Published at Monday, April 09th, 2018 - 12:50:04 PM. Hockey Gear and Equipment. By Regina Dania.
One of the reasons the backhand shot is not used as much anymore is because of the invention of the curved stick. So many players today have such a big hook in their blade that it′s really tough to take an effective and accurate backhand shot.
A flip or saucer pass is the most effective pass when you have a man between you and your intended target. A good saucer pass floats eight to 10 inches off the ice and lands flat close to the blade of a teammate′s stick. Practice is the key. You don′t want to be firing the puck too high where it can′t be controlled by your teammate. A player who can make an effective saucer or flip pass is worth his or her weight in gold.
USA Hockey strongly discourages checking from behind but if it should happen while you′re facing the boards get your stick and gloves up to spread out the area of impact. Use your arms as shock absorbers.
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