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Essential Training Gear for Off-Ice Shooting

Hockey Tips

Are you on defense? Struggling with getting a decent slapshot off? There are many factors that impact the ability of a player to perfect the slapshot including:

Improve Technique With the Right Training Tools

While skating skills are still extremely important, puck handling and shooting accuracy are also paramount to a successful game. An investment in a dryland training kit will allow aspiring hockey enthusiasts to fine tune their eyes and hands to make tough shots. Some of the equipment you may wish to consider using includes the following:

  • All-Star Dryland Flooring Tiles – practicing on the kitchen floor may be frowned upon in your house, but you can make any flat surface great for practicing stick-work with indoor hockey tiles.
  • Extreme Passing Kit – Although practicing with a friend is ideal, not everyone has that luxury. Passing kits provide training for rebounding and work to build fast hands even with just one participant.
  • Extreme Shooting Tarp – An excellent way to master shooting at the vulnerable points of the goal is to utilize a printed shooting tarp. With a goal, goalie, and holes at the places you are most likely to score, these tarps help with precision shooting.
  • Extreme Dryland Puck – No off-ice practice is complete without a dryland puck. There are perfect for use on tile or almost any smooth surface.
  • Extreme Dangler – A simple yet versatile training tool, a dangler allows a player to create unique puck handling drills in a very confined space. Move the posts on the dangler and enjoy countless ways to practice with the puck.

Dryland Workouts for Building Strength and Endurance

In order to become the best player you can be, you not only need the right stick and puck skills, but you also need to be able to go the distance. All sports benefit from weight and cardio training, including hockey. When on the ice, players are constantly moving, checking, and stopping. Relying on your body’s strength is something that you should be able to take for granted during a game, which means you must devote a substantial amount of time off the ice to both lifting and running. Regular dryland workouts combined with consistent stickhandling practices will make your time at the rink all the more effective.

Taking the Competition to the Next Level

The best hockey players in the world all have one thing in common: each has practiced for hundreds if not thousands of hours to develop their skills, techniques, and strengths. Whether or not you plan on playing for a major league or blowing away your community rivals, hockey off-ice training is paramount to getting the most practice time even when it is difficult or impossible to play on ice. To get more dryland training tips or to speak with one of our training experts, call us at 1.888.417.7468. is ready to help you practice time in the convenience of your own home or yard and provide an opportunity to build the skills you need to win.

Shooting Pads

Perfect for anyone who wants to improve their on-ice game at home, the HockeyShot Shooting Pad makes an excellent indoor and outdoor trainer. It simulates the smooth, slick feeling of the rink so you can work on passing, stickhandling and shooting.

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All-Star Dryland Flooring Tiles

Any unused space can become a training zone with HockeyShot All-Star Dryland Flooring Tiles. These snap-together 18” by 18” tiles simulate the slickness and smoothness of the ice, and are sold individually so you only have to order what you need.

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Extreme Dryland Puck

HockeyShot’s Extreme Dryland Puck has 12 gliders on its bottom side for more speed on shooting pads, flooring tiles and other smooth surfaces. It’s the same size as a regulation puck, and is even ridged on the side for a real-puck feeling on your stick.

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