Ice Hockey

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Ice hockey is one of the four most popular games played in the United States (the other three are basketball, football and baseball). Although not as popular in the States as in neighboring Canada, ice hockey has remained an important mainstream sport for decades. Most played in the mid-west and northeast sections of the country, recently, ice hockey has experienced an increase in popularity in warmer sections of the country including California, Texas and Florida. For those unfamiliar with the sport, here is a basic run-down of each position and their roles on the ice.

 

Each ice hockey team has a maximum of six players on the ice at all times, each with a certain job to do. The six positions on the ice include the center, right or left wing, right or left defense and a goalie. While on offense, the group’s primary goal is to score the puck into the opposition’s goal. This is done by maneuvering the puck between teammates by passing the puck, moving into position and finally shooting the puck past the opposing team’s goalie.

 

Center

While on offense, it is the job of the center position to control the puck and orchestrate the offensive attack. Much like a point guard in basketball or a quarterback in football, the center in ice hockey is usually the leader of the offensive strike. 

 

Right or Left Wing

Once the center has moved the puck up the ice and into the opposing team’s zone, it is the job of one winger to control the puck and other winger to position them self in front of the net. The winger that is not positioned in front of the net is responsible for slowing any potential fast breaks that the other team may attempt. 

 

Right or Left Defense

There are also two ice hockey defensemen on the ice during the offensive series. These defensemen do two things: one defenseman remains on the line across from the post, and the other remains fixed to the planks; it is his or her job to keep the puck inside, and out of the corners.

 

Goalie

Although, in ice hockey, the goalie does not do much during an offensive series, it his or her job to remain prepared. In ice hockey, you never know when a fast break will occur, because of this, the goalie must keep an eye on the puck and the position of the players at all times.

 

When the opposing team is in possession of the puck, it is the defenses responsibility to slow the attack, eventually regaining possession and setting up an offensive attack of their own.

 

Center

While on defense, the player in the center followers the puck. If the puck is on the right or left hand side of the net, then the center will move the right or left-winger and assist that defenseman.

 

Right or Left Wing

If the puck is on the side of the wingers, then they remain at the hash marks and if it is on the other side, he moves to the high slot. The winger defends the defenseman in case the puck is on the side of the opposing team.

 

Right or Left Defense

Like on offense, while on defense, one defenseman is positioned in the corner in order to steal the puck when it enters the area. The other is positioned in front of the net, to look for opportunities to steal the puck and to help the goalie prevent scoring. 

 

Goalie

In ice hockey, the goalie is the last line of defense. A high-pressure position, the goalie is often considered the leader on the ice, particularly while on defense. They are often extremely vocal, directing teammates during the opposition’s offensive strike.

 

Hockey Trophies and specialized plaques are available for each of these ice hockey positions. Available in different colors and sizes, these ice hockey trophies offer statuettes depicting each position: some shooting, passing, defending and goalkeeping. These trophies and plaques can be customized using actual game pucks or engraved with special messages identifying specific plays, goals or other accomplishments.

 
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