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Understanding Icing in Hockey

Understanding Icing in Hockey

The icing rule is undoubtedly one of the most confusing aspects of ice hockey for new fans and players alike. This guide will explain why icing exists and how it works.
Understanding Offsides in Ice Hockey

Understanding Offsides in Ice Hockey

The offside rule in ice hockey can be difficult for new fans and players to understand. This guide breaks down how the rule works, and why the sport has “offsides.”
Understanding Ice Hockey Skate Sharpening

Understanding Ice Hockey Skate Sharpening

Getting your ice hockey skates sharpened isn’t as simple as handing them to your local pro-shop. This guide covers the necessary info about getting your skates sharpened.
Ice Hockey Rink Dimensions

Ice Hockey Rink Dimensions

There are primarily two sizes of ice hockey rinks: North American and International. This guide explains the differences between the two.
Determining Your Dominant Hand in Hockey

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While most people are right-handed, a significant amount of hockey players use left-curved sticks. This guide explains the pros and cons of selecting a blade curve.
How to Put on Ice Hockey Goalie Equipment

How to Put on Ice Hockey Goalie Equipment 10 Comments

Ice hockey goalies have more equipment than any other player in any other team sport. This guide will outline the order to put gear on, and offer some tips along the way.
How to Be a Good Ice Hockey Captain

How to Be a Good Ice Hockey Captain 14 Comments

This ice hockey guide details ways players can earn a captain role. Once they've earned the C, the guide has advice on how to be the best leader they can be.
Choosing an Ice Hockey Position

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This guide examines the different positions in ice hockey and will help new players determine which best suits their physical and mental abilities.
Tips for Ice Hockey Team Tryouts

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Ice hockey team tryouts can be difficult and stressful. This guide is filled with tips to help you perform your best and maximize your chances of making the team.
Choosing Ice Hockey Skate Laces

Choosing Ice Hockey Skate Laces

For something so seemingly simple, choosing ice hockey skate laces can be confusing. There are so many options! This guide explains every common feature of skate laces.
Understanding Double-minor Penalties in Ice Hockey

Understanding Double-minor Penalties in Ice Hockey

Ice hockey uses penalties to enforce the rules of the game. This guide explains every type of double-minor penalty. Double-minors are rare, but significant violations.
Understanding Major Penalties in Ice Hockey

Understanding Major Penalties in Ice Hockey

Hockey officials use penalties to enforce the rules of the game. This guide explains every type of major penalty — one of the most severe types of infractions.
How to Tape an Ice Hockey Stick

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It’s imperative that every hockey player learns to tape a stick. This guide lists the various ways of taping an ice hockey stick, along with the pros and cons of each.
How to Maintain and Repair Ice Skates

How to Maintain and Repair Ice Skates

Hockey players are very particular about one specific piece of equipment: Their skates. This guide explains how to prolong the life of hockey skates.
Ice Hockey Goalie: Warm-up Routines

Ice Hockey Goalie: Warm-up Routines

Having a mentally and physically prepared goalie is vital to any ice hockey team’s success. This guide outlines some sequences your team can use to warm up the goalie.
Ice Hockey Goalie: How to Butterfly Slide

Ice Hockey Goalie: How to Butterfly Slide

Butterfly sliding is a great way to cover the lower part of the net while moving laterally. This guide explains how to pull off this essential — and jaw-dropping — move.
Advice for Pulling the Goalie in Ice Hockey

Advice for Pulling the Goalie in Ice Hockey

Pulling the goalie is one of the most suspenseful and unique moves in ice hockey. This guide explains when and how to effectively use this tactic.
How to Break in Ice Hockey Goalie Leg Pads

How to Break in Ice Hockey Goalie Leg Pads

While getting new leg pads is extremely exciting for an ice hockey goalie, breaking them in is anything but. This guide is filled with tips to make the process easier.
Ice Hockey Goalie: How to Ready for a Shot

Ice Hockey Goalie: How to Ready for a Shot 3 Comments

As an ice hockey goalie, there are plenty of things you should do before you even face a shot. This guide will help you prepare yourself.
How to Choose an Ice Hockey Team Captain

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Choosing a captain for your ice hockey team isn’t easy, and the decision can determine your teams’ success. This guide explains the pros and cons of potential selections.
Ice Hockey Goalie: Positioning

Ice Hockey Goalie: Positioning

Proper positioning is often a more valuable skill for ice hockey goalies than quick reflexes. This guide will help you understand basic angles and positioning.
Ice Hockey Rules & Regulations

Ice Hockey Rules & Regulations

Despite often seeming chaotic, ice hockey has a very strict set of governing rules. This guide explains the general rules, as well as some regional differences.
Learning How to Ice Skate for Hockey

Learning How to Ice Skate for Hockey

Everything the first time ice hockey skater needs to know. From lacing up skates, to pushing, turning, and stopping, this guide has you covered.
How to Hockey Stop

How to Hockey Stop

This guide covers how to perform a “hockey stop,” including tips and drills. This is the fastest way to stop in an ice hockey game.
Ice Hockey Glossary

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Check out this Ice Hockey glossary to find the sport-specific definitions for which you have been looking. From A to Z, we've got all the words covered.
How to Take Face-offs in Ice Hockey

How to Take Face-offs in Ice Hockey

Every ice hockey play starts with a face-off, and winning them is key. This guide is filled with tips and tricks to getting the job done and getting control of the puck.
Ice Hockey Goalie: Playing the Puck

Ice Hockey Goalie: Playing the Puck 5 Comments

This ice hockey guide will walk goalies through the different methods to playing the puck and the various situations to use them.
How to Change on the Fly in Ice Hockey

How to Change on the Fly in Ice Hockey 3 Comments

Changing lines on the fly can be one of the hardest and most confusing aspects of ice hockey. This guide explains when and how to change lines.
Ice Hockey Goalie: Basic Saves

Ice Hockey Goalie: Basic Saves 5 Comments

Pad saves, gloves saves, stick saves, this guide covers all the most basic tools a goaltender will need to make it through a game.
Understanding Ice Hockey Referee Equipment

Understanding Ice Hockey Referee Equipment

The on-ice officials in an ice hockey game use much of the same equipment as the players, with a few stark differences. This guide outlines all referee equipment.
How to Pack for Ice Hockey

How to Pack for Ice Hockey

You will have to pack your gear into your bag every time you play ice hockey. Here is a guide to packing a bag for any distance of travel.
How to Take a Snap Shot in Ice Hockey

How to Take a Snap Shot in Ice Hockey

Snap shots combine the accuracy of wrist shots and the power of slap shots, with a lightning-quick release. This guide breaks down snap shot technique and drills
Understanding Minor Penalties in Ice Hockey

Understanding Minor Penalties in Ice Hockey

Ice hockey uses penalties to enforce the rules of the game. This guide explains every type of minor penalty, the most commonly occurring type of infraction in the sport.
How to Check in Ice Hockey

How to Check in Ice Hockey

This ice hockey guide will help you separate your opponent from the puck. Whether it be a sneaky poke check or a thunderous hit, this guide has you covered.
Understanding Breakouts in Ice Hockey

Understanding Breakouts in Ice Hockey

This guide details the basics of an ice hockey breakout including why it's so important, the role of each position, and key points to remember while executing.
How to Discipline Players in Ice Hockey

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Coaching an ice hockey team isn’t an easy task, and sometimes it’s necessary to discipline players to improve the team’s overall focus. This guide explains how.
Understanding High Sticking in Ice Hockey

Understanding High Sticking in Ice Hockey

High sticking is a commonly misunderstood ice hockey rule. This guide explains the various ways high sticks affect the flow of a hockey game.
Common Ice Hockey Traditions & Superstitions

Common Ice Hockey Traditions & Superstitions

Ice hockey is an old game. Along the course of its history, the sport has picked up many traditions and superstitions. This guide explains the most common ones.
How to Take a Wrist Shot in Ice Hockey

How to Take a Wrist Shot in Ice Hockey

Wrist shots are the most basic hockey shot, but they also one of the most important. This guide details how and when to take a wrist shot, and explains how to perfect it.
Common Ice Hockey Injuries

Common Ice Hockey Injuries

Everyone knows that ice hockey can be a dangerous game. This guide examines the most commonly occurring injuries and simple steps players can take to minimize risk.
Ice Hockey Goalie: How to T-Push

Ice Hockey Goalie: How to T-Push

T-pushes are the best skating method for ice hockey goalies to cover large distances quickly. This guide explains all the basics of the T-push.
What to Do when Your Ice Hockey Goalie Loses his Stick

What to Do when Your Ice Hockey Goalie Loses his Stick

This guide explains what to do when your team’s goalie loses his stick. It contains several tips and good habits to build for game situations.
How to Take a Slap Shot in Ice Hockey

How to Take a Slap Shot in Ice Hockey

Slap shots are the hardest and fastest shot in ice hockey. They are the most difficult shot to learn, but the slap shot is a deadly tool in any hockey player’s arsenal.
Ice Hockey Goalie: Communication Tips

Ice Hockey Goalie: Communication Tips

Communication between a goalie and his teammates can prevent a shot on goal, and every goal is crucial. This ice hockey guide provides tips for good goalie communication.
Time-out Strategies for Ice Hockey

Time-out Strategies for Ice Hockey

Ice hockey teams only get one time-out per game, so how they’re used is very important. This guide explains the most valuable times to use a time-out.
How to Choose a Hockey Stick

How to Choose a Hockey Stick

Hockey sticks are made with a wide variety of different characteristics and specifications. This guide explains each variation and helps you find the perfect stick.
How to Block Shots in Hockey

How to Block Shots in Hockey

Both forwards and defensemen should be capable shot blockers. This ice hockey guide contains shot-blocking tips so you can save your team from a potential goal.
How to Seal the Boards in Ice Hockey

How to Seal the Boards in Ice Hockey

“Sealing” the boards to keep the puck in the offensive zone is a valuable ice hockey skill. This guide explains how to do so properly.
Executing the Power Play in Ice Hockey

Executing the Power Play in Ice Hockey

This ice hockey guide outlines the tendencies of successful power plays, from player positioning to shot selection. Have a look and get your power play rolling!
How to Pass in Ice Hockey

How to Pass in Ice Hockey

Passing is one of the most important skills a hockey player can have. This guide lists all the different types of passes and offers instruction on how to pull them off.
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