Trion Skate Weights Review

Trion Skate Weight Review

A few months ago we gave you a detailed look at the Trion Skate Weights with our Trion Skate Weights overview. Since then we have had the chance to take the skate weights to the hockey arena and personally test them out. In this post we will give you a full Trion SK8W8 review.



Product Details


The Trion skate weight is a weight that is designed to fit underneath most hockey skates. The weights use a simple wish-bone design that will fit snugly in the gap between the chassis and the boot. The skate weight comes with removable weight plates so you can adjust how much weight you would like to use. There are three types of skate weights, the junior, the original, and the pro. The junior is smaller and comes with two weight plates, while the original comes with three, and the pro comes with four. The model we used in this review was the original skate weight.


For more information on the skate weight and a video of how it fits under the skates be sure to visit our Trion Skate Weight overview

Price

The Trion SK8W8’s sell for about $40 plus shipping, if you visit HockeyShot.com you can find them for $34.95

In the Dressing Room

I took some time to look over the product in the dressing room and fit the weight into my skates. According to HockeyShot.com the original skate weight will fit the following sizes:


  • RBK/CCM 5.5+

  • NIKE/BAUER 6+

  • EASTON 7+

  • GRAF 7 1/2 +

The more weights that the skate weight has, the longer it will be, so that is why the junior fits in smaller sizes, but the pro will only fit in larger sizes.

I was able to fit the original sized skate weight under my size 10 Easton Stealth 9 skates without any problems. I locked the weights into place and gave my skates a good shake to make sure that the weights would not come loose. Everything fit perfectly, and I decided to go with all three weights for an hour long skate.

On The Ice with the Trion Skate Weights


Trion Skate Weight Review from HockeyShot™

I got out on the ice early before shinny started so I had some time for some skating drills. I started with a few hard laps of the rink, then did stop and starts for a few minutes. I wanted to start with some hard skating drills to really test the weights out, I did the usualy lighting drill and zig-zag drill, at this point a few guys were coming on the ice and were probably wondering why I was skating hard. I was surprised that I didn’t really feel a big burn, I skate about 4 times a week though and I am a pretty good skater, so that might have something to do with it. The weights work great under my skates and sometimes I had to check to make sure they were still there.

Playing hockey with the weights on

The skate weights are meant for practices, and skating drills, and are not recommended for games. If you play competitive, or organized hockey then you shouldn’t wear the skate weights, but I was just playing pick-up hockey so I decided to leave them on. We only had 12 skaters, so I got a lot of ice time. I made sure to back check, skate hard for the puck and not just coast around.

To be honest I did not feel much after skating for an hour. I only really did the skating drills for the first 10 minutes, and then left the weights on for half the game. After half an hour I took the skate weight off my left skate, and left the other on to do a comparison. After the full hour of skating my right leg only felt a bit more fatigued then the left. I think because I am already a fairly strong skater the Skate Weight Pro would have been a better fit for me because it is heavier. I only had the original available for testing though.

The Results


Trion Skate Weight Review from HockeyShot™

Using the skate weights was a breeze, they fit nicely under my skates and stayed there almost the entire time. The only time the weights came out was when I blocked a hard pass and the puck hit the weight. I received a few passes in my skates throughout the game and the weights never came out, but there is a chance the weight will come out if the puck hits them.

Leg Burn?

I did not get a deep burn from skating with the weights in, my legs felt like they got a bit of a better workout, but it was not substantial. I am a fairly strong skater though and pretty quick, and also using the original skate weight which is a bit lighter than the pro model.

Overall Thoughts


Here I will give my overall thoughts on the weights, who I think would benefit from them, and the pros and cons

Penalty Box

There aren’t too many negative things to say about the weights. I would have liked a better workout, but it’s partly my own fault for not getting the pro model. The other thing I have to mention is that one weight did come out after being hit with a puck, but the weights are meant for training, not for playing hockey.

Scoresheet

There were quite a few things I liked about the weights



  • Three models available for different skating abilities

  • The design allows for the skates to fit under most skates

  • Adjustable weight inserts allows players to reduce the weight for speed, or use all the weights to help improve power

  • They give you some added resistance when skating


I liked skating with the weights and definitely will use them again. I am going to get the pro models though so I get a bit more of a workout. It will be interesting to see if get faster after skating with them for a few months. I recommend the skate weights to younger players who have good form, and want to build their skating muscles. Remember that the best way to improve your speed and acceleration is with proper technique. If you are already a good skater then get the pro model

Trion Skate weight

The Trion SK8W8 Skate Weights is designed to create resistance when skating in order to improve your skating speed, endurance and strength. The patented design allows the SK8W8 weight to be easily fitted on any hockey skate. The Trion SK8W8 is made from a durable, high impact nylon that can withstand everything on the ice.

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MoveMaster Hockey Puck Review

MoveMaster Hockey Puck Review

If you want to improve your stickhandling and puck control you may be looking for something that will help you develop your skills off-ice. The MoveMaster hockey puck set is designed for this very purpose. We have already given you an in depth look at the product in our MoveMaster product overview, and we will now be testing the product out and giving you a full review.



Price

The MoveMaster hockey pucks sell for around $35. When you buy them you get three pucks, and each puck is specifically designed to help you in a different way. Let’s look at all three pucks, how they are designed, and how they actually worked.

The Muscle Puck

The Muscle puck is made to be bigger than a hockey puck, and heavier than a hockey puck. The Muscle Puck weighs 11.5 ounces and measures 3.7 inches in diameter. The bigger size is supposed to make it easier to maneuver, and the extra weight is supposed to help build the muscles involved in stickhandling.

During our testing of the Muscle Puck we found that it is very easy to stickhandle. The extra size makes it less challenging than a regular puck, and after about 5 minutes of stickhandling we did notice the weight was giving our forearms a bit of a workout. We decided that a big puck would be great for a beginner hockey player who tends to fumble the puck. Starting with a big heavy puck will help the muscles form patterns and learn the proper movements.

The Skillz Puck

This puck is the same size and weight as a hockey puck. You should use this puck if you have graduated from the Muscle Puck. This puck is made to be the same size and weight of a puck, however it does not match the weight and feel of a puck on the ice. We have found that in order for an object to feel like a puck does on the ice, it needs to be a few ounces lighter to compensate for the added friction. The Skillz Puck is still fun to stickhandle with, and is a bit more challenging than the Muscle Puck.

The Speed Puck

The Speed Puck is a teeny tiny puck that is very light. This puck is thinner than a puck, has a smaller circumference than a puck, and is also much lighter than a puck. This puck was designed to help build the fast twitch muscles, and practice repetition.

Stickhandling with this puck is a lot of fun, and much more challenging than using a regular puck. The smaller size makes it harder to control, and the light weight allows a player to quickly move the puck from side to side.

Durability

We practiced with the pucks on a hockey shooting pad and on smooth pavement and they worked great. We found that they work the best on a smooth surface, so we definitely recommend a hockey shooting pad. After extended use there were only superficial scratches and light rubs on the pucks. We did not shoot the pucks at all because the packaging said that they are not for shooting.

Overall Thoughts


Overall we enjoyed the MoveMaster pucks. There are other products on the market that offer different weights, but the unique aspect of the MoveMaster pucks is the different sizes. The combination of the varying weights and sizes will continue to challenge hockey players as their stickhandling and puck control abilities improve. Players who can already dangle may not get much out of this puck set, but if you are a beginner player, or you want to develop quick, soft hands, we recommend the MoveMaster pucks.

In the penalty box

The two downfalls for the pucks would be the price, which is around $40.00 and that they are not for shooting. $40.00 is a bit pricey, but the way I see it, if you learn and develop skills than the money is well spent. I remember buying a set of videos on how to stickhandle for $100 when I was 15, and I still use the moves I learned to this day. I love scoring goals, and I don’t miss the $100 one bit, so if you are actually going to use the pucks then they are worth it.


As far as shooting, I think the best thing for shooting is a hockey puck, and the weighted hockey pucks with the orange rubber.

Score Sheet

There are a lot of things I like about the MoveMaster pucks. Some things you can find in other training aids like the weight differences, but the one unique aspect is the size differences, to give you increasing levels of difficulty. I will list the positive aspects of the pucks below.



  • Different sizes provide increased difficulty to constantly challenge the player

  • Different weights allow players to build muscles, or work on repetition and muscle memory

  • Very durable, especially when used on a hockey shooting pad

  • Easy to use, and feels similar to a puck

Hockey Dryland Training Tiles Review

Hockey Training Tiles Review

As a hockey player it is important to practice shooting and stickhandling on a regular basis. The big problem that most hockey players have though is finding a suitable surface to stickhandle and shoot off of. The biggest problem with shooting and stickhandling on pavement or asphalt is the increased friction. This friction causes the pucks to move slower, and flip all over the place (very annoying). The friction also causes your stick blades to wear out pretty quickly (costs a lot to keep buying blades, or sticks).



In this video we test out the training tiles and show you how well the pucks slide, how to set up the tiles, and if we can park a car on them

Shooting and Stickhandling Surfaces

Hockey Training Dryland Flooring Tiles from HockeyShot™

A great solution is to find a nice smooth surface to shoot and stickhandle on. I have tried a lot of alternatives, but I find each cheap alternative will have a downfall in one way or another. I think that if you are serious about improving your shooting and stickhandling it is important to find a good surface to practice on.

One product that we have reviewed in the past was the hockey shooting pad we also did a video review of the roll-up shooting pad which I really liked. I think the roll up pad is the best option for a small area.

Dryland Training Tiles

We were sent a few boxes of training tiles from HockeyShot for review. Here is some information about the training tiles from the hockey shot website (with our comments in brackets).

Dryland Training Tiles

We were sent a few boxes of training tiles from HockeyShot for review. Here is some information about the training tiles from the hockey shot website (with our comments in brackets).

  • Slipperiest & smoothest material available for stickhandling, shooting & passing! (we”ll see about that)
  • Each tile measures 18″ x 18″ tile (2.25 square feet) and are 1/2″ thick.
  • Comes with 2 beveled edge pieces for easy loading of pucks.
  • Tiles easily attach to each other. Assemble entire hockey flooring area in minutes! (more on this in the review)
  • Perfect for your garage, basement or driveway.
  • Tiles are strong enough for cars to park on, perfect for the garage. (Oh I have to test this out!)

HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles Review - Tile Dimensions

Quality of Material

The tiles are very sturdy feeling, on the top they feel very smooth, and on the bottom they have a cross pattern across the entire tile. The tiles are not overly rigid, and it doesn’t seem like they would break or shatter with a slapshot (time will tell)

Setting up the Hockey Training Tiles

Click here to watch the instructional video

This was pretty easy, it took me a little while to figure it out, but I got it. I thought there was a special way to snap them together, but all you need to do is put the clip side over the ring side and then bash press them together.  Each box has 10 tiles, and the tiles measure 18 inches by 18 inches, I set each box up as two rows of 5 tiles.

HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles Review - Setup

I would say 5 boxes would be enough for most areas like a garage or basement. It gave me a lot of room to stickhandle and practice dekes. I also added a few more toys from hockeyshot to give me a bit more to do.

HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles Review - Full Training Setup

On the right side is the attack triangle which is a substitute for a defencemen, and on left side, in the corner, we have the pass master. The passmaster will feed the puck back to you if you pass into it. We also have a weighted hockey puck, and a Green Biscuit which is my favourite off ice puck! Check out the video to see them all in action.

Stickhandling and Shooting on the Training Tiles

Stickhandling

I practiced a variety of moves on the shooting tiles, first I just did some basic stickhandling with a regular hockey puck, then moved on to quicker dekes, and toe drags. The tiles held up well too all of my abuse, I was darting back and foreth, moving the puck quickly in all directions and taking a few quick snap shots to finish the move off. The tiles did not come apart at all and most importantly, the puck did not get caught on any edges. I was really impressed at how smoothly the tiles fit together.

Shooting

I was told that you can drive a car onto the tiles and they will not break, so they better be able to withstand the force of a stick while taking a slapshot (I tested both). With 5 boxes of tiles there was plenty of room to take a wristshot, snapshot, and slapshot. I took a bunch of slapshots and did not feel the tiles move at all, and there was no damage either.

Compared to other products

I really like the roll-up shooting pad which is 4 feet wide by 8 feet long and costs $99. With the roll up shooting pad you get the most shooting and stickhandling area for your buck.  A box of 10 training tiles costs $109.50 and gives you 3 feet by 7.5 feet, but the big advantage to the tiles is that you can buy more down the road and increase the area.

Score sheet – Overall Thoughts

I think that these tiles definitely live up to expectations.



  • They were nice and sturdy


  • They fit together nicely with no raised edges


  • The puck and the Green Biscuit slid very well


  • Easy to set up

I would recommend these to anyone who has a garage, basement, or flat open area and wants to start a cool place to practice stickhandling and shooting. Only one question remains though¡­. can you drive a car on it, you will have to watch the video to find out!

HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles

HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles from HockeyShot™

Any unused space can become a training zone with HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles. These snap-together 18” by 18” tiles simulate the slickness and smoothness of the ice, and are sold individually so you only have to order what you need.


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Extreme Passing Kit – Bungee Model Review

Extreme Passing Kit Review

In this video we give you a detailed extreme passing kit review. I show you a close up of the product, show you how big it is, how the puck slides, and how the pass rebounder works.



As a hockey player you should always be looking for ways to improve your skills. When I was a kid I would practice my shooting and stickhandling on a regular basis in my parents barn, but the biggest problem was finding a good surface to stickhandle on.

Trust me, I tried everything, I kept my eyes open for nice smooth surfaces, I used Plexiglas, laminate flooring, particle board, cardboard.everything. Despite my best efforts, the best surface I ever found was $50 at National Sports for a tiny hockey shooting pad. I used it until it turned black, and eventually misplaced it, but I loved it and I actually practiced a lot more because I knew I had a decent surface to stickhandle on, and shoot from.

Now that I am a bit older I want to help other players who may be going through the same thing I am, so that is why I like to review new products and test them out, it gives other hockey players a chance to see what they are like, and if they are worth buying!

The Extreme Passing Kit Review

The Extreme Passing Kit Review Bungee Model

The Extreme passing kit is a product by hockey shot that is meant to provide hockey players with a smooth surface for stickhandling and shooting, and also a pass rebounder for players to practice passing and one-timers.

Compared to Other Products

The extreme passing kit is similar to the tape 2 tape, and the hockey skill pad, but cheaper with a larger surface area and not so bulky

Out of the Box

The passing kit comes rolled up in a large box.The box is about 4 feet tall, and a foot wide

Size

The extreme passing kit is 8 feet long and 4 feet wide, giving you plenty of room to line up a bunch of pucks in a row for rapid fire slapshots, or practice a few moves before you test them out on the ice.

Set-up instructions

You don’t have to do much to start shooting. The “extreme passing kit” is basically just a roll-up shooting pad with a pass re-bounder built into it. The key is to get the passing kit nice and flat before you start practicing. In order to get it really flat I was told it should be laid flat with something heavy on it for a few days.

For my roll-up shooting pad I just put a sheet of plywood on top, and that worked great!

Detailed Review of the Extreme Passing Kit

Extreme Passing Kit Review
The kit is pretty simple, like I said before it is a roll-up shooting pad with a pass re-bounder. In the picture to the left you can see the re-bounder. The concept is pretty simple, a bungee cord attached to two posts. Could you make something like that yourself? Yeah probably, but this is done professionally, and it is really solid, so you don’t have to struggle with it to get it to work

The bungee cord posts are attached to the back with a solid steel (I think it is aluminum) backing.

Bungee cord vs elastic band

A lot of puck re-bounders in the past have used elastic bands, the problem with these is that the band tends to break after extended use. The Extreme passing kit uses a bungee cord because they are known to last a lot longer than a simple elastic band.

How does the puck slide?

The puck slides great on the shooting pad, one thing I like about the passing kit is the size. My previous shooting pad was big, but this one is huge! I can actually stand on it and pull a few moves. The puck moves just as well on the roll up shooting pad as it does on a hockey shooting pad, and the dry land hockey training tiles. If you want to get even closer to the on ice feeling I recommend the Green Biscuit, you can even use it on rough surfaces.

Passing

Passing is simple, just pass the puck into the bungee cord and it comes back to you. If you have a bad pass (wobbly) the puck will either go over the bungee cord, or come back, but flip over a bit.

If the shooting pad is not nice and flat, the puck will be more likely to roll over the bungee cord and not come back to you. The roll up pad comes rolled up, so to get it flat you should put something heavy around the edges for a few days. I put a sheet of plywood on top and it worked great.

One-Timers

One Timer With The  Extreme Passing Kit From HockeyShot.com

I had a lot fun of practicing my one-timers with this product. It can’t get any simpler, pass the puck into the bungee cord, wind up, then shoot. I would definitely recommend the extreme passing kit rather than just getting one that attaches to a smaller shooting pad. With a smaller shooting pad you will not have a lot of time to set up.

The roll-up shooting pad / extreme passing kit is 8 feet long, so you have a lot of time to set up the one timer. I think this is important because it allows you to focus on proper form and technique.

You can also move the shooting pad around and practice receiving a one timer from different angles.

Shooting

This one is a no-brainer, the roll up pad is perfect for shooting. With some of the small hockey shooting pads you will run out of room if you want to do a full wrist shot with a nice big wind-up.

With the extreme passing kit you can use a full wind-up and then some. Slapshots are great, I was hammering them at full force and the shooting pad held up to all my abuse. Another great option is lining up a bunch of pucks all along the pad, being 8 feet long you can put a puck every foot and practice rapid fire slapshots.

Overall Thoughts

In the penalty box

There are only a few things I would like to mention about the extreme passing kit. The first one is that if  you REALLY fire a puck into the bungee cord it will not send the puck back, I don’t see any point in passing them full force into the bungee cord though so that was not really a problem for me.

The next would be if you have ripples in the shooting pad, and then give a hard pass into the bungee cord, the puck may come a bit off the pad and then go over the bungee cord. I only had this problem if I tried using the extreme passing kit right after I un-rolled it. For the best results, just make sure the roll up shooting pad is nice and flat.

On the scoreboard

I really like the fact that I can practice stickhandling, passing, shooting, and one-timers all with one product. Here are a few benefits of the roll up shooting pad

 

Bungee Extreme Passing Kit



  • Fairly easy to transport ( a bit of a pain to roll up, use a belt to keep it rolled up) much easier to move than a regular hockey shooting pad of the same size


  • Puck slides great
    Puck re-bounder works well


  • Lies nice and flat
    Allows hockey players to practice a number of skills


  • Large area is great for practicing a bunch of different stickhandling moves comfortably


  • Good for practicing the one-timer


If there were a product like this when I was younger I would have bought it in a heartbeat. I am a firm believer in spending money on good products, especially if they will help you better yourself, or improve a skill. Money comes and goes, but when you learn a new skill it will stick with you forever.

HockeyShot Extreme Passing Kit

Quicker wrists and softer hands will help you move the puck better. Work on both with HockeyShot’s Extreme Passing Kit, now featuring a larger front slope for longer rallies and more practice. You can even use it to feed yourself one-timers!


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page

How To Toe Drag – Off-Ice Tutorial

Stickhandling & Deking Tips

Perfecting the toe drag will give you the ability to move the puck quickly backwards and forwards, and side to side no matter where it is.



Another great advantage to the toe drag is to use it to deke out the opposition or the goalie. There are a number of situations where a quick toe drag can be the best (and prettiest) way to get around the defense. Sometimes the defensemen thinks you have no room to move the puck, but by using the toe of the stick to pull the puck backwards you give yourself more room move the puck. Then you can move it over and up and blow past the D (and look awesome!)

How To Toe Drag

I was hesitant to show people how to toe drag off-ice. I learned how to toe drag with a stickhandling ball, I had it perfected, then I stepped onto the ice and tried it with a puck, not good. The puck flew backwards over, and over, and over. I did have the general motion down, but I had to adjust a bit to get it to work on the ice. I think the biggest problem was that I learned with a ball, and with a lot of friction, but on the ice you use a puck, and there is very little friction. So my best recommendation for learning to toe drag off-ice get a green biscuit, and a hockey shooting pad (I really like the roll up shooting pad).

The toe drag is pretty simple on paper (or computer screen), but actually getting it down is tough, here is how to toe drag

  • Roll your wrists to roll the blade of the stick over, so the toe of the blade of the stick is pointing down
  • Catch the puck with the toe, and pull it backwards (or sideways if the puck is to your side)
  • As the puck is coming backwards, roll your hands back and catch the puck

This is the most basic toe drag, once you get better you can use the toe drag to move the puck straight back, in a J motion, or a wide U to pull the puck from one side of your body, all the way to the other.

Green Biscuit

The Green Biscuit is an off-ice training hockey puck that will help you and your team develop passing and stickhandling skills that will blow your competition away. Try it and you will agree.

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Hockey Shot Shooting Pads & Mats

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. And you don’t have to worry about rough asphalt chewing up your blade either.

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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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The 2 Type of Wrist Shots

Two Types of Wrist Shot

Yes there are two types of wrists shots in hockey, yet I am amazed at how many people are unaware of this fact. A newcomer to the game of hockey asked for some wrist shot tips in a popular hockey forum. Many beer leaguers who have been playing hockey for years tried to help. The problem was that different people were teaching different types of wrist shots as if they were the same type. I could not find one good article that addresses both types of wrist shots so I thought I would clear things up.

Two types of wrist shots:

Both types of wrist shots are commonly used in hockey, and both have their pros and cons. The first one I will discuss is the first type of wrist shot you should learn, and also the most powerful. The second type of wrist shot is great for getting a quick shot off but not quite as powerful as the first.

The most powerful type of wrist shot:

his is the first type of wrist shot you should learn because it teaches the fundamentals of how to take a wrist shot. For this type of wrist shot the player rotates the shoulders and trunk and draws the puck back, and across the body. Rotating at the trunk allows the player to bring the puck further back which will result in a more powerful shot.

The player will now execute the wrist shot by pulling the puck toward the net, rotating the shoulders and trunk towards the net, and transferring weight onto the leg opposite of their stick handiness (right handed shot transfers weight onto left leg)

This type of wrist shot allows the player to derive power from their core muscles, and also allows them to transfer more energy and power into their shot. The puck will be on the blade of the stick longer as well which will also result in more power.

The quick release wrist shot

This type of wrist shot is great if you want to surprise the goalie with a quick snapper. In fact some say this type of wrist shot is a mix between wrist shot and snapshot (it can be depending on how you execute it). For this type of wrist shot the player keeps their chest facing the net and draws the puck behind them, and on their shooting side.

The player then leans into the shot, while quickly snapping the puck towards the net. For this shot the weight is transferred onto the same leg as the way the player shoots (right handed player transfers weight onto right leg) This type of wrist shot derives less power from the core and leg muscles, which results in a weaker shot.

In order to get as much power as possible from this shot the player must learn to use the flex of their stick to help generate power. Some NHL players refer to this as slingshotting the puck at the net ( especially if you have a low flex stick) the loss in power in this shot is made up with the quick set up and release.Know that you know about the two types of wrist shots, you should learn when to use each type of shot.

Where to use the powerful wrist shot

The powerful wrist shot is a great tool for defencemen to use. This type of shot can be used in situations when a slapshot would take to long to set up, or a more accurate shot is needed. My favourite use of this shot is when I am coming into the offensize zone on the off wing, with one defencemen at the blue line. I penetrate the offensive zone near the boards, and the defence will now be near the top of the circle. At this point I push the puck forwards as if I am going to go hard into the corner or dump the puck in. Then I pull the puck back into position for the powerful wrist shot and cut to the cemtre. I shoot for the side of the net that I just came from. I know the goalie will be moving from the side I just came from, to the centre of the net, which gives me a good spot to shoot. The defence can also provide a partial screen which will increase chamces of scoring. (explained in the video as well for all you visual learners)



Where to use quick wrist shots:

The best time to use the quick wrist shot is when you are in close to the net. The faster you can get the shot off the better. My favorite way to score with a quick wrist shot is to skate in, pick a spot and let it rip. The key to scoring this way is accuracy, and not giving any clues that you are going to shoot. A great way to perfect this is to practice executing the quick wrist shot without breaking your stride. Another great way to score with the quick wrist shot is through the five hole. The closer you are to the goalie, the less time the goalie has to close the gap, and the better chance you have to score.

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 Folding Hockey Net Review

EZ Goal Review Detailed Look

I recently received an EZ goal from hockeyshot.com and have had the chance to take it out, set it up, and take a bunch of shots. I have been shooting on this net for a few weeks now and tested it for quality and durability. If you are thinking of getting a hockey net, check out this Hockey net review.



Testing the EZ Goal hockey net

HowToHockey.com EZ Goal Review

After getting the EZ goal I set it up and took a few shots on it, I took note of how easy it was to set up, how well it folds, and the overall quality of the material. Since then I have been shooting on it daily, below you will find my detailed EZ goal review.

How to Set up the EZ Goal hockey net

Set-up was super simple, all I had to do was look at the picture on the box (who uses manuals these days) and snap the pieces together. There are no tools required, you just push the tabs in, and then fit the posts together.

To put on the hockey netting we just aligned the net properly (red tab at the top middle) and then used two long pieces of string to lace every square to the wigley wire. Putting the net on takes some time.

How long does it take to set up?

Setting up the frame was easy, it only took about 10 minutes. Putting the netting on was also easy, but it was time consuming. Lacing the net took about 30 minutes.

How well does the EZ Goal fold?

EZ Goal Review

Folding the hockey net up is really easy! All I had to do was pull the pins from the bottom posts, then separate the middle post, then fold down the top, and fold up the bottom. Presto chango, the net is all folded up! It takes under a minute to fold and unfold the net, I do not think they could have made it any easier.


Quality of the Material

In our EZ goal Detailed Look video (embedded below) I’ll show you close up shots of the posts and netting so you can get a good idea of the quality. Then I’ll tell you how the posts and net held up after a few weeks of heavy shooting.

Quality of Netting

The netting is fairly thick compared to other nets in this price range. I have used netting like this before on other hockey nets and they usually last a few seasons before getting any holes in them. After a few weeks of shooting a few hundred slapshots a day I only have one hole in the net, right near the bottom where I likely blasted a few thousand 75 MPH slapshots. I didn’t really expect the net to hold up to that type of abuse, and for the purpose of the review I was trying to put a hole in the net. Over all the netting is great for kids and adults, but hold off on the slapshots if you have a cannon.

The goal posts all have wigley wire on the back for you to thread the net through. Some cheap nets do not bother with wigley wire so you just have to wrap the string around the posts, which looks terrible, and also if the string breaks it is annoying, so it is nice that the EZ goal has the wigley wire.

How about them Goal Posts

EZ Goal Post

I have tested my wrist shots and slapshots numerous times on a few different radar guns. My wrist shot is between 50 and 60 miles per hour and my slapshot is around 75 miles per hour.

The posts held up fine to my wrist shots, snapshots and my lighter slapshots, but the off time when I hammered a slapshot right into the post it left a small dent. I was actually surprised I didn’t dent it more, the posts held up to all my shots except when I put everything I had into a slapshot, which you don’t usually do in road hockey or pond hockey anyways. I hammered the white post in the center a bunch of times and I haven’t been able to dent it at all.

The picture to the left is probably a good example of what to expect from the posts, most shots will just leave a mark, but you can dent them with a really hard shot. The black mark was a full powered slapshot and there was no dent, then I hit the post dead on with another full powered slapshot and you can see a small dent.

After a few weeks of normal shooting on the hockey net (not trying to break it anymore) I have only added a few dings to the post, and they are all from my slapshot. I would say these posts will withstand basically anything you can throw at them, unless you or your kid is playing elite hockey, then just lay off on the slappers.


EZ Goal compared to other hockey nets

Price compared to other hockey nets

The EZ Goal is around $100, most nets of this quality start at $120 and the real cheap plastic, or metal ones with thin posts (not recommended for players with good shots) start at around $70. The ez goal comes with targets, which is a sweet bonus, and for an extra $50 you can get a backstop which let’s you spend more time shooting and less time looking for pucks! Another sweet bonus is that the ez goal folds up, and I have not seen another hockey net that can do that.

For a pro hockey net you are looking at around $500, they are really heavy and near impossible to move. The only advantage to pro nets is the thicker posts, and thicker meshing, but for most hockey players that isn’t really necessary.

Quality compared to other hockey nets

In my opinion the EZ goal matches or exceeds the quality of netting and posts of other more expensive hockey nets, plus it folds up. Advantage, EZ Goal!

EZ Goal compared to plastic ball hockey nets

  • I have destroyed a lot of ball hockey nets in my life. They are cheap, made of plastic, and don’t stand a chance against pucks. Here is how the EZ goal stacks up against ball hockey nets
  • Better quality posts and netting than plastic nets
  • A bit more expensive
  • Will last a lot longer
  • Ez goal is heavier than the plastic nets
  • I would recommend the EZ goal over ball hockey nets because ball hockey nets usually last about one season (one day if you use pucks) before you need to buy a new one!

Set up, Folding, and Quality video



EZ Goal compared to metal road hockey nets

  • The Ez goals 2″ metal piping will last longer than 1″ piping
  • Sturdier than 1″ piping nets
  • EZ goal folds up for easy storage
  • EZ goal is similar in price, but better quality

EZ Goal compated to PRO regulation hockey net

  • Same size and dimensions of a PRO net
  • MUCH lighter
  • Pro nets are one piece, and welded together, Ez goal folds up and is easy to move
  • Cheaper than pro net ($400 cheaper)
  • Not as durable

EZ Goal – Pro Steel Folding Goal with Backstop Rebounder

EZ Goal Hockey backstop rebounder helps protect doors, windows and your garage. This is a 4’x6’ regulation size net with a 10’x6’ backstop that allows you to shoot hard in corners without the worry of chasing your pucks and balls. EZ goal backstop rebounder is a great tool to improve your accuracy, shot and your consistency.


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Green Biscuit Review

Green Biscuit

The green biscuit is a hockey training puck that is designed to replicate the feeling of stickhandling with a real hockey puck on ice. While many ( too many!) products promise the feel of stickhandling
with a real puck, only a few can deliver. How did it stack up? Read on to find out.



First look at the Green Biscuit

When I first got the green biscuit I thought what most people probably think, oh great another gimmicky hockey training product. You have to admit, it looks a bit funny.

Green Biscuit Design

The biscuit is designed to travel flat on irregular surfaces like concrete and asphalt. The idea behind the design is to reduce friction, and vibration that will cause pucks to flip over and normally occurs with other pucks.

The green biscuit is made out of two pieces of plastic with a hollow spot in the middle. The pieces of plastic are held apart by three metal bolts and cushioned with rubber spacers in the middle. According to the Green Biscuit Website this unique design is specifically engineered to stop the it from flipping over. Sounds like a great plan, but for some reason I don’t think that this puck could hold up to my ever improving slapshot, but I can’t wait to try stickhandling and passing.

While there are many pucks that use simple, and often flawed designs in an attempt to achieve an ice like feel, it appears that the green biscuit may actually achieve this. It definitely wins the award for most creative engineering and design. Only one question remains though.

Does the Green Biscuit work?

The short answer is YES! I was pretty amazed at how well this puck actually worked. After using so many shawdy products, I really expected this one to end up as dog toy, I was pleasantly surprised. Below I will share my experience with the biscuit.

Stickhandling with the GreenBiscuit

I tested the Green Biscuit on a nice flat piece of pavement. The biscuit moves nicely back and forth and is definitely better than using a regular hockey puck ( see video) I also tried some other hockey training pucks but the Green Biscuit was definitely my favourite. It slides nicely, and is great for toe drags! (as seen in our hockey shooting pad video)

Does it flip up?

When doing slow smooth motions it is almost impossible to flip the it over. I find the biscuit does come up slightly from time to time, but only during quick, powerful moves. I feel this is a good way to train yourself to have nice soft hands, and it only tilts up a bit, so it doesn’t really interrupt stickhandling too much.

If you want to practice a lot of quick moves you could always pick up a hockey shooting pad. The shooting pad works well with the green biscuit by reducing friction even more, and it will also protect the bottom of your stick. We did a full hockey shooting pad review if you are interested

Passing

I really liked passing with the green biscuit. Ken and I tried all kinds of variations; quick short passes, long hard passes, rapid back and forth passes, backhand passes, and even saucer passes. The green biscuit worked great for every type of pass, and really felt like passing on ice does.

If you suck at passingI definitely recommend getting a green biscuit, having a friend to pass back to you helps as well!!

One thing that I did notice was when taking a hard pass, if I cupped the pass and then pulled it in towards my body in a sweeping motion the puck would come up on edge against the edge of the blade of my stick. Not a huge annoyance as it only happened a few times, and I easily corrected the puck and continued passing.

Shooting with the green biscuit

A lot of people ask can you shoot with the Green Biscuit? Here is my experience

*Winds up, takes a slapshot, hits post, green biscuit explodes*

The green biscuit is not made for shooting! That’s what regular pucks are for.

Green biscuit vs regular puck

Size

As you can see in the picture the Green Biscuit is the exact same size of a normal hockey puck.

Weight

The Green Biscuit weighed in at 4.4 ounces. A normal hockey puck is usually between 5.5 and 6 ounces. The Green Biscuit is made a bit lighter than a normal puck to replicate the feel of using a real puck off ice.

Feel

According to the Green Biscuit website the Green Biscuit was made lighter than a normal hockey puck because the added friction from rough surfaces makes it feel heavier, or just like using the heavier puck on the ice.

Slide

Don’t even think about trying to use a regular puck off the ice or on pavement, the rubber grabs onto everything and the puck will flip all over the place

Of course nothing can match a puck on ice, but the Green Biscuit does slide nicely, it travels in a straight line, moves better if you put spin on it, and has a similar bounce as a puck.

Green biscuit compared to stickhandling balls

Size

As you can see in the pictures the stickhandling ball is quite a bit smaller than the Green Biscuit, however it is also taller. The balls are made to have the same contact point as a puck, so that is why it is quite a bit taller, you can see that the middle of the stickhandling ball matches the top of the green biscuit.

Weight

The stickhandling ball I use weighed in at 4.1 oz, with the green biscuit being 4.4, not a big difference at all.

Slide

Being round, the stickhandling balls roll very easily, the motion of rolling is obviously different than sliding but provides great lateral movement along the ground. The major downfall of stickhandling balls is the passing ability. If you try to pass stickhandling balls for long distances they have the tendency to bounce and change direction.

Feel

Stickhandling balls are great for quick movements and repetition because you never have to worry about them flipping over, however real pucks do flip over sometimes so I think it is a good idea to use a product that most closely reflects the properties of a puck.

If I want to practice some serious dangles I prefer the green biscuit. The major downfall of stickhandling balls is their shape. They are designed to feel like a puck, but no matter how you look at it, they are still balls. When I first started learning how to toe drag I practiced with stickhandling balls, but found when I tried the same motion on ice, the puck would get away from me a lot. When I started using the Green biscuit on a hockey shooting pad (even on pavement was good) I noticed it felt A LOT more like a puck on ice.

Price compared to other training pucks

The green biscuit retails for around $12 US, which is right on par with other training pucks.

Green Biscuit

The Green Biscuit is an off-ice training hockey puck that will help you and your team develop passing and stickhandling skills that will blow your competition away. Try it and you will agree.

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How to Improve your Slap Shot Power

How to Improve your Slap Shot Power

I shot this video that shows you how you can improve your slapshot technique and get more power from your shot.



Proper slapshot technique

Proper technique is the most important aspect of your slapshot, in fact by using a radar gun and tweaking just a few things in my technique, I was able to increase my slapshot by 15 mph. After improving my shot substantially, Ken and I went to the hockey expo in Toronto. There was a radar gun there where anyone could test their shot. One guy was in line in front of us who was absolutely jacked, 6 feet tall and muscles rippling from every where. Ken and I were sure he would be able to hit at least 80mph. This guy steps up and struggles to hit 65, still fast, but Ken and I have a lot less muscle and easily topped 70 mph. It just goes to show that proper form is the first thing you should work on.

Tips to improve slapshot power

After posting the slapshot challenge video on youtube, and starting a forum thread at the rink we got a number of video responses showing their slapshots. We noticed a few common slapshot technique problems that could be easily fixed for more power. Also while working on improving my slapshot technique I noticed a few changes in technique that really improved my slapshot speed. I have made a list below.

Hold the stick in the right location

Holding the stick too close to the blade is common among people learning the slapshot, as it makes it a bit easier to get the puck off the ice. However this is a bad habit that many players form. To get the most power from your slapshot your lower hand should be just below the halfway point of your stick, this allows you to put more flex on the stick. Also by holding the stick too low you will not be able to get full power from your shoulders and arms.

Back swing

Your back swing in your slapshot should not look like a back swing in golf.  You do not want to bring the blade of your stick behind your head, on an angle. The blade of your stick should move more like a pendulum, coming straight back and straight down. If your back swing and down swing is on an angle you will not get as much power from your shot, and you will not be able to flex your stick properly.

Transfer your weight

When you take a slapshot, you want to use your whole body, mot just your arms. A great way to add power to your shot is to step into the shot and get your weight moving forwards. This will help you transfer energy and give you a faster slapshot. Transferring your weight involves using your legs. In order to get power from your legs you should bend your knees, and during the downswing really drive into the shot with your back leg. If you watch NHL players taking slapshots you will notice they all push off with their back leg to get more power.

Bend your knees

This goes along with transferring your weight. A common mistake in slapshot technique (for beginners) is shooting straight legged. If you are shooting straight legged you will not be able to properly transfer your weight. Bending your knees allows you to push off with your back leg, and drive into the shot.

Roll your wrists and follow through

While practicing my slapshot I noticed that I would often leave the blade of my stick open in my follow through. By rolling my wrist during the follow through, and continuing to push into the shot I added a few MPH to my top speed.

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

 

 

How and When to Shoot Low in Hockey

How & When to Shoot Low in Hockey

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.

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.



A lot of hockey players like to snipe the top corners, and why wouldn’t you? It looks pretty and makes you look like a pro. The only problem is that when you start getting better at hockey, so do the goalies. Goalies love to rob players with their flashy glove saves, or brilliant blocker saves. In order to continue to score a lot of goals you have to know how and when to shoot for the bottom corners.

To help you score more goals I have outlined the best reasons to shoot low:

  • You can shoot over the net but not under it (better chance of hitting the net)
  • Aiming for just over the goalies pad and close to the post gives you a high chance of scoring
  • Better chance for a tip in or deflection
  • Better chance for a rebound
  • The 5 hole is a great place to score (more on this later)

Now that you know why you should be shooting low, I will teach you how to improve your accuracy. I have already written a detailed article on how to improve wrist shot accuracy so now I will cover shooting low.

How to Shoot Low in Hockey

Many hockey players have a hard time shooting low, they try to take a nice hard shot for the bottom corner, or maybe try to send one just over the goalies pad, but they just can’t get the accuracy right. Shooting low is actually pretty simple if you know what to do. Just follow these two simple steps below, and you should be sniping low in no time.

Follow through:

The follow through is simple, if you follow through high, the puck will go high. If you follow through low, the puck will go low.

Point the blade:

When you are following through, make sure you point the blade of your stick at where you want the puck to go. By pointing the blade of your stick you will help guide the puck in the right direction. Pointing the toe of the blade of your stick also helps remind you to roll your wrists. Rolling your wrists, and adding a bit of a snap in your shot helps with accuracy, and also adds a bit of power to your shot. Which brings me to my next point

Don’t let up on the shot:

A lot of players tend to let up on their shots when they shoot low; they think if they shoot too hard than the puck will go high. While laying off on the power does help keep shots low, this is not what you want to learn. If you lob pucks at the net the goalie is going to easily stop them, collect the rebound, and then laugh at your weak little flutter puck, you don’t want that and neither do I! Practice hitting the bottom corners with full force, man up, take a powerful shot, follow through low, point the blade of your stick, and score more goals!

When to shoot low

I might be a bit biased because I score quite a few goals this way, but the way I see it, if the goalie doesn’t have the bottom of the net covered, shoot low. Even if the goalie stops your shot there should be a juicy rebound waiting for you, or your team mate.

When to shoot 5 hole

The 5 hole (spot between the goalies legs) is a great spot to score goals, but there are some situations that are better than others if you want to score. Shooting 5 hole from the blue line…. not a good idea. I have always found that the closer you are to the goalie, the less time the goalie has to close the five hole, and the better chance you have of scoring. If the goalie has the five hole open, and you are in close, snap a quick one right between their legs! Most goalies won’t be able to close the gap in time, and that means you get to light the lamp.

I have found another great way to score 5 hole is on a deke. I used this move A LOT from Pee wee to Bantam. All you have to do is skate in on your off wing, fake a shot to the closest side of the net, and then pull the puck back and cut to the other side of the net (back off a bit from the crease to avoid the poke check). Every goalie is trained to move where the puck moves, by moving the puck from one side of the net to the other, you force the goalie to move. If the goalie doesn’t move (because you from them with your fake shot) you shoot far side and score. If the goalie does move it will create openings, the easiest one to score in is the 5 hole. To sum up the move, come in on your off wing, cut from one side of the net to the other, shoot 5 hole (fake a shot for extra style points)

Shooting Low Video

Here is a video that gives you a few pointers on shooting for the bottom corners. You should also check out our other wrist shot videos where we have another great wrist shot accuracy video (The prequel to this video, showing you how to snipe top shelf)