How to Deke in Hockey

Two Methods:The Standard DekeStick Handling

When you play ice hockey or you watch professional hockey, you'll notice someone will mention a deke during a breakaway sometimes. So you're thinking: What is a deke? And how do you deke in hockey? Well, this article will help with that.

Method 1
The Standard Deke

  1. 1
    Have the right equipment. Since if you're playing on tar or ice, falling down without equipment will hurt. Make sure you have the equipment on when trying the deke.
  2. 2
    Skate (not too fast). It is recommended to skate alongside the boards first.
  3. 3
    Extend your stick with the puck towards the defender, as if you are giving up.
  4. 4
    Quickly draw the puck back while skating toward the defender. This makes him go for where the puck was, while you skate past him!
    • The deke is a great move, but it can be changed to anybody's style and pace, so you can add fancy tricks, fakes, whatever you want; as long as you can keep up, it's fine!

Method 2
Stick Handling

  1. 1
    Practice stick handling. The more practice you get, the better control you have. If you pretty much mastered stick handling or you're decent, adding the deke along with stick handling can help you in sticky situations.
  2. 2
    Move the puck back and forth. Try to keep the puck at a speed you can keep up with.
  3. 3
    Try weaving the puck in different directions, so back, forth, right, left, etc. Make sure you're stick handling works on a defender. Remember: you are there to try to score for your team, not to put on a fancy show!
  4. 4
    Make sure your feet can move quickly. If you can master all types of speeds, fast and slow, you will be very dangerous!
  5. 5
    You can stick handle! Remember to have fun while you play!


  • Remember, when using any of these steps for the first time, don't go so fast, try to go slow, and gradually increase a little speed until you slowly get into a game speed pace.


  • Wear the proper equipment, as playing hockey can be dangerous to you, or someone else!

Sources and Citations

  • Coaches and peers at College Point Roller Hockey and peers at the Flushing World Ice Arena.

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Categories: Ice Hockey