How to Run a Hockey Offense F1 and F2 Forecheck

This article discusses direct forechecking for a speedy team vs. a slower opponent defense. It enables you to put pressure on the defense and keep the puck deep without giving away the center ice.

Steps

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    Once the puck is deep inside the offensive zone, the first player to reach the zone (F1 - either wingers or center) skates directly toward the defender (from center ice at the opposing blue line toward the defender) with the puck. It is imperative to apply pressure by fast skating in a direct line, covering any passing lanes in the central part of the zone.
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    The second man in (F2) covers the short side. If the defender holds the puck near the right corner, F2 approaches from the right board. If the defender is near the left corner, F2 approaches from the left board. F2 should progress toward the F1 and defender fighting for the puck, creating a 2 on 1.
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    The third man in holds the upper part of the opponent zone (between the blue line and the top of the circles), covering any central passing lanes, or ensuring a 3-man defense if the opposing team breaks out.
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    Once puck is regained, create an offensive triangle in the opposing zone with the third man in taking the high slot.

Tips

  • This is mostly efficient with legal contact levels. The F1 should be instructed to "freeze" the defender on the board while F2 reaches for the puck, and immediately look for the third man in coming toward the high slot.

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