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Centerman: What's your style?

View Poll Results: Offensively, defensively minded or both?
Offensively 3 14.29%
Defensively 5 23.81%
Both 13 61.90%
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08-16-2013, 02:59 PM
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Centerman: What's your style?

I’ve been playing center in our beer league since I started and also in high school when I was younger… so I am very familiar with the position… however, as of late, I’m struggling with my offense and lacking the goals I’m known for. I think this is because I’ve transition from being offensively minded to the back-checking 3rd defenseman as our team is lacking defensively. I tend to stay low in the defensive zone covering the slot and then hanging high in the offensive zone.

So, I’m curious fellow centerman’s, what’s your style – offensively, defensively or minded or both?

And for anyone how has any suggestions how to equal them both out, please post them too… that would be very useful.

Here’s an excellent article I discovered by How To Hockey, The Role of a Centerman in Hockey.


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08-16-2013, 03:35 PM
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I try and play both ways but hate getting scored on (more than I like scoring) so I invariably end up playing more defensively, my team is weak on D as well. So my offense tends to suffer because I'm usually trailing the play into the OZone trying to catch up.

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08-16-2013, 03:56 PM
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I play defense in my upper league, mainly stay at home since we have some decent offensive firepower, but i do join the rush when i see fit.

In my lower level (which is still not horrible), i play center and play strictly offense. My team relies on my for the offense(Top 3 scorer in the league the last 4 seasons) so I don't always bust my hump to get back and am not usually totally focused in the defensive zone which is really the complete opposite when im playing for my other team. Save my energy for the offensive zone, but im not one of those guys where my teammates are yelling at to play defense either.

So i voted offensive.

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08-16-2013, 04:41 PM
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Both. I hate getting scored on and I like playing with more offensive minded wingers. I have pretty good speed and a long stride so even if I'm caught low I can get back. I also like working out and don't mind having to go up and down the ice a few times before changing.

I sometimes will shift to more defensive depending on the game situation and who's on the ice for both teams in beer league. There are a lot of good guys that are fun to shut down either because of the challenge, knowing them, or how they react to it.

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08-17-2013, 02:26 PM
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Defensively. My line is usually super offensive with zero backcheck, so even though I can keep up with them on the offensive rush after fishing out the puck from our own zone, I stay back a bit because I know they'll semi-give up on the play if the puck comes back our way.

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08-18-2013, 07:43 PM
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Defense first for me. I try to not get caught in the offensive zone too low because I don't want to get our defense in trouble. I always like to be in the zone before the third forward from the other team.

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08-18-2013, 08:28 PM
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Biggest guy on the team by a lot. Stand in front of the net at both ends

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08-18-2013, 11:46 PM
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All offense, but still I can't score ..lol

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08-19-2013, 12:11 PM
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I voted both..

Find me behind the net, the face-off circles, or the left point. My defensemen like to crack jokes at me about being a defensive forward and how they know exactly where to find me on the blue line..

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08-19-2013, 12:44 PM
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I'm not a good center but I tend to be one of the better offensive forwards on my teams, so I'm usually trying to score. BUT I need to remember to hang back and almost be a third defensemen and let my wingers be more aggressive, that's when they tend to get more chances, and I try and stay above the faceoff dots.

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Mark Messier would say stop thinking about scoring goals or getting points. Stick to the basics, work hard, hustle, and focus on position and you will get more opportunities, and thus more points.

As a center myself, I try to focus on the small thing when the goals dont come. Winning faceoffs and being in the right position. Defensively, I love being the 3rd d-man down low. The guy who watches over the slot and acts as a safety. Do our best to recover the puck and then bring it up.

I let my wingers attack first for the most part, meaning I stay behind and come up slowly. I let my wingers do the work on the outside and I will follow in later looking for open space and seeing the next moves.

So idk what you prefer to do, but when you have issues scoring just focus on the other important stuff.

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