Two defensemen usually try to stop the opponent's play at their own blue line. The defensemen block shots and also clear the puck from in front of their goal. Offensively, defensemen take the puck up the ice or pass the puck ahead to the forwards; they then follow the play into the attacking zone and help keep it there.
try to stop the incoming play at their blue line; attempt to break up passes, block shots, cover opposing forwards trying to score, and clear the puck from in front of their goal; offensively, they get the puck to their forwards and follow the play into the attacking zone, stationing themselves just inside their opponent's blue line at the "point."
Two players who help the goalie guard against attack; usually stationed in or near their defensive zone, defensemen sometimes they lead an attack
The left and right defensemen try to stop the incoming play from the other teams before they have any chance to score. They block shots, clear the puck from in front of their own net and cover the other team's forwards. Offensively, they pass the puck up the ice to the forwards, then follow the play into the attacking zone and try to keep it there.
two players who make up a team's defensive unit usually stationed in or near their defensive zone to help the goalie guard against attack; sometimes they lead an attack. The left defenseman covers the left half of the rink, the right defenseman plays to the right, but they can skate into each other's territory.
the 3 or 4 players on a team whose primary task is to stop the opposition from scoring.