Where to Shoot to Score More Goals

Everybody wants to know where to shoot to score more goals in ice hockey. The
good news is that someone has provided the answer to that question and many
more.
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association put together a fantastic visual chart, showing
where every goal in the NHL a couple seasons ago was scored. Not only the distance
from the net the shot was taken, but also what was the most effective shot from that
area, wrist shot, snap shot, slap shot, backhand and also tip in’s.
The most goals that year were scored 20 feet or less from the goal-line, which
accounted for 55% of pucks reaching the back of the net. The wrist shot was by far
the most effective from those distances, followed by backhand shots and tip-in goals.
So what does this mean for you? It means that you can create an off-ice
stickhandling and shooting area at your house, in your garage or basement. Even if
it’s a smaller space, you can get somewhere between 10-20 feet away from the net,
which accounts for 55% of all goals scored in games.
You can then start working on perfecting your shot from different distances, honing
your skills for game opportunities. Make sure you’re practicing the wrist shot, snap
shot and backhand from not only different distances, but different angles as well.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that only on ice practices and games will provide
you enough repetitions to acquire top end stick skills. That’s the mindset of an
average hockey player. To give yourself the best chance to play on the top teams in
your area, you need to add some off-ice stick handling and shooting training to your
regular weekly hockey training routine.
If you can’t consistently score goals off-ice, don’t expect for it to magically happen in
games. It’s not a switch that is easily turned on come game time, where you will be
guaranteed a goal or two. Players that consistently light the lamp are players that
have prepared for that scoring moment for years.
Countless hours, taking shot after shot, dreaming of scoring the big goal in the
biggest game. You can do the same thing and we’re here to help. Snipers Edge
Hockey, powered by CCM is the world’s leader in outfitting young hockey hopefuls
with our full line of stickhandling & shooting training aids.
Start building your hockey memories today by creating your own, at-home training
facility. Thanks for stopping by and remember to Work Hard and Dream Bigger
than Everyone Else!!
Coach Pitlick

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