A hockey assist is a statistic in hockey that credits a player with one point who has passed the puck to the player who scores a goal, but did not directly pass the puck to the goal scorer. There can be a maximum of two assists per goal. The assists will be awarded in the order of play, with the last player to pass the puck to the goal scorer getting the primary assist and the player who passed it to the primary assister getting the secondary assist. Players who gain an assist will get one point added to their player statistics.
How do you get a hockey assist?
To get a hockey assist, you must pass the puck to a teammate who then passes the puck to the goal scorer. You cannot get a hockey assist if you take a shot on goal that is saved by the goaltender and then a teammate scores on the rebound.
Why are hockey assists important?
Hockey assists are important because they recognize the contributions of players who set up goals but do not actually score them. In hockey, passing is often just as important as shooting, and hockey assists help to quantify the value of passing.
Examples of hockey assists
Here are some examples of hockey assists:
- A player passes the puck to a teammate who then shoots and scores.
- A player passes the puck to a teammate who then passes it to another teammate who scores.
- A player passes the puck to a teammate who then creates a turnover that leads to a goal.
Hockey assists in other sports
Hockey assists are not tracked in other sports, such as basketball or football. However, there are some similar statistics that are tracked in these sports. In basketball, for example, a “secondary assist” is awarded to a player who passes the ball to a teammate who then passes it to the player who scores the basket.
Hockey assists are an important part of hockey statistics. They help to recognize the contributions of players who set up goals but do not actually score them. Hockey assists are also a good way to compare the passing skills of different players.