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Ice Hockey Terminology

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Ice Hockey has special vocabulary that you must understand to play the game.  These terms that you will hear will include:

Attacking Zone  

The zone where the opponents goal is located.

 

 Back Check  

Checking an opponent while skating backwards towards one's own goal.

 

Boards  

The wooden wall surrounding the rink that keeps the puck in play.

 

Goal Cage  

Name for the net or goal.

 

Hat Trick  

Three goals scored by a player in one game.

 

Puck  

The hard vulcanized rubber disc that players try to shoot past the goalie for a goal.

 

Rink  

The playing surface of ice.

 

Save  

Blocked shot by the goalie.

 

 

Defensive Zone

 

The zone or area nearest a team's goal

 

Dead Puck  

A puck that flies out of the rink or that a player has caught in his hand.

 

 

Blue Lines

 

 

Lines that divide the rink into three zones: attacking, defending and neutral (center) zone.

 

Goal  

One point scored when a puck goes between the goalposts from the stick of an attacking player and crosses the red line between the goalposts.

 

Home Team
The team in whose arena the game is being played.

 

Face Off  

The dropping of a puck between a player from each team to start play or resume play.

 

Checking  

Using body contact to prevent an opposing player from gaining an advantageous position on the ice.

 

Center Line  

The red stripe that extends across the ice, midway between the goals.

 

Center Ice/Neutral Zone  

Neutral area between the blue lines.

 

Hip Check  

A legal check where player uses his hip to check an opposing player.

 

Major Penalty  

Five minute penalty

 

Minor Penalty  

Three minute penalty