Winger, in the game of ice hockey, is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer playing area. They typically work by flanking the centre forward. Originally the name was given to forward players who went up and down the sides of the rink. Nowadays, there are different types of wingers in the game — out-and-out goal scorers, checkers who disrupt the opponents, and forwards who work along the boards and in the corners. They tend to be bigger than centreman and smaller than defenseman.
This position is commonly referred to by the side of the rink that the winger normally takes, i.e. "left wing" or "right wing."
The wingers' responsibilities in the defensive zone include the following:
Wingers should typically not:
Wingers should be playing high in the zone, and always be vigilant for a breakout pass or a chance to chip the puck past the blue line. When wingers receive a pass along the boards, they can exercise a number of options:
Wingers are usually the last players to backcheck out of the offensive zone. On the backcheck, it is essential that they cover the last free opposing player rushing in. Once the puck is controlled by the opposing team in the defensive zone, however, wingers are responsible for covering the defenceman on their side of the ice.
Prior to the puck being dropped for a face-off, players other than those taking the face-off must not make any physical contact with players on the opposite team, nor enter the face-off circle (where marked). After the puck is dropped, it is essential for wingers to engage the opposing players to prevent them from obtaining possession of the puck.
Once a team has established control of the puck, wingers can set themselves up into an appropriate position.
Some wingers are also employed to handle faceoffs.
Patrick Davis (born December 28, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey player. He plays Winger (ice hockey) for KalPa of the SM-liiga (SM-l). Davis was drafted 99th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils.
During the 2008–09 season, Davis made his NHL debut with the New Jersey Devils. On January 23, 2010, he scored his first career NHL goal in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. During the 2010–11 season, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks along with Mike Swift in exchange for Steven Zalewski and Jay Leach.During the 2011–12 season he played for EHC Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams a professional ice hockey club of the German professional Deutsche Eishockey Liga. In August 2012, he left Wolfsburg to sign as a free agent with CSKA Moscow of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League.
For a third consecutive season, Davis moved within Europe, to sign a one-year contract with Finnish club, SaiPa of the SM-liiga on July 5, 2013.Wayne King (ice hockey)
Wayne Gordon King (born September 4, 1951) is a retired professional Winger (ice hockey) of Ojibwe descent who played in the National Hockey League for the California Golden Seals. During the 1973-74 season, King piled up 34 goals and 34 assists, skating for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the Western Hockey League, the Seals' top farm team. A left-shot operating from the opposite wing, his performance earned him WHL Second Team All-Star Right Wing honours at season's end.Winger
Winger can refer to:
Winger (sports), a position on the extreme left and right sides in many sports
Winger (association football)
Winger (ice hockey)
Winger (rugby league)
Winger (rugby union)
Winger, Minnesota, a city in the United States
Winger Township, Polk County, Minnesota
Winger (band), an American hard rock band
Winger (album), the band's self-titled debut album
Tata Winger, a van produced by Tata Motors
Winger (surname), a list of people so named
Winger, a recurring character in the Garrett P.I. fantasy book series
Winger (novel), a book by Andrew Smith