A Beginner's Guide to Ice Hockey Positions

Ice Hockey – first played in 19th Century Canada – is a fast paced team sport which sees players put both their skating and hockey skills to the test as they attempt to tackle the puck off the opposition and score goals.

An ice hockey team is made up of six players, each of which has a specific role and position in the game. If you have recently become interested in ice hockey – maybe you saw a clip of a live match on NHL’s website while you were playing at partycasino.com and it caught your attention – then you might be interested in learning more about this popular and exciting game.

The basics of hockey

Each hockey team has six players; two of which are the defence, three are forwards, and one is the goalie. The three ‘forward’ players consist of a centre, a right wing and left wing.


The centre plays in both the defence and the offence zones and is typically the team’s quarterback. It is the centre’s job to set up goals for his team mates as well as lead the attack by carrying the puck on offence.

Right/Left Wings

Nicknamed the ‘wingers’ these players are positioned on the right or left side of the centre.


The goalkeeper is probably the toughest position in the game. There is a lot of pressure on the goalie because it is his job to deflect goal-shots from the opposition. The goal keeper is the one who can control the team’s confidence. A good goal keeper can take his team a long way.

The defence

There are three different types of defence-men. One is offensive-minded and they like to handle the puck and lead the team up ice. The second type is more defensive-minded and they do not tend to venture out of their zone with the puck. And lastly, there are those very talented – and rare – athletes who are a combination of the two.

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