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Encyclopedia > Centre (ice hockey)

Centre or center in ice hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play is the middle of the ice, away from the side boards. Centres have more flexibility in their positioning and are expected to cover more ice surface than any other player. Centres are ideally faster skaters who can backcheck quickly from deep in the opposing zone. Centres usually play as part of a line of players that are substituted frequently to keep fresh and the game moving. First liners are usually the top players, although some top players make the second line to allow for offensive scoring opportunities. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Forward is a hockey player position on the ice whose responsibility is primarily offence. ... A hockey rink is an ice rink specifically designed for the game of ice hockey. ... It has been suggested that First line (ice hockey), Second line (ice hockey), Third line (ice hockey) be merged into this article or section. ...


Offensive zone play

Centres position themselves in front or behind the net.

Front of net positioning If the defense has the puck, the centre should use the opportunity to screen the goaltender. A shot can then be taken by a defenceman and the centre can step out of the way or try to redirect the puck on its way to the net with his or her stick. The term screen has a number of meanings: A window screen is a wire mesh that covers a window opening to keep out insects even when the window is open. ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... The term shot may refer to: Look up shot in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

The centre can also use front of the net positioning to draw a penalty (i.e., cause the opposing team to commit a penalty). This is usually done by maintaining his or her position in front of the net. Because the opposing defence's job is to remove players from the front of the net, the centre's perseverance may force them to become too aggressive in removing him or her, leading to a penalty being called. Centres usually stay out of the goal crease in order to avoid taking a penalty themselves. A penalty in ice hockey is a punishment for inappropriate behavior, or the inappropriate behavior itself (whether called or not). ... A hockey rink is an ice rink specifically designed for the game of ice hockey. ...

Back of the net positioning' When a centre's winger is being attacked along the boards, the centre can position him/herself behind the net to receive the pressured winger's pass. Once the centre receives a pass behind the net, he or she can make a pass to a teammate moving toward the front of the net. The centre can also look for a pinching defencemen to pass to. In cooking, a pinch is a very small amount of an ingredient, typically salt or spice. ...

Neutral zone play

During a rush, if the winger carries the puck towards the centre, the centre should replace that winger's position and expect a pass. This causes confusion for the opposing players. If the centre is rushing up the ice with the puck he or she should initiate the crossover by heading towards a winger's side. Winger in hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area. ... PASS - Payments as a Secure Service Transforming commerce over IP by enabling software as a service. ... Crossover may refer to: In computer science: Ethernet crossover cable, Ethernet cable in which the transmit and receive pairs are swapped at one end CrossOver, a collective name for three commercial programs developed by CodeWeavers In fiction: Fictional crossover, event in fiction when a story takes place in more than...

Defensive zone play

Centres position themselves in front or behind their net.

When the puck is in the defensive zone, the centre usually plays deep and is expected to help the defencemen along the boards. The centre is the extra player in the defensive zone who is expected to pick up any opposing player left open in front of the net or along the boards behind the net. If the centre gains control of the puck deep in his or her zone, he or she usually looks to pass to a winger waiting along the side boards. Defence (defense in the U.S.A.) in hockey is a player position with a primary responsibility to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals. ...

Back checking

The centre should always be prepared for a quick breakout pass by the opposing team. The centre is expected to play the deepest in the offensive zone but also the first of the forwards to backcheck. On the backcheck, the centre should take the first opposing player not covered (usually "the third man back"). Checking in ice hockey is the act of physically keeping an opposing player in check. ...


It is almost always the centre's job to handle faceoffs for his team (i.e., the referee drops the puck between two opposing players to commence or resume play). A centre should look at the linesman's hand, and as soon as he sees it move to drop the puck, try to swiftly sweep the puck to a teammate (usually a defenseman). It is also very important that the centre tie up (i.e., hold or block temporarily) the opposing centre immediately after the faceoff is won or lost. Otherwise, the opposing centre can pressure the opposing puckholder, join a rush, or create a scoring chance. A typical faceoff at centre ice A faceoff is the method used to begin play in ice hockey. ... American Hockey League referee Dean Morton In ice hockey, an official is a person who has some responsibility in enforcing the rules or maintaining the order of the game. ... Sweep may be any of the following: Look up Sweep in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

See also

Positions on the Hockey Rink
Left winger | Centre | Right winger
Left defenceman | Right defenceman
Power forward | Enforcer | Captain | Head coach | Referee & linesman | Pest

  Results from FactBites:
Ice Hockey Rules - National Ice Centre (3014 words)
Ice hockey, known simply as "hockey" in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice.
The central part is known variously as centre ice or the neutral zone, while the other two zones are known either as the end zones or as the attacking and defending zones.
Icing consists of driving the puck from one's own side of the red line across the farther goal line without scoring and without the defending team having a chance to intercept it (in North America a defending player must also touch the puck behind the goal line before an attacking player does).
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