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Hockey Passing

Ice Hockey Passing

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List of Hockey Passes

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.

Here is a list of the various pass types in hockey:

  • Back pass
  • Blind pass
  • Double seam pass
  • Flat pass
  • Flip pass
  • Hand-pass
  • Pass and go
  • Two line pass

Back Pass

Ice Hockey Back Pass

A back pass is a pass made from a player to a teammate that is located behind them on the ice. A player should choose to perform a back pass if the player behind them has a better opportunity to do something with the puck than they do.


Blind Pass

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.


Double Seam Pass

Ice Hockey Double Seam Pass

A double seam pass in hockey is when a pass goes through two seams on the ice in order to reach the intended target.


Flat Pass

A flat pass in hockey is when a pass is made to a teammate and the puck does not jump up or leave the surface of the ice. These are generally faster than most passes.


Flip Pass

A flip pass in hockey is when a player flips the puck in the air and it lands near their teammate. This is effective by sending a player on a breakaway or tossing the puck above the opponent's heads.



Ice Hockey Hand Passes

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.


Pass and Go

A pass and go in hockey is where two players conduct a give and go similar to basketball. One player will pass then drive to the net or open space, while the other teammate passes the puck back to the original player.


Two Line Pass

A two line pass in hockey was an old rule that stopped the play if a player tried to pass to their teammate from the defensive zone, to the other side of the red line. This rule was abolished during the rule changes of the 2005 NHL lockout.



What is passing in hockey?

Passing is a two-step process and requires a minimum of two players on the same team to be an effective way of moving the puck in ice hockey. In a pass, the first step requires a player with possession of the puck to hit the puck to a teammate. The second step of passing the puck in ice hockey requires a teammate to regain possession of the puck with his hockey stick.

What are the rules of passing in hockey?

Players are allowed to pass from anywhere on the ice. They can pass the puck as hard as they want. They can use either side of the hockey stick to pass. They can use a hand-pass as long as it doesn't give their team an advantage. Hand passes are not allowed in the defensive zone. In hockey, a player is not allowed to pass the puck to a teammate who has entered the attacking zone prior to the puck entering it. This is an offside penalty.

What are some strategies for passing?

Passing is the fastest and most effective way to move the puck on the ice. Passing is an important part of hockey. It is used to maintain control of the puck throughout the three zones (i.e. attacking zone, defensive zone, and neutral zone). Passing is used to confuse players on the opposing team. Passing creates openings for players to take shots. One such passing strategy is called cycling. A team will cycle the puck by passing it between teammates in the attacking zone to create openings on the ice for shots on goal.


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