A pass from an offensive player towards the center of the ice to another player that is most often used to set up a shot on goal.
The centering pass is a basic passing strategy with the ultimate aim of setting up another player with the best angle for scoring a goal. This type of pass is aptly named, as it is often the job of the center position to set up or receive centering passes. While centering passes provide the best opportunity to line up a shot, they can also be somewhat risky. If the intended recipient of the centering pass does not receive the puck, it can often end up in the possession of an opposing player, providing that opponent with good position and a fast break opportunity the other way.