Here is some information about playing hockey and a few drills that you may find helpful. Of course, all of these are made easier if you have the best gear, and you can find everything you need including skates, protective gear, and ice hockey sticks at HockeyMonkey.
Both hands move in the direction of your target. Do not swing your stick in an arc as you release the puck. Proper knee bend is important. Keep your stick in contact with the puck; do not slap at the puck as you pass it. A pass should be done without making any sound.
Imagine a straight line in the direction of your target. Your stick should follow straight through on this line. If you whip your stick in an arc as you're passing, it's harder to predict where the puck will go! The puck could leave your stick at any point in the arc.
o drill: pass with partners for extended periods of time o drill: use a heavy puck o drill: practice moving as you pass the puck o drill: add a turn as you pass the puck
Again, it is extremely important to make sure both hands move in the direction of your target. Imagine a straight line drawn on the ice that leads to your target. Your stick should travel in the direction of this line as you pass the puck.
o drills: same as for forward passing
These suggestions apply when receiving the puck on either the forehand or the backhand. As the puck is coming towards you, move your stick towards the puck and tilt the top edge of your stick towards the puck. As the puck contacts your stick, let your stick move a bit in the direction of the puck to cushion the impact of the reception. On the backhand it is particularly important to let the puck cross right in front of your body as you're receiving it. Do not meet the puck with a rigid stick, or the puck will bounce right off your blade.
As in pass reception, the blade of the stick cups the puck when you are stick handling. This applies to both the forehand and backhand motion in stick handling.
You will be a more dangerous player if you have a wide range of motion when you're stick handling. This makes it easier to pull the puck out of the reach of your oponents, yet while maintaining control.
o drill: stick handing on the spot for 30 seconds. o drill: w-i-d-e stick handing on the spot for 30 seconds. o drill: stick handle in a figure-8 fashion around your gloves while remaining stationary. o drill: stick handle around a row of pilons. Make a move on each pilon as you approach it. Be convincing! Practice the fake to both the forehand and backhand.
o drill: staggered cones around centre circle. Defense passes between cones to a moving forward.
| F1 | | F2 | | | | | | | F3 | |
________ | goal | ^ F1 F2 | | attack F3 |
The below links are for chapters in a new Roller Hockey book, called Roller Hockey: Skills And Strategies For Winning On Wheels, by Greg Siller. Although these links are for Roller Hockey skills, many apply to ice hockey as well.
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