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Checking: The Right Way

By Coach's Corner, 04/20/12, 10:36AM CDT


Checking is one of the most demanding skills in hockey.

From the USA Hockey Magazine - January 2008

Tips from the Stars: W/Eric Cole - Carolina Hurricanes

Checking is a skill designed to aid in the recovery and possession of the puck. It should not be used to intimidate or injure an opponent.

Tip #1 - Angling: To carry out the proper checks along the boards, you must learn to force the puck carrier towards the boards. The key is to steer the puck carrier in the direction YOU want by angling him/her into the boards under a controlled speed.