elpful statistics and Definitions of Puck
This page was designed to help
inexperienced players gain some knowledge about shooting, how to do it
successfully and some common statistics that surround shooting. Hopefully,
most players will benefit at least a small amount, from reading this
Where Players Score From
There are four areas that players
score from the most often. They are in the slot, ranging from right in
front of the goal to at a "bad angle". The first spot is about 10-25 feet
out from the goal in the middle of the zone. The second spot is at a
slight angle from the middle of the zone. The third spot is "off angle"
near the face-off spots and the fourth spot is at a "bad angle" beyond the
face off spots.
The Area of the Net Most Goals are Scored
70% of goalies are scored on the
stick side. 20% of goals are scored on the glove side. 10% of goals are
scored between the feet, rebounds, deflections, etc.
Height of Goals Scored
Over 66% of all goals scored are
below the goalie's knees. This is because these shots are easier to
tip/deflect, they are hard work for the goalie and they create the most
20% of goals are scored shoulder high
or above. %10 of goals are scored between the knee and the
Mechanics and Positioning of Shooting
The puck should be placed in the
middle of the stick blade and between the two skates (the player must have
good balance). The lower arm is there to provide pushing action, while the
upper arm provides the pulling motion or, maintains control. When you
shoot, rotate your hips and upper body and follow through with the shot,
pointing the stick in the direction you want the puck to go.
This shot is for more advanced
shooters. Position your body parallel to the target, and position the puck
near your front skate. When you shoot, your blade should strike the ice 1
to 2 inches behind the puck. Contact with the puck should be made with the
middle to the heel of the stick blade. Pressure is exerted downward on the
ice as contact is made with the puck. The front shoulder moves in and down
on contact. Remember that the follow through is low and towards the
target. Your weight should shift to the front, keep eyes on the puck, and
then make contact with it and follow through.
Bring the blade of the stick back 6 -
8 inches behind the puck, and then snap through the puck towards the
target. Strike the ice between 1 and 2 inches behind the puck. The follow
through is short and low. Most of your power for this shot will originate
in your forearms and your wrists.
For this shot, place your body at a
45 degree angle to the puck, with your hands about 12 - 15 inches apart.
The shot will begin with the puck at the side of your body and behind your
back foot. Start the shot by cupping the blade over the puck, then
transfer the weight from the back foot to the front foot. This is
important because it is what gives the shot power. Bring the puck forward
as you transfer your weight. The puck will move from the middle of the
blade towards the heel. The height of your shot will depend on the angle
of the stick blade when you follow through. If the stick is turned over
the puck, the shot will be low, but if you turn it under the puck, the
shot will be high. Make sure and keep your head up, and look at your
target as you follow through.
For this shot, the puck will again be
at the side of your body and behind your back foot. Just like the wrist
shot, cup the puck with the blade of the stick. As you sweep the puck
forward, transfer your weight to the front foot. At this point, the lower
wrist is in reversed flexed position and the puck snaps forward. Rotate
your upper body quickly. The stick blade rotation determines the height of
the puck as well as the direction it goes in. Remember to point towards
the direction of the target.
Shooting to Score
Try to anticipate scoring chances by being aware
of everyone's position on the ice. This includes the goalie, your
teammates and your opponents. Keep your eye on areas of net, not the
goaltender. Position yourself to give yourself a chance at a quick release
of the puck, when the opportunity arises. Different situations determine
how to most efficiently score. Be sure and pick the shot that will take
advantage of the situation. Learn to shoot amongst confusion. That is when
the skill will be most useful. Always strive to get the shot on goal, even
if it is not as powerful.