Power forward (ice hockey)
In ice hockey, power forward (PF) 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. 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, may be difficult to knock off the puck and willingly engage in fights when he feels it's required. Possessing both physical size and offensive ability, power forwards are also often referred to as the 'complete' hockey player.
Historically, power forward was not originally a hockey term, finding comparatively recent origins from basketball. 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.
Players who have been described as power forwards are Brendan Shanahan, Clark Gillies, Jarome Iginla, Kevin Stevens, Mark Messier, Joe Thornton, Ryan Getzlaf, and Milan Lucic
- Diamond, Dan. Total Hockey: the Official Encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Andrews McMeel Publisher. p. 619. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9.
- "Hockey Terms". Southern Professional Hockey League. Retrieved Jan.23, 2010.
- Dolezar, Jon A. (June 14, 2003). "Looks can be deceiving: Steve Bernier". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved Jan.23, 2010.
- Nichols, Chris (Sept.9,2009). "Discounted Price". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved Jan.23,2010.
- LaPointe, Joe (April 27, 2004). "Hockey; Calgary’s Captain Courageous". New York Times. Retrieved Jan.23, 2010.
- Greene, Colleen (Dec.26,2006). "Blackhawks AHL prospects update: Troy Brouwer". Hockeysfuture.com. Retrieved Jan.23,2010.
- Allen, Kevin (June 9, 2005). "Hall of Fame-bound Bruin star Neely defined 'power forward'". USA Today. p. C6.
- "definition of power forward". Random House. Retrieved Jan.23,2010.
- Montgomery, Ted (Dec.3,2008). "Some hockey lingo deserves a spot in the penalty box". USA Today. Retrieved Jan.24,2010.
- LaPointe, Joe (June 20, 2002). "Hockey;Gillies Heads the List Into the Hall of Fame". New York Times. Retrieved Jan.23,2010.
- McMillan, Tom (Dec.25,1991). "Money in the Bank". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. D1.
- Journal Wire Services (May 15, 1990). "Bruins Hoping for Revenge against Oilers". The Milwaukee Journal. p. c3.
- Associated Press. "ESPN - Thornton traded to Sharks for three players - NHL". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2008-09-27.
- Wigge, Larry (May 3, 2009). "Getzlaf gifted at finding second gear". NHL.com. Retrieved Jan.23, 2010.
- Ken Campbell. "One-on-One with Boston Bruins' Power Forward Milan Lucic.". Hockey News. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
|Positions on the hockey rink|
|Power forward | Enforcer | Grinder | Pest | Captain | Head coach | Referee & linesman|