The Stanley Cup Finals is just around the corner and I thought that it would be helpful to go over some classic hockey terminology. After reading this post you will be prepared for active hockey conversations when you watch the seven game series with your friends or family. To learn more about the rules of hockey and about the teams scheduled to play in the finals visit the NHL website at http://www.nhl.com.
Back Check: To obstruct an opponent that is skating toward the defending zone.
Blue Lines: The two lines that appear 60 feet from each goal. These lines are used to divide the rink into three zones: attacking, neutral, and defending.
Body Check: Aggressive use of ones body against an opponent. The check is only considered legal if the player has the puck or was the last one to have touched it.
Butt-ending: The act of hitting one’s opponent with the non-blade end of the stick; this act is considered illegal and is cause for a penalty.
Goal Crease: The four foot by eight foot area in front of the goal that is marked by red lines. No offensive players are permitted to enter it unless they are in possession of the puck
Deke: To lunge quickly to fake opponents out of their current position.
Face Off: The referee drops a puck between two players, one player from each team, to start or resume the game.
Forecheck: To check an opposing player in his defense end to prevent him from making an offensive sprint.
Freezing the Puck: To force the puck against the boards in order to get a stoppage of play. The puck may be pressed by either a skate or stick.
Goal Line: The red line that run between the goal posts and extend all the way to the side boards.
Goal Mouth: The area between the goal and the crease line.
Hat Trick: A player scores three goals in a single game.
One-timer: Hitting the puck immediately off of a pass.
Penalty Box: The area off of the rink where penalized players wait to reenter the game.
Power Play: When a team has a one or two more players than their opposing team due to penalties.
Pulling the Goalie: The act of replacing the goalie with an additional player in an effort to tie or win a close match.
Save: A shot that a goalie prevents from scoring.
Screened Shot: When a goalie’s view is blocked by a player when he is being shot at.
Slap Shot: Taking a full backswing to hit the puck with the blade of the stick.
Slot: The area directly preceding the goal crease. This zone typically has the most action in a game and most goals are scored from it.
Splitting the Defense: When the player in possession of the puck skates between two or more opposing defensemen.
Stick Handling: To maneuver the puck with the stick.
Top Shelf: A high shot the top portion of the net.
Wraparound: Occurs when a player skates behind the goal and attempts to slide the puck around the goal post and into the net.
Wrist Shot: Using a quick snap of the wrist to strike the puck with the blade of the stick.