Hockey Stickhandling Drills

Stickhandling is one of the hockey skills that can be worked on both ON the ice and OFF the ice.  Below you will find some very high quality on-ice stickhandling drills.  These drills are designed for youth hockey players.  Whenever players are working on stickhandling they should work on the fundamentals of keeping their eyes up, hands out in front, and rolling their wrists to cup the puck.  Young players will especially want to look down at the puck. It is especially important to make sure they develop a good habit of keeping their eyes up.  It is hard for players to break the bad habits as they get older.  As you work on some of these drills you can place coaches at the pylons to look at the player’s eyes and keep reminding them to keep their eyes up. 

Another important thing to consider is the progression of teaching the proper fundamentals, giving players plenty of time to get comfortable and improve, and then adding drills that force them to stickhandle at a faster pace and against pressure.  You can also make drills more uncomfortable by requiring the players to do the drills and compete in smaller areas.

Stickhandling is a skill that can be worked at off the ice too, therefore we have put together a series of off-ice stickhandling drills.  The videos on this page are a great resource to pass along to your players because all they need is a ball and a couple of pucks and they can work on their stickhandling skills at home.