This is one of a series called Hockey 101, addressing the basics of hockey positioning and systems appropriate for a beginner to intermediate player and their team.

Even Strength Defensive Zone Positioning: Centers

The position of the center in the defensive zone is the most difficult position and carries many different responsibilities. The responsibilities may be summed up briefly:

  1. Cover the third attacking forward (be a third d-man)
  2. Support your defensemen covering the net front slot.
  3. Maintain a support position during battles, look for loose pucks in the deep zone (yellow area).
  4. Attack puck carriers moving through seams and scoring areas (green area).
  5. Stay “d-side” on the open forward.
  6. Be available to move up through the middle during a breakout.

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