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Learn to Shoot the Puck in All Situations

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 11/16/14, 5:00AM EST


Become an Expert of the One Foot Wrist Shot in Week 4 of the 5000 Puck Challenge

Having the ability to shoot the puck in a variety situations and in different areas of the ice is key to becoming a well-rounded hockey player. This modified wrist shot gives a player the opportunity to take a strong powerful shot while not being in your typical shooting stance.  

With a technically sound one leg wrist shot players have the ability to let the shot off with the puck close to their feet. This will generate a big follow through making it harder for the goalie to know where the shot is going. You can surprise the goalie and can take this shot from anywhere in the offensive zone. 

Getzlaf scores wicked wrist shot off one foot

There are very few times in a game when a player is in the perfect position to shoot the puck. If a player waited to be in the proper shooting position the amount of goals scored would dramatically drop. No matter what position you are in when shooting the puck there is never an excuse for missing the net. Here are 3 tips to help improve shooting accuracy.

1. Look Where You Shoot 
One of the most repeated phrases in hockey is keep your head up and look at your target. This rule does not change, even if you are not in the proper shooting position.  Whenever you have the puck and are getting ready to shoot, make sure to scan the net, look for a spot to shoot, and fire the puck.

2. Point With Your Chest and Feet
Your feet guide you in the direction you are skating, but they also help guide where you are shooting. If you align your body, mainly the chest and feet before you take the shot, the chances are your accuracy will improve. Pointing your foot also improves power because it helps you transfer energy in the direction of the shot.

3. Remember to Follow Through
As you know following through with your stick high after a shot will help the puck go high and following through low will help the puck go low.  Another trick to help improve accuracy when following through is to point the toe of the blade to where you want the puck to go. If done properly, at the end of the shot the blade of your stick should be pointing at where the puck went.

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So, how well do you think your shot would improve if you were to take 5000 shots over a 10-week period? Think it can’t be done? Think again! We have created a plan for players of all ages and abilities to follow over 10 weeks to increase shot speed, quickness and accuracy.

To develop your shooting & scoring skills at home check out the OMHA Players Club and the 5000 Puck Challenge.