Hockey Passing Tips
Here's a few hockey tips on passing I've been given over the years. Hopefully these 5 tips can help improve your passing as well.
Passing Tip #1: Point your Stick Towards the Target
Whether the player is moving and you're aiming your pass in front of him, or he his stationary and you are aiming for the blade of his stick, follow through with the blade of your stick pointing to where you want the puck to end up. Roll your wrists so the blade of your stick is parallel with the ice. This will force you to keep your head up when making a pass prevent the puck from flailing off the end of your stick and miss your target.
Passing Tip #2: Always be Ready for a Pass
Possession of the of puck switches teams over 100 time per game. You may be defensively covering your check one minute, and a tip of the puck, or a crazy bounce later, your team suddenly has the puck. You never know when the puck is coming your way so always be ready for a pass. Have your stick on the ice and face the play so your teammate can see that you are clearly open for a pass.
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Passing Tip #3: Call out your Teammate's Name to get a Pass
There’s something about hearing your own name that grabs your attention like nothing else. Psychologists call this the ‘Cocktail Party’ phenomenon. No matter how much noise is around you, or how distracted you are, you always seem to overhear your own name from a conversation across the room. It’s the same on the ice. If your linemate has hears you call out his name, he will immediately recognize it, look for the player calling it out, and pass them the puck. That player will be you.
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Passing Tip #4: Don't Watch Your Pass
Making a crisp, tape-to tape pass along the ice feels great. Passing is a huge part of the game, so when you pass the puck, it’s tempting to watch and make sure your team-mate receives the puck. Unfortunately, watching it does not magically increase the chances of your teammate successfully receiving the pass. Instead of remaining out of the play after you've made your pass, start moving your legs and skate to a position where you can receive the next pass. This is what the 'give-and-go' is all about.
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Passing Tip #5: How to make a Saucer Pass
Sometimes you may need to pass the puck over an opponent’s stick or wayward limb strewn on the ice. Start the pass with the puck near the heel of your stick and roll it towards the toe as you follow through. Spinning the puck and keeping it level allows you to create a saucer-line path, something like a Frisbee. Keep the pass a low to the ice as possible (while still clearing the obstacle) so it doesn't bounce out of control for your teammate receiving the pass.
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For a more advanced passing technique, check out the Sedin Slap Pass.