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

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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

Hockey Nutrition Tips

Helpful Nutrition Tips

Proper nutrition is an area often ignored when it comes to hockey players. However, by eating the right foods, you will have much more energy during games, have a much more positive mental attitude and be able to recover from injuries a lot faster. With all the fad diets out there, it can become confusing on knowing what to eat to fuel our bodies. Here are a few simple nutrition guidelines to follow that can help you be a lot healthier.

Focus on a diet containing healthy foods

Try to include as many as these wonderfully nutritious foods as possible; Fresh fruits and vegetables, Whole Grains (whole wheat pastas, whole wheat breads, brown rice, oatmeal, cereals), lean meats (chicken, fish, lean beef), nuts and seeds (almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, soy nuts), legumes (lentils, beans), eggs, milk or soy milk, yogurt, unsaturated fats (olive oil, salmon, peanut butter) and drink plenty of water (8 glasses / day).

Limit the following foods as much as possible

Sugar (candies, high fructose syrups, sodas, desserts, ice cream), caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas), white flower (white bread, pastries), saturated fats (french fries, red meat, butter, doughnuts). Remember that the key is to avoid as many as these foods as possible, and to replace them with healthier more nutritious foods (mentioned above).

Focus on eating a good combination of carbohydrates / proteins / fats

For each meal, try to have a combination of those three. They are all essential to help fuel your body for hockey and to help you function at your best. Carbohydrates (breads, pastas, sports drinks) will give you the energy you need, protein (leans meats, eggs, fish, nuts and seeds, legumes) will help rebuild your muscles and unsaturated fats (salmon, peanut butter, olive / peanut / sunflower oils) will help lower your bad cholesterol and promote better circulation. We recommend consulting a sports nutrition expert to customise an eating plan that best suits your type.

Eat more frequent smaller meals

Eating 3 large meals is not the ideal way to help our bodies function their best. Our digestive systems need just the right amount of foods to be able to function at full capacity. Try to focus on eating 4-6 smaller meals, and don’t eat large amounts between meals. Eating between meals is ok, but focus on smaller snacks (a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter, a few nuts or seeds, a banana). You should also avoid eating too much before going to bed. Eating too much before going to bed will have your digestive system working too hard and will take a lot of energy out of you.

Typical Guideline to fuel your body before games or practices

Larger meals should be consumed 3-4 hours before games or practices to insure proper digestion has been done before you get on the ice. If you don’t have time to eat a meal, try having a large snack 1-2 hours before game time. Focus on snacks or meals that have lots of carbohydrates, as they will give you the fuel you need to perform at your best. The key is to make sure you have enough nutrients in your body to perform at your best without getting tired.

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  2. Proper Nutrition
  3. Energy Drinks

Hockey Squat Workout, Basic Posture Exercises to Improve Your Skating

The Squat

Many youth players are starting to use dryland training exercises at the request of coaches and parents. Many hockey coaches are running these dryland training sessions themselves after looking up exercises on the internet or remembering what they did when they were kids.

One of the most basic but necessary positions for ice hockey players to learn correctly is the isometric squat. The definition of an isometric exercise is one to strengthen specific muscles by pitting one muscle or part of the body against another or against an immovable object in a strong but motionless action. The process of holding the squat position is an isometric exercise. The key for the off-ice training professional is to teach the athlete the correct posture for the isometric squat since it is a position that will be used frequently during the sport of ice hockey.

Hockey Perlvic Tilt

Many hockey players demonstrate less than ideal posture on the ice that leads to premature fatigue and a potential for higher injury susceptibility. Most coaches want their players to bend their knees and get lower to the ice in order to skate and be ready to shoot or pass. A typical mistake that many players make is to get low by flexing their low back instead of their hips, knees and ankles. The athlete should use a forward lean of the trunk but not an exaggerated bend at the waist. The lean should be from flexing the hips, knees and ankles while keeping the spine in a neutral position.

How to find your neutral spine position?

To find the neutral spine position, stand with a slight forward leaning position and tilt your pelvis forward and backwards as far as you can (see picture). Now find the position between the 2 extremes of the pelvis that feels like the most comfortable position that you could hold for an extended period of time with little effort. That efficient position is your neutral spine position. The shoulders should be open and not rounded forward. The athlete should think about keeping the chest big during the squat position. Rounding the shoulders forward is a bad habit that puts the shoulder joint in a position that makes it more susceptible to injury. Body weight should be distributed over the entire foot.

Hockey OH Squate

A common error is to see the athlete driving the weight over the toes and lifting the heels. The athlete needs to have the flexibility and strength to keep the heels planted during the squat. A big disadvantage of having your weight shifted too far forward towards the toes is that it is very difficult to move sideways when your entire foot is not loaded. Being able to move sideways is crucial when cornering on the ice. Try to jump sideways when your weight is shifted forward over your toes and you will see why this is undesirable.

Start with isometric squat holds of 15-20 seconds maintaining ideal squat posture the entire time. Advance to squat repetitions of 10-20 repetitions. This repetition conditioning should form good quality habits that are then replicated on the ice. See the pictures below for a demonstration of ideal squat posture.

How to Gain On-Ice Speed with Off-Ice Training

How to Gain On-Ice Speed with Off-Ice Training

Note: HUGE thanks to Jarod (Minnesota Wild Player) for writing this article for How To Hockey. This article is a detailed account of how he got his speed up to NHL standards.



I have always been a hockey player with average speed. As a professional athlete, I am always looking to improve my skill set, especially in finding my way in to the NHL. Last season, my coach sat me down and asked me what I thought was keeping me from playing in the NHL. After a few wrong guesses, he told me that my speed, or lack there of, was not at the NHL level. Despite the amount of training I had done the summer before my rookie year, I had to agree with my coach; I was not fast. There was only one answer… I must have been training wrong. I began my quest to successfully build speed in the following summer. I changed my training technique and became stronger, faster, and sturdier on my feet than ever before. Here is how I did it.

Changing Your Mind Set

In order to work your muscles smarter rather than harder, you must:

  1. Switch the focus from your quadriceps to the back of the leg muscles. These muscles include your gluteals, hamstrings and calves.
  2. Shift from two-leg training to single leg training. By doing this you are able to recruit more stabilizer muscles.
  3. Train with little or no weight and focus more on speed than strength.

I’m happy to say that my new techniques paid off. The very next season, I was noticeably faster and did get my shot in the NHL with the very same coach that gave me the great advice.

Back of the Legs

Focus your mind on working the gluteals and hamstrings during all of your hockey exercises, especially sprinting and jumping.

  • One way to practice flexing the right muscles is by doing a wall set (sit in a chair-like squat with your back against the wall and hold). Most likely your quadriceps muscles will begin to burn. Without changing position, you can relieve the strain on the quads by tightening up your gluteals and hamstrings.
  • Think about sitting in that squat position with someone in front of you trying to pull your feet out from underneath you. You would automatically flex your hamstring and glute muscles in order to keep your feet beneath you. This is what you want to flex during the exercise.
  • Make sure your weight is not on your toes but rather on your heels. Try to lift your toes off the ground. You might feel your lower back begin to pull away from the wall. Counter this tendency by flexing your core and keep your back flat against the wall.
  • Your hamstrings and glutes should be tight during the entire motion of a squat. Try tapping your fingers against your hamstrings. This will help tell your brain to work those muscles.
  • When you are doing it right, your hamstrings will be hard. Believe me, this is as much of a mental work out as a physical one. It takes practice to get it right.

Having troubles?

Try standing tall. Now drop into a squat position as fast as you can and hold. Your body weight should drop faster than gravity can pull you down because your hamstrings flex to pull your body downward. Continue to flex the hamstrings and fire the glutes on your way up finishing with a slight forward hip thrust – thus forcing the glutes to flex as much as possible. Getting the right muscles to fire during the squat motion took me several workouts. Don’t get discouraged if it takes you some time. Unless you are an Olympic sprinter, you are quad dominant. You have to retrain your muscles to become back of the leg dominant and this takes practice.

Stablizers

Every time you take a stride you balance on one blade until your other foot recovers. Thus, single leg balance is key to becoming more stable on skates. Stand with one foot on the ground and do a four to five inch squat.

  • Your free leg should be bent with your foot slightly behind you. Remember the back of leg principals learned above.
  • Your body weight should be over your heel. To maintain balance, tighten up your core, keep your chest and head up with your arms loose.
  • Try to breath in on your way down and out on your way up. Now try to do the same squat with no shoes on.
  • Progress in difficulty by squatting deeper each time.
  • Don’t worry about going fast. Focus on controlling your balance with core body strength. Use your arms as little as possible.

Want More? Try kneeling on an exercise ball. The pros can stand on the ball and do squats.

Speed and Quickness

When attempting to develop strength, movements should be slow and controlled. When trying to develop speed, all movements should be done with speed and grace. Do every exercise as fast as you can while maintaining control. When you do a squat, try to go down quickly. When you reach 90 degrees (more or less) change direction as fast as you can. Doing squats in this motion works both deceleration and acceleration strength. The muscle fibers work one way to stop your body from moving and another way to get it moving again. You need power through both movements in order to be able to change direction quickly on the ice. When doing jumps or lunges focus on landing soft, using your hamstrings to pull your body down quickly with your hamstrings and exploding upward with your glutes. Again, this is very challenging and takes time to get right.

Changing the way I worked my muscles was not easy. My body wanted to revert back to over using the quadriceps. My workouts were as challenging mentally as they were physically. What kept me going were the results. My hamstrings and glutes grew in size and strength. I began to spring off the ground rather than push. I felt lighter and more stable on the ice, which is exactly what I wanted. Without a doubt, training this way improved my speed and stability on the ice.

I hope this information helps you as much as it helped me. Good luck!

How to Perfect the One-Timer

How to Perfect the One-Timer

The one-timer is a great shot if you can do it properly, it is also a great way to embarrass yourself on the ice if you don’t know how to do it properly. There is nothing worse than completely missing the puck, or sending a muffin towards the net that the goalie easily gloves. In this article and video we will share a number of tips on how to perfect the one timer.



One-Timer Video

In this video we talk about three different types of one-timers, they include standing still, skating, and skating backwards. We also share a little trick at the end on how to go top shelf with a one timer from in close to the net.

Tips for Practicing the One Timer

You need to know how to take a slapshot before you will be able to have a good one timer. The key to a good one timer involves two things, timing and body positioning

One Timer Timing

When timing your shot you need to read how fast the puck is coming at you, you want to strike the puck just like you would with a regular slapshot but when the puck is moving this requires some good timing. When you start practicing your timing start with slow passes, and low wind-ups. Don’t try to kill the puck every time, just try to connect with it

After you get better you can try bigger wind-ups and faster passes, soon you should be able to connect with almost any pass:

  • If the puck is coming at you slow, you can take your time with the wind up
  • If the puck is coming at you fast you need a fast wind-up and you will need to start your swing a bit earlier (so that you can connect with the puck in that perfect area)

One Timer Body Positioning

You will only have a few seconds to adjust your body position once you see the puck coming towards you. You need to ensure that you receive the pass in the “slapshot zone” in order to get the one timer off properly. Remember where you normally hit the puck with a regular slapshot, and try to move your body so that you get the puck in that zone. Adjusting your body position involves taking a stride forwards, backwards or to the sides, if you get a bad pass do not be afraid to bail on the one timer. It is better to just catch the pass and go for a normal shot, than missing the puck, or sending a really weak shot on net.

Forward Crossovers Basics

Forward Crossovers

We have had a lot of requests for more skating videos and articles so here is one for forward skating, we have some basic articles already for how to skate and how to stop, so this one seemed like the net logical video / article to publish. In this video we show you the basics to the crossovers and a few easy drills you can do to improve your crossovers and turning. I have also embedded a video that goes into a lot more detail on different types of crossovers / drills you can do to improve.



Forward Crossovers Tips

  • Keep your knees bent and remember to use your edges
  • While doing crossovers around the circle your OUTSIDE leg will be pushing and giving you speed / power
  • While doing the forwards crossovers (zig-zag drill in first video) your INSIDE leg is pushing and giving you power
  • While doing the circle crossovers try to always keep your stick inside the circle, you can lean on your stick a bit to get lower to the ice

Detailed Hockey Crossover Video