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Tips and Drills To Keep You On Top Of The Game

Tips and Drills To Keep You On Top Of The Game


Description: Practice your snap shot, but place one foot on a chair behind your body while shooting. Be sure to switch the foot so that you can practice shooting off both feet. Remember, the weight should be on your front foot (the one not on the chair) and you need to drive the heel of the blade down into the ground and generate a lot of stick-flex to make this work.

Skills Developed: Snap shot, shooting off one foot

Necessary Gear: Hockey net, chair, synthetic ice tiles or shooting pad


    • Have a partner call out which target to shoot for
    • Place a tire in the way that you have to shoot around to mimic a shot blocker



Description: Set up a pile of pucks on the far-side of a tire from you (lefties should be standing to the right of the tire and vice versa for righties). Pull the puck into your body (around the tire) and fire a snap shot on net. Remember the keys to the snap shot: drive the heel of the blade into the ground, push with the bottom hand and pull with the top hand, turn the wrists over quickly. Don’t worry too much about transferring weight from one foot to the other as this takes a long time to deliver the shot; instead think “attack the puck.”

Skills Developed: Changing the angle of a shot, snap shot, shooting through traffic

Necessary Gear: Old tire, hockey puck, hockey net


    • Pull Past Tire, Push Back to Forehand and Shoot
    • Try placing another hockey stick about 1-2 feet behind the tire so that your pull on the puck has to be controlled and linear, rather than a slow-looping motion.
    • Get a running start at the tire as though you were on an offensive rush before pulling the puck into your body
    • Have a partner roll the tire at you before shooting (to mimic an oncoming shot blocker.) Be sure your partner gets out of the way after rolling the tire so he or she doesn’t take a puck off the melon.



Description: Stand facing the net with your feet square. Place a pile of pucks on your backhand side (that’s your right side if you’re a lefty and vice versa if you’re a righty). Without rotating your feet, pull a puck out of the pile with your backhand, pull it across the front of your body to your forehand side and quickly fire a snap shot at the net.

Skills Developed: Changing the shooting angle, receiving bad passes and getting pucks to a shooting position, deception

Necessary Gear: Hockey pucks, hockey net, synthetic ice tiles or pad


Lay a hockey stick in between your feet and the net. Pull the puck across your body (behind the stick) to shoot forehand. The stick forces you to move the puck in a linear fashion, rather than a big loop which would expose the puck to a defender.



Description: Making a goalie move when pucks are loose in-tight is key to scoring goals. Don’t just practice roofing pucks, because in a game you’re likely to just roof that puck right into the goalie’s mask or chest protector. In order to score goals, you have to move the puck away from that sprawling goalie toward a more open area in order to actually find the back of the net. So, take the backhand-to-forehand drill described above and move it to about 2-3 feet away from the net. This time, pull that puck from your backhand side across the front of your body to your forehand side and try to roof it so that you hit the twine at the very top of the net.

Skills Developed: In-tight net-front play, chips, changing the shooting angle, making the goalie move

Necessary Gear: Hockey pucks, hockey net, synthetic ice shooting pad or tiles


    • Pull the puck from a pile on your forehand side across the net-mouth and roof the puck using your backhand
    • Set your shooting pad up on the side of the net. Place a pile of pucks behind the net (ie, behind the goal line extended). Pull a puck as fast as you can from behind the net to in front of the net and roof it. Try doing this while executing one quick crossover. Try it on both your forehand and backhand sides. Remember, don’t let your momentum carry you away from the net; make a hard stop with your lead foot and redirect your momentum back toward the net.

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