Stick Checking may be considered the second line of defense as angling forces the opposition to a position where contact can be made with the stick.

When a player stick-checks, he/she must maintain control of both their stick and the opponent's stick. Stick checks are effective to:

  • delay the advancement of the opposition
  • force a loss of puck control by the opposition
  • control the puck yourself or gain possession for one of your teammates


  • Lift
  • Press
  • Poke
  • Sweep
  • Tap