Day 27 – Forechecking

This is the second last day of our team’s virtual summer training camp. As usual, each day there will be a short assignment for you to do to prepare for the upcoming season. These assignments are mandatory for players and coaches. Parents are also encouraged to participate.

Today, we’ve got one more thing to cover and tomorrow we’ll end with our Training Camp Quiz.

The 1-2-3 Forecheck

The forecheck system that I like to use the most is called the 1-2-3 Forecheck. The numbers refer to players crossing the blue line – first player, second player and third player. It is very simple and very effective.

The first player into the zone is called THE MISSILE. This player pressures the puck carrier and “takes the man”. As the name implies, this player takes a direct route to the puck and goes as fast as possible forechecking hard on the puck. The forechecker should take an angle that forces the puck carrier to make a more difficult play or one that keeps play in the zone (we don’t want to allow an easy up or stretch pass).

The second player into the zone is called THE HUNTER. This player’s job is to get the puck. This is the toughest position as it takes reading and anticipating, speed, angling, guessing and often a little bit of luck. Remember that we always try to maintain defensive side positioning when hunting.

The third player into the zone is remains in the HIGH SLOT. This player should be ready to cover defensively and back out if necessary. If we recover the puck this player should be in a great spot for a centering pass leading to a scoring chance.

Defencemen are the key to making this forecheck work. Defencemen need to get up the ice quickly to support the forecheck and keep the puck in the zone. In many cases, the Missile and the Hunter will cause the other team to rim the puck around the boards.  With a player in the High Slot, defence are free to pinch on any puck that is rimmed. If we recover the puck, at least one defenceman should be readily available to jump up for a scoring chance or passing option.

When one defenceman pinches, the other should move to a position high in the middle of the ice to provide back side defensive support.

We’ll talk much more about forechecking when we get on the ice.

Hockey’s Here!

Today’s Assignment:

  1. Complete today’s workout on the TeamBuildr app. Be sure to mark each exercise complete as you finish it.

IMPORTANT: If you have other sports, camps or are doing a different workout that you’d like to substitute on any given day that is okay. Please make a quick note of what you did that day under the ALTERNATE Workout in TeamBuildr. It is still important to complete the stickhandling and shooting every day that it is scheduled. But it is okay to move it to another day of the week when you aren’t quite as busy. Even when you’re on vacation, you should still be trying to find time to get in your workout.

  1. A quick question today to prepare you for tomorrow’s quiz… What is the FIRST thing that everyone should do when they get to the rink? Post a THUMBS UP to the team WhatsApp group if you know the answer (Don’t give the answer away).