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 takeaways, what they are, when they happen, and how they result in a turnover of the puck.
REMEMBER: For a turnover to be called a takeaway, it must be done by a defensive player and pressure must be applied to the opposing team.
The following are situations that would be considered a takeaway in ice hockey:
- A defensive player steals the puck from an offensive player
- A defensive player checks an offensive player resulting in a turnover
- A defensive player intercepts a pass
Takeaways As A Statistic
Takeaways are a statistic in ice hockey. However, takeaways are plagued by an unreliable data set. Why is it so unreliable? Takeaways aren't tracked in the same way as assists, goals, and other stats are tracked.
The definition of a takeaway varies at all levels of play (youth, college, pro) and when it should be recorded.
We'll learn more about takeaways and ice hockey statistics in future tutorials.