Stay-at-home defenceman

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In ice hockey, a stay-at-home defenceman, also known as defensive defencemen or shutdown defencemen, is a defenceman who plays a very defensive-first game. Because these players are focused on defending rather than attacking, their offensive statistics tend to be on the lower side of average. These players usually play with a more physical style and are often used to neutralize the opposing team's offensive players by landing strong hits and blocking shots.

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Stay-at-home defencemen normally are put in penalty kill situations. They are often partnered with offensive-minded defencemen. Effective stay-at-home defensemen typically have high plus/minus ratings.

Notable current stay-at-home defencemen

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See also

Positions on the hockey rink
Forwards: Hockey Rink.svg Left wing | Centre | Right wing
Defencemen: Left defenceman | Right defenceman
Goaltender: Goaltender
Power forward | Enforcer | Grinder | Pest | Two-way forward | Stay-at-home defenceman | Captain | Head coach | Referees and linesmen

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