One-timers in hockey are as difficult as they are beautiful to watch. These are shots that occur when players meet teammate passes with immediate slapshots. However, the striker does not attempt to control his or her puck on the stick. A successful one-timer requires precise timing on the part of both teammates involved. While the main emphasis is on the shooter, the passer must be direct in helping the striker land a goal. Wrist shots also happen with one-timers, however, the puck is released slower than slapshots.

The Perfect One-Timer

As mentioned above, the perfect one-timer required plenty of practice. Similarly, both the passer and shooter must be in sync in order to secure the goal. Here are some essentials of scoring one-timers in ice hockey – at all levels:

  • The angle from the goal between the pass and the shot.
  • The change of direction of the puck – passing and shooting.
  • The speed of the puck after the shot – faster speeds tend to result in unstoppable shots.

Here is a video of some great one-timers in the NHL.

Here is an instructional video on how to score the perfect one-timer in ice hockey.

Another informative video on how to practice one-timers with your team.

One-Timer Pros and Cons

A good one-timer must have a greater angle on the shot. Similarly, the change of direction and/or speed increases the chances of the puck landing in the net. However, lesser angles and slower passes decrease the chances of the puck going into the net. Still, one-timers have greater success rates than one-on-one shots between shooters and goalies. With this in mind, players only have one chance to connect with these passes – thus the name one-timer.

The King of the One-Timer

Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion is credited as the father of the slap shot. In fact, he rose to prominence in hockey during the 1940s and 1950s with his classic one-timers. It’s also hard to imagine that goalies did not wear face masks in those days, which put them in direct danger of having to block a one-timer slapshot. Geoffrion perfected a golf-style strike on the puck, which made it difficult for goalies to stop these fast, hard shots.

The Montreal Canadien usually played alongside Doug Harvey. Both Geoffrion and Harvey were truly a menacing duo on the ice and helped the Habs win many memorable games. Boom Boom was also awarded the famed Calder Trophy during the 1951-52 season.

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