In this chapter, we will learn about passing in ice hockey, its rules, and basic strategies.
Passing The Puck
Passing is a two-step process and requires a minimum of two (2) players on the same team to be an effective way of moving the puck in ice hockey.
The second step of passing the puck in ice hockey requires a teammate to regain possession of the puck with his hockey stick.
Rules Of Passing
The rules of passing in ice hockey are as follows...
A player CAN:
- pass from anywhere on the ice
- hit the puck as hard as he wants
- use either side of the hockey stick to pass
- use a hand-pass as long as it doesn't give his team an advantage (unless in the defensive zone)
A player CAN NOT:
- pass the puck to a teammate who has entered the attacking zone prior to the puck entering it. This is an offsides penalty. We'll learn more about offsides in future chapters.
A Player MUST:
- be considered an eligible skater. There cannot be more than five (5) skaters on the ice per team.
Goals Of Passing
- to confuse players on the opposing team
- to create openings for players to take shots
- to maintain control of the puck
PRO TIP: In addition, passing is the fastest and most effective way to move the puck on the ice.
A hand-pass in ice hockey is when a player pushes the puck along ice or in air. This is legal as long as it's not an intended pass directly to a teammate or to gain an advantage on the ice. On a hand-pass, the player can catch the puck out of air, but must immediately put it on the ice or risk being called for a minor penalty. Play is never stopped for a hand pass by players if it's done in a team's own defensive zone.
Passing helps a team find weaknesses in the opposing team. By designing and executing passing plays, a team can find an opening for a shot to be taken.
We'll learn more about cycling in future chapters.
A blind pass is a pass made from a player to a teammate without the player looking in the direction of the recipient of the pass. The idea of a blind pass is to confuse opposing players and to catch them off guard.