Ice Hockey Stickhandling Fundamentals Coach Tips and Drills Vancouver Hockey School Derek Popke

Ice Hockey Stickhandling Fundamentals

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By – Andy Haley – For Vancouver Hockey School

Stickhandling is your lifeblood on the ice. Precise and deft hands allow you to weave around opposing players to get into position for a clutch pass or shot—and to leave your opponents looking like fools.

But flashy hands won’t do you much good if you can’t dribble. You’ll be slow and it will be more difficult to keep the puck on your stick.

“Stickhandling is a general term that covers several specific skills used at different times during a game,” says Derek Popke, NHL skills consultant and founder of the Vancouver Hockey School. “You need to get better at each dribble involved in stickhandling, specifically the front and side dribble.”

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Once you master the technique for these two dribbles, nearly every other skill will follow. You’ll learn the best stick-and-body position for releasing quick, powerful passes and shots, and for keeping rock-solid control of the puck at all times.

Before you try some crazy toe-drag, spin-o-rama move, focus on the fundamentals. You’ll score more points—and get the attention of coaches and scouts—much faster.

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Derek Popke

Derek Popke

Derek Popke is the founder and president of Vancouver Hockey School Ltd. As a hockey skating consultant, Popke has worked on-ice with the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs (2009-2014), ECHL Victoria Salmon Kings, BCHL Surrey Eagles and Penticton Vees, MML GV Canadians, and numerous minor hockey associations. In 2009, a record 19 players who skate with Popke were drafted in the WHL Bantam Draft. As one of the lower mainland’s most respected skating coaches, over 50 of Popke’s skating clients have been selected in the NHL draft in the past 7 years. His focus remains teaching balance, speed, and power with and without the puck. In 2012, he was named host of Minor Hockey Talk on Sportstalk CISL AM-650. Most recently, he was a key note speaker on hockey skating at The Coaches Site Coaching Conference featuring top coaches from around the world. You can find Derek on Instagram and Twitter @derek_popke

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