We've already learned about when a team is on offense and when a team is on defense in ice hockey. We've also learned about the attacking zone, defensive zone, and neutral zone.
In this tutorial, we will learn about forechecking and why it is an effective strategy for the attacking team in ice hockey.
When a team loses possession of the puck in the attacking zone, they can still keep play alive by utilizing an effective forecheck.
Forechecking is a strategy in ice hockey where players on the attacking team, without possession of the puck, aggressively pursue opposing players in an effort to regain possession of the puck.
Players will work together to apply pressure to defensive players to force a giveaway or takeaway in the attacking zone.
REMEBER: Forechecking is not the same as checking. Checking is the act of skating into a player utilizing the boards in hopes of regaining possession of the puck.
If a team is able to regain possession of the puck they will restart their offense and begin a cycle of passing to find openings on the ice to score a goal. We'll learn more about cycling later in this chapter.