Many players who want to make it to the next level of hockey are concerned with scoring goals and getting assists. They believe getting points will attract scouts and coaches. The ability of players to score goals and make plays are crucial for teams, there’s no arguing that, but teams need players that check well, kill penalties, play on the power play and play a two-way game. In other words, teams need players who can contribute in all game areas.
Today, a popular term in hockey is the “200-foot player,” or teams need to play a “200-foot game.” What does this term mean?
The reference to “200 feet” is the length of the standard ice rink. The “200-foot” player is a forward who skates the length of the ice (more details to follow). In contrast to the “200-foot player” is the offence-oriented forward. They score many goals, but avoid being first on the forecheck, backchecking (tracking), and competing in the corners for pucks. The scorer “cherry-picks” outside their zone, waiting for the puck so they can go score. They cheat for offence and neglect their defensive responsibilities.
Although this list is not complete and more can be added, a “200-foot” player does the following:
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