Passing The Puck
In a pass, the first step requires a player with possession of the puck to hit the puck to a teammate.
Rules Of Passing
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 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
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.
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.