Power forward (ice hockey)

Alexander Ovechkin, considered by many as the greatest goal scorer in NHL history, is often 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]

Charlie Conacher was the first player to pioneered the style of a power forward in the 1930s, while Gordie Howe is likewise considered a quintessential example of a power forward in the decades before the term entered hockey vernacular.[11]

NHL players described as power forwards

 dagger  Hockey Hall of Fame inductee

Player Career Ref
Nik Antropov 1996–2015 [12]
Jason Arnott 1993–2013 [13]
David Backes 2006–present
Jamie Benn 2009–present [14]
Todd Bertuzzi 1995–2014 [15]
Dustin Brown 2003–present [16]
Wendel Clark 1985–2000 [17][18]
Charlie Conacherdagger 1929–1941
Erik Cole 2000–2015 [19]
Shayne Corson 1985–2004 [20]
Shane Doan 1995–2017 [21]
Gary Dornhoefer 1963–1978 [22]
Filip Forsberg 2013–present
Peter Forsbergdagger 1989–2011 [23]
Johan Franzen 1999–2016 [24]
Gerard Gallant 1984–1995 [25]
Ryan Getzlaf 2005–present [26]
Clark Gilliesdagger 1974–1988 [27]
Bill Guerin 1991–2010 [28]
Scott Hartnell 2000–2018 [29]
Nathan Horton 2003–2014
Patric Hornqvist 2008–present
Gordie Howedagger 1945–1971, 1973–1980 [11]
Jarome Iginladagger 1996–2017 [5][10]
Evander Kane 2009–present
Tim Kerr 1980–1993 [10]
Ryan Kesler 2003–2019
Mike Knuble 1995–2013 [30]
Chris Kreider 2012–present
Gabriel Landeskog 2011–present
John LeClair 1991–2006 [10]
Eric Lindrosdagger 1992–2007 [10][31]
Anders Lee 2013–present
Milan Lucic 2007–present [32]

Evgeni Malkin

2006–present
Ryan Malone 2003–2015, 2017 [33]
Randy McKay 1988–2003 [34]
Mark Messierdagger 1978–2004 [10][35]
Brenden Morrow 1999–2015 [36]
Rick Nash 2002–2018 [37]
James Neal 2008–present
Cam Neelydagger 1983–1996 [7]
Owen Nolan 1990–2011 [38]
Alex Ovechkin 2005–present [39][40]
Cedric Paquette 2013–present
Dustin Penner 2005–2014 [41]
Corey Perry 2004–present [42]
Willi Plett 1975–1988 [43]
Alexei Ponikarovsky 1998–2018 [44]
Keith Primeau 1990–2005 [45]
Ryan Reaves 2010–present
Nick Ritchie 2015–present
Gary Roberts 1986–2009 [46]
Tomas Sandstrom 1982–2002 [47]
Al Secord 1978–1990, 1994–1996 [48]
Brendan Shanahandagger 1987–2009 [10][49][50]
Wayne Simmonds 2008–present [51]
Ryan Smyth 1994–2014 [52]
Kevin Stevens 1987–2002 [10][53]
Mark Stone 2012–present
Joe Thornton 1997–present [54]
Brady Tkachuk 2018–present
Matthew Tkachuk 2016–present
Keith Tkachuk 1991–2010 [10]
Rick Tocchet 1984–2002 [10]
Rick Vaive 1979–1992
Blake Wheeler 2008–present
Tom Wilson 2013–present [55]

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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 | Rover | Captain | Head coach | Referees and linesmen

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