Hockey Shot Types


We've already learned about shooting and what a goal is in ice hockey.

In this chapter, we will learn about some shot types that players can use to score goals on the ice.


Shooting the puck is a motion a player takes to push the puck with his hockey stick into the air or along the ice towards the opposing team's goal cage in hopes of having it go in the net. If the puck crosses the goal line of the goal cage, or into the net, a team earns a goal.

Hockey Shot Types

Players have a lot of tools in their arsenal for scoring goals. There are many ways for a player to shoot the puck:

Wrist Shots

A wrist shot is a type of shot in ice hockey that is a fast and sudden movement, requiring the skater to flick his wrists lifting the puck into the air with his stick towards the net.

Wrist shots are great when players are close to net and want to surprise goalies on which direction of the net they are shooting.

Backhand Shots

A backhand shot is a shot in ice hockey where player will use the back-portion of the stick to shoot the puck. It all depends on if a player is right-handed or left-handed and the type of stick they are using.


While the puck is in motion towards a teammate from a pass, an offensive player is winding up his swing timing the upcoming shot on goal. This is called a one-timer and requires a strong sense of timing and anticipation. One-timers are great for surprising the opposing team's players and goalie and giving them little time to react to the upcoming shot.

Slap Shots

A slap shot in ice hockey is like a one-timer, except that it is not timed off a pass. Instead, an offensive player will wind up his swing and shoot the puck with intense force. Slap shots are very difficult to defend against.

Offensive players should utilize slap shots when they have plenty of time and are near the blue line in the attacking zone.

Snap Shots

A snap shot is like a wrist shot in that the offensive player has a small windup and a quick release of the puck. The only difference is that a snap shot doesn't have to utilize a flick of the wrists.

Snap shots are a great shot selection from anywhere in the attacking zone.

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