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Essential skill for defensive players to master. A Poke Check is when a player users their stick to knock the puck away from an opponents stick. This move is normally used by defensemen against forwards. This can be done by keeping both hands on the stick and knocking the puck away from the opponents stick or by using your top hand on the stick while leaving your bottom hand free to increase your stick range. I would always recommend you focus on your opponents upper body so you can see which direction they may go in.
Try to avoid staring at the park as forwards is coming at you 1 on 1 Watch their upper body to see which way they move. Holding your stick at the top with only 1 hand is a common way to poke checking as it increases a players range only do this for very short periods of time while trying increase your range for a poke checking as it makes it easier for you to be taken advantages of.
Once you have made contact, tie up your opponent, then play the puck if possible. A few helpful hints:. A check is not complete until you return to the play.
We lose track of time and sight of the play during body contact. As you battle with an opponent, the game continues to be played behind you, so remember two things: One, if you get knocked down, get up immediately and return to the play. Lastly, when receiving a check, think safety first. If at all possible, get against the boards to decrease the threat of neck and back injury.
Keep your hands free while using the boards for leverage. Lastly, practice using your feet to direct the puck to your stick, or to the stick of your teammate. The best preparation is to ensure that you are as proficient on your skates as possible. Playing Tips for safer body checking By Shawn Killian. Plays as it Practices. Think and have fun at practice.
The Left Wing Lock. Getting the most from your skates. Six can play at that game. Welcome to the Archive. Keep your head up and your stick down at all times. Players must learn to protect themselves, especially along the boards.
When going into the corner, use some fakes with your body, stick or skates to avoid being a stationary target. Keep your skates parallel to the boards rather than pointing toward the boards. If you are checked from the side, keep your head up, get a good stable position, feet apart, knees bent, body in a low position, forearms and hands on the boards. This will be my first year of peewee and I'm going to a hockey camp in a couple days and I didn't really know how to check the right way but know I know.
With Erik Cole, Carolina Hurricanes. Tip 1 — Angling To carry out the proper checks along the boards, you must learn to force the puck carrier towards the boards. Tip 2 — Body Checks There are three major types of body checks: Tip 3 — Protecting Yourself Players must learn to protect themselves, especially along the boards. As soon as you pick up the puck, move out of the area quickly. Use your arms as shock absorbers.