Rover (ice hockey)

Rover is an earlier position name in hockey.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Hockey was exercised with seven instead of the usual six players now. Apart from the goalkeeper, the two defenders and three strikers was the so-called Rover another field player on the ice. The Rover was no fixed position on the ice allocated, as he had to fulfill both defensive as well as offensive roles and was universally applicable. Most of the Rover was the best player of a team, and the other three strikers tried to set it off in front of the gate.

The position lost during the 1910s and early 1920s dramatically in importance, as the skills of the players had a total of greatly improved. So, the National Hockey Association already decided to waive at its inception in December 1909 the Rover. This practice and the National Hockey League joined as a successor to the NHA in 1917. In contrast, left the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, which was founded in 1911, and the Western Canada Hockey League, the 1921 game commenced operations, continue playing with the seventh man. In 1923 they decided to waive shuffle mode. Since then, the position of the rover has disappeared from the world of hockey.

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