The term end to end in hockey refers to a play in which one player carries the puck all the way from his defensive zone to the other end of the ice. Generally, this term is used when a player goes from one end of the rink to the other and scores a goal.
The slang is used in reference to travelling the entire distance of the hockey playing surface.
It is also important to mention that the puck must only be touched by one player when they go coast to coast. This sort of play does not include passing to any of his or her teammates.
In most cases, the term is going to be used when a player scores a goal after skating the whole length of the rink. If the player travels the distance of the rink and then passes the puck off this is not usually considered going coast to coast.
This play is a solo effort that is accomplished by one player taking on several defenders as they make their way up the ice.
Below we’ve included a video of the best end to end goals so you can get an understanding of what these goals look like.
When Do Players Score End To End Goals?
Attempting to take on the entire team and going the length of the ice is not usually the best strategy in hockey. This begs the question of what sort of situations lead to these coast to coast goals. Below we will cover some of the main factors that result in end to end scores.
One of the most common situations that leads to a coast to coast goal is a line change. When teams are changing lines they will often put the puck behind their own net while they change.
Forwards will then come skating by behind the net picking up speed and retrieving the puck. This will start the breakout for the team in possession of the puck.
Oftentimes this player will use this speed to carry the puck up the middle of the ice. Since a line change has just occurred it is common for the puck carrier to be in front of his teammates. This means he often does not have many passing options.
The speed of this player will often get him past the opposing team forwards as they often go for a change at the same time.
At this point, it is often the puck carrier versus the two defensemen. If the puck carrier is able to catch them flat-footed he can use speed and stickhandling to manoeuvre his way through and split the defense.
This sort of coast to coast goal is fairly rare but you will see this situation play out often when watching compilations of coast to coast goals.
Three On Three Overtime
Another instance in which coast to coast goals occur is during a three on three overtime. In the regular season when a game goes to overtime, there will only be three skaters for each team.
This extra space makes an end to end goal much more likely. Not only are there going to be fewer players to pass to there will also be fewer defenders to beat.
This makes the likely hood of a single player going all the way much higher. Not to mention the fact that when a team gets into overtime it is usually the players that are most deadly when given space that are on the ice.