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The forecheck is an ice hockey defensive play made in the offensive zone with the objective of applying pressure to the opposing team to regain control of the puck.[1] It is a type of checking. Forechecking is generally executed in one of three situations: recovery of the puck after a dump in, after the rebound on a scoring attempt, or immediately after a turnover to regain possession.[2] Forechecking can be aggressive or conservative depending on the coaching style [3] and on the skating skills of the players. Aggressive forechecking strategies are more suited for players with good skating mobility, while more conservative plays such as the neutral zone trap are better suited for players with less agility.[4]


  1. ^ Driver 2004, p. 80.
  2. ^ Walter 2009, p. 89.
  3. ^ Walter 2009, p. 90.
  4. ^ Gendron 2003, p. 115.


  • Driver, Bruce; Clare Wharton (2004). The baffled parent's guide to coaching youth hockey. Baffled Parent's Guides. McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0-07-143011-1. Retrieved 2010-03-07.
  • Walter, Ryan; Mike Johnston (2009). Hockey Plays and Strategies. Human Kinetics. ISBN 978-0-7360-7634-0.
  • Gendron, Dennis; K. Vern Stenlund (2003). Coaching hockey successfully. Coaching Successfully Series. Human Kinetics. ISBN 978-0-88011-911-5.