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Encyclopedia > Checking (ice hockey)

Checking in ice hockey is the act of physically keeping an opposing player in check. It is usually not a penalty. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... A penalty in ice hockey is a punishment for inappropriate behaviour. ...

Types of checking

Young boys are taught proper body checking technique
Young boys are taught proper body checking technique

There are multiple types of checking:

Body checking 
Using the hip (also known as hip checking) or shoulder to knock an opponent against the boards or to the ice. This is often referred to as simply checking or hitting and is only permitted on an opponent with possession of the puck. Body checking taken too far is penalized as charging, as is hitting from behind. Any body checking is a penalty in women's hockey. It is also usually not allowed in amateur leagues and leagues with young children. Some intramural university leagues do not permit bodychecking in order to reduce injury and avoid incidents of fighting. "Leaning" against opponents is an alternative to body checking but, if abused, may be penalized as holding.
Poke checking 
Using the stick to poke the puck away from an opponent.
Sweep checking 
Using the stick in a sweeping motion to knock the puck away from opponents or deter them from passing.
Stick checking 
Using the stick to interfere with an opponent's stick.
Pressuring an opposing puck carrier (analogous to a full-court press in basketball).
Rushing back to the defensive zone in response to an opposing team's attack.
The act of checking an opponent with the shaft of the stick held in both hands and with arms extended. This is illegal and earns a minor or major penalty depending on the severity of the infraction.
Lift checking 
A player lifts or knocks an opponent's stick upwards with his/her stick followed immediately by an attempt to steal the puck. This may also be used by a defenseman to keep an opposing player from deflecting shots when both players are positioned in front of the net.
Press checking 
A type of stick check used to stop or control the movement of an opponent's stick by placing stick pressure over top of the opponent's stick.
Ice cut 
A player throws their body at the oppositions feet in order to flip them onto their neck. (more commonly known as Grass Cut in Football and Rugby)

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New Standard of Rule Enforcement 2005-2006

For the 2005-2006 season, the NHL instituted stricter enforcement of many checking violations that in previous seasons would not have been penalized. The intent of the new standard of enforcement was to fundamentally alter the way hockey is played, rewarding speed and agility over brute strength, as well as increasing opportunities for scoring and minimizing stoppage of play. The result is a faster-paced game with generally higher scores than in previous years. The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ... NHL redirects here. ...

External links

  • New Standard of Rule Enforcement 2005-2006 from NHL
  • Background on Checking from Hockey Canada
  • Research Paper on hockey injuries (PDF format)
  • USA Hockey Coaching Education Program manual called 'Introduction to body contact'
NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... Hockey Canada is the official national governing body of ice hockey in Canada and is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. ... “PDF” redirects here. ...

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