Using Puck Deception to Improve Your Game

Puck Deception
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5 ways puck deception helps make you more productive on the ice



By Brian Keane, Prodigy Hockey


As the game of hockey continues to evolve, it is becoming more and more important for players to have elite puck deception and hockey sense. Learning to be deceptive with the puck is a must for those looking to produce consistent offense at all levels.


Thinking Ahead of the Play

Anticipating the developing action on the ice is the key concept here. Thinking ahead of the play with the puck is when you lead your opponent to think you’re doing one thing while you intend to do another. You always want to be one step ahead of your opponent; this is the stuff that makes the Wayne Gretzkys, Patrick Kanes, and Johnny Gaudreaus of the world so lethal!

Here are 5 ways you can use puck deception and start to play like the pros:

1 – Use your eyes When passing or shooting, sometimes the best way to deceive your opponent is to look one way and pass or shoot the other way. The top players in the National Hockey League are constantly using their eyes to their advantage.

2 – Disguise your speed Skating at the same speed all of the time is very predictable; at the higher levels of play everyone can skate well enough to match and angle you. That’s why it’s crucial that you use crossovers or small bursts within your linear stride to change the pace of your skating.

3 – Proper positioning of your feet Use the positioning of your feet to give defenders the idea you are turning one way when in fact your intention is to go the opposite way.

4 – Position the puck Look to send the puck to an area where you have multiple options (double or triple threat)—where you can shoot or pass.

5 – Use the “10 and 2” skating technique (also called the “Mohawk”) to give yourself multiple layers of deception.




Brian Keane is the founder of Prodigy Hockey, a website dedicated to helping educate players, coaches and parents on the great game of hockey. Reproduced with permission of Prodigy Hockey.

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  1. Hi, I really enjoy your website and everything it does, but I have a question. I’m a parent with 3 boys playing hockey and they are killing my wallet when it comes to sticks. As good as these sticks are supposed to be they break often. There’s a local guy I’ve heard of that repairs sticks with a lifetime warranty (sounds too good to be true). His company is Integral Hockey. Have you heard of them? It would be nice to see some kind of a review by your staff as I value your opinion. I would try it but I’m afraid to waste my money as well as force my kids to use a product that doesn’t work. Thanks, Kevin

    • Hey, Kevin –

      Sorry, we did not review this service. Have you contacted Integral Hockey to see what sort of pricing and guarantees they offer?
      Otherwise, you might want to check out the COLT 3 hockey sticks (reviewed here).

      Good luck!

    Using short and wide dribbles, the speed that you dribble the puck back and forth as well as “stop and go” action of stick handling are important. As the purpose of stick handling is to get past a defender, “reading” how they are playing you is equally important. Tight gap pull the puck wide and blow past them; wide gap, cut into the middle and make them try and go backwards and sideways at the same time.

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