How to Get More Passes – Hockey Passing Series

– Hey guys! Jeremy here from How To Hockey
with the hockey movement. In our last video we’re talking
about how to give a pass. I’m going to toss that link up right there if you want to click on
and check the video out. But in this video we’re talking
about how to receive a pass. So these are tips on how to get open so you can be available for more passes. Once you get that pass,
how to keep it on the blade of your stick and how to
move it to a controlled spot. All these tips are going
to help you improve your game and they’re simple stuff, so let’s get right to it. Alright once again no one
here to pass me the puck, so I’m going to be using the Extreme Passer Pro from Awesome product and I’ll toss the link in the video description. First let’s do an experiment though. Let’s pretend that you have a ball, and you going to throw it to me. Yeah, you watching the video! Alright, what am I going to do? I’m going to go like this. Hey! Toss me that ball! I’m not going to go
like this or like this. Definitely not going to go like this. Hey! Toss the ball! And let’s pretend that this
hockey stick is a person. I want to go hey! Right here! Toss it! But I see this all the time in hockey. People want the puck, but
they’re not showing their hand. Your hockey stick is like your third hand. This is an extension of your body. So if you want that puck show
them your hand right here. What I see all the time in hockey stick’s like this and they want the puck. It’s going to be really
hard to catch a pass when your stick is like that. You’ve got to put it right there, show them your hand, show
them you want that pass. You can’t be turned
backwards like this, right. You have to show them the blade. Let them know that you want that puck. Also if you’re behind somebody. Going to be really hard for you to get that puck if you’re behind someone. So get open, move, show them your blade, let them know you want that puck, and them know where you want that puck. That’s how you’re going
to get more passes. That covers how you’re going
to get the puck more often. Now let’s talk about how you’re going to keep it on your blade
when it comes your way. There’s two things you’ve got to do with your blade when the puck comes your way. Besides having it on the ice. You got to have that blade cupped, and you want to have
it square to the puck. So if the blade is not
cupped, open like this, puck’s going to hit it, ramp off. So make sure you roll that top hand over. That top hand is in
front of the bottom hand, and that will cup the
blade when you receive it. Second one is to be square to the puck. So if you have any sort of an
angle on the blade this way, or this way more likely
that the puck is going to hit your blade and then bounce off. So you can practice with a
rebounder or with a friend. Getting that cup on that blade, and also having the puck square. Think of it like a T. The puck’s coming this
way, then your blade is like the top of the cap of the T, always catching it square to the puck. Next thing is what we’re
doing with the stick. Make sure you put a little
bit of weight on that stick. So you’re just pushing down a little bit with that bottom hand and that’s going to keep the puck from hitting your blade and then either bouncing off
or going right underneath. When you get those hard
passes, if you don’t have a little weight there,
they can hit your blade, go underneath and you’re
going to lose the puck. So put a little pressure
on that bottom hand, that’s going to keep
that puck on the blade. The next part about getting
a good pass is cushioning it, and bringing it to a spot
where you want to control it. For example if I want the puck right here. I’m not going to try to
catch it right there. I’m going to catch it up here, cushion it, and bring it to that spot
where I want to control it. There’s a few ways you can do that. So one is just by moving
your hands, right, make sure you have that puck cupped,
bring it back and catch it. You can see I’m moving my
arms and cushioning it. That gives you a big cushion. Another way that you can catch the pass is by unwinding my wrist. When I catch it, I’m just going to flick my wrists just a little bit. Sometimes these hard passes you don’t need to give them that big cushion. In fact it’s going to make it a little harder to get that pass. What I want to do is just
crack that puck dead, but if I tried to just stop
it dead, it’ll hit the stick, flex the stick, unflex it, and
fling it back off my stick. So you get the puck actually
bouncing off your stick. What you can do is just give
yourself a little cushion by winding those wrists up,
and then the puck comes. Just flick it like that. Spring your wrist just a little bit. That’s just enough to dampen that pass, kill the puck when it’s
coming in really hot, and keep it right in front of you, and then you can control it. Let’s talk a little bit about control because it’s really important for passing. Unless you’re catching
that pass so you can shoot it right away, in most
cases all you want to do is get it in front of you moving
at the same speed as you. So you don’t have to do this huge pass or all kinds of crazy stuff. All you really want to
think about when a pass or a puck is coming your
way is how can I touch it in the right way to get
it right in front of me moving at my speed. And this can happen in all
kinds of different ways. Sometimes you’re reaching
with one hand behind you. All you’ve got to do is
work on getting that right blade angle and that
right touch to tap it, bring it in front. Same thing if it comes behind you. Sometimes you’re taken off your skates. And you should practice all these things, because it happens in games. Practice getting off your
skate, getting the right angle, the right kick, or the right
tap, or the right touch with your stick to kill that
puck right in front of you, moving at the same speed. Then you can control it and go. Last thing I’ll leave
you with is a few drills. The first one is catching that pass using pretty much just your wrist. So all you gotta do is turn
that blade over so you’re almost pointing at the puck with the
toe and when you catch it, it’s important to have that blade square. And you’re just doing a
quick little snap back with the wrist to catch it and give you that little room with the puck. Next drill is to do a big
catch so you’re giving a lot of cushion room to catch that pass. What’s important here is that
you don’t bring your hands too far behind your body
where the blade opens up and the puck can fly off. So remember to always cup
that puck to catch it. The last drill on this one
is especially important on the ice is to practice
getting bad passes. So try to get them behind you, both sides, and into your feet. It’s really easy to do ones off your feet with the pass rebounder. Pass, kick it back up, and pass again. That wraps up our mini series on passing. Now go out there and
practice those tips because that’s the only way you’re
really going to get better. And that’s going help you to
get more goals, more assists. And who doesn’t want that? Remember, hit the subscribe button because we do new hockey videos every single week, help you improve your game. And we have all kinds of awesome videos planned for this winter. So you don’t want to miss
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