The forwards play in a 3-person line comprised of a left wing, center, and a right wing. They are responsible for the majority of goals, but also play defense when the opposing team is in their end of the ice.
The two defensive players play behind the forwards on either side and are responsible for helping defend the goal. The defensive players, however, can still assist on goals or score themselves.
goalie defends the goal and rarely leaves the net, except near the end
of the game when his or her team is losing and is replaced by an
offensive player, leaving the net unguarded.