In this chapter, we will learn about passing in ice hockey, its rules, and basic strategies.
Passing The Puck
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:
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.