This hockey games glossary
is divided into 4 parts that includes an introduction and
a learning games section for new hockey players and fans.
Hockey games glossary is dedicated to passionate hockey player and fans
that compete, watch this favorite of sport games and applaud hockey
Hockey learning games:
Ice Hockey has been played since about 1900, with origins dating back
to Europe and the field versions of the game.
Modern day ice hockey is likely a combination of an Irish or Scottish
folk game, combined with a Mi’kmaq game as well.
Ice Hockey is a game played on a frozen pond outdoors or an indoor ice
The players wear skates and use sticks to try to knock the puck into
the opponents' goal. Five players take to the ice for each
team as well as one goalie.
As hockey is closely monitored for penalty infractions, the term penalty worthy
will be found often in this glossary.
Hockey Games Glossary: A
Hockey Games Glossary: B
term for pass with the intention of scoring a goal.
1-2 teammates may receive credit for an assist if a goal is scored.
- Attack Zone:
the opponents side of the ice, determined by
the blue line.
Hockey Games Glossary: C
- Back Check:
occurs when opposing player is checked while
moving to the defensive zone.
term for pass made from the body side that is not
the stick hand.
Shot: a shot in which the
backside of the blade is used.
- Back Line:
term for total number of defensemen for a team.
otherwise known as the goalie.
- Bar Down:
a goal that is scored by hitting the cross bar of
the goal, prior to going into the net.
- Beat the
Defense: player who moves past the other team's
- Beat the
Goalie: player who scores a goal against the
opposing team by skillful play.
- Behind the
Net: refers to the area behind the goal cage.
- Bench Minor
Penalty: 2 minutes to the player in a team's
bench area and not a player on the ice.
hockey games glossary term for a terrible skater.
lingo for a hockey puck.
- Biscuit in
the Basket: nickname for scoring a
goal. Refers to the puck looking like a biscuit and the goal
with mesh looking like a basket.
refers to the end or flat portion of the stick that
comes into contact with the puck.
- Blind Pass:
act of shooting a quick pass while not eyeing
the intended target. Or a shot in the dark!
- Blocker or
Blocking Glove: goalie's glove and attached
padding worn on the stick hand.
- Blue Lines:
two markings, located 60 feet from each goal,
thereby dividing the ice into 3 zones: attacking, defensive and neutral.
- Blue Liner:
jargon for either team's defensemen.
- Boarding: the
act of checking a player
into the boards from behind.
Checking: an aggressive motion to move an opposing
player against the boards. Methods used are elbowing, tripping or body
check, at which time a minor or major penalty (in the case of injury)
may be assessed.
a fiberglass or wood wall that borders the rink
- Body Check or
Hip Check: hockey games glossary term
for the act of
knocking an opponent into the board or onto the ice with physical force.
refers to either the penalty box or a strategic
defensive play where 4 teammates form a square when short-handed.
- Breakaway: a
player who has the puck
behind the defense, trying to score and only has the goalie to beat.
pants worn in hockey.
jargon for a hockey helmet.
top area of a hockey stick.
- Butt ending:
action of poking using the butt of the stick
and likely penalty worthy.
Games Glossary is followed by terms D - G
jargon for the goal cage.
term for puck rebound.
- Catching Glove:
goalie glove worn on the hand not holding
- Caught up Ice:
term for player who is caught in the
attacking zone while the challengers are attacking at the opposite end.
refers to the center position of a team's forward
line. Duties are to move the puck into the attacking zone, handle face
offs and pass to other teammates.
- Center Ice
Circle or Spot: refers to area at center rink
where face offs take place after a goal is scored and to begin a period
of hockey play.
- Center the
Puck: maneuvering the puck from the attack zone
to the front of the goal cage.
- Center Ice:
area known as the neutral zone.
Pass: player action that centers the puck.
- Center Line:
hockey games glossary reference for the red
- Change on the
Fly: tactic to perform a line change while
play action is in progress.
action of body checking by taking a couple of
steps beforehand, generally resulting in a minor or major (injury
refers to either a body or stick check where the
intent is to slow a challenger or take possession of the puck.
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- Checking Line:
hockey games glossary reference for line of
- Cherry Picking:
a player who plays offense and no defense,
hoping to get an easy shot on goal.
a player who is out of control and assertive on the
ice, particularly aggressive in speech or physicality.
movement to get the puck out of the way of your
goalie or defensive zone by deflecting or passing the puck.
- Clear the
Zone: move to get out of the attacking zone so
the play is not called offside when the puck enters.
- Coast to
Coast: take the puck from one
end of the ice to the other and scoring without assistance. A rewarding
refers to the 4 portions of the rink area where
sideboards and end boards meet.
defensive strategy to skate close to a challenger
who may receive passes.
the area marked by blue ice in
front of each goal where the goalie plays.
- Cross Bar:
term for 6 ft horizontal bar along the top of
the goal posts.
striking an opponent with the stick using
both hands—definitely penalty worth.