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 wings or forwards and their roles on the ice.
Meet The Wings (LW/RW) Or Forwards (LF/RF)
Also known as wingers, the wings are forwards who typically play along the wings of the icerink. Wingers are primarily responsible for playing offense and creating offensive situations in the attacking zone. You'll typically find a wing playing in the slot.
Goals And Job
The wing's jobs on the ice will change depending on the position of the puck on the ice. However, a wing's core jobs are to:
Left wingers typically play along the left side of the rink. It also helps for a left wing to shoot left-handed, as it makes it easier to distribute the puck to the middle of the ice.
Right Wing (RW)
Right wingers have much of the same responsibilities of the left wingers, except they play primarily on the right side of the rink. As opposed to left wingers, it helps to have a right-handed shot when playing right wing.