Hockey: Rink and Positions (Page 3 of 5)
1- History &
2- The Essentials (Offense
& Defense, Scoring, Etc.)
3- Rink Diagram and Positions
5- Glossary of Hockey Terms
(Diagram coming soon. See descriptions below.)
Blue lines: Two blue lines divide
the rink into three main sections: a defending
zone, neutral zone, and attacking zone. These
lines are important for offsides calls.
Face off circles & spots:
Area where play is restarted with face-offs.
Crease: Area in which players
without control of the puck may not interfere
with the opposing goalie.
Penalty box: Area where players
are sent to serve time penalties.
Boards: Walls surrounding the
rink. The puck is still in play after touching
Goal line: Important for icing
Center line: Line dividing the
rink in half. Important for icing calls.
Six players are on the rink at all times: three
forwards, two defensemen, and a goalie. Substitutions
are frequent and occur as “line changes,”
both during play and during stoppages, where an
entire group of three forwards or two defensemen
rotate out for a fresh line of players.
Forwards: One center and two
wings lead the offense in pursuit of points. Must
be fast skaters, good puck handlers, and strong
Defensemen: Two specialists focus
on protecting the area in front of the goal. These
aggressive players frequently check opponents
and excel at skating backwards in transition.
On offense, they typically play on the perimeter
and can have lethal slapshots.
Goalie: Player who attempts to
block shots taken at the goal.
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