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Ice hockey positions

Defence in ice hockey is a player position whose primary responsibility is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. They are often referred to as defencemen, defencewomen or defenceplayers, D, D-men or blueliners. They were once called cover-point. A good defenceman is both strong in defensive and offensive play and for defenceman pairing also need to be good at defending and attacking.


  • Historical designations 

  • Distinguished defencemen 

  • 'Stay-at-home' and 'offensive defence' 

  • Faceoffs