How to Lift the Puck in Hockey


Lifting the puck can be a difficult skill for hockey novices to pick up, but it’s essential to putting the puck in the net. As you prepare to shoot, your top hand should rest on the top of the stick, with the bottom hand about halfway down the shaft. Both work together to get the puck airborne, providing the speed and loft to raise it off the ice.

Getting It Airborne

  • To lift the puck, the blade of your stick should be ahead of the shaft as you take your shot. On your release, roll your top hand downward on the stick, then snap your wrist as you send the puck onward. Your bottom hand should be pushing the stick downward as you prepare to shoot, then pulling up as you shoot. This creates a lever motion that forces the puck upward. Aim the blade where you want the puck to go and follow through to the approximate height you want the puck to reach. For example, if you’re aiming for a spot above the goalie’s left shoulder, you’ll want your follow-through to point in that direction, with the blade just above that shoulder blade.

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