Don't shoot the puck

Don’t Shoot the Puck!

You were having a great day, everything seemed normal. Then, you went to HockeyShot.com, where the title of an article said “Don’t Shoot the Puck!”





It’s OK, no need to have your eyes checked, or to check the URL to see if you’re on the wrong site. The idea here is about changing your thought process, and taking an Advanced Shot, instead of your everyday puck pushing shot which tends to trickle down the ice with mediocre power.

Don’t just shoot the puck, flex your stick, and make a powerful shot by unleashing the power of the composite materials it was engineered with. This will work on a wrist shot, snap shot, or slap shot. Flex means power!

First, here’s how you shouldn’t be shooting:

  • Say your normal stick handling starting position is with your top hand on the end of the shaft, right in front of you, close to your body. The shaft is a straight line to the blade. You’re forced to push the puck along with the shaft of the stick as rigid as ever. No flex at all.

Here’s how you should be activating your stick for a powerful stick. Try practicing on a slippery surface when you first try the advanced shot, so you can get used to the stick’s flex on an ice-like surface.

  • Hold the shaft of the stick away from your body, and be sure it’s in front of the blade. When you are moving the puck, you will be building up pressure and flex on your stick.
  • There will be some resistance as you move the stick and the puck, but it’s a good thing. There may be bending. Keep sweeping the stick forward, and when you get to the point of release, give it a good snap, to propel it forward with power. If the opposing goalie stops your shot, make it sting a little bit on his, (or her) catcher hand.

Try the stick flex shot over and over, and be amazed as you build up power, and take full advantage of your stick’s flexibility. You might want to practice on some road hockey sticks while you get a handle on you power, but using a slide board or practicing on ice should be less destructive on your arsenal of sticks.

So next time you play hockey, practice, or are working out your goalie, don’t shoot the puck!

Flex your stick, and fire the puck instead!

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Jeremy Rupke

For many of you who already follow along with his hockey shenanigans, Jeremy Rupke hardly needs an introduction! Jeremy’s love for the game and enthusiasm comes across in all that he does, and he is sure to give you a good laugh even in the pursuit of enhancing your serious hockey skills.

Growing up in the small-town of Hunstville, Ontario, Canada (Population: 20,000) Rupke did not have a lot to do, other than play hockey of course. And really, what else do you need? As a young boy, these small-town roots sparked a passion in Rupke that has yet to be tamed. When Jeremy met obstacles, or identified weaknesses in his game, he did not stop practicing until he found a solution or just got better. This dedication continues to drive everything that he does.

When looking for inspiration Rupke turned to old hockey videos, even before the Internet days, like Don Cherry's “Rock'Em Sock'em Hockey” but don’t tell him we told you. As the Internet took over Jeremy started searching for educational videos online. Unfortunately, (but fortunate for us) Rupke was not satisfied with what he could dig up. As he always does when faced with an obstacle, Jeremy, instead of continuing to look for an improbable solution, created the solution, giving life to HowToHockey.

As you are probably aware, HowToHockey is the bread and butter for online hockey videos (most have been shared right here on HockeyShot). Rupke offers tips and tricks to enhance your game and he is sure to entertain. He is constantly providing his followers with content that can’t be met by any other online hockey sensation in the world! And we sincerely mean that.

Knowing he is providing inspiration to young kids inspires Rupke to continue his work. If you follow him on his many social media accounts, you know that he is already coaching his first-born son, Mason to become the next “Great One” (sorry Wayner). In between making his hockey wife, Sammy very happy of course :)

Rupke meticulously studies the pros and translates the knowledge he gains, into easy to follow advice. He breaks down each hockey skill in a way that most players would not be able to put into words. It’s this attention to detail that helps kids (and adults) make small changes that equal huge gains. In Jeremy’s own words “I guess you could say I am obsessed with player development and coaching”. It’s an obsession that HockeyShot and many of our customers are grateful for! Relating to all the kids out there who don’t get one-on-one time to develop their skills, Rupke, with some help from the Internet, has made this a possibility to players around the globe!

Kudos to our Bench Boss Jeremy Rupke.