One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]Ice Hockey
Poke the puck off the stick of and out of the possession of (an opposing player).
- ‘He has one of the best gloves in the game and is a master at using his stick for puckhandling and poke-checking, as well as using his pads to direct rebounds past the on-coming offensive players to the safety of his teammates.’
- ‘‘I saw dollar signs in his eyes,’ Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek joked after diving out to poke-check Flyers left winger John LeClair, a potential free agent, on a breakaway in Game 1 of their playoff series.’
- ‘Body-checking, poke-checking, defending the puck when skating, and even blocking are control commands available in addition to shooting and passing.’
- ‘‘I take some tape and make a big knob at the end of the stick, like goalies have a big knob so when they poke-check or whatever they're not going to lose their stick,’ he says.’
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