QUESTION: How can I learn to pass the puck accurately?
ANSWER: This is one of the prerequisites for being able to play the game. Too many players slap their passes. You must learn to keep the puck on the blade of your stick for better control and follow through on the pass. In order to avoid slapping your pass, (if you are a left handed shot) take the puck back left of center prior to making the pass. If you leave it out front you will have a tendency to slap it. Once you have learned to control the pass, lead the receiver by passing it in front of him, not in his feet.
(A good example of an excellent passer is Adam Oates of the Washington Capitals.)
QUESTION: When should I use a wrist shot?
ANSWER: The wrist shot is most often used when a player is in close range of the net or has a clear break away with no one between the goaltender and himself or herself. It offers better control, a quicker release, and in most cases it is a more accurate shot.
(A good example of an excellent wrist shot is Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche.)
QUESTION: When should I use a slap shot?
ANSWER: The slap shot, although over used, has its advantages. It offers a higher velocity and can be used at longer distances with a fair amount of accuracy.
It is often difficult for a goaltender to follow especially in a maze of players. There are several versions of the slap shot. A quick half slap for a quicker release, a full wind-up for more velocity, and a one motion follow through which is referred to as a "one timer." All have their place and all require a great deal of practice to be effective.
(A good example of an excellent slap shot is Raymond Bourgue of the Colorado Avalanche.)