In ice hockey, a stay-at-home
defenseman is one who plays a very defensive minded game. The player is generally more concerned with guarding his team's end of the ice and preventing the opposing players from getting shots on his goal. The stay-at-home defenseman is less concerned about scoring goals and playing an offensive minded hockey game. These players usually play with a more physical style and are often used to neutralize the opposing team's offensive players.
These defensemen normally are put in penalty kill situations, and are usually partnered with offensive-minded defensemen. Typically, effective stay-at-home defensemen have high plus/minus ratings.
Notable Stay-at-Home Defensemen
- Darius Kasparaitis, former superstar defenseman, known for his explosive checking prowess.