbacks to be aware of:

  • The bungees are exposed, and will break if hit by pucks enough times (not a question of “if,” but “when”…)
  • It can be a pain to fish the pucks out of the net

Ultimate Goalie vs Shooter Tutor

Here’s a quick run-down on what makes the Ultimate Goalie such a great product:

  • NO BUNGEES EXPOSED – the Ultimate Goalie extended the canvas to wrap around the posts, keeping the bungees hidden behind the posts and crossbar
  • EASY TO GATHER PUCKS – the pull-string lifts up the bottom foot of the net, and makes for quick and easy puck gathering
  • Light-weight and portable – pack it up and bring it to the rink with you… no sweat!
  • Durable material
  • “Dead (realistic) rebounds”

Conclusion

All in all, the Ultimate Goalie is an awesome product, and one that I definitely recommend. I use it myself both on and off the ice, and the bungees haven’t begun to fray at all! And if you’re careful not to skate over the pulley cord, you shouldn’t have any problems whatsoever.

Ultimate Goalie Hockey Target

The Ultimate Goalie Hockey Target is a great tool to simulate hockey situations with a real goalie. You can practice your shot, accuracy and consistency with it. It installs very easily and is very durable as well. Overall, it’s one of the best goalie products on the market and a great way to sharpen your skills.


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Score more Goals by Going Bar Down!

Score more Goals by Going Bar Down

Everyone knows that being able to snipe corners is important if you ever want to be a goal scorer. But once you can consistently pick corners, why not take your game one notch higher and start going “bar down” or “post & in?”



Going “bar down” and “post & in” has become more important than ever before, because the goalie position has changed so much over the past few years. Well-schooled goalies move faster, cut down the angles more effectively, and control the rebounds better than in years past. So… our shooting tactics need to change with the times as well!

The objective with going “bar down” is to jam the goalie’s glove side. You want to put the puck right up over the goalie’s shoulder, where it’s tough for him or her to get the glove on it. Get good at picking this spot and you’ll score more goals… I promise!

“Post & in” is a similar tactic, only this time you’re taking advantage of the goalie’s butterfly. When the goalie goes down into the butterfly, there’s room just over the leg pad on either side. Learn to pick that off, staying as close to the post as possible, and you’ll drive your competition crazy!

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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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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Puck page