Working on Bad Angle Shots – Summer Skills Series

Jeremy Rupke is back with another Summer Skills Session! This is another off-season sniping drill for sharp angle shots where players can improve on speed and accuracy. Players like Phil Kessel don’t just wake up and snipe from impossible angles in game-time situations. They practice those situations constantly because they know that the only way to get those past the goaltender is by visualizing those open spaces at high tempo. There is no better way to do this than situational drills like this one. Jeremy provides a tweak in this bad angle shooting drill that will save the shooter from moving constantly and let’s them see realistic game-time angles that are challenging. He also shows two key sniper tips to improve on add that much more accuracy to your shot. Like Jeremy explains, players will quickly understand that the center area of the slot is often protected so the shooters must improvise. Tight-angled shots are something players have to get used to if they want to see the puck in the back of the net more often than seeing it rimmed around the boards and out the zone. Here, Jeremy explains how this drill works and why it will help your accuracy:

In the video, Jeremy (who shoots right) shows how tight-angle shots are possible with practice and if you want to pad your goal tally, tough angle shots are a must. From the left side, Jeremy starts with the right top corner, which is natural as he shoots right. Start with what you’re comfortable with, and then move on to more challenging angles (like the left corner for a right-handed shooter) afterwards. When Jeremy moves to the right side, it gets tougher for him because of his right hand shot. One easy tip that helps with the flow and accuracy of the shot is to toe the puck (control with the toe of your stick) and squaring your blade before the release. Dragging it closer to you adds accuracy and allows you to look at the target before the quick release. Jeremy also tweaked his speed of his release on the second round to add more speed to his shot. Putting more speed on the squared-release shot will add that much more accuracy to where you’re aiming. On your strong side tough-angled shots are more difficult so try this tip out!

Jeremy ends the video by explaining the importance of drill equipment. Unless you own a hockey rink, players are often at the mercy of paved driveways and garage doors, which usually doesn’t end well with the parents. Jeremy loves HockeyShot’s Products because they are in line with what coaches need for training – simple, adjustable, and high quality. If you’re looking for long lasting and innovative hockey accessories, then have a look at for products that are guaranteed to give you the edge in off and on ice training!

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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.