What Is Deke In Hockey?

Ice Hockey Deke

A deke feint, or a deke fake, in ice hockey is a move where an hockey player will drag out an opposing player from their position. This move exists so the player with the puck can skate past the opposing player while maintaining control and possession of the puck and have a better chance of scoring on the goaltender.

The deke can be used for many things during a hockey game such as:

  • Moving the puck out of reach from an opposing player
  • Moving the puck past an opponent,
  • Moving the direction of the puck to quickly move their opponent out of their position

Typically players can simply change their speed or direction to move past players, but a deke is a combination of those two moves. By utilizing the power behind the deke, players are able to have greater control over the puck and a higher chance of scoring.


How do you do the Datsyuk Deke?

The trick to the Datsyuk Deke is to move at a rapid pace in order to fake out your opponent. A player must skate with the puck in front of their body because it keeps the goalie in the center of the goal. The player then wants to switch the puck to the side they are going to shoot on very quickly and gear up to make a fast paced shot on goal. However, at the very last second the player will want to roll their blade over and catch the puck with the back of their blade, the goalie will be disoriented leaving for a better opportunity to score on goal.

Which NHL player is known for the double deke?

Jonathan Toews is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and captain of the Chicago Blackhawks. Toews is known for his move named the :double deke" where he begins to perform a regular deke while shooting on goal, but at the last second replays the same move in order to increase the goalies disorientation. The deke is known for being a challenging move in ice hockey, but Toews doubles the trouble by performing the double deke frequently on the ice.

What is the triple deke?

Also known as the 1-2-3 move, the triple deke is another variation on the classic deke which is used by many ice hockey players. The triple deke is when you convince your opponent that you are going to be committing to your forehand side before switching to your backhand side, but at the last minute you will be switching again to the front hand side. This will help catch the opponent off guard and allow the player to easily skate by.

Where did the deke originate?

The national hockey league term "Deke" originated in Canada where ice hockey is not just a sport, but a lifestyle. When a player "dekes" an opponent, essentially they are faking the opponent out. The first time this move was talked about and described as "deke" was in the 1960s and originally spelled it as "deek." The term "deke" still remains to only being used in ice hockey, but other sports have their own name for similarly styled moves.