• Hockey Lingo

Intentionally shooting the puck from behind the center red line over your opponent's goal line. The play is halted and a face-off taken on the side of the infraction, nearest the goal line in the defending team's end.

Off -Side
When a player precedes the puck into the attacking zone i.e. crosses the opponents blue line without the puck. The play is halted and restarted with a face-off outside of the attacking zone

5 Hole
The space between a goalie's pads.

Forwards in the opponent’s zone skate back to their own zone to protect their goal and prevent the opponents from shooting.

Blue Lines
The pair of 1-foot-wide lines that extend across the width of the ice 60 feet from each goal. They separate the ice into attacking, neutral and defending zones.

An offensive rush in which an attacking player breaks open and has a clear shot on the goaltender.

To hit an opponent using the end of the stick farthest from the blade. (This is illegal)

Taking three or more strides before checking an opponent. (Illegal)

The box directly in front of the goaltender. It is 4 feet by 8 feet and marked off with red lines. Players who do not have the puck may not enter.

Hitting an opponent with both hands on the stick and no part of the stick on the ice. (Illegal)

A quick move intended to fake out an opponent.

Drop Pass
Puck carrier leaves the puck behind to be picked up by a trailing teammate.

The dropping of the puck by the referee between one player from each team to start play.

Hustling in the opponent's defensive zone by forwards to force a turnover.

Passing the puck forward to an attacking teammate.

Freezing the Puck
Pinning the puck against the boards.

Goal Line
The red line that runs between the goal post and extends in both directions to the side boards.

Hat Trick
Three goals in a game by a single player.

High Stick
Raising the stick above the shoulder. If it is used near an opponent, it is a penalty. Goals scored with a high stick are disallowed.

Body contact with an opponent who does not have the puck and was not the last man to have had the puck. (Illegal)

Player accepts a pass and attempts a slap shot in the same motion.

Penalty Box
The area where penalized players serve their penalty time.

Penalty Shot
One-on-one showdown between shooter and goaltender. Called when a player on a breakaway is pulled down from behind.

Position just inside the blue line usually manned by a defenseman when his team is in control in their own offensive zone.

Poke Check
To dislodge the puck from an opponent by stabbing the blade of the stick at the puck.

Power Play
When a team has a one-man or two-man advantage because the other team is serving a penalty.

Red Line
The line that pides the ice in half.

An accurate shot blocked by the goalie.

Screen Shot
A shot the goaltender has difficulty seeing due to player(s) in front of him.

The area directly in front of the goal crease.

Using the entire length of the stick in a sweeping motion to dislodge the puck from an opponent.

Aiming a shot above either shoulder of a goaltender.


For the slightly more advanced

A really hard slap-shot.

Twisted Wrister
A really hard wrist shot.

Gong Show
Any game that gets out of hand. It could be too many penalties or a one-sided  victory. Anything negative could be deemed a gong show.  Meat Show: Basically a Gong Show featuring a lot of fights.

A term used for a hockey fight. Others include: Dance, Tango, Beef, Throttle…you get the idea.

Blow Out
A lop-sided score for one team. There is no exact number of goals needed for a blow-out, but if a team loses 9-2…they got blown out.

Ding (dinged it)
When the puck hits the post.

A rather nice term for a referee. Ref’s wear black and white striped jerseys, hence, resemble zebras. “Pin-stripper” could also apply.

Swiss Cheese
Swiss cheese is known to many because it has holes in it. Unfortunately, so do some goaltenders. That’s why goalies are sometimes called swiss cheese. Other terms for goalies include: stopper, target, and tenders.