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How to Be Ready For Tryouts

Hockey Hut How To: Be Ready For Tryouts

Stop trying to be the player that you’re not and start preparing to be the player that makes you who you are! In this video, Ron teaches you about the different ways that can help you stand out and make the team you’re trying out for.

Tryouts are an exciting time! Here are 3 tips to help you make the team you are trying out for!

  1. Be the player you are. If you are a goal scorer, score goals. If you are a defensive zone player, don’t let them score. Trying to be a player that you aren’t will get you noticed, but not in a good way.
  2. Character. Coaches aren’t always looking for the best skaters but for the players who have character and will do the little things right. Work hard away from the puck. Backchecking, being in the right position, and body language will help you stand out in the coach’s eyes. It’s important to know that mistakes are going to happen. It’s how you carry yourself after the mistake that will make or break you.
  3. Enthusiasm. You’re at a tryout to play for a good team, act like it! Coach’s want to know if you’re a good teammate and if you love the game. Give praise to your teammate when they make a good play or score a goal. It’s a team sport and you need to be able to give credit where credit is due. It shouldn’t be hard to work when you love the game!

Thanks for tuning into another Hockey Hut How to video! We wish you the best of luck in tryouts and hope that these tips help!


How to Tape Your Stick

Hockey Hut How To: Tape Your Stick

Taping your stick effectively takes time and some practice. Watch as Teagan teaches you how to properly tape your stick!

There are two main functions that taping your stick can bring.

  1. Protecting your hockey stick blade from potential cracks/breaks
  2. Feel for the puck

The cool thing about taping your stick is that you can be creative with it! If you look around the NHL, there are a lot of different ways the players tape their stick, it’s all preference. Some people like to tape their whole blade, like Steven Stamkos and others use very little tape, like David Pastrnak.

In this video, Teagan shows us how she likes to tape her stick!

  1. She starts by ripping a small piece off and running it down the bottom of her blade.
  2. From there she starts at the heel of the blade and makes her way to the toe.
  3. One important thing you will notice is that she is overlapping the tape. This helps with potential tears in the tape and gives it a little more protection.

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How to Get Dressed for Hockey

Hockey Hut How To: Get Dressed for Hockey

There is nothing worse than having an equipment malfunction while you are playing hockey. If you want to learn how to properly get dressed and maximize your performance on the ice, check out this how to video!

  1. The first thing that you are going to want to put on is the jock. The jock holds your cup as well as holds up the socks that go over your shin pads. There are a few different types of jocks. (shorts, pants, and guarder belt)
  2. Next, we will be putting on the shin pads. You want to make sure that the shin pad is on the correct leg. The shin pad indicates which pad should go on which leg. Once you have the shin pad on the correct leg, tightly fasten the strap so that the pad doesn’t shift around.
  3. Next, we have the socks. The socks go over the shin pad and will velcro to the jock. It is important that when pulling the socks over the shin pad, the velcro doesn’t snag on the shin pads straps.
  4. Next, we have the pants. It is important to make sure the pants fit correctly. You want the bottom of the pants to resting slightly above the kneecap and the top of the pants to be slightly below the ribcage. Buckle the front of the pants and if it is too loose, you can tie the lace to your desired comfort.
  5. After the pants are on, you are going to want to put your skates on. Tying skates is a lot easier when the upper gear is not on. Parents, it is okay for your child to be fully dressed and then you tie their skates but you should keep in mind as they get older, they are going to want to tie their skates without the upper gear. If you don’t know how to tie skates, you can refer to our how to tie your skates video
  6. After the skates are on, you are going to put on your shoulder pads. Sometimes referred to as a chest protector. There will be 4 straps on the shoulder pads. 2 in the back and 2 on the shoulders. Start by reaching back for the velcro straps and bring them to the front velcro. Once they are secure, grab the strap on the shoulder, wrap it around your arm, and secure it to the velcro.
  7. After the shoulder pads are comfortable, you are going to put on the elbow pads. Place your elbow in the pocket of the pad. From there, you will need to take the velcro strap, wrap it around your arm, and secure it to the velcro padding.
  8. Now it is time for the jersey. Putting on the jersey can be difficult because it sometimes snags the back of the shoulder pads. Start by placing one arm through the jersey and then do the same with the other arm. Once your arms are in the jersey, pull the jersey over your head.
  9. Next up is the helmet. Once the helmet is on your head, there will be 3 straps. Start by buckling the strap that goes under your chin. The next 2 straps are on the cage. The helmet has two snaps on the backside where you will strap the buckles.
  10. Lastly, once you have all the other gear on, you can grab your gloves, grab a stick, and get on the ice!

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How to Warm Up

Hockey Hut How To: Warm Up

Warming up before a game or practice is one of the most important things you can do in order to be ready when your skates hit the ice. Here is a how to video talking about different ways that you can warm up and be ready for the game or practice!

The body needs to be ready for your game or practice. Having a warm up routine will allow your body to be physically ready. This is also a great way to get you mentally focused on the competition and ready to go.

Here are some tips to help you warm up:

Dynamic Movement

  1. Start with a jog and progressively move into A-Skips. It is important when doing the A-Skips that you are getting you knees up and arms moving.
  2. Next, you will want to work on your rotation by jogging to the cone, turning and doing the A-Skips backwards.
  3. After the A-skips, you want to get moving laterally. Start with a jog to the cone and turn sideways for a lateral shuffle. From there, we will incorporate a karaoke shuffle with a crossover. This move is really helping the hips loosen up.
  4. Now the body is warming up, you are going to do a 70% run. Once you hit the cone, you are going to run at 70% of your max speed.
  5. After the run, you are going to do some walking lunges. Really emphasize the arm movement in this exercise.

Ballistic Stretching

  1. It is important to start with the dynamic movements before ballistic stretching because you don’t want to tear a muscle. You are going to want to start with a Frankenstein stretch. Swing your leg straight up and tough the toe with your opposite hand. (Left leg, right hand)
  2. The next stretch is the inchworm followed by the scarecrow. Start by keeping your legs straight as possible and bring your hands down and slowly walk your hands out and come to a plank position. Once you are in the plank position, you are going to walk your hands back towards your feet and slowly reach up to the sky. Bring your arms to a 90 degree angle and bring the back so you are opening up your chest.
  3. The next stretch is all about opening up the hips. Start in a push up position and bring one leg up and outside of your hands. From here, you want to take your inside hand, tuck under your other arm, and then bring it back through and reach for the sky. Do this a few times each side.
  4. Lastly, you are going to want to do a walking knee pull. Bring your leg back and grab it at the ankle. Pull the leg back and lean forward, reaching out your opposite arm. You should feel this in you quads

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How to Stick to Your Resolutions

Hockey Hut How To: Stick to Your Resolutions

Have you ever made a resolution that you didn’t keep? If you’re like me, the answer is probably yes. On this how to video, I will be sharing strategies that will help you keep those resolutions!

My New Years Resolution was to shoot 100 pucks a day. It is important to have a plan when setting a resolution for yourself. Here are the 4 steps I used to help me keep my resolution!

  1. What is your new habit going to be?
    • Shoot 100 pucks a day
  2. How do you anchor down this new habit?
    • Create a routine
  3. How many pucks do we start with?
    • If you want to shoot 100 pucks a day, start off with baby steps and work your way up to your goal
  4. Accountability
    • How are you going to hold yourself accountable to achieve this resolution? For me personally, I use a calendar and mark out my goals for each week.

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How to Tie Hockey Skates

Hockey Hut How To: Tie Your Skates

Tying hockey skates is not as difficult as you might think, but if you want a comfortable fit so you can spend long hours on the ice without your feet blistering, then tying your hockey skates correctly is going to be very important.

5 Simple Steps To Tie Your Skates

  1. Start by making sure your skates are loose enough to put on your foot. Loosen top two eyelets, pull the tongue back and put your foot in the skate.
  2. Once the skates are on your foot, start from the toe and pull each lace a little so it’s not loose.
  3. Go back to the top of the boot near the toe and grab each lace, and pull tight. To prevent each skate from becoming loose.
  4. For younger skaters, wrap your laces around your hand and pull, using all your force to tighten your skates.
  5. Time to tie them! With shorter laces, you don’t have to wrap around, tie like traditional sneakers in a double knot. If you have longer laces, people wrap them around skate to keep yourself from tripping on them on the ice.

Tips For Ensuring You Tied Your Skates Correctly

  1. If you get out on the ice and are feeling like a bender, that means your skates are too loose around your ankles, so go re-tie them a little tighter.

  2. If you get out on the ice and are feeling like your foot is no longer there and is getting numb, that means you tied it way too tight near your ankle and it needs to be a bit looser.

Taking Off Your Skates

When you’re done skating, you might feel too tired and cold and just want to take your skates off and leave ASAP. But if you don’t loosen your skates all the way, so your foot slips out with ease, you will kill your skate.

Yanking your foot out, or stepping on the heel will damage your skates. Respect the skate, take your time, and unlace the first few eyelets and then loosen the rest. Then, your foot should pop right out, and your skates will last longer.