UPDATED: The Best Ice Marker for Hockey Coaches!

Welcome to our what’s in the bag series!

Welcome to our “What’s in the Bag?” series! This is where I’m going through everything that I use in my own coaching… My “Weiss Tech Essentials” if you will.

These are the tools I use that I feel you’ve gotta have if you’re really going to make the most out of your ice time, and get the most out of your players.

This series is on-going… so click the link below for the full Table of Contents.

In this video I’m talking about ice markers. This is one of the most asked questions that I get, and the problem is I did a video about which was my favorite ice marker a couple years ago… and then they discontinued it!

So I’ve been experimenting with different options ever since, and I’ve settled in on my new favorite.

When you find a good marker that works on ice, stick with it! Here’s my current favorite:

U-Mark DR. Paint Extra Large Paint Marker

  • DR. PAINT makes highly visible, opaque, rain and fade resistant marks on glass, metals, plastics,ceramics, canvas, posters etc.
  • A cost effective way to promote sales and advertising products, DR. PAINT is ideal for auto dealers, auctions, restaurants, shops, artists, sport fans, and has many hobby and crafts applications.
  • Removes from glass with using ammonia based cleaners such as Windex and 409*
  • Perfect for signs, posters, banners and canvas.
  • Made In the USA


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Here are my requirements in a good ice marker:

  • MUST BE VISIBLE! – This is by far the most important requirement… for obvious reasons. Color matters, and ink type matters. Some inks don’t work well with ice, no matter how dark the color is. Dr. Paint markers work well on the ice. Just make sure to get a deep color.
  • THE TIP MUST OUTLAST THE INK – I’ve had markers that work really well on the ice… Glass Chalk is great, Bingo Daubers are great… But the problem for me has been that the tip isn’t meant for ice, and it disintegrates faster than you’ll use the ink. So I wind up with an unusable marker, still half full.

Markers are a game changer in coaching. I wish I’d discovered them earlier. They’re especially awesome with younger players who have a harder time keeping track of the drills (where to go next, which way to turn, etc.)

Again, go to Table of Contents page for this series, and you’ll see all the other products… Everything that is in my very own coaching bag. By the end of this you’ll have seen everything I use in my coaching, and the reasons why I’m using each item.

Hope it helps! See you in the next video!


Jeremy Weiss (with his translator) presenting at a hockey coaching symposium for the Russian Federation in Moscow—2018.

Who is Jeremy Weiss?

Hockey coach and international consultant, Jeremy Weiss, has worked with thousands of coaches worldwide since 2008 to help produce championship teams at every age and skill level.

He is known internationally through the work he has done online. In 2008 he invented “digital chalktalks” which combined screen sharing with drill diagramming software, to produce a training experience nobody had ever seen before. His YouTube following quickly grew to over 19,000 subscribers, and he has produced over 130 training videos.

Jeremy runs a development blog for coaches, which has over 280 posts. He is the author of 10 hockey books for coaches, and is the editor of Hockey Development Magazine.

He was trained in the Eastern European style as a pre-teen, by his Czechoslovakian skills coach, and competed internationally as a “Wexford Raider” among the top youth hockey programs in the world including Russia, Czechoslovakia, Finland, and top teams in his home province Ontario, Canada.

He majored in Exercise Sciences at Brigham Young University, and subsequently worked as a Personal Trainer, where he continued to study and develop ideal training methods for hockey.

He has incorporated the very best pieces from the various training styles he has been involved in, and has built a world-class off-ice strength and conditioning program that fits the specific needs of hockey players.

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