Hockey Training Tips To Improve This Summer

3 Ways to Spend The Summer Improving Your Game

Street Hockey
Warmer weather means it's time for street hockey!

04/11/2017

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are here, and for many young hockey players, that means summer is right around the corner.  Summer is a time to kick back by the pool, head to the beach, and focus on having fun.  If you’re swapping skates for sandals this summer, Off-Season Hockey Training can help you develop skills throughout the summer.

Off-season hockey training can take many forms – from special diets and nutrition plans to hockey-specific strength and endurance regimens. Here, we’ll highlight hockey training areas that are fun and easy to stay committed to all summer long.


Step 1: Create a Schedule

It may feel daunting, but having a plan from the start will help you stay committed in the long run. When building a daily or weekly plan, start with something small such as a dynamic warm-up. Next, decide which areas of your play to focus on based on the position you play.  For forwards, your focus may be developing a more explosive first step on the ice.  Defensemen may focus on improved foot speed when accelerating and skating backwards.

Conditioning Drills

Proper conditioning can give you an edge over the competition in critical late-game situations.  For hockey players, simple cardio is a great start, but often not enough.  In order to elevate their hockey conditioning to the next level, elite players perform drills that develop crossover speed, top-end speed, and other movements they need on the ice.

Stickhandling & Shooting

Once you’ve set a routine for your conditioning drills, incorporate dry-land shooting and stick-handling drills into the mix!  They’re a little more fun than conditioning, but equally important to your development.  You’ll feel more confident with the puck on your stick and see improvements in your shot strength and accuracy, too.

Roller & Inline Hockey

Roller hockey and ice hockey have their differences, but many roller drills translate into better performance on the ice through improved endurance, conditioning, balance, and confidence on skates. It also allows young players to focus on stick-handling while skating, which is important for players of all ages.  One of the best parts of roller hockey is that you can practice without access to an ice rink.  Whether you have a driveway, cul-de-sac, or blacktop, there’s almost always a place to play.


Step 2: Hockey Training Tools & Aids

Once you have a plan, the next step is making sure you have the right tools to perform your drills.

Conditioning Drills

Hockey Training Hurdles
SKLZ Hockey Training Hurdles

We recommend using hockey training aids designed for dry land such as a SKLZ Quick Ladder Fitness Agility Ladder or SKLZ 6X Speed Hurdle Set. These products will last summer after summer, so you can work on your conditioning for many years to come.

 

Stickhandling & Shooting

Green Biscuit Hockey Training Puck

 

Stick handling with an ice puck on solid ground is not ideal, and while street hockey balls are a good substitute in a pinch, they won’t replicate the true feel of a puck on your stick.  Products like the Green Biscuit Pro Puck and Snipers Edge Sweet Hockey 3 Ball Set Muscle Skills Speed are designed to perform well on dry land and replicate the feel of a puck on the ice.

If you prefer to use regular pucks for your dry land stick handling, pick up a Plastic Hockey Shooting Board which lays on a flat surface such as concrete or asphalt. This also prevents damage to the bottom of your blade, making this ideal for shooting practice or stickhandling drills. The most important benefit from practicing stick drills on dry land is becoming more comfortable with the puck on your stick with your head up – when you aren’t watching the puck on your blade, you can find open teammates with a great pass and avoid collisions with a defender or the boards.

Roller & Inline Hockey

Inline Hockey Skates

If you haven’t bought inline skates recently, you’ll be amazed by the technological improvements made in recent years.  New skates from Bauer, Mission, and Tour are great for off-season hockey training, and the transition back to ice hockey will be very smooth.

It’s also important to use a stick designed for outdoor surfaces so you don’t damage the blade of your ice hockey stick before the season.  If you need a reliable street hockey stick for the summer, check out Bauer I300 & I200 Street Hockey Sticks, CCM Ultimate ABS Wood Sticks, or Pure Hockey Exclusive Sherwood PH20 ABS Wood Sticks.

 

Off-season hockey training can help players of any age or skill level to improve their game. Focusing on conditioning, stickhandling, shooting, and skating will all pay dividends during the season, and once you create a hockey training plan and make sure you have the right hockey training aids, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish.

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