Hockey Game Terms at gamerisms
These hockey game terms and
jargon are part of sports gamerisms, Define Your
Hockey, part 3 of the hockey glossary is provided for hockey players
and fans who love howitzers.
Hockey Game Terms: H
Hockey Game Terms: I - K
- Hand Pass:
player passing the puck with their
hand. This is only legal inside a team’s defensive zone.
- Hash Marks:
lines on face off circles.
- Hat Trick:
huge triumph in hockey—3 or more goals in the
- Head Man:
term for moving the puck forward to a teammate.
- High Stick: occurs
when one player hits
another in the head or shoulders with his stick.
- Hip Check: another
term for body check.
act of holding either an opposing player or
his/her stick—penalty worthy.
- Home Team:
sporting the lighter jerseys, this team is
playing in their venue.
- Hook Check:
motion to trap by placing the stick in front of
the puck near your opponent.
penalty worth when using your stick against an
- Howitzer: a
very hard and fast slap
shot. A Sizzler!
- Hoser: the
losing team that was required to hose down the ice in order to
resurface it, prior to the invention and use of the Zamboni.
Hockey Game Terms: L
- Ice Time:
time measurement for amount of ice play by an
- Icing: the
puck crossing two lines
without being touched by an opponent.
occurs when a player checks a challenger who does not have the puck
unless after this same challenger has taken a shot. Penalty worthy.
15 minute break between periods..
shot: shot made with the stick
going in the motion of the letter J.
- Kick Save:
using his skate or leg, the goalie has stopped
or saved the puck from scoring.
- Kill a
Penalty: refers to knee action of hitting an
opponent during a power play—penalty worthy.
Hockey Game Terms: M - N
for a very hard shot. A Rocket
to be sure!
- Lead Pass:
term for pass forward to skating teammate.
- Left Wing:
a forward who works the left area of the ice and
is likely a left-handed shooter.
- Light the Lamp:
another term for the scoring of a goal.
group of forwards that play well together as a
Brawl: hockey game terms for an all out
brawl usually involving all players on the ice (both lines).
- Line Change:
putting in a fresh line-up who is ready to go.
game officials who monitor and call offside fouls, icing, do face offs
and advise the referee, however their duties do not include calling
- Loose Puck:
go get it because no one else has it.
Hockey Game Terms: O
Penalty: penalty worthy for 5 long minutes and the player
the box even if the opposing team scores. Assigned for serious stuff
such as fighting and spearing.
- Man Advantage:
one more player on the ice than the other
is a hockey game providing exciting action for
players and fans.
Penalty: a plus penalty worthy infraction that includes
and a substitute player must serve the entire time of 5 minutes in the
penalty box even if the opposing team scores.
- Minor Penalty:
offending player stays in the box for 2
minutes unless the other team scores before then.
Played: player's ice time used to determine the
goals against average and similar stats.
Penalty: another long penalty worthy infraction—10 minutes
or badmouthing an official, however, the team does not play
- Natural Hat
Trick: scoring three
goals in a row, in a single game without another player from either
team scoring a goal. A feat to be admired.
National Hockey League
hockey game terms for the goalie.
- Neutral Zone:
term for region between the blue lines.
Hockey Game Terms: P
- Odd Man Rush: when the
offensive team enters into their
offensive zone thus outnumbering the players on defense.
- Offensive Zone:
also known as the attacking zone.
Scorer: game official who monitors and records the
stats in relation to goals scored, subs and assists.
is when a player on the attacking team enters the attacking zone before
the puck enters the zone, whether it is carried by a teammate or by an
attacking player. If an attacking player is trying to shoot the puck
into the attacking zone and it deflects off a defending player, an
offside violation may be called. When there is an offside, the linesman
calls the play stopped and there is a face off in the neutral zone
closest to where the offside occurred.
- Off Wing:
this player is
on the other side from what he/she usually plays—a left wing playing
right area of the ice and vice-versa.
everywhere on and off the ice, up to as many as 8 in the position of
referee, linesmen, game and penalty timekeepers and goal judges.
Man Back: hockey game terms that refers to the vulnerable
only one defenseman between the goaltender and the attackers.
puck that is rapidly fired as soon as it is
received, no stopping here.
- Open Ice:
wide-open area where there are no challengers
a tie game is handled two ways in the NHL. Overtime is 5 minutes to
sudden death during regular season and during playoffs=20-minute
overtime period(s) are played until a goal is scored.
Game Terms is followed by terms R - Z
- Pad Save:
the goalie using a leg pad to stop the puck.
hockey game terms for the wide part of
the goalie stick.
from behind the net, the puck is targeted to a
teammate in front of the net.
this is your punishment for being penalty worth.
- Penalty Boxes:
one for each team—keep 'em separated; this
is where players serve their time.
Killer: skillful players in the art of checking and puck
duties are to prevent a score by the other team during a power play.
Minutes: amount of time by a player or team spent
'in the box'.
Shot or Shootout: occurs after a tie-game or specific
Player(s) go up against the lone opposing goalie in turn to score.
Timekeeper: game official who monitors and records
term for 20 minutes of play X 3 for a regular game.
jargon for goal post.
someone who has the uncanny ability to create
chances to score, usually ending with he/she garnering many assists.
- Playoff Beard: growing
a beard for as
long as the playoffs last. One of the many superstitions in
three references here: a) player credit for goal or assist. b) teams
receive 2 points for a game win and 1 for a tie or loss after overtime.
c) inside the challenger's blue line where you will find a defenseman
when his team has possession of the puck in the zone.
- Poke Check:
ouch! you just jabbed me with your stick.
hockey game terms for the enforcer of the team.
- Power Forward:
a forward who is large,
tough and skilled.
- Power Play: advantageous
position for the team who has an
extra player on the ice while the other team is on penalty.
- Power Play
Goal: team used for goal scored during the power
play time period.
that black rubber disc that all the players want to
possess—all 1X3 inches of it.
- Puck Bunny:
a hockey fan who is female,
who likes the players rather than the game.
- Puck-handler: the player
who has that little black disc.
the Goalie: get him outta there for a powerful forward,
usually at the
end of the game where there is only a 1-goal difference in score.
a player who is unskilled and does little
more than take up space on the ice.
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