How to Shoot While Skating

We have had a number of requests for a video on how to shoot while skating. Ken and I went out the other day and shot a few videos, so far we have two up on youtube with another one coming soon. So far we have the slapshot, and the snapshot so that is what I will cover in this article

How to take a Slapshot While Skating

The slapshot is a tricky shot to master, before you learn how to take a slapshot while skating I would recommend learning how to take a slapshot while standing still. A lot of people when they are first learning develop some bad habits, so it is important to learn the proper technique. Another important aspect is using your ENTIRE body to get power, not just the arms. For more on that read our article on how to take a slapshot and the follow up articles at the bottom with more info.

Prep the puck – One issue that some players might have is prepping the puck. When shooting while standing still the player will set the puck up, and then shoot. If the player sets the puck up in the same spot while skating the puck could end up a few inches behind by the time you are ready to take the slapshot.

When you are setting up for the slapshot while skating, you have two options. You can either push the puck a little bit ahead and then really skate into it, or just make sure the puck is going the same speed as you, and get a nice quick shot off.

Tips for take a slapshot while skating

  • Prep the puck by pushing it a bit in front of you, or ensuring it is going the same speed as you are before you wind up
  • Use the entire body to get power, use your arms, core muscles and legs
  • Really push into the shot with your back leg

Slapshot While Skating Video

How to Take a Snapshot While Skating

The snapshot is a tricky shot so I encourage you to practice it at home. We have an article on how to take a snapshot if you need any tips. On the ice there are a few things to consider, positioning, weight transfer and technique.

Positioning – I find that I have a pretty good shot to goal ration from certain areas of the ice. I always opt for a snapshot when I am in close because it gives the goalie less time to set up (get the puck to the net quicker). I also find I have a more powerful snapshot while on my wing. I’m right handed, and I like to take snapshots while on the right side of the net. When I am on the left I like to cut to the center and take a full wrist shot.

Weight Transfer – Your weight transfer is very important, you want to transfer all your weight onto your front foot, or the foot closest to the blade of your stick. This is the opposite of the leg you transfer weight onto for a wrist shot. You can also take a snapshot from the other leg, it just takes a bit longer to get the shot off.

Technique – The technique to taking a snapshot while skating is a bit tricky

  • Skate in and have the puck on your shooting side, on your side
  • Push off with the leg furthest from the blade of your stick, and sort of lunge onto the other leg
  • While pushing off with your back leg and transferring the weight onto your front leg, pull the puck in towards your body and towards the net
  • Now use a quick snap from your wrists to elevate the puck and put power on it

How to take a Snapshot While Skating Video

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  1. Reply Dean December 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Hey Jeremy and Ken,
    Could you guys possible to a video on how to roof it from point blank on the forehand and backhand. I whiff a lot when the pucks sitting in front of the net, and would like some of the pointers. Thanks guys.


  2. Reply Angel December 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I agree with the first comment, how about a video on how to take a wrist shot while skating?

    • Reply Jeremy December 6, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      I’ll post one later in the winter. I’m building a backyard rink so it will be easy to shoot videos!

  3. Reply How to take a Snapshot in Hockey November 19, 2012 at 9:53 am

    […] questions you can ask in the comments below and I will answer them soon. We also have an article on how to shoot while skating that covers the slapshot and snapshot and provides a few tips to getting a better shot while […]

  4. Reply Grant May 31, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Hey Jeremy will you do a video for wrist shot while skating. Thanks

  5. Reply Mikey Sikora March 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    you are super good. did you play pro?

  6. Reply Chris R December 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Can you do a video on one-timers? I’ve only gotten a couple off in the meat of my blade. Usually I just whiff completely, which is not only embarrassing, but hurts sometimes! lol

    I’m pretty good at slappers but cannot seem to get my timing down on the one-timers. Thanks!

  7. Reply Holden Mauk October 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Hello Jeremy and Ken,
    Do you have any reccomendations for youth hockey skates and a youth player hockey stick? If so please respond to this comment. Thanks

  8. Reply Ian April 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Love your site and tips. The first slapshot link goes to Amazon right now?

    • Reply Jeremy April 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      Weird, thanks for letting me know, I just changed it to the right page.

  9. Reply Sean January 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    thank you so much for that video, i hope to see the video, 20 ways to beat the defense!

  10. Reply Hursh January 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Hey Ken and Jeremy. The rinks at where I live do not have pick up games or stick and puck sessions. What are somethings I can do to practice at home? Should I get Roller Skates and practice shooting with some fly pucks or somthing?

    • Reply Jeremy January 31, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      Roller blades are good to simulate the feeling of ice. For shooting you can get the flypucks, but don’t shoot them too hard as they will break. For stickhandling I think that the Green Biscuit is the best. Also if you are just in your shoes you can pick up and extreme passing kit, or a hockey shooting pad. They are good to practice stickhandling and shooting.

  11. Reply Charles January 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Nice video as always! Congrats and thanks for sharing your skills!

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