Day 10 – Forechecking and the Quiz

This is the last day of our team’s virtual training camp. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and learned something.

Today, we’ve got one more thing to cover and the Training Camp Quiz.

First, yesterday’s assignment…

Our 3-Card

The threes from a regular deck of cards have the suits displayed all in a vertical row.

Our 3-Card is a triangle which allows us to better protect our net.

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.

Hockey’s Here!

Today’s Assignment:

1. Take the Training Camp Quiz. The quiz is mandatory for players and coaches. Parents are encouraged to take the quiz as well. You are allowed to go back and review any of the previous Training Camp posts if you need to.

2. At the end of the quiz, you should check your answers and review any mistakes that you made.

3. When you are finished, post your answer to the following question to the team WhatsApp group: What are all players expected to do when they first arrive at the arena?