Shoot to pass: How NHL players create rebounds to score goals (VIDEOS)

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We don’t always shoot to score. Sometimes, we shoot to pass.

I call it a play off the goalie’s pads, but it’s also been referred to as a pass off the goalie’s pads, shooting for a rebound, or a low shoot. Different terminology referring to the same thing.

Does anyone remember how the winning goal was scored in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final?

We can’t ask for a better example of shooting for a rebound, but it’s from 2014, and I wanted to use an updated example in my videos.

I’ve watched all the goals from the 2020 NHL playoffs and have identified four ways that players scored using a play off the goalie’s pads. This is not a science, but should help teach players at a young age or even at the pro level.

1. On the rush

You’re coming in on a rush with numbers. You are outside the dots without much option to score.

A low shot on the far pad can generate opportunities and goals. This is why we are asking for a middle lane drive from our F2, and F3 to have their stick on the ice and ready to grab any rebounds. That kind of shot is hard for the goalie to control.


2. In the offensive zone, by a defenceman

Some teams preach high-quality shots, some teams preach using the green shot from the Royal Road, and some teams preach for the D to use the backboard/yellow.





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Mitch Giguere ChPC, is the father of four children and a passionate hockey coach. He is the video coach for the Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL). Mitch has his High Performance 2 from Hockey Canada and has an Advanced Coaching Diploma (NCCP4) from the Canadian Sports Institute. See All Posts By Mitch



  1. Great lesson Mitch, I’ll work these examples into our practice plans. Well done coach!

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