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Ice Hockey Glossary

500: 500 (also known as .500) is an even percentage, usually referring to a team's overall record when th
Adams Division: With the patrick division made up the wales conference until the 1992-93 season; renamed the northea
All-Star Game: A mid-season exhibition game pitting selected stars of north american origin against selected stars
Alternate Captain: Each team has to have two alternate captains. They take over the duties of the captain when he is of
Assist: The pass or passes which immediately precede a successful scoring attempt; a maximum of two assists
Attack Zone: The opposing team's end of the ice, as determined by the blue line.
Attacking Line: Consists of two wings (right and left) and a center; these three players play nearer the opponent’
Attacking Zone: Is that portion of the rink farthest from the defended goal. So that area closest to your opponent's
Back Checking: When a forward helps out the defense by going back into his own zone to try and take the puck away f
Back Line: A team's defensemen, as a unit.
Backcheck: An attempt by a player, on his way back to his defensive zone, to regain the puck from the oppositio
Backchecking: Rushing back to the defensive zone in response to an opposing team's attack.
Backhand: A shot or pass made from the side of the body opposite the stick hand.
Backhand Shot: When a shot is taken with the back of the stick, and the shot is a reverse motion from the normal mo
Backhander: A shot that is taken from the backside of the blade.
Backstop: A goaltender.
Bad Language: Players will not use obscene gestures on the ice, (sure they won't) or anywhere in the rink before,
Barn: Hockey arena.
Beat The Defense: To get by one or both of the defensemen.
Beat The Goalie: To score a goal, usually by faking out or outsmarting the opposing goaltender.
Behind The Net: The area of ice behind the goal cage is legal territory.
Bench Minor Penalty: A two-minute penalty assessed against someone in a team's bench area rather than a player on the ice
Bench Penalty: When a player of the offending team must send a player to the penalty box.
Bender: Someone who can't skate well.
Biscuit: The puck.
Biscuit In The Basket: Scoring a goal.
Bisquit: Hockey puck.
Bisquit In The Basket: The puck hitting the back of the net on a goal.
Blade: The flat section of a hockey stick that contacts the puck.
Blind Pass: When a player passes the puck but can't see where they are passing the puck.
Blocker: This is the padded glove that a goaltender holds his stick with. He will also use it to stop shots.
Blocking Glove: A large glove worn by the goalie on the stick hand, which has a rectangular pad attached to the back
Blue Lines: Two blue, 12-inch wide lines running parallel across the ice, each 60 feet from the goal; they divid
Blueliner: A defenseman.
Board Wall: A wooden or fiberglass wall 3 1/2 to 4 feet high which surrounds the rink to keep the puck and playe
Board-Checking: Sending an opponent violently into the boards by any method, including a body check, elbowing, and t
Boarding: This is when a player checks another player into the boards in a very vicious manner and the player
Boards: The wall around the ice that is topped with plexiglas or other clear material. It is also referred t
Body Check: When a hockey player bumps or slams into an opponent with either his hip or shoulder (the only legal
Box: 1) a defensive formation, when a team is short-handed, in which the four remaining skaters form a sq
Break: A chance to start a rush when the opposing forwards are caught out of position.
Breakaway: A fast break in which an attacker with the puck skates in alone on the goalie, having gotten past or
Breaking Pass: A pass to a teammate who is trying for a breakaway.
Breakout: A method of moving the puck out of the defensive zone and beginning an attack.
Breakout Pass: This is a pass made to another player who is moving for a breakaway.
Butt: The top end of the hockey stick.
Butt-Ending: A major penalty which occurs when a player jabs an opponent with the shaft of his hockey stick.
Butterfly: This is a goaltending technique where goalie will keep his knees together but his feet slightly apar
Cage: Another name for the net.
Campbell Conference: Was one of the two conferences in the nhl that contained the norris and smythe divisions until 1992-
Carom: A rebound of the puck off the boards or any other object.
Catching Glove: The glove worn by the goalie on the non-stick hand.
Caught Up Ice: When a player is in his team's offensive zone while the puck and the other players are in his team's
Center: The player in the center of a team's forward line. He takes most of the faceoffs and often leads an
Center Circle: The faceoff circle, 30 feet in diameter, surrounding the center ice spot, where faceoffs are held to
Center Face-Off Circle: A circle, measuring 30 feet in diameter, at the center of the ice where the puck is dropped in a fac
Center Faceoff Spot: The faceoff spot inside the center ice circle, marking the exact center of the rink.
Center Forward: Old name for the center.
Center Ice: The area between the two blue lines, also called the neutral zone.
Center Ice Circle: The faceoff circle, 30 feet in diameter, surrounding the center ice spot, where faceoffs are held to
Center Ice Spot: The faceoff spot inside the center ice circle, marking the exact center of the rink.
Center Line: A red, 12-inch wide line across the ice midway between the two goals.
Center The Puck: To pass the puck from near a corner in the attacking zone into the area in front of the goal cage.
Center Zone: The neutral zone.
Centering Pass: A pass from an attacking player towards the middle of the ice to a teammate with a better angle at t
Change On The Fly: This means that players are entering the game and leaving the game while the game is being played.
Charging: This means that a player violently checks an opponent in any manner. A 'charge' may be the result of
Check: Any contact initiated by a defending player against an opponent to get the puck away from him or slo
Checker: This is a term that refers to a player whose job it is to try and keep the other team from scoring.
Checking: Any contact initiated by a defending player against an opponent to get the puck away from him or slo
Checking From Behind: This is an illegal check. A check delivered on a player who is not aware of the impending hit, and t
Checking Line: A line made up of players known primarily for defense, not scoring.
Cherry Picking: When a player, generally a forward, hangs out behind the play waiting for a outlet pass so that he c
Chicklets: Teeth.
Chippy: Players are getting irritated with one another.
Clear: To pass, poke, or deflect the puck away from one's own goal cage, or out of the defensive zone. As a
Clear The Zone: When a defenseman moves the puck out of the defending zone before it can be shot on goal.
Clearing: Getting the puck out of your defensive zone, so the other team can't take a shot on goal
Clearing The Zone: When a defending player sends the puck out of the opponent's attacking zone, all the attacking playe
Clipping: This is when a player throws his body, from any direction, across or below the knees of an opponent.
Coast To Coast: When a player carries the puck from his own end into the offensive end.
Coincidental Penalties: When penalties are given out to opposing players at the same time. The result is that neither team w
Corner: An area of the rink near one of the four rounded sections where the sideboards and endboards meet.
Cover: When a player stays close to an opponent to prevent him from receiving a pass or making a play on of
Covering: When a defensive player guards an offensive player very closely, so closely that the offensive playe
Crease: This is the area directly in front of the goal. This area is marked out by a semicircle that has a r
Crease Lines: The red lines that form the semi-circular area with a 6-foot radius in front of the goal called the
Crisscross Attack: This describes when two wingman switch sides of the rink when they are attacking the opposing teams
Cross Bar: The 6-foot-long horizontal bar that connects the tops of the goal posts.
Cross-Checking: A minor penalty which occurs when a player holds his stick in both hands and drives the shaft into a
Cycling The Puck: This is when two offensive players, while in the offensive zone, move the puck along the boards.
Dangle: When a player handles the puck or himself in such a manner to fool the opponent into moving out of p
Dasher: The small ledge at the top of the boards.
Dead: When the puck can't be played which could be because of any number of reasons. The result will proba
Dead Puck: A puck that flies out of the rink or that a player has caught in his hand.
Defending Zone: Is that portion of the ice rink where the goal is located, and so each team's defending zone is the
Defensemen: Two players who make up a team’s defensive unit usually stationed in or near their defensive zone
Defensive Line: Consists of two defensemen.
Defensive Zone: The area in a team's own end of the ice, between the blue line and the goal line.
Deflection: A shot or pass that changes direction when it strikes a player, skate, or stick. While often acciden
Deke: When a player handles the puck or himself in such a manner to fool the opponent into moving out of p
Deking: A decoying or faking motion by the puck-carrier; the art of making a defensive player think you are
Delay Of Game: An infraction that covers several different offenses. The most common is when a player, most often t
Delayed Offside: An apparent offside on which the linesman doesn't blow the whistle immediately because a defending p
Delayed Offside: This happens when an attacking player is offside but the game continues because the defending team h
Delayed Penalty: 1) a penalty that isn't called immediately because the non-offending team has control of the puck in
Delayed Whistle: When an official raises his arm but does not blow his whistle, waiting to see the outcome of a play
Diamond: A defensive formation, used when a team is short-handed, in which the four remaining skaters form in
Dig: When a player uses their body or stick in an attempt to get the puck away from an opposing player. T
Dirty Player: There are some players, both current and historical, whose style of play and history of penalties ch
Dive: A dive is when a player embellishes contact made against him in order to draw a penalty, however, so
Double Minor: A type of minor penalty given for certain accidental infractions that result in an injury to another
Draw: Getting the puck to a teammate during the face off.
Drop Pass: When a player passes the puck directly behind him to a teammate. If executed properly, the puck stop
Dropping The Mitts: A fight.
Dump And Chase: A style of hockey where a team shoots the puck into one of the corners of the offensive zone and the
Eastern Conference: The renamed wales conference beginning with the 1993-94 season which contains the atlantic, northeas
Elbowing: Elbowing is when a player uses an extended elbow in a manner that may or may not cause injury. This
Empty Net: A net that's unprotected, because the goalie is out of position or because he's off the ice in favor
Empty Net Goal: A goal scored when the net is not guarded by the goalie, usually because he's been pulled to get an
End Zones: The area behind the each of the goals.
Endboards: A section of the boards at an end of the rink.
Enforcer: The player on the team who protects the players on his team. Enforces have been known to fight to pr
Exhibition Game: A game not included in the regular-season schedule and which does not count in the standings; the al
Expansion: The addition of teams to the nhl.
Expansion Draft: A special arrangement to assist new franchises in obtaining players, where expansion teams choose pl
Expansion Team: A team that has been recently added to the nhl.
Extra Attacker: A player who has been substituted for the team's goaltender on the ice.
Extra Skater: A player, usually a forward, who is on the ice to replace the goalie, either during a delayed penalt
Face Mask: The protective mask worn by the goalie.
Face Wash: A face wash is when a player rubs his hockey glove over the face of an opponent.
Face-Off Circles: The various circular spots on the ice where an official and two players will hold a face-off to begi
Faceoff: The method of starting play at the beginning of a period or of restarting after play has been stoppe
Faceoff Spot: In addition to the faceoff spots located in the center of each faceoff circle, there are four faceof
Falling On The Puck: An infraction, incurring a minor penalty, that occurs when a player other than a goalie deliberately
Fan: A fan is when a player misses the puck when attempting to play or shoot it.
Feed: To make a pass that sets a teammate up for a shot.
Feeding: Passing the puck.
Fighting: Fighting can be a minor (roughing) penalty or a major penalty and a game misconduct. This is at the
Fisticuffs: A fight.
Five Hole: Placing a shot between the goalie's legs.
Five On Five: Full strength (also called 5-on-5) refers to when both teams have five skaters and one goaltender on
Five On Three: Five on three (also called two-man advantage) is when one team has had two players sent to the penal
Flat Pass: When a player passes the puck to a teammate along the surface of the ice.
Flip Pass: A pass by a player to a teammate that lifts the puck from the ice and sends it through the air, usua
Flip Shot: A shot in which a player cups the puck in his stick, then flips it with his wrists up off the ice to
Forecheck: To check or harass an opponent who has the puck in his defensive zone and keep the opponents in thei
Forechecking: Checking in the offensive zone in order to gain control of the puck and set up a scoring opportunity
Forehand: A shot or pass taken from the right side of a right-handed player or from the left side of a left-ha
Forehand Shot: This just means to shoot the puck in a forward motion. This is the most common way to shoot a puck i
Forward: There are three forwards on a hockey team and they are the main offensive players. Their job is to s
Forward Line: Consists of two wings (right and left) and a center; these three players play nearer the opponent’
Forwards: The three players who make up the attacking line or forward line of a team — the center and the ri
Foul: Any infraction of the rules that will draw a penalty.
Franchise: A team; the legal arrangement that establishes ownership of a team.
Freeze The Puck: To hold the puck against the boards or the back of the net with the skate or stick, in order to stop
Freezing The Puck: When a player pushes the puck against the boards so that it can't be played. The goaltender can also
Frozen Rubber: Hockey puck.
Full Strength: Full strength (also called 5-on-5) refers to when both teams have five skaters and one goaltender on
Game: A hockey game is made up of three periods of 20 minutes each. There are various methods of dealing w
Game Misconduct: A penalty on which a player is ejected for the rest of the game, assessed for a serious violation su
Game Misconduct Penalty: When a player has a game misconduct penalty called against him, he must leave the game for the remai
Game Timekeeper: An official who is responsible for everything involved in timing the game: operating the scoreboard
Garbage Goal: A goal that takes little talent to score. Most such goals are scored from right in front of the net,
Gate: The penalty box (sometimes called the sin bin or bin) is the area where a player sits to serve the t
Get The Jump: To move fast and thereby get a good start on the opponents.
Give-And-Go: A play on which a player passes to a teammate, then skates past him, ready for a quick return pass.
Glass: The plexiglas sheet on top of the boards, which protects spectators and players on the bench from th
Glove Hand: The hand that the goalie catches the puck with, in contrast to his stick hand, which is the hand tha
Glove Save: A save made with the catching glove.
Glove Side: The side on which the goaltender wears the catching glove; the opposite of stick side.
Goal: Provides one point; scored when a puck goes between the goalposts from the stick of an attacking pla
Goal Cage: A 6 foot wide by 4 foot high tubular steel frame consisting of a cross bar and two goalposts to whic
Goal Crease: An area in front of the goal cage. In the national hockey league, the crease is a rectangle 8 feet w
Goal Judge: One of two officials who are responsible for determining whether the puck has passed between the goa
Goal Light: A light behind the goal cage, next to the green light, that is turned on by the goal judge to indica
Goal Line: This is a red line that is painted across the ice and it marks the front edge of the goal and the pu
Goal Mouth: The opening at the front of the goal cage formed by the goal posts and the crossbar, plus the ice ar
Goal Post: One of the two vertical metal bars that, with the crossbar, frame the goal cage.
Goalie: The goaltender.
Goalie: The heavily padded player who guards the goal; prevents opponents from scoring by stopping the puck
Goalkeeper: The heavily padded player who guards the goal; prevents opponents from scoring by stopping the puck
Goalposts: The metal bars that frame the area to which the net is attached which rests on the center of the goa
Goals Against: The total number of goals given up by a goaltender or a team within a given period of time.
Goals Against Average: The average number of goals given up per 60-minute game by a goaltender or a team within a given per
Goaltender: The defensive player normally stationed directly in front of the goal cage, whose primary job is to
Goon: A player who has little other purpose on the ice then to try and get players to fight.
Gordie Howe Hat Trick: A gordie howe hat trick is when one player scores a goal, notches an assist and gets into a fight al
Green Light: A light behind the goal cage, next to the red light, that goes on when time has expired in a period.
Grinder: A type of player known for his checking ability and work ethic; often associated with a player who i
Gross Misconduct: A kind of all-purpose category for extreme misbehavior by a player, coach, manager, or trainer. The
Gross Misconduct Penalty: Like a game misconduct penalty the player must leave the game for the remainder of the game. However
Hand Pass: The act of batting, deflecting, or throwing the puck toward a teammate, resulting in stoppage of a p
Hash Marks: The straight lines emerging from the two big circles in front of both nets. These lines direct playe
Hat Trick: When a player scores three goals in a single game. It is a tradition for fans to throw their hats on
Head Deke: When a player drops his head as though moving one way and quickly moves in another to fake out the o
Head Man: To pass the puck ahead to a teammate, especially on a rush; as in, 'jagr head mans the puck to gretz
Heel: The section of a hockey stick where the blade is attached to the shaft.
Heel Of The Stick: This is the part of the stick where the handle ends and the blade begins. It is the curved part of t
High Stick: This is when a stick is carried above the height of the opponent's shoulders. A player is permitted
High-Sticking: A minor penalty which occurs when a player carries his stick above the normal height of his opponent
Hip Check: A check on which the defensive player bumps the opponent with the hip. As a verb, to execute such a
Hip Checking: Using your hips to block or hit an opponent and knock them off stride.
Holding: A minor penalty which occurs when a player grabs and holds onto an opponent (or his stick) with his
Holding The Puck: An infraction, incurring a minor penalty, that occurs when a player other than a goalie deliberately
Home Team: The team in whose arena the game is being played; the team wearing the lighter uniforms.
Hook Check: a sweep of the stick low to the ice to take the puck from an opponent’s stick.
Hook Check: A check on which the stick is laid on the ice in front of the puck to trap it, often from beside or
Hooking: A minor penalty which occurs when a player attempts to impede the progress of another player by hook
Howitzer: A very fast slap shot.
Ice Time: The amount of time that the player is on the ice during a game when the clock is running.
Icing: When a player from one team shoots the puck from across the red line to and across the opposition's
Icing The Puck: When a player from one team shoots the puck from across the red line to and across the opposition's
In The Net: Said of the goalie, as in, 'dominik hasek is in the net tonight.'
Interference: Checking or otherwise impeding the motion of an opponent who is not in possession of or contention f
Intermission: A fifteen-minute recess between each of the three periods of a hockey game.
J Shot: A snap shot that is started in the form of the letter j.
Jill: A jock (or for females, a jill) are simple devices used to protect the genitalia of an ice hockey pl
Jock: A jock (or for females, a jill) are simple devices used to protect the genitalia of an ice hockey pl
Kick Save: A save on which the goalie uses his skate or extended leg to stop or deflect the puck.
Kill A Penalty: To prevent the opposition from scoring a goal on the power play.
Kneeing: A minor penalty which occurs when a player uses a knee to hit his opponent in the leg, thigh or lowe
Laser: A hard, accurate shot.
Laying On The Lumber: This is when a player swings his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressiv
Lead Pass: A pass sent ahead of a moving teammate designed to meet the player at the location he is headed.
Left Defenseman: This is a player who plays along the left side of the rink on defense.
Left Wing: The forward who lines up and operates primarily on the left side of the ice, usually a left-handed s
Left Wing Lock: The left wing lock is a defensive ice hockey strategy similar to the neutral zone trap. In the most
Lie: Angle made by the shaft of the stick and the blade.
Light The Lamp: Scoring a goal.
Line: A group of forwards who usually play together for a team because their skills complement one another
Line Brawl: A series of fights involving most, or all, players on the ice at the same time.
Line Change: The substitition of one entire line for another, usually done every couple of minutes or even more o
Linesmen: The two officials on the ice, one toward each end of the rink, responsible for infractions of the ru
Loose Puck: The puck when it is not being controlled by either team.
Lumber: Hockey stick.
Major Penalties: For the first major penalty in any one game, the offender, except the goalkeeper, will be ordered of
Man Advantage: When one team is penalized, and one of its players sent to the penalty box, the second team maintain
Man On: A warning from teammates to a player that an opposing player (that he may be unaware of) is near him
Match: A hockey game.
Match Penalties: A match penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game and the player will
Match-Up: A pairing of players on opposing teams who will cover each other during the hockey game.
Meat Wagon: If a players only skill is fighting/hitting, they are a meat wagon.
Minor Penalties: Any player, other than a goalkeeper, will be ruled off the ice for two minutes during which time no
Minutes Played: The units of measure for a player's ice time; used to compute a goaltender's goals against average a
Misconduct Penalty: A 10-minute penalty assessed for such infractions as abusive language toward an official or prolonge
Mucker: Similar to a grinder, but one who adds a more physical temperament to his game. This player tends to
National Hockey League (NHL): A professional league started on november 22, 1917; currently contains 30 teams in the u.s. and cana
Natural Hat-Trick: A natural hat-trick is when one player scores three goals in a row without any player from either te
Net: The goal; netting attached to the goalposts and frame of the goal to trap the puck when a goal is sc
Netminder: The goaltender.
Neutral Zone: The area on the ice between the blue lines.
Neutral Zone Trap: The neutral zone trap is a defensive ice hockey strategy used by a team to prevent an opposing team
Norris Division: With the smythe division made up the campbell conference until the 1992-93 season; renamed the centr
Obscene Gestures: Players will not use obscene gestures on the ice, (sure they won't) or anywhere in the rink before,
Odd Man Rush: When a team enters the attacking zone and outnumbers the opposing players in the zone.
Off Wing: A wing who is on the side opposite that on which he usually plays, or shoots from the 'wrong side' f
Off-Ice Officials: These are the officials who help manage the game but are off the ice. These officials don't wear a u
Offensive Zone: That part of the rink where the other teams goal is located.
Official Scorer: An official who keeps a record of the game, including goals scored and the time of each score, playe
Officials: There are as many as eight officials working a hockey game: one referee and two linesmen, known as o
Offside: A violation which occurs when both skates of an attacking player cross the opponent’s blue line be
Offside Pass: A type of offside violation occuring when a player passes the puck from his defending zone to a team
Offsides: When a player enters the attacking zone before the puck, and that player touches the puck.
On The Fly: This means that players are entering the game and leaving the game while the game is being played.
On The Road: When an nhl team plays games away from its home arena.
One Man Back: Descriptive of the situation in which a team has only one defenseman between the goaltender and the
One Timer: The act of shooting the puck directly off a pass. The offensive player takes his backswing while the
One-Man Advantage: When one team is penalized, and one of its players sent to the penalty box, the second team maintain
Open Ice: An area of the rink that is free of opponents.
Open Net: This happens late in a game, when a team is down by a goal and they take their goalie out of the gam
Overtime: An extra period of play to break a tie. In most amateur hockey, there is one 10-minute sudden-death
Overtime Loss: The result for a team that loses a game in overtime that was tied after regulation; this category wa
Pad Save: A save on which the goalie uses a leg pad to stop or deflect the puck.
Paddle: The wide portion above the blade of a goalie's stick.
Pass Out: When an attacking player, who is behind his opponent's goal, has the puck and he passes it to a team
Passing: When one player uses his stick to send the puck to a teammate.
Passout: A pass by an attacking player from behind his opponent’s net or goal line to a teammate in front o
Patrick Division: With the adams division made up the wales conference until the 1992-93 season; renamed the atlantic
Penalties: There are four kinds of penalties. Minor penalties, major penalties, misconduct penalty and match pe
Penalty Box: The penalty box (sometimes called the sin bin or bin) is the area where a player sits to serve the t
Penalty Box Assistant: This is an off-ice official who is in charge of allowing players back on the ice after they have fin
Penalty Killer: A player expert at backchecking and keeping or gaining control of a loose puck under difficult circu
Penalty Minutes: A statistic that shows the amount of penalty time accumulated by a player or team.
Penalty Shootout: A method of deciding a winner, in amateur hockey, if the score is still tied after one overtime peri
Penalty Shot: A shot on goal, with only the goaltender defending, awarded for certain infractions. The player taki
Penalty Timekeeper: An official who sits between the two penalty boxes and is responsible for recording and timing every
Period: One of the three 20-minute playing segments of play in a regulation hockey game, or an overtime play
Pipe: A goal post.
Playing The Man: A player will check the offensive player who has the puck but will leave the puck to be recovered by
Playing The Puck: When a goaltender leaves the goal to handle the puck, this would include passing the puck or to clea
Playmaker: A fast player who usually scores more assists than goals. A playmaker has the speed and balance to m
Playoff Beard: A playoff beard is the superstitious practice of a national hockey league (nhl) player not shaving h
Points: The left and right positions taken by the defensemen of the attacking team, just inside the blue lin
Poke Check: A stick check on which the player jabs his stick blade at the puck or an opponent's stick to dislodg
Poke Checking: Using the stick to poke the puck away from an opponent.
Policeman: An enforcer.
Post: Short for goal post.
Power Forward: A power forward is a large, muscular offensive player (6'0 - 6'5, 210-240 pounds), with the mobility
Power Play: An attack by a team at full strength against a team playing one man (or two men) shorthanded because
Power Play Goal: A goal scored by a team on the power play. Compare short-handed goal.
Profane Language: Players will not use obscene gestures on the ice, (sure they won't) or anywhere in the rink before,
Puck: The puck is made of vulcanized rubber, and is one inch thick and three inches in diameter and weighs
Puck Bunny: A puck bunny is a female ice hockey fan, often one whose interest in the sport is primarily motivate
Puck-Handler: The player currently in possession of the puck.
Pulling The Goalie: When a team is down by one goal and they are running out of time, they might take the goalie off the
Pylon: A player who is easy to get around due to lack of speed or skill.
Quick Whistle: A 'quick whistle' is a stoppage in play that occasionally occurs when an on-ice official whistles th
Rag The Puck: To retain control of the puck, without attempting to score, for a considerable period of time, usual
Ragging: Retaining the puck by clever stickhandling; often used by a shorthanded team to kill time.
Rearguard: A defenseman.
Rebound: A rebound occurs when the puck bounces off a goalie, a player, or the net (or occasionally, the back
Red Light: A light behind the goal cage, next to the green light, that is turned on by the goal judge to indica
Red Line: A line, 12 inches wide, that extends across the ice midway between the goal lines. Also known as the
Referee: The primary official(s) on the ice who makes sure that the rules of the game are followed. The refer
Referee’s Crease: A semi-circular area, with a 10 foot radius, marked in red on the ice in front of the timekeepers’
Restraining Circle: A faceoff circle.
Right Defenseman: This is a player who plays along the right side of the rink on defense
Right Wing: The forward who lines up and operates primarily on the right side of the ice, usually a right-handed
Rink: Where an ice hockey game is played. A hockey rink is 200 feet (61 meters) long and 85 feet (25.9 met
Ripple The Twine: Scoring a goal.
Rocked: Big hit
Rockered Blades: Used by professional ice hockey skaters; the gentle curve in a very sharp blade of an ice skate prod
Rockpile: A rookie.
Roster: A list of the players on a team.
Roughing: This is when a player makes a check or a hit on a player that is considered harder or rougher then a
Rubber: Hockey puck.
Rush: A rapid movement of the puck, by one or more players, into the attacking zone and toward the opposit
Saucer Pass: A saucer pass is an airborne pass from one player to another. It is called a saucer pass because the
Save: The act, by a goaltender, in deflecting or stopping a shot on goal. As a verb, to make a save.
Scorer: This is an off-ice official who keeps track of all the goals scored, which player scored the goal an
Scramble: Several players from both sides close together battling for possession of the puck.
Screen: This is when a player will get in-between the puck and the goalie so the goalie can't see the puck.
Screen Shot: A shot on goal that the goalie cannot see because it was taken from behind one or more players from
Screened Shot: Goaltender's view is blocked by players between he and the shooter.
Shadow: To cover an opponent, one on one, everywhere on the ice. As a noun, a player assigned to shadow a sp
Shaft: The long part of the stick that is straight and is held by the player.
Shift: When players are substituted on and off the ice.
Shooting Angle: The angle determined by the position of the shooting player in relation to the goal at the moment he
Short Handed: When a team has fewer players on the ice than the opposition because a penalty is being served by on
Short Side: The side of the goal cage where the goaltender is playing; so called because there's a smaller area
Short-Handed Goal: A goal scored by a player whose team is short-handed. See also power play goal.
Shorthanded: A team with one or more players off the ice in the penalty box when the opponent has its full comple
Shortside: The side of the goal closest to the shooter.
Shot On Goal: A shot on goal is a shot that will enter the goal if it is not stopped by the goaltender. A shot on
Shoulder Deke: A quick move of the shoulder in one direction and the player in another to fake out the opponent.
Shut Out: To hold the opposition scoreless for an entire game or any specified period of time; e.g., 'the brui
Sideboards: The section of the boards along the side of the rink, between the goal lines.
Sin Bin: The penalty box.
Sixth Attacker: This is the extra skater who comes on the ice after the goalie has been pulled.
Skater: Any player who is not a goaltender.
Slap Shot: A shot in which the player raises his stick in a backswing, with his strong hand held low on the sha
Slapshot: A slapshot is a hard shot, usually with a big wind up, wherein the player bends his stick on the ice
Slashing: This is when a player swings his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressiv
Sleeper: An attacking player who slips into the center or neutral zone behind the attacking defensemen; same
Slot: An area immediately in front of the goal and extending about 10 yards out, considered the best area
Slow Whistle: A slow whistle is when an official waits to blow his whistle, usually due to a delayed offside or de
Smother The Puck: To cover the puck with the hands or body. The goaltender is allowed to smother the puck in the goal
Smythe Division: With the norris division made up the campbell conference until the 1992-93 season; renamed the pacif
Snap Pass: A quick pass made with a snap of the wrists, similar to a wrist shot.
Snap Shot: A slap shot is a like an abbreviated slap shot. The purpose of the snap shot is to combine the main
Snipe Show: A dirty goal.
Sniper: A player with a powerful, accurate shot skilled at finishing plays. Snipers frequently score more go
Solo: A rush by a player without assistance from a teammate.
Spearing: Spearing means stabbing an opponent with the point of the stick blade whether contact is made or not
Spin-O-Rama: Phrase coined by sportscaster danny gallivan to describe a player completing several tight circles w
Split The Defense: To skate between two defenders into or within the attacking zone.
Spot Pass: This is a pass that goes to a place on the ice rather than a pass to a specific player. Hopefully a
Stack The Pads: A save wherein the goaltender drops to one side and makes the save with his leg pads.
Stay-At-Home Defense Man: A defense man who plays very defensively. He doesn't rush the puck very often.
Stick Check: Checking an opponent with the stick. See hook check; poke check; sweep check.
Stick Deke: When a player’s stick is moved as though for a shot, but instead the player moves the puck past th
Stick Save: A save made with the goaltender's stick.
Stick Side: The side on which the goaltender holds the stick; the opposite of glove side.
Stickhandling: The act of controlling the puck with one's stick, especially while manoeuvering through opponents.
Sticks: The shaft of player's sticks are made of wood or aluminum and the maximum length can be 63 inches 5
Stoned: Made a great save.
Stop: A save; as a verb, to make a save.
Substitution: Occurs when a player comes off the bench to replace a player coming out of the game; can be made at
Sudden-Death Overtime: An overtime period that ends as soon as one team scores a goal, determining the winner and terminati
Sweep Check: A check made by a player with one hand on the stick, and one knee so low it is practically on the ic
Take The Body: To body check an opponent.
Teams: A hockey team has 15-20 players and 6 of these players will be on the ice playing at one time.
The Point: A player in the opponent's end zone at the junction of the blue line with the boards is said to be a
Third Man In: A player who gets involved in a fight between two other players; draws a game misconduct penalty.
Third-Man-In Rule: The third man in a fight gets a game misconduct penalty and is out of the game for its duration; cre
Three-On-One: A type of break with three attackers coming in on one defenseman; this is a desperate situation.
Three-On-Two: A type of break with three attacking players skating against two defensive players.
Throwing Stick: When any member of the defending team, including any manager, coach or trainer, deliberately throws
Time Out: A 30-second stoppage of play during which a team and coach can discuss strategy. Each team is allowe
Toe Drag: Dragging the puck along the ice with the end (toe) of the stick blade on the ice as opposed to the b
Too Many Players On The Ice: An infraction that draws a bench minor penalty. It most often occurs when a team is trying to change
Top Shelf: Placing a shot in the top quarter of the net.
Trailer: A player who follows his teammate on the attack seemingly out of the action but actually in a positi
Trap: A defense designed to slow down the opposition's offense by trapping the puck in the neutral zone, t
Triangle: The defensive alignment generally used when a team is two players short because of penalties. The th
Tripping: Tripping is a minor penalty and is imposed on any player who places his stick or any portion of his
Turnover: When a team loses control of the puck to the opposition. Same term used in football.
Two-Line Pass: When a player passes the puck ahead to a teammate which crosses both a red and a blue line.
Two-Line Pass: A type of offside violation occuring when a player passes the puck from his defending zone to a team
Two-Man Advantage: The situation in which a team has two more players on the ice than the opposition. See also man adva
Two-On-One: When two offensive players, who are attacking, have only one defender to beat before they reach the
Two-On-Two: A type of break with two attacking players skating against two defensive players.
Umbrella: A formation often used by a team on the power play to spread the defense; so named because it resemb
Under-Led Pass: A pass behind or to one side of a teammate, making it difficult for him to control the puck.
Up Ice: In the direction of the team's attacking zone.see also caught up ice.
Video Goal Judge: An off-ice official who reviews a goal by video instant replay.
Waffle Pad: A large rectangular pad attached to the front of the goalie’s stick hand.
Wales Conference: Was one of the two confrences in the nhl consisting of the patrick and adams divisions until the 199
Warm Up The Bus: The outcome of the game has pretty much been decided and the visitor is going to lose. The crowd wil
Washout: 1. A goal that is disallowed for one of several reasons, such as the puck being kicked into the goal
Western Conference: The renamed cambell conference beginning with the 1993-94 season which contains the central, northwe
Wing: One of the two forwards who flank the center and, with the center, make up a line. Also known as a w
Winger: A winger is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play on the ice is along the outer
Wingman: Same as wing.
Wings: Two players who flank the center on his right and left sides and, with him, make up the attacking un
Wraparound: When a player who has the puck is behind the other team's goal line and moves quickly in front or si
Wrist Shot: A wrist shot is a type of shot that involves using arm muscles (especially those in the wrist and fo
Zamboni: A machine that scrapes the surface of the ice and deposits a layer of water on it to smooth out cuts
Zebra: The primary official(s) on the ice who makes sure that the rules of the game are followed. The refer
Zones: Three areas made up by the two blue lines; the attacking zone is the area farthest from the goal a p

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