In this chapter, we will learn about skating in ice hockey, its rules, and basic strategies.
Skating With The Puck
The primary way of moving on the ice is by skating. Every hockey player is adept at skating at high speeds. They learn to control their movement and momentum on the ice to maximize efficiency. Players use a hockey stick to control the puck and move with it while skating on the ice.
Rules Of Skating
The rules of skating in ice hockey are as follows...
A player CAN:
A player CAN NOT:
- interfere with another player who does not have possession of the puck by restraining them with his body, hand, or stick. Instead, he must skate to establish position on the ice.
A Player MUST:
- be considered an eligible skater. There cannot be more than five (5) skaters on the ice per team.
Goals Of Skating With The Puck
- to maintain control of the puck
- to move the puck into the attacking zone
- to create openings for players to take shots
The Hockey Stick
When ice hockey players skate with the puck you will see them utilize both sides of the hockey stick to control its placement on the ice. Using both sides of the hockey stick also confuses opposing players since they are unsure of which direction you are heading.
Sudden movements or bursts of energy are a great tactic to confuse opposing players. Skaters with possession of the puck will pretend to move in one direction and then go the opposite direction.
Spin moves are a powerful tactic that skaters utilize on the ice. By performing a spin, players confuse opposing players and keep the puck out of reach. Spin moves, if performed correctly, can also put the skater in a strong offensive position.