Day 24 – Deception, Fakes and Misdirection

This is the 24th day of our team’s virtual summer training camp. Each day for the next four weeks, there will be a short assignment for you to do to prepare for the upcoming season. These assignments are mandatory for players and coaches. Parents are also encouraged to participate.

Here is a fantastic article on how to add deception to your game. At the core of being deceptive is trying to make your opponent think you are doing one thing but then do another (typically in a different direction).

The Art of the Fake by Rick Traugott

I’ve embedded the video links from the article below.

Layers of Deception

1) Head and Eyes

Work at keeping your head up when you have possession of the puck and when you shoot. Learn to “look off” opponents. An eye fake can be just as effective as a fake pass or shot.

2) Stick, Hands and Puck

Practice faking shots. Sell a shot then do something different. Fake a pass! This can be done with a shoulder feint, stick movement, hand or puck movement.

3) Feet

Work on tight turns and changing direction. This can begin with no puck and progress to puck handling.

Check out these video examples which include all three layers of deception.

Today’s Assignment:

  1. Complete today’s workout on the TeamBuildr app. Be sure to mark each exercise complete as you finish it.

IMPORTANT: If you have other sports, camps or are doing a different workout that you’d like to substitute on any given day that is okay. Please make a quick note of what you did that day under the ALTERNATE Workout in TeamBuildr. It is still important to complete the stickhandling and shooting every day that it is scheduled. But it is okay to move it to another day of the week when you aren’t quite as busy. Even when you’re on vacation, you should still be trying to find time to get in your workout.

  1. Read the article linked in this post.
  1. Whenever you are doing stickhandling, try to include and practice all three layers of deception.
  1. Pick one of the videos and see if you can see all three layers of deception. Post a THUMBS UP into the team WhatsApp group.

How to Practice Changing Your Shooting Angle

Auston Matthews may be one of the best in the league at changing the angle before he shoots. Just look at this snipe where he fools the defense and goalie in one motion.

Here’s a great video that explains why changing your shooting angle is so important and how you can practice it at home and on the ice.

Mastering the Wrist Shot

A good wrist shot has three key positions that you’ll want to master. This video breaks down how to take a hard and accurate wrist shot.

Mastering the Slap Shot

A good slap shot has four key positions that you’ll want to master. This video breaks down how to take a hard and accurate slap shot.

Textbook “Gagner” Move

Artem Zub, a defenseman for the Ottawa Senators, scores his first NHL goal with a textbook example of the “Gagner” move.

Fake wrist shot off the inside foot, then fake to the backhand with a finish on the forehand. When you really need to score, it is great to have a go to move.

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Sample Recruiting Video

Some of you have been asking what a good highlight video looks like to send to University recruiters. Here’s a good example.

A few key points:

  1. It includes contact information.
  2. It includes some practice drills that show off your skill.
  3. It makes it easy for the viewer to tell which player you are.

The first step is to start collecting highlight clips of your play. Until you have some game clips start with some practice video.

Can you do the one knee stickhandling drill at the start of the video?