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.
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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.
A back pass is a pass made from a player to a teammate that is located behind him on the ice. A player should choose to perform back pass if the player behind them.