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Old 04-16-2020, 07:27 AM
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On the skate thread, a bunch of hockey guys weighed in and I'd appreciate some input on hockey for my son.

I've never played, so I don't know anything. Right now we have suuuuuuper basic stuff - a net, sticks and a couple of pucks. He loves the green biscuit we got.

He's out there, right now, practicing puck work up and down the street. But we have to work and his little sister can't keep up with him.

Any thoughts on reasonably priced things I could get to keep him engaged? Basic drills he can run through on his own? Less basic ones I can run him through in the afternoons?

Never thought hockey was gonna be his thing, but he's well past when he normally gets bored. He's 7 btw.
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Roller blades. Don't worry about drills just let him have fun with it. If he joins a learn to play hockey program they will give him plenty of "drills" to do.

BTW I currently coach my daughter's U14AAA team but spent many years coaching learn to play and U8 kids. Just let him have fun and he will gain plenty of skills that will help him on the ice.

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Old 04-16-2020, 07:35 AM
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Roller blades. Don't worry about drills just let him have fun with it. If he joins a learn to play hockey program they will give him plenty of "drills" to do.

BTW I currently coach my daughter's U14AAA team but spent many years coaching learn to play and U8 kids. Just let him have fun and he will gain plenty of skills that will help him on the ice.

Scott
Thanks Scott. I started the other thread for me to get a pair, and for advice on his second pair. He's pretty close to wearing out his first pair of cheap ones.

Any other fun toys for him to play with? Our street has a bit of a hill to it, but I think I'm going to him a street ball to chase too.
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Get the wrist guards....let him enjoy it...gradually bring in structure and drills
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Roller blades are a great idea. Didn't have those when I was his age.
When I was his age I used to work on my slap shot for hours with a puck up against the underside of our porch.
Unfortunately it was latticework so it didn't last long. When I had worn that out I moved on to the 3 garage doors.
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I've been playing hockey most of my life. At his age I just wanted to play against my buddies and shoot at targets. You can pick up targets from hockey monkey or pure hockey. For legit training I'd check this link out: https://www.usahockey.com/agespecifictraining. There is a bunch of U8 stuff.
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Some synthetic ice with one of those things you clamp to it to pass back the puck it pretty good. That and just shooting off the plastic ice. My son had one and used it religiously for stick work and then shooting for at least 5 years. Destroyed hockey net frames, because I was too cheap to buy good ones with thicker steel. Just finished his Sr HS year - sadly no more hockey unless he plays on a club team next year in college.
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Shooting pads are needed for using real pucks off the ice:
https://www.hockeymonkey.com/accesso...-training.html

I bought a huge HDPE sheet from McMaster. Works awesome.
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When I had worn that out I moved on to the 3 garage doors
I was going to say, prepare to replace the garage door. Even tennis balls dent the heck out of it.
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Great call on the wrist guards. Be creative find anything to make it interesting for him. Buckets to skate around or shoot at. Targets inside the net to hit. Whatever just be creative and keep it unstructured as much as possible. Let him be creative too.

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Im so glad for him and you. /my son was a very very good player in his day. I can tell you a lot about having fun with your kids a few sticks and a hockey ball HAVE FUN!!! that is the most important thing there is. no lessens always tell them how good they are doing. Use a hockey ball they come in two temperatures zero or above zero . they hurt if you get them in the face lol . Mat played AAA all his career then played Juniour A in Ohio we are from Canada we have a basement full of trophies all won with a smile. Pucks should be left for shooting practice they should be frozen in the freezer use 10 -15 at a time untill they thaw and don't shoot the same they get rubbery and stick to the road. No slap shots. snapshots and wrist shots are the hardest and most important to the game. Passing is key and a hockey ball is essential . no rules let the kids have fun arguing out loud is part of hockey stay out of it lol. best wishes. Ps. Tennis balls suck until all of the hair is worn off they bounce to much

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I've played my whole life. played in college, play in the beer league now like everyone else, and been coaching a HS team here in RI for the last 12 years...

some sort of shooting sheet, hard plastic to pound pucks. it'll save the stick blade and give me a more natural feel.

golf ball is great for quick stick handling in the driveway or garage. or in the house. skates aren't needed to work on stick/puck skills.

these guys have a ton of things to look at if you want training aids. https://www.hockeyshot.com/

USA hockey has a boat load of content https://www.usahockey.com/ most is geared towards on ice drills but you can take some snip its out that translate to the driveway.

some good stuff here as well for skill building https://www.hockeyshare.com/drills/

no wrist guards.... use hockey gloves. all you need is basic stuff for now. keep it simple, we're going no where fast with the covid BS. work on the skating separately. when he is working on the skating skills, make sure he has a helmet and always gloves and with a stick in hand. this will directly translate when he actually gets on the ice.

how old is your little guy?
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X2 on gloves, elbow pads too. For street hockey we used a roll of electrical tape for a puck. Take him blading on tennis courts and smooth surfaces. The get him on the ice. It is the greatest sport ever. Great team sport. If he gets hooked get ready to do a lot of driving on the weekends, and a big can of fabreeze for his hockey bag.
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Originally Posted by Sin Bin fishing RI View Post
I've played my whole life. played in college, play in the beer league now like everyone else, and been coaching a HS team here in RI for the last 12 years...

some sort of shooting sheet, hard plastic to pound pucks. it'll save the stick blade and give me a more natural feel.

golf ball is great for quick stick handling in the driveway or garage. or in the house. skates aren't needed to work on stick/puck skills.

these guys have a ton of things to look at if you want training aids. https://www.hockeyshot.com/

USA hockey has a boat load of content https://www.usahockey.com/ most is geared towards on ice drills but you can take some snip its out that translate to the driveway.

some good stuff here as well for skill building https://www.hockeyshare.com/drills/

no wrist guards.... use hockey gloves. all you need is basic stuff for now. keep it simple, we're going no where fast with the covid BS. work on the skating separately. when he is working on the skating skills, make sure he has a helmet and always gloves and with a stick in hand. this will directly translate when he actually gets on the ice.

how old is your little guy?

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This!

Played my whole life include Juniors and College. Been coaching for the last 12 years or so... Grab a small piece of PVC pipe (paper towel cardboard tube will work too) and place it over the shaft of the stick. Lower hand on pvc and stick handle with a golf ball. This will teach him to use his top hand for puck control rather than bottom hand

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I suggest chirping from the bench ferda. Crush some sandos, grab a nappy, and then back to pracky. Wheel snipe celly, boys!
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in addition to all the great recommendations from above, I would get him on the ice as soon as this subsides. There truly is nothing that replicates time on ice. Good to see so many hockey guys on the forum, I am a current college hockey player for one of the boston schools
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I suggest chirping from the bench ferda. Crush some sandos, grab a nappy, and then back to pracky. Wheel snipe celly, boys!
This! And don't forget LEG DAY...little guys love leg day!!!

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in addition to all the great recommendations from above, I would get him on the ice as soon as this subsides. There truly is nothing that replicates time on ice.
This! In MN, hockey starts at about 4-5 years old. By squirts (4th & 5th grades) you'll notice that a group of kids are starting to really stand out. These are the kids who are getting a ton of ice time at an early age. Yes, some are naturally talented, but the one thing that they will all have in common is the off season ice time. Once they are in squirts & pewees, the better players are invited to play on AAA teams, 3v3 teams. etc. which advances them that much further in terms of development. It's important that they're having fun so fast paced ice time like 3v3 is a great way to go early on. The more ice, the better.

At home, a net and a shooting pad are good, for stick handling (which can be difficult to get kids to practice off ice), my son really likes his super deker https://superdeker.com/

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Practice passing the puck with out it turning on edge.
Also practice taking a pass where the puck is on edge and getting it to lay back down while skating.

Practice using the skates to kick the puck if gets too close for the stick.

We had issues even using pucks on our rough street and resorted to hockey balls. The ball rolls and keeps rolling so don't use a ball if you don't need one or you might be chasing it more that playing.
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Guys - I'm signing off for the day and will get into this one tomorrow.

But, wanted to say thanks. I never, ever, ever thought that hockey dad was a possibility - I'm not a morning guy. He loves all sports and has cycled through a bunch of them, but this is sticking pretty hard. We live in a hockey town, so a lot of his friends play, but still I'm really impressed at the time and energy he puts into it.

Appreciate the advice and love the enthusiasm and impressively welcoming attitude. Thanks.

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