This is merely the basics of passing! There are many types of passes. Some of these might include; touch passes, saucer passes, forehand/backhand passes and deflection passes. An advanced player is responsible for passing the puck through and around targets, as well as receiving any incoming pass. This means any puck moving in your direction, from the tip of your stick in front of you and behind you, should be received and controlled. Practice makes perfect!
- MAKING A PASS: When considering making a pass you should have your head up, looking at blade of your targets stick. A proper pass is achieved through weight transfer! As the puck moves across your body from your back foot to the front, you should be transferring your weight in the same fashion. Once your weight and the puck reach your front foot, you should release the puck. The Puck should move from the heel to the toe of your blade, and remain flat along the ice. Never slap at the puck, or flick it off the toe of the blade. Both will result in the puck bouncing or rolling, which is considered a bad pass! Finally after releasing the puck; you should follow through and point the toe of your blade at your targets blade, to achieve an accurate pass. A term you will constantly hear from us is “Tape to Tape Passes”.
- RECEIVING A PASS: You should greet the puck with your blade and weight towards your front foot. Once you receive the pass you should then transfer the puck and your weight to your back foot. “Soft hands” is the key! Keeping your blade flat and motionless will result in the puck bouncing off your blade. It is important to show the player passing you the puck your blade, offering him a target to aim for.
- TOUCH PASSING: • When making a Touch Pass, your body should be square to the receiving player. Unlike Basic Passing, Touch Passes do not focus on weight transfer. Your elbow, connected to your top hand on your stick, should be extended. Your bottom hand should be holding the stick a bit lower than normal. The curve in your blade should be closed in a downward position, not opened up. When making contact with the puck, push both hands forward; more so with the bottom hand than the top hand. This technique follows a solid motion; soft hands won’t get the job done here!