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Feel the Puck & Change the Angle – Skills Series

Hockey Shot’s Bench Boss Jeremy Rupke is at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, Ontario with another Skill Series episode. The first part of today’s session is all about how to improve your puck feel, and he found some of the Buffalo Regals team to help show you how it’s done!



A great trick when practicing your stick handling on all parts of the blade is to work with a golf ball or even better, the Swedish Wooden Ball or Extreme Stickhandling Ball from HockeyShot. The Buffalo Regals do this before every game, and Coach Jeremy uses them to demonstrate the certain way you can use the golf ball to get the feel of the puck. Try passing a ball back and forth as a team, it’s a great team hockey drill and can help in understanding the different parts of the blade of your stick.

Coach Jeremy shares an awesome tip by using opposite color hockey tape to help highlight the toe, middle, and heel of the blade. This tip combined with Coach Jeremy’s Yo-Yo Drill and Backhand Toe Drill will help you get a great feel for where your puck is at all times during the game.



We’re not done sharing how HockeyShot products can be combined with Coach Jeremy’s hockey drills to improve your game all year round! It is important to not only focus on your position in hockey, but also your angles. Lots of players use the same angles which can be a tell for the goalie. By switching up your angles you will not only become a better player but also get more goals. Be unpredictable!

The drills covered by Coach Jeremy will help you in three different on-ice situations. First by switching up the angles in tight to your stick, when you are in the slot and those times you are squared off to the goalie in close to the net. Coach Jeremy uses the Hockey Shot Crowd Goes Wild Shooting Tarp to demonstrate the difference between what you see and what the puck sees. By practicing seeing the net from the eyes of the puck you have a better chance of beating the goalie and finding the back of the net.

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It is important to stay creative in how you change your angles, and one of the best ways to practice this is by switching up your shooting lanes. By using the Hockey Shot Extreme Passers you can train how you set up your shooting angles and see where your game needs improvement. Coach Jeremy and HockeyShot believe that experimenting and making mistakes is the whole point of training. When you see where you make your mistakes that means you can improve, and with the help of Hockey Shot Product Line-Up that can be very exciting!

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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.