REMEMBER: The same five skaters on an ice hockey team play both offense and defense.
Each player has a unique role to fulfill on the ice in both offensive and defensive situations.
In this chapter, we will learn about the center and his role on the ice.
Meet The Center (C)
Centers play a large role both offensively and defensively in ice hockey. They are largely responsible for monitoring the middle of the ice both in the attacking zone and defensive zone. They are usually the most versatile skaters in hockey.
Goals And Job
The center's jobs on the ice will change depending on the position of the puck on the ice. However, a center's core jobs are to:
The capable center accomplishes these goals by constantly shifting and changing his position on the ice based on the location of the puck.
When in the attacking zone, centers typically have a fair amount of freedom to improvise. While centers typically position themselves in the middle of the ice, some tend to drift toward the boards and even behind the net creating offensive opportunities to score.