Hockey Positioning Guide
If you are new to hockey and don't understand the sport very well, and you are looking to get your son or daughter involved in the game this will hopefully give you a basic understanding of hockey positioning. One of the first things to learn in hockey after you started to understand the fundamentals of the game, is the positioning of the different roles on the ice. Regardless of the position you are playing, you have to understand the specific role of that job. This article will hopefully be a guide on hockey positioning by outlining each of the roles on the team.
Assuming a team has a full compliment of players, there will be five skaters on the ice at any one point. Five of these players are considered skaters and either provide the offense or defense during the course of the game. The final player on the ice is the goalie, and he's the one that prevents the opposing team from putting the puck into the net.
The positions of the game are as follows:
Defensemen - These two positions are primarily responsible for providing defense. The defensemen can provide some offense and some are known for their goal scoring ability, but some of the best defensemen and known for their aggressive back checking and ability to strip the puck from the opposing players.
Center Think of this position as being the general on the ice. The center is usually the best skater on the team and the best player that can handle the face-offs. The centers ability is to be the play maker and he is able to make the other players around him even better. He is also able to provide defense and works closely with his other forwards on both ends of the ice.
Wings As with the defensemen, there are two wings that work with the center. The wings are considered the scorers of the team and work to get open on the sides of the ice to take a pass from the center or defensemen. Not only is this position responsible for providing offense, but they must also pitch in on the defensive side.
Goalie - Probably the most stressful position on the team. It's probably obvious, but the goalie has to keep the opposing team from scoring.
There you should have a basic understanding on hockey positioning. While this was only meant to be a simple overview, keep in mind that there are many different ways that coaches will use this positions in different game situations.