Checking is one of the best parts of hockey. Not only does it make hockey an exciting physical sport to watch, it also results in strong, outstanding athletes who are impressive on the ice.
Checking is the physical process by which a hockey player gains possession of the puck or gets in between an opponent and the puck. There are many types of checks in hockey — including the stick check, poke check, or back check. While there are many ways that players physically insert themselves between an opponent and the puck to gain possession, there is only one way to do the perfect hockey check — as outlined below.
The safest and most effective check used in hockey is the shoulder check. Defensive players usually use the shoulder check to disrupt a forward coming toward them. Players who want to do the perfect shoulder check should keep in mind the following:
Many NHL players have perfected the hockey check. To see some examples check out the videos below:
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