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Ice Hockey Takeaways

What is a takeaway and what situations are considered takeaways? Get ready to learn about takeaways and how teams change possession of the puck in ice hockey.


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.


A takeaway is a forced action taken by a defensive player to regain possession of the puck for his team.

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.

Takeaway Situations

The following are situations that would be considered a takeaway in ice hockey:

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.

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