position played by two players stationed between the forward
s and the goaltender
Their primary duty is to play defense
when the puck
is in their zone
opposing forwards from getting too close to their goaltender. On offense
, they usually take
positions along the blue line
approximately 25 feet from the boards on either side, called the point
and either take long shots from those positions or pass to their forwards closer in.
In a standard straight-up defensive scheme, the left defenseman guards the opposing right wing,
and the right defenseman guards the opposing left wing. Preferably, a left-D will shoot
right-handed and a right-D will shoot left-handed, in order to provide the best chance at
blocking a shot.