We've already learned what it means to have possession of the puck in an ice hockey game. Throughout the course of a game, teams are constantly changing ownership of the puck through turnovers. A turnover is a change of possession without a goal in ice hockey.
In this tutorial, we will learn about puck battles, where they happen on the ice, and how they can result in a turnover.
A puck battle is a situation where players from opposing teams are contesting for possession of the puck.
Not all puck battles happen in the middle of the ice. In fact, most puck battles happen near the boards.
There are two (2) outcomes the can happen as a result of a puck battle:
- A team loses control of the puck (turnover)
- A team maintains control of the puck
In either case, puck battles is one of the main ways the puck changes possession during an ice hockey game.