Power forward (ice hockey)

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Jarome Iginla, one of the players described as a "power forward". Jarome Iginla. 2008.JPG
Jarome Iginla, one of the players described as a "power forward".

In ice hockey, power forward (PWF) is a loosely applied characterization of a forward who is big and strong, equally capable of playing physically or scoring goals and would most likely have high totals in both points and penalties. [1] It is usually used in reference to a forward who is physically large, with the toughness to dig the puck out of the corners, possesses offensive instincts, has mobility, puck-handling skills, [2] [3] may be difficult to knock off the puck or to push away from the front of the goal [4] and willingly engage in fights when he feels it is required. [5] Possessing both physical size and offensive ability, power forwards are also often referred to as the 'complete' hockey player. [6] [7]

Historically, power forward was not originally a hockey term, finding comparatively recent origins from basketball. [8] [9] Harry Sinden, former president of the Boston Bruins, claims power forward first became part of hockey terminology because of the style of play of Cam Neely, an NHL player from 1983 to 1996, who could play ruggedly and also score goals. [7] [10]

Players who have been described as power forwards include Wendel Clark, [11] [12] Ryan Getzlaf, [13] Clark Gillies, [14] Jarome Iginla, [5] [10] Tim Kerr, [10] John LeClair, [10] Eric Lindros, [10] [15] Milan Lucic, [16] Mark Messier, [10] [17] Alex Ovechkin, [18] [19] Keith Primeau, [20] Brendan Shanahan, [10] [21] [22] Ryan Smyth, [23] Kevin Stevens, [10] [24] Keith Tkachuk, [10] and Rick Tocchet. [10]

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