What Information Is Included on NHL Hockey Rosters?


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Rosters on the National Hockey League's official site list each player's uniform number, name, position, height, weight, date of birth, age and birthplace. Each team's players are divided into forwards, defensemen and goalies. A "C" next to a player's name indicates the team captain, and an "A" indicates assistant captain.

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The specific information included on an NHL roster varies by source. For example, ESPN's rosters include all the information from the NHL's official site and also add information on whether each player primarily shoots left-handed or right-handed. Yahoo omits birthdates and shooting hands but lists each player's salary and the number of years of NHL experience. TSN's rosters list the primary shooting hand and also include a column listing the year each player was drafted.

Each NHL team can carry up to 23 players on its active roster, not counting players on injured reserve. Teams are required to carry a minimum of two goalies and 18 skaters, but in practice teams usually carry the 23-player maximum. Only 20 players can be on the active roster and dress for any individual game. Most teams choose to dress two goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards. This allows the team to rotate four different lines of three forwards each along with three pairings of two defensemen each.

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