Shooting and Passing the Puck in Ice Hockey

Part of the Hockey For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Obviously, if you don’t score goals, you won’t win the hockey game. Make sure you're passing and shooting the puck quickly and accurately to make the most of your hockey team's offense. Use these guidelines to help:

  • The younger the player, the shorter the pass.

  • Cradle the puck with your stick when you receive it.

  • Don’t pass to the player; pass to where he or she is going. And try to put the puck on the blade of the recipient’s stick.

  • Don’t pass over two lines; that’s against the rules, and the official will blow the whistle. Then he’ll call a face-off, most likely in your defensive zone.

  • Whenever possible, keep your passes on the ice. But if you must elevate the puck to get it to your teammate, try to make it land flat on the ice so it's easier to receive.

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