Can We Guess What Position You Played in Hockey?

By: Daniel Yetman

Can We Guess What Position You Played in Hockey?
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About This Quiz

If you look at all the players who've ever played in the NHL, it doesn't take long to see some trends in body size among different positions. For example, how many 5'5" defensemen have you seen manning the blue line? However, we don't believe looking at somebody's body type alone is enough to identify their position. When it comes to forwards, there's tons of variation among individuals. For example, some players like Alexander Ovechkin are power forwards and are well over 6 foot and 200 pounds. Some other speedy forwards like Theoren Fleury are closer to 5 foot than 6 foot.

We believe that different personality types correlate better for guessing somebody's position. For example, all good goalies need to be able to perform under pressure and be fearless when it comes to the puck. Good defensemen need to be able to cover their man in the zone, and good forwards need to be able to find the net.

What position did you play? We bet we can guess! All we need is for you to answer these 30 questions. And if we get your position wrong ... maybe that just means you were playing the wrong position all along. 

How fast can you skate?
Like Connor McDavid
I'm pretty slow.
Moderately fast
On the quick side

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How quick are your reflexes?
Quick as a cat
Not bad
Could be better
Definitely not my strength

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Which of the following best describes your build?
Tall and lean
Medium height and build
Short and speedy
Tall and bulky

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Which of the following players do you admire the most?
Martin Brodeur
Sidney Crosby
Alexander Ovechkin
PK Subban

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Did you get into a lot of fights?
Never
Often
Seldom
Every game

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If you were winning 1-0 in the final minute of the game, would your teammates want you on the ice?
Of course!
Only if they wanted to get scored on
I wouldn't have been the best option.
Most of them

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How good is your slapshot?
Non-existent
So-so
Not great
It's my secret weapon.

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Which of these was your strength?
My reflexes
My shot
My playmaking ability
My ability to backcheck

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What kind of stick did you like to use?
Something that could stop pucks!
Something light and composite
Something balanced
Heavy and wood

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How important is back-checking?
Very important
Eh ...
Not a bad idea
It should be the number one priority!

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How did you score most of your goals?
Empty nets
Dirty dangles
Wrist shots
Slapshots

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If you had one of these nicknames, which one would best fit?
Berlin Wall
Wheels
Boomer
Moose

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Could you win a face off?
Never tried
Almost always
Occasionally
Not often

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Which NHL Skills Competition event would you win?
Save Streak
Puck control
Premier passer
Hardest shot

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Could you skate backwards well?
Very well
I was terrible.
It wasn't my strength.
Faster than I could skate forward!

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Where did you spend most of your time?
In the crease
Around the net
In the other team's zone
In my own zone

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If you were losing 1-0 with a minute to play, would your teammates want you on the ice?
Definitely not
Definitely!
Probably
Not really

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What type of shifts would you play?
I would play the whole game.
Short, quick shifts
Medium length shifts
Long shifts

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Which of these teams would you best fit on?
Nashville Netminders
San Jose Snipers
Pittsburg Playmakers
Boston Backcheckers

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Which of these teams would win the Stanley Cup?
The team with the best goalie in the league
The highest scoring team
The best playmaking teams
The base defensive team

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What was your weakness?
My shot
My passing ability
My size or strength
My stickhandling

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If it was a tie game in sudden death overtime, what would your plan be?
Just don't let the other team score!
Drive to the net and score
Focus on scoring even at the expense of defense
Keep playing defensively smart and wait for the other team to make a mistake

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How high is your pain-tolerance?
Extremely high
I hurt just thinking about pain.
So-so
High

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How creative of a person do you think you are?
Very creative
Creative
Not very creative
Not a creative bone in my body

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If you were skating into the other team's zone with the puck, what would you do?
Get back to my net, fast!
Shoot
Pass it off
Dump the puck

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Would you often block shots?
Every game
Fairly often
Often
Rarely

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How flexible were you?
I can do the splits.
I can't even touch my toes.
Around average
Could be better

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Were you good at anticipating what the other team was going to do?
Excellent
I was more concerned about what I was going to do.
Not the best
Pretty good

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Which one of these would you hear most often?
If only you would stay on your feet more ...
If only you were a little taller ...
If only you had a better shot ...
If only you were a little quicker ...

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Would you get more goals or assists?
I'd be lucky to get one of either!
Goals
Assists
Assists, but not many of either

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You Got:

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