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thedead 08-12-2011 10:21 AM

Strength on Puck
Hi Everyone,

I have a odd questions, I feel kinda rookie ish to ask! (I guess I am though!)

When I'm taking a faceoff, or stick handling through/around someone people can lift my stick or move it way to easily. I remember one time on a faceoff I tried to move this guys stick and it wouldn't budge.

What muscles keeps your stick from moving? What can I do at home to practice?

How much of your weight do you rest on your stick? (I keep all my weight on my skates)


Frank the Tank 08-12-2011 12:26 PM

Forearm strength along with proper body/stick positioning, timing, and leverage are the key. If you are in a puck battle (like off the draw) do not be intimidated from using your legs to both protect your stick if you are on offense or to sweep/kick up you opponents stick if you are defense. Also, the more separation you can create between you opponent and the puck also helps you gain possession of it. I quickly place my leg in between my opponent and his stick (aim for the middle of the triangle that is formed from the ice, his stick, and body) and then turn my body into them, basically shoving them farther away from the puck and behind me.

If you live in the proper climate, shovel a lot of snow in the winter (scoop, lift, and throw the snow) - I view it as lifting stick practice. I read someone Datsyuk practiced stick handling with weights attached to the blade of his stick.

nullterm 08-12-2011 11:55 PM

Pickup a kettlebell.

Pun intended.

Guffaw 08-13-2011 09:45 AM

The stronger person overall with superior balance is going to win most puck battles. I realize that's not a revelation.

I'm a lanky guy, but have lived in the gym the past 15 years and I find it really helps in players not being able to lift my stick.

Muscles involved in holding your stick down: Lats, rear deltoids(shoulders), triceps, forearms, etc.

Instead of focusing on specific muscles, actions, etc. I would get on a full body hockey specific strength and flexibility routine. I'm starting one now and look forward to improving my game as a result.:)

Rem 08-13-2011 01:54 PM

I would HIGHLY recommend you do crossfit. It really is one of the best workouts for athletes for over all strength. Its not body building at all. It focuses on more real, natural movements for muscle endurance and strength. I've been doing it now for about 4 months and my puck battle success has increased DRAMATICALLY.

Check it out.

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