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Never Shoot Like This…


Wait… So I’m NOT supposed to shoot like Alex Ovechkin, Phil Kessel, Sidney Crosby and many other top scoring NHL forwards? That’s what I was told many times growing up and still hear today. I wanted to publish this article and video to help debunk this myth. The fact is there are many ways to shoot, and each method is effective in the right situation

If you ask me, there is no WRONG way to shoot, only more effective and less effective. If the puck ends up in the back of the net, it’s the right way to shoot. As long as you can get decent power, accuracy and release the shot is worth practicing.

My Philosophy on Shooting

There are the four basic shots, the wrist shot, snapshot, backhand, and slapshot. With each of those shots there are variations on how you can execute each shot. Some are better for power and some are better for a faster release. I believe that hockey players should be familiar with every method of shooting, and when you should use each type of shot.

What is the “wrong” way to shoot?

I made a video to demonstrate the wrong way to shoot. This is something that a lot of hockey coaches still say, so I wanted to address it.

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Basic Shot Breakdown

Here is a basic summary of the four main types of shots, and when you might want to use them.

  • hockey-shooting-shortSlapshot – This is the most powerful shot and you typically want to use it from a distance. You need a bit of room to wind up so don’t try this shot when being heavily pressured. A variation is the one-timer which is great from the point, or when you are in close and need to get the puck to the net as fast as possible. Stamkos is known for his deadly powerful and accurate one-timer
  • Wrist Shot – This shot is great when you need power and accuracy. The full wrist shot is typically used when you are further from the net. This is also a good shot to use when cutting across the ice on your forehand side, as you are already set up to execute the shot and won’t waste any time trying to prepare for the shot. Sakic’s wrist shot is legendary
  • Snapshot – This shot is great when you need to get the puck off in a hurry. Many players use this when under pressure, when trying to catch the goalie off-guard, or when quickly moving the puck past a defender. This shot is good to use when in close to the net and you don’t want to give any clues that you are going to shoot. There is no denying Kessel has one of the best snapshots in the league, he scores most of his goals this way
  • Backhand – The backhand is often neglected from players because it is a hard shot to master, but commonly regarded as the hardest shot for a goalie to stop because they can’t read where it’s going. The backhand is used a lot in dekes. This shot is great to use after a quick move or fake, or when you are forced to your backhand and it’s your only shot option. Players who don’t practice their backhand will miss a lot of scoring opportunities. Datysuk is known to deke to his backhand, but also has a deadly backhand from a distance



Simple Tips to Improve Your Shooting at Home


I have been working with HockeyShot.com lately to produce a series of hockey training videos. The videos come in two parts, how to perform a certain skill, and another video on how to improve that skill at home. The on-ice videos are on my Youtube channel and the off-ice videos are on the Hockey Shot channel. In this post I have embedded all of the off-ice videos to help you learn to improve your shooting at home.

In each video I give a few simple tips that should help you improve your shot. If you need a step-by-step breakdown of the shots you can watch the on-ice video.

Improve your Wristshot at Home

In this video I explain a few common mistakes that I see people make when they are shooting at home. I show you how you can correct these mistakes and improve the power of your wrist shot.

Covered in the video

  • Using every muscle to get power
  • Weight transfer
  • Getting your top hand out of it’s holster
  • Using the whip effect for more power
  • Use the quick release

Tips to Improve your Snapshot at Home

Covered in this video

  • Training at home how you would shoot on the ice
  • Use a lot of pucks!
  • Basic technique of the snapshot
  • Weight transfer for the snapshot
  • Getting the hands in front of you
  • Using the snap to get power

Tips to improve the Backhand at home

Covered in this video

  • The mechanics of the backhand
  • A trick to getting the puck up
  • How to add power to the shot
  • Weight transfer

On-Ice Videos

If you guys want to see the on-ice versions of these videos check out my articles on how to take a wrist shot, how to take a backhand, and how to take a snapshot. In the videos I give you step-by-step instructions to help you learn the shots.

Training Aids I use

In these videos I am using a roll-up shooting pad, and the EZ-goal net. I always recommend a shooting pad and a good net to anyone who wants to work on their skills at home.

Remember my #1 tip for any shot is take 100 shots a day – the only way you can improve your technique is through practice.