madeinar asked in SportsHockey · 1 decade ago

I have a question whats an NHL enforcer?

Well I saw some videos of NHL but I can't really get the idea of an enforcer, can any one help me?

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    At the NHL level, teams generally do not carry more than one player whose primary role is enforcer. Enforcers can play either forward or defense, although they are most frequently used as wingers on the 4th forward checking line. Prized for their aggression, size, checking ability, and fists, enforcers are typically less gifted at skill areas of the game than their teammates. Enforcers are typically among the lowest scoring players on the team and receive a smaller share of ice time.

    Some players combine aspects of the enforcer role with strong play in other areas of the game. Scott Stevens and Lyle Odelein are examples of players that combine intimidation with good fundamental defensive skills, while Bob Probert and Chris Simon are examples of enforcers who show an occasional scoring flair. Sometimes enforcers can do their job by virtue of their reputation. Clark Gillies was among the best fighters in the NHL during his prime, but over time he rarely had to fight because opponents respected and feared him enough that they would not go after his teammates.[1] As well, some skilled players, such as legends Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard and current NHL all-star Jarome Iginla, are also capable fighters and can function effectively as their own enforcer.

    Changing role of the enforcer in the NHL

    The changes in rule enforcement following the 2004-05 NHL season lockout aimed to increase game speed and scoring. Since then, the role of the enforcer has been in flux. With fighting decreased, teams are less inclined to keep a roster spot available for a one-dimensional fighter who is a liability as a scorer and defender.[2] This has led to a decrease in the number of players whose predominant role is enforcer. Instead, other players are expected to contribute aspects of the enforcer role. Even so, intimidation and fighting continues to be utilized as a strategy in the new NHL. In the 2007-08 NHL Season fights occurred in 38.46% of the games, up from 33% the season before, which was just below the pre-lockout fighting level of 41.14% of games in the 2003-04 season

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  • 1 decade ago

    Try searching Terry O'reily of the Boston Bruins in the old days.

    An enforcer is basically someone who the team picks up who is a

    good player most of the time that is willing to spend a great deal of

    time in the Penalty box. this is an example of what an enforcer would do...

    Say someone checked a player into the boards but the hit looked

    like a cheap shot the enforcer would hit the player with a cheap shot

    also and more then likely start a fight but these players are usually huge and skilled at fighting and win fights for the team.

    Source(s): me
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  • 5 years ago

    An enforcer is a player who serves very little ice time complared to others and lacks the skill to play a scoring role. Instead, the only role of an enforcer is to intimidate the opponents and/or motivate them to stay away from team mates.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They hit other players

    Pick fights

    (and sometimes cause injuries)

    the point of having such a player is to make the other team scared

    maybe a player on the other team would hesitate the next time they make a big hit/play rough, sometimes giving the team with the enforcer an advantage

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  • 1 decade ago

    An enforcer is the toughest man on the roster. He will protect his most prized teammate, like Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and any other star player on their team. He will go after anyone trying to injure or intimidate them, or when the goalie is showered with ice, he will forcibly move the other player away.

    Hope that helps!

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  • 1 decade ago

    An enforcer is someone who lays down big checks and gets into fights mostly. They aren't huge scorers, speed skaters, or snipers, but they are important to the team, because they protect teammates. A good example is Cam Janssen of the Blues.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is someone who may not have the best hockey skills in the world, but they are not afraid to mix it up and protect the other players on their team. Most likely a bigger guy or a good fighter.

    Source(s): My brain
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  • 1 decade ago

    It is a guy who is a big mean guy that can hit other players really hard. They start fights, hit hard, and intimidate the other players. An example would be...Bob Probert or Chris Pronger.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    the guys that get paid to fight a lot

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  • sammy
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Their what appeals to bloodthirsty, low life creeps. AKA hockey fans.

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