In hockey, a slap shot is a type of shooting technique that is used to produce a fast and powerful shot. It is considered to be one of the most difficult shots to master and also one of the most difficult for goalies to save. Slap shots are the most powerful shot in the sport, however it does sacrifice a bit of accuracy and takes a bit longer to execute in comparison to other shooting techniques.
Bernard Geoffrion is credited with popularizing the slap shot and perfecting its technique in the early 1990s. It has been used consistently in professional hockey ever since. However, new trends have shown a reduction in slap shot usage. Due to hockey's quick-paced nature, many players are now utilizing wrist shots more often for a quicker shooting time.
The slap shot has 4 phases, the backswing, downswing, striking the puck, and the followthrough. It works by the player winding their stick up to about shoulder height, then swinging the stick so it "slaps" the ice and bends backwards to build up power. Next, the player will continue their swing so the stick snaps back and hits the puck, shooting it at high speeds. Finally, the player will follow through on their shot so that their stick is pointing towards the goal.
A slap shot in hockey is a type of shot used to create the maximum power and speed on a shot. It is known as the hardest shot in hockey. Slap shots use built up power from bending the hockey stick backwards on the ice and releasing the power onto the puck, resulting in shot speeds upwards of 100 miles per hour.
There are 4 main steps to learning the slapshot in hockey, the backswing, downswing, striking the puck, and the followthrough. First, the player winds up their stick to about shoulder height. They will then swing their stick forward at full speed, making contact with the ice first (to bend the stick backwards and build up power) and then with the puck itself. Lastly, the player will follow through on the shot to where the hockey stick ends up pointing towards the goal. Remember, the slap shot is known as the hardest shot in hockey, so it will take a lot of practice to master.
Yes, slap shots are allowed at almost any level of hockey. However, slap shots are known to be one of the most difficult shooting techniques in the sport. With the high level of difficulty associated with slap shots, as well as an evolving game that lends itself more towards wrist shots, the slap shot is becoming more rare nowadays. So while you might not see a lot of slap shots utilized in modern hockey games, they are definitely still allowed in the sport.
Currently, the world's fastest slap shot was clocked at 109.2 miles per hour. The record is held by Martin Frk, an NHL right wing for the Los Angeles Kings. The previous record was recently broken at the 2020 AHL All-Star Weekend in Ontario, California, making Frk the current record holder. There are rumors of international players hitting slap shots of up to 114 miles per hour, however, there are no official records of shots at these speeds so they are not recognized by the NHL.