Professional Hockey Skills Coach Dwayne Blais explains how to develop a quick release shot. The better a player can get at catching and quickly releasing a puck, the more opportunities they will have to score. After you watch the video, scroll below to see drills and small area games that can help you practice a quick release shot on the ice.
Tips to Develop A Quick Release Shot
- Good Hand Position: Keeping your hands hip-width apart is a good distance for any type of shot.
- Keep Hands Away From Body: Keep top hand up and keeping your hands away from body will allow you to take a shot with greater force. If your hands are close to your body it is hard to push and pull with your top and bottom hands.
- Get Puck In Shooting Box Quickly: The quicker you can get your puck into your shooting box, the quicker you will be able to shoot. Your shooting box is usually about a blade length away from your skates.
- Push Down With Bottom Hand (Power Hand): Pushing down with your bottom hand will help generate flex on your stick which will produce additional power on your shot.
- Drive Shoulders To Net: Driving your shoulders to the net will help you generate additional force with your shot.
- Generate Power With Legs: Transfering weight from one leg to your other leg will help with your backhand and forehand shots.