Backchecking Tactic: In Action

Perfect Backcheck and Angling in Action

This is a quick clip that shows a perfect backcheck with excellent angling, executed by Team Canada’s Jeff Carter in the 2014 Winter Olympics. In the clip we see a principle I teach my kids even as young as U6 and U8; that is the tactic of “Stick on Stick, Shoulder on Shoulder.”

Thinking about backchecking in these terms helps kids comprehend taking away the skating lane. Combine this tactic with our 5-Card approach to backchecking, and it’ll be much more difficult for the opponent to create offensive opportunities.

Here’s a link to our 5-Card Backchecking video


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