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06-27-2007, 12:58 PM
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Best Stickhandling Drills

What are some good stickhandling drills?

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06-27-2007, 01:39 PM
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basic ones include
dribbling in front of you, on your forehand, behind you on the forehand, on your backhand, and on your backhand behind you. You can practice going completely around your body and such, makes it a little more interesting.

Also toe drags where you push the puck forward with your stick in front of you and then drag it back with the toe of your blade and repeat as quick as you can.

You can also try doing fakes where you push the puck to your leg and fake then bring it back the other way.

Another thing to do is draw letters and such while doing toe drags, most basic being an L. Put the puck to your left/right (depending on if you are righty or lefty), drag it back in towards your body, push it out in front of you and then drag it back down, then push it back out to the left/right and repeat.

You can try moving dribbling where you cross over sideways and dribble at the same time.

Amoungst other things.

http://skinnerhockey.com
If you're willing to spend $100, this set has everything you would ever need to know to become a great stickhandler.
Also check out the preview video you can see some of the drills on there.


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Figure 8's.

Have 2 objects beside eachother and stickhandle figure 8's around them. Try to keep your head up though.

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The best way to become a good stickhandler is to practice it enough that feeling the puck on your stick becomes natural.

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Golf balls.

Just run with that, on a floor or ice.

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take three pucks and make a triangle. Take a smarthockey ball and a golf or wooden hockey ball and alternate between the two and just stickhandle around and inbetween the pucks.


Then you can work your way up to Kovy's drill. link

I believe that someone asked Kovy(it might have been another NHLer) about why he's such a good stickhandler and he said because his father made him puckhandle around three pucks for at least 10 mins a day.


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Lots of videos from USA Hockey:

http://edit.usahockey.com/ntdp/ntdp_...e_drills_home/

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take three pucks and make a triangle. Take a smarthockey ball and a golf or wooden hockey ball and alternate between the two and just stickhandle around and inbetween the pucks.


Then you can work your way up to Kovy's drill. link

I believe that someone asked Kovy(it might have been another NHLer) about why he's such a good stickhandler and he said because his father made him puckhandle around three pucks for at least 10 mins a day.
I remember when Kovy was on the Rangers they used to have this show on msg called "Play It Up".... I remember on one episode, he put 4 pucks on the ice and he blind folded himself and was stickhandling around and through the pucks with no problem. Never hit one puck. He's sick.

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take three pucks and make a triangle. Take a smarthockey ball and a golf or wooden hockey ball and alternate between the two and just stickhandle around and inbetween the pucks.


Then you can work your way up to Kovy's drill. link

I believe that someone asked Kovy(it might have been another NHLer) about why he's such a good stickhandler and he said because his father made him puckhandle around three pucks for at least 10 mins a day.
Yep, heres a better video of him doing that drill and also showing off some shooting.


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Golf balls.

Just run with that, on a floor or ice.
In addition to golf balls, I find stickhandling with heavy things helps too...kind of like donuts on a baseball bat.

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I've got a golden retriever who is out to get anything that looks like a puck.

I just get her out there and she goes CRAZY for the puck. I'm gifted that way.

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I've got a golden retriever who is out to get anything that looks like a puck.

I just get her out there and she goes CRAZY for the puck. I'm gifted that way.
Heh heh, I've got a chocolate labrador who is the same. One day I was shooting with a tennis ball outside and she just ran off to get it, came back and dropped it at my feet. It took her a little while to stop trying to eat my stick in the process but now she just gets the ball and returns it pronto. I had never trained her to do this which was the weird part. So now she is my training buddy but I can't overdo it as the heat gets to her. I can also stickhandle through her legs and she just stands there with a goofy look on her face waiting for me to shoot it. With those 4 legs it's certainly tricky, plus she moves a little bit too but I think it pays off on the rink!

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I still think the best way to improve stick handling is to just work on it against an actual person, sure you get the technique of stickhandling down when you do it between pilons or whatever, but you never really get good until you can do it against opposition. For me personally, I was never very good at practicing stickhandling but was always money when it came to undressing the opposition in games/practice.

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Practicing by yourself around pucks teaches you control. When you eventually use it on the ice you have the control part down and all that is left is deciding where you want to put it.

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In addition to golf balls, I find stickhandling with heavy things helps too...kind of like donuts on a baseball bat.
Any recommendations for "heavy things"? I've got the SmartHockey ball, but is there something heavier but still reasonably sized?

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A great drill for stickhandling/puckcontrol is performing a drill with 2 pucks.

Example Figure 8's with 2 pucks. Players get frustrated but this is an elite drill that helps a players hand-eye coordination.

Once they do it with 2 pucks for a few minutes at practice, in a few weeks when they only have one puck on their blade, it will stick like glue.

Always take a player out of his "comfort zone", best way of getting better at a particular technic.

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Golf balls are good.

What I was just doing yesterday, skating laps @ full speed trying to stick handle as fast as I could, it helped a lot.

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Components

Could anybody give me drills to work on all the components of stichandling?

Soft Hands

Quick Hands

Range

Ability to Have Puck Stay on Stick Well

Hand Eye Coordination

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I find a good way to practice (on ice) is when you are doing a shooting drill, always try to shoot from an uncomfortable position such as with the puck a little bit to close to you, or a bit too far away from you.It gives you some practice at controlling the puck, and surprisingly I found that it helped my 1 on 1 creativity and skills

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Could anybody give me drills to work on all the components of stichandling?

Soft Hands

Quick Hands

Range

Ability to Have Puck Stay on Stick Well

Hand Eye Coordination
This video might help.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=DycV8UE5U...elated&search=

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