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Encyclopedia > Winger (ice hockey)

Winger in hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area. They typically work by flanking the centre forward. Originally the name was given to forward players who went up and down the sides of the rink. Nowadays, there are different types of wing men in the game -- out-and-out goal scorers, checkers who disrupt the opponents and forwards who work along the boards and in the corners. This position is typically just called "Wing", often preceded by the side on which the player normally skates (Left Wing or Right Wing). 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 flank is the side of either a horse or a military unit. ... Centre in hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is down the centre of the area. ...

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Offensive Zone play

A winger's responsibility in the offensive zone is to: A hockey rink is an ice rink specifically designed for the game of ice hockey. ... Image File history File links Diagram of the positioning of a Winger in the offensive zone of a hockey rink. ...

  • fight for the puck in the corners
  • position himself/herself in front of the net
  • make a play to an open teammate

A winger should NOT:

  • be fighting for the puck in the same corner as his or her fellow winger.
  • chase the puck down low in his or her own zone.

Wingers should be playing low in the zone. They are the grinders who make the difference in the offensive zone. Aggressiveness is key. Frequently, a smaller, quicker player is more effective than a larger opponent.


Planting themselves in front of the net is an effective way to aggravate the opposition to draw a penalty (opposition gets penalized). The act of "planting yourself" is also an effective offensive tactic. The winger who is on the opposite side from the puck plants themselves looking to re-direct an off goal shot by the defenceman or a bad angle shot from the other forward positions. Defenceman (defenseman in U.S.) is a hockey player position on the ice whose responsibility is primarily defence. ...


Defensive Zone play

A winger's responsibility in the defensive zone is to: A hockey rink is an ice rink specifically designed for the game of ice hockey. ... Image File history File links Diagram of the positioning of a Winger in the defensive zone of a hockey rink. ...

  • wait for a pass from his or her teammate
  • intercept a pass to the opposing defenceman
  • attack the opposing defenceman with the puck

A winger should NOT: Defenceman (defenseman in U.S.) is a hockey player position on the ice whose responsibility is primarily defence. ...

  • play deep in his or her zone
  • help out their teammate along the boards

Wingers should be playing high in the zone. They are the go-to guys when needing to exit the zone. If a winger commits to helping his or her teammate along the boards, it takes him or her out of the position where all other teammates are expecting them to be waiting; high in the zone near the opposing defencemen. When the winger receives a pass along the boards he can execute a number of things:

  • bank it off the boards or glass to get it out of the zone
  • redirect or softly pass the puck to the top of the circle. A rushing forward should then pick it up and head out of the zone.
  • throwing the puck out of the zone towards the centreline which then can be picked up by a fellow winger rushing out of the zone.

Back Checking

Wingers are usually the last players to backcheck out of the offensive zone. On the backcheck, it is essential that he or she cover the last free opposing player rushing in. Once the puck is controlled by the opposing team in the defensive zone, however, wingers are responsible for covering the defenseman on his or her side of the ice. Checking in ice hockey is the act of physically keeping an opposing player in check. ...


Faceoffs

During faceoffs, it is essential for the wingers to hold their man up when the puck is dropped. A faceoff is not merely two centremen fighting for a dropped puck, but all forwards fighting for it. If the centreman ties his or her man up on the faceoff, there is nothing more frustrating than having an opposing winger come in and easily take the puck from beneath their feet. Wingers should be just as tied up as centremen. A typical faceoff at centre ice A faceoff is the method used to begin play in ice hockey. ...


Once the faceoff is clearly won, players can then break.


Notable Wingers

Maxim Sergeyevich Afinogenov (Ru: Максим Сергеевич Афиногенов, Maksim Sergejevič Afinogenov, ; born September 4, 1979 in Moscow, USSR; now Russia) is a professional ice hockey player. ... Mike Bossy (born in Montreal, Quebec, on January 22, 1957) was an ice hockey player who played for the New York Islanders during their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s. ... Yvan Cournoyer (born November 22, 1943 in Drummondville, Quebec) was a hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) who played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1963 to 1979. ... Michel Goulet (April 21, 1960 in Peribonka, Quebec was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Quebec Nordiques and Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League. ... Gordie Howe is the Detroit Red Wings all-time point leader with 1809. ... Robert Marvin Hull, born January 3, 1939 in Pointe Anne (near Belleville), Ontario, Canada, is regarded as one of the greatest ice hockey players and perhaps the greatest left winger to ever play the game. ... I LOVE JAROME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Iginla, December 21, 2005 Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla (born July 1, 1977 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Jaromír Jágr (help· info) (born February 15, 1972 in Kladno, Czechoslovakia) is regarded as one of the top ice hockey players in the NHL today, and is one of the best European players that have ever worn an NHL uniform. ... Aurel Emile Little Giant Joliat (August 29, 1901–June 2, 1986) was a professional hockey player. ... Valery Kharlamov (January 14, 1948 - August 27, 1981) was a star ice hockey player from the Soviet Union. ... Jari Pekka Kurri (born May 18, 1960, in Helsinki, Finland) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey right winger. ... Guy Damien Lafleur, OC, born September 20, 1951 in Thurso, Quebec, is one of the greatest and most popular players ever to play professional ice hockey. ... Ted Lindsay, born July 29, 1925 in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada, is a Hockey Hall of Fame player. ... Stanislav Stan Mikita (born May 20, 1940) is a Slovak-Canadian ice hockey player. ... Cam Neely Cameron Cam Michael Neely (born June 6, 1965, in Comox, British Columbia) played right wing in the National Hockey League from 1983 to 1996. ... The Honourable Maurice Rocket Richard Joseph-Henri-Maurice Rocket Richard PC, CC, OQ (born August 4, 1921 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, died May 27, 2000 in Montreal, Quebec) was a professional ice hockey player, and played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1942 to 1960. ... Luc Robitaille playing for the Los Angeles Kings on December 21, 2005 Lucky Luc Robitaille (born February 17, 1966 in Montréal, Québec, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey player and is the all-time leading scoring left winger in National Hockey League history. ... Keith Tkachuk (born March 28, 1972, in Melrose, Massachusetts) is a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL), playing left wing for the St. ... Ilya Kovalchuk (Russian: Илья Ковальчук, Ilja Kovalčuk; born April 15, 1983, in Tver, USSR) is a professional ice hockey player. ...

See also

Positions on the Hockey Rink
Forwards:
Left winger | Centre | Right winger
Defencemen:
Goaltender:
Power forward | Enforcer | Captain | Head coach | Referee & linesman

  Results from FactBites:
 
Winger (ice hockey) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (587 words)
Winger in hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area.
The winger who is on the opposite side from the puck plants themselves looking to re-direct an off goal shot by the defenceman or a bad angle shot from the other forward positions.
Once the puck is controlled by the opposing team in the defensive zone, however, wingers are responsible for covering the defenseman on his or her side of the ice.
Ice hockey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5439 words)
Ice hockey, referred to simply as "hockey" in Canada and the United States, is a team sport played on ice.
Ice hockey is one of the fastest growing women's sports in the world, with the number of participants increasing 400 percent in the last 10 years.
Sledge hockey was invented by three Swedish wheelchair athletes on a frozen lake at a rehabilitation centre in Stockholm in 1961.
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