The Positions

There are 6 players on a hockey team, each one specializing in offense or defense.  They are described briefly below:

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  • Forwards (specializing in offense)
    • Center: This player will typically conduct face-offs and has excellent puck-handling and skating abilities.  Of the forwards, he also spends the most time playing defense, so he has to cover the most ice of all the players.  These players typically have a very high hockey IQ.  Famous Centers include Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks), and Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightening).
    • Right Wing:  As the name implies, this player will work the right-side of the hockey rink on offense.  Famous Right Wings include Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) and Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues).
    • Left Wing:  This player will work the left-side of the hockey rink on offense, and is typically left-handed.  Famous Left Wings include Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) and Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars).
  • Goalie:  This is the player who wears tons of additional padding, because his job is to keep the puck out of the net.  Famous Goalies include Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) and Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators).

  • Defensemen: Teams typically have two defensemen, one for the right and one for the left.  They will work to keep the team on offense from scoring.  Typically, Defensemen should have a combination of strength and physicality mixed with tactical and creative puck handling skills.  Famous Defensemen include Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks) and Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings).