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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  1. Offseason Nutrition
  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



How to Take a Snapshot – Off Ice Tutorial

How To Take a Snapshot

The snapshot is a very important shot in hockey. When players first start playing they will learn how to perfect the wrist shot, the backhander, and later the slapshot. Some hockey players will naturally learn the snapshot, but others have to be taught, and in my opinion it is better to learn the different techniques, where to use a snapshot, and how it can help you score more goals. In this tutorial we are going to show you how to take a snapshot, the different types of snapshots, the advantages of a snapshot, and when you should take a snapshot (the best chance of scoring a goal)



Two Types of Snapshots

When I was a kid I was taught how to take a snapshot, I was taught the old school way of shooting, but now I use the evolved version of the snapshot. This is just what I have observed, but there does seem to be a big difference in the two shots so I thought I would clear things up here (for the older players and younger players)

Old School Snapshot

The old way of taking a snapshot was basically a slapshot, but with very little set up time. Instead of doing a full wind-up and hammering the puck, you lift the blade of the stick about a foot off the ice, and then quickly shoot. For this method the steps are

  • Bring the blade about a foot off the ice
  • Quickly shoot (snap)
  • Hit the ice a few inches behind the puck to load the stick
  • Ensure you transfer your weight
  • Roll the wrists in the follow through and point the toe of the blade to aim where the puck goes.
  • For the most power you still need a bit of a wind-up, and transfer weight onto the foot furthest from the blade of your stick (you have to step into the shot which takes a bit more time) You can read my article on the two types of wrist shots for more information on transferring your weight onto different feet.

The New Snapshot

The new snapshot is a method that I see a lot of NHL hockey players using and also high level players. This shot requires almost no set-up time, and relies heavily on proper technique, and the flex of the stick to generate power. The advantage of this shot is that you can go from stickhandling to shooting almost instantly. With a quick release you can score more goals because the goalie will not have any clues that you are going to shoot and you will be able to catch them off guard and out of position. I will list the steps of the snapshot below

Snapshot with set-up

  • Draw the puck back a bit to set it up
  • Pull the puck forwards, and towards your body a bit. With a lot of practice you can use the toe of the blade to pull the puck in
  • The puck will now be moving on an angle towards your body, and closer to the net
  • Now is the time to really snap and shoot the puck
  • he puck will be a few inches in front of the blade of your stick, this is the tricky motion that you have to master
  • Pull back with your top hand quickly, while also pushing forwards with your bottom hand, this motion will cause the stick to flex, which will give your shot more power
  • When you hit the puck, you should then roll your wrists over for extra power and accuracy
  • Follow through low and roll your wrists over a lot to close the blade and keep the puck low, follow through high and keep the blade slightly open to shoot high.

Snapshot with no set up

This shot is easy to do while skating in on the goalie, for extra points do not break your stride while shooting, this will really surprise the goalie.

Instead of pulling the puck back to set up, and get more power you can use the position of your body
Stickhandle with the puck on your shooting side, and move the puck forwards and backwards, this will allow you to shoot at any second you want.

When you are ready to shoot simply step towards the net with the foot closest to the blade of your stick, this will line the puck up with your front foot
Now all you have to do is repeat the actions explained in the snapshot with a set up (without the set-up part) and you are good to go. Remember to lean into the shot, and the trick is the quick snap, this will give you a powerful shot, and a quick release.

The Advantage of a Snapshot

Snapshots are important to learn because they can be very deceptive, and require very little set-up. If you perfect the snapshot you will be able to shoot without giving any clues to the goaltender, if the goalie is not prepared for your shot you will have a much better chance of scoring.

When to use a snapshot

A full wrist shot will give you the most power, but it takes longer to set up, many players can get a fairly powerful snapshot, but your wrist shot should always be harder. For this reason the wrist shot should be used when you are further away from the net, and you need to get the puck to the net quickly.

For the snapshot you should focus on accuracy, and still have a decent amount of power on it. The best time to use a snapshot is when you are in close to the net. The closer you are to the net, the less time the goalie has to react, and the more scared the goalie will be. If you are in close to the net a quick snap through the legs, or in the bottom corners will beat most goalies. If you have a quick goalie you can fake a shot, and if the goalie goes down, snap a shot up high.

SpeedTrac X Radar Gun Review

SpeedTrac X Radar Gun Video Review

About a month ago we received the Speedtrac X radar gun. After using the radar gun for the last month we wanted to share what we thought. We have already given you a detailed look at the Speedtrac. This article gave you an overview of how the radar gun looks and shows how it is supposed to work. Now we will give you an in depth look at how it ACTUALLY works and what we thought.



Taking the Speedtrac X to the street

We took the Speed trac to the streets to test and show you how to use it, set up and ease of use, accuracy and consistency of readings, durability and more.

Setting up the Radar Gun

Setting the Speedtrac up is super simple, all you have to do is plug it in, or put in 4 C cell batteries, push the on button, and you can start shooting. The Speedtrac X automatically starts displaying MPH, to switch it to KPH just push the KPH button, a red light will blink on the right side when it is displaying speed in KPH.


How to get the most consistent and accurate readings


The Speedtrac comes with an owners manual, and this is the first time I would recommend reading it! Actually, now that you are reading this review you won’t really need to  . There are different ways to set the radar gun up depending on the sport. For hockey the best way to set it up is right behind the net (far enough back to not get hit) with the face of the radar gun facing where you are shooting.


Through my experience I have found that if I point the face of the radar gun at where the puck is coming from, I will get the most consistent readings.

Angle Error

According to the manual, the SpeedTrac X radar displays the speed at which a target object moves in line with the unit’s projected signal. A target passing at an angle through the signal will result in a displayed speed that is lower than the target’s true speed, it goes on to say a10 degree entry angle reduces the actual speed by about 2%.

SpeedTrac X Radar Gun review - Maximum Accuracy

Maximum Accuracy

According to the manual the way to get the most consistency and accuracy is to basically use the radar gun as the target (with a net in front of it of course). We tested this thoroughly and found it is the best way to get accurate readings.  Even when you have the radar gun set up properly you will get the odd misread. Below is a page from the manual showing the zone of maximum accuracy and sensitivity.

Shooting with the SpeedTrac

SpeedTrac X Radar Gun review from HockeyShot™

We have done a lot of shooting with the Speedtrac X gun. I have had shoot outs with friends, used it for training and used it on and off the ice. My standard set up is just to bring a milk crate filled with hockey pucks, dump the pucks out and then set the radar gun up behind the net on top of the milk crate. My shots are always the hardest when they are low to the ice, so that is why I don’t usually bother setting it up near the top corner (except in the picture below, which was one of the first time I used it).

I really liked training with this thing, I was just watching some of the videos I shot when I first got it and my speeds were not that great. My wrist shots and slapshots have GREATLY improved since training with the Speedtrac. I love it because it gives me instant results and feedback. This was a good way for me to tweek my technique and learn the best way to take a slapshot. The display is really easy to read.

Another great thing about using a radar gun is that it motivates you. Every day I wanted to go out and see if I could improve my slapshot speed. By shooting daily and working with the radar gun I was able to improve my slapshot speed by 20 MPH (and counting) I plan on releasing a guide on how I did this, and how you can too so make sure you subscribe to this blog!

Having some fun

Another great way to use the radar gun is with friends and other hockey players. Whenever my friends came over they all wanted to test their shot speeds, it is funny to watch them try as hard as they could because they were absolutely sure that they could shoot 95 MPH (most of my friends registered between 50 -70 MPH) If you play on a team the guys (or girls) would LOVE it if you brought this thing out during practice.

Durability

This has to be the biggest surprise I got from this radar gun. Judging from the packaging and feel of the material I was sure that this was some cheap, made in china piece of crap. I was pleasantly surprised when it worked consistently and showed accurate numbers, but I was more surprised at how resilient it is!

So far I have accidentally

  • Put a puck through the net and hit the radar gun ( a few times )
  • Dropped it from waist height while carrying it
  • Left it out in the rain ( it was just a light sprinkle and for a short time )
  • Knocked it off the top of a ladder and had it fall onto cinder blocks, twice! ( about a 6 foot drop )

After all of that, this thing is still working like a charm. Either it is a lot tougher than it looks, or I am just very very lucky.

Battery life

The battery life on the Speedtrac radar gun is great! I am still on my first set of batteries and I have been using the radar gun for about an average of 30 minutes a day for over a month now. When the batteries need to be replaced the screen will read LO (Make sure you don’t have it upside down or you will think you are shooting 07MPH)

Overall Thoughts

When I first got the Speedtrac I thought it looked like a kids toy and was not going to work. I am really impressed with how well it worked, and that with all of my abuse it still works! I also really liked how much I was able to improve my shot, and that I have proof too!

Penalty box

Nothing is perfect so I will give out a few minor penalties and minor annoyances



  • Feels and looks kind of cheap (even though it works great, they should make it look bad ass!)

  • Has the odd misread (shows a really low speed when you know it must have been higher)

  • Sometimes doesn’t display anything (the odd time I will hammer a shot and it won’t read it at all, haven’t found out why)

Score sheet

This is where I point out everything I loved about the Speedtrac X Radar gun



  • Very easy to use, just turn it on and start shooting

  • Very accurate and consistent readings. If set up properly it is consistent, and accurate when tested against more expensive (like $500 more expensive) radar guns. For every 50 shots there might be 1 or 2 misreads and one shot that doesn’t register.

  • Easy to read display, even during bright sunlight

  • Really helped me improve my slapshot and wristshot power

  • Provides more motivation to improve and better yourself

  • Very affordable. $150 may seem expensive, but for this technology and the quality of readings compared to really expensive radar guns I consider the Speedtrac very affordable

  • You can use it with just one person vs other radar guns that require a friend to hold it and call out the times.

  • Battery power allows you to use it anywhere, and the batteries last a long time. 

SpeedTrac X Radar Gun

SpeedTrac X Radar Gun

An incredible full featured and affordable sports radar. The all new sports radar unit has been given the SpeedTrac model designation as it has many improvements. Track you shot and see the improvement!

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HockeyShot Roll-Up Shooting Pad Review

HockeyShot Roll-Up Shooting Pad  Review

Save Your Stick with this Roll-up Skill Pad that Mimics the Feel of Real Ice!



As is the case with off-ice shooting practice, when working on your stickhandling you need a good slick surface to work on. This is the case for two reasons:

1. To save your stick:

Sticks are expensive these days, and you want to be using your game stick for your off-ice stickhandling and shooting drills.

2. To mimic the ice surface:

It’s no secret that pucks don’t slide well on concrete. You want to work on a surface that will act and feel as close to real ice as possible.

WeissTechHockey.com shooting pad review

HockeyShot’s Roll-up Shooting Skill Pad will accomplish both of these objectives. It will protect your stick, and give you a smooth, slick surface on which your pucks will slide and feel just like they would on real ice!

This surface can be used as a shooting pad or a skill pad. It will work really well either way, but I actually prefer it as a skill pad to be used for stickhandling because it is so big. This skill pad is 4′ by 8′ which gives you tons of room to work on your stickhandling and passing skills.

HockeyShot™ shooting pad review

As the name suggests, this skill pad is made of a flexible material, which means you can roll it up and take it with you or store it. While this is great for portability, the one drawback about this feature is that it takes a little time for it to lay down flat after you’ve had it rolled up. It eventually does stay flat, just leave it on a hard, flat surface whenever possible.

You can pick up the Roll-up Shooting & Skill Pad as a stand alone item, or as part of the Extreme Passing Kit (one timer model).

All in all, this is a fantastic pad that is durable, and versatile enough that you can get many different uses out of it!

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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How to Shoot while Skating

How to take a Slapshot While Skating

The slapshot is a tricky shot to master, before you learn how to take a slapshot while skating I would recommend learning how to take a slapshot while standing still. A lot of people when they are first learning develop some bad habits, so it is important to learn the proper technique. Another important aspect is using your ENTIRE body to get power, not just the arms. For more on that read our article on how to take a slapshot and the follow up articles at the bottom with more info.

Prep the puck

One issue that some players might have is prepping the puck. When shooting while standing still the player will set the puck up, and then shoot. If the player sets the puck up in the same spot while skating the puck could end up a few inches behind by the time you are ready to take the slapshot.

When you are setting up for the slapshot while skating, you have two options. You can either push the puck a little bit ahead and then really skate into it, or just make sure the puck is going the same speed as you, and get a nice quick shot off.

Tips for take a slapshot while skating:

  • Prep the puck by pushing it a bit in front of you, or ensuring it is going the same speed as you are before you wind up
  • Use the entire body to get power, use your arms, core muscles and legs
  • Really push into the shot with your back leg

How to Take a Snapshot While Skating:

The snapshot is a tricky shot so I encourage you to practice it at home. We have an article on how to take a snapshot if you need any tips. On the ice there are a few things to consider, positioning, weight transfer and technique.

Positioning – I find that I have a pretty good shot to goal ration from certain areas of the ice. I always opt for a snapshot when I am in close because it gives the goalie less time to set up (get the puck to the net quicker). I also find I have a more powerful snapshot while on my wing. I’m right handed, and I like to take snapshots while on the right side of the net. When I am on the left I like to cut to the center and take a full wrist shot.

Weight Transfer – Your weight transfer is very important, you want to transfer all your weight onto your front foot, or the foot closest to the blade of your stick. This is the opposite of the leg you transfer weight onto for a wrist shot. You can also take a snapshot from the other leg, it just takes a bit longer to get the shot off.

Technique – The technique to taking a snapshot while skating is a bit tricky

  • Skate in and have the puck on your shooting side, on your side
  • Push off with the leg furthest from the blade of your stick, and sort of lunge onto the other leg
  • While pushing off with your back leg and transferring the weight onto your front leg, pull the puck in towards your body and towards the net

Now use a quick snap from your wrists to elevate the puck and put power on it

20 Stickhandling Drills from USA Hockey

Hockey Stickhandling Tips Every Hockey Player should know

I really have to hand it to USA Hockey here for making a great series of videos. You can see the original page here and I have included the videos below. You can download each video to your computer and watch them whenever you want. I also included the youtube videos below (all the videos combined to a 2 part series) if you want to browse through them and see some of the drills.



What You Need

All you need to complete the drills are a Stickhandling Ball and HockeyShot Shooting Pad

Drill Name

Soft Touch
Around Body
Moving
Hop
Blinders
Golf Balls
PVC and TP tubes
Obstacle Course
Quick Hands
Hand Slide Wide
Yo Yo
Figure 8
Thru Body
Reach Drill
Push-Pull
Stick Flip
Stick Hackey
Toe Tap
Soccer Ball Pass
Balance Board

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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