Hockey Positions

Hockey Positions

There are six positions in hockey: three forwards—comprised of a center and two wingers—two defensemen, plus one goaltender.

Center: responsible for taking face-offs and covering the middle of the ice at both ends of the rink. They typically skate greater distances than other positions as they play deep in both the offensive and defensive zones.

Winger: One plays to the right of the center (right winger) and one plays to the left of the center (left winger). They generally play along the boards on their respective sides of the ice and are primarily relied upon as goal scorers.

Defensemen: These play behind the forwards and are responsible for stopping opposing forwards. In the defensive end, they clear space in front of the net, cover the space in the corners and move the puck out of the zone. When in the offensive zone they are typically situated just inside the blue line.

Goaltender: responsible for preventing the puck from going in the net. The goalie remains in the crease the entire game.