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