Ice Hockey

Ice hockey is a contact sport which is played on ice, and the objective of the game is to put the puck in the opponent’s net more times than them. Being an avid fan or an aspiring fan of ice hockey, familiarizing with the game play terms mentioned here would be highly helpful in understanding the game better. Since the game is played on ice, it is popular in Arctic countries and places where there is a seasonal ice cover. Canada, northern parts of the United States, and some European countries are heavily involved in the sport of ice hockey. The terms and rules are easy to understand, and aids one in understanding the game accurately.

List of Ice Hockey Terms

Here are some of the most commonly used terms and phrases for you. These cover the basic aspects of the game, and come in handy when you are watching a game of ice hockey and wondering what the commentator is saying.

ASSIST: A pass to a player who immediately scores a goal. The player with the most assists is obviously the most creative one on the team. Also known as an apple, 2 assists can be granted per goal.

ATTACKING ZONE: The opponent’s end on the ice, or the area between their goal and the blue line.

BACKHANDER SHOT: A shot that is hit by the backside of the blade. For example, if a right-handed player hits a shot from his left side, it is known as a backhander shot.

BACKCHECK: Going back to one’s own defensive zone to stop the opponents from attacking.

BACKSTOP: Also known as the goaltender, or the goalkeeper.

BENDER: A person who is not very good at skating.

BISCUIT: Also known as the puck.

BLUE LINE: The lines on each side of the ice that separate the attack zones and the defense zones from the neutral area.

BOARDING: The act of checking or blocking a player by pushing him into the boards.

BREAKAWAY: A sudden change in possession of the puck that leaves an attacker one on one with the goaltender.

CENTER: A position of play that requires the player to play primarily, in the center of the ice.

CHIPPY: A state of play, or a time period in the game, that is overly aggressive in nature.

DANGLER: A very good player who can fool opponents easily.

DEKE: A move by a player which results in the opposition player getting fooled and moving out of position.

DIVE: An act of stimulation, or playacting, by a player in order to earn his team a penalty.

DUMP AND CHASE: A style of play that is characterized by hitting the puck to the corners of the ice, and having team members rush to it to retrieve the puck.

FACE OFF: The way the game begins. The two centers i.e. players in center position, stand facing each other and have to control the puck once it drops to the ground.