A team at full strength has two one on the left side and another on the right. Nowadays, there are three primary kinds of defensemen. One is creative and offensive minded; he likes to handle the puck and lead the team up ice, but is not too physical. Another is defensive minded, a stay at home bruiser who plays a physical game and doesnt often venture out of his zone with the puck. And there are those rare athletes who are a combination of the two.