200-foot game

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A 200-foot game is an expression used in ice hockey to describe a forward's ability to have strong play at both ends of an ice rink, which is standardized at 200 feet long. Players who can play a 200-foot game are contrasted with players who score a lot of points by avoiding hard forechecking or backchecking, cherry picking their plays perhaps for breakaways, and avoiding fighting for the puck in the corners of the rink, such as Pavel Bure or Brett Hull. Playing a 200-foot game means fighting for each part of the ice, fighting for control of the puck whether it's in one's possession or not, and engaging using your body in traffic. Some examples of players who play or played a 200-foot game include Sidney Crosby, Mike Richards, Marián Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Pavel Datsyuk, Auston Matthews, Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, and Ryan McDonagh.[1][2]

Having players able to play a 200-foot game is considered key to success in the modern game.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ York, Jason (November 26, 2011). "200-foot giants rule NHL". Toronto Sun. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Cole, Cam (June 12, 2016). "Gordie Howe impacted the game of hockey like no other". Toronto Sun. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "LA Kings: 200-Foot Game Skyrockets Draftee's Value". The Hockey Writers. 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
  4. ^ Cole, Cam (June 2, 2016). "Penguins' 200-foot game has put Sharks in serious hole". Toronto Sun. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Hackel, Stu (November 7, 2011). "New coach Ken Hitchcock, the Blues, and the NHL's 200-foot game". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
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