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11-22-2011, 01:20 PM
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usually, if you are the first forward, you have to make the decision whether to forecheck or not. there are some necessary conditions for a forecheck.

one, you should have a reasonable chance to get the puck outright. if you are attacking a player who is way better than you, then it may not be worth it. he will skate by you and you will be out of position.

two, a forecheck is not an individual effort. your teammates should be prepared for your forecheck, that is they should be taking away passing lanes or preparing for a trap. if they don't, then the guy being pressured can pass and once again you are chasing the play from behind. if you teammates just went to the bench for a change, a forecheck is usually ill-advised because the new line may not have taken their proper positions yet.

finally, if the above conditions made you decide against the forecheck, but you are still the first forward, you need to contain the puck carrier and make his coming out of the zone tougher. if he sees a stretch pass, you need to be the one to make him think otherwise. if he decides to carry the puck, you need to be ready to play his body. if he sees an open lane up the middle, you need to be the one to take it away from him. this is why mirroring drills are so important.

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