Definition of forecheck in US English:



[no object]Ice Hockey
  • Play an aggressive style of defense, checking opponents in their own defensive zone, before they can organize an attack.

    • ‘The thought there is that teams are reluctant to forecheck against a goaltender who basically acts as a third defenseman and can move the puck up the ice very efficiently.’
    • ‘He consistently works hard, forechecking and backchecking every shift.’
    • ‘They forecheck aggressively and try to force mistakes.’
    • ‘They are the same: they come out strong, they forecheck hard, they play a sound defensive game.’
    • ‘The Sabres rarely forechecked aggressively, and Peca's biggest job was usually to shut down the opponent's top center.’