Faking Backhand

NHL Examples

Datsyuk is famous for his backhand fake, in fact this is where I learned it and have used it successfully a few times since. Check out a few of his highlights below

Same move vs Mason

Same move again vs Budaj, notice how fast he goes from backhand to forehand, this is very important to sell the move.

Like I said in a few of the clips you need to be able to score with your fake. What I mean is you are faking as if you are going to shoot, so in order to sell that move you have to do everything you would normally do EXCEPT actually shoot. In the above clips Datsyuk is faking the backhand shot, then going forehand, the move works so well because IF he wanted to shoot backhand he could, so if the goalie is lazy, or expecting a deke he could just shoot backhand and score, which is exactly what he does here.

Datsyuk must have taught Zetterberg this one ­čśë


Giroux takes it one step further here, he fakes backhand, brings it forehand, then brings it back to his backhand and scores, what a goal!


  • ALLAN YULL December 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    When I tried to view the nhl versions of the fake, they came up black. No video.

    • JEREMY: HOW TO HOCKEY January 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Try refreshing the page, Youtube is full of bugs lately

  • DANNY December 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Kaner loves this move a lot. He’s a bit flashier with it, but it still works really well. Here’s a good example of it… http://youtu.be/Ukvoxs3Foto

    • JEREMY: HOW TO HOCKEY January 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      What Kane does there is throw smoke, he slows down and uses 50 different moves in a matter of seconds, finishing with a quick move to the backhand and then another quick move to the forehand. I wouldn’t call it a simple backhand fake, the average human would lose the puck if they tried this.

  • C├ęDRIC SYLLEBRANQUE January 28, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Kane’s move is only doable on shootout. Really slowing down, speed goes from legs to hands :D. No goalie has a chance…

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