Master Stickhandling Fundamentals | STACK

Master Stickhandling Fundamentals

March 27, 2014

Must See Hockey Videos

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.”

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.

Stickhandling Fundamentals

Stickhandling Fundamentals Diagram

Topics: HOCKEY
Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is an Associate Content Director at STACK Media. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science...
Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is an Associate Content Director at STACK Media. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science...
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

Off-Season Hockey Training Program

An A-to-Z Guide for Hockey Goalies

Improving your Hockey Shot on the Ice

The Training Behind the NHL's Fittest Players

Avoid Dehydration During Your Next Hockey Game

3 Supplements to Boost On-Ice Performance

NHL's Stadium Series Jerseys Point to the Future

Stick With CrossFit? Pros and Cons for Hockey Players

How to Avoid Hockey Conditioning That Slows You Down

Healthy Fueling Cheat Sheet for Hockey Players

3 Ways to Build Upper-Body Strength for Hockey

Hockey Training for Young Athletes

Diet Tips to Improve On-Ice Performance

Top 3 Hockey Training Mistakes

Opinion: A Case for Body Checking in Pee Wee Hockey

Hockey Training to Improve Your Game In-Season

Mobility Training for Hockey Goalies

Build a Body Like Sidney Crosby's

How to Maximize Your Hockey Off-Season

An Essential Guide to Hockey Dryland Training

Hockey Training Designed Specifically for Goalies

Build Hockey Speed and Power with the Hang Clean

6 Essential Exercises to Improve Your Skating Speed

The Best Plyometrics for Hockey Players

Hockey Passing Like the Pros

Progressive Off-Season Training for Ice Hockey

How to Train During Your Hockey Season

3 Ways to Prevent the Most Common Hockey Injury

Master Stickhandling Fundamentals

Creative Cross Training: Hockey and Lacrosse

Why Hockey Players Should Train on a Slideboard