Apple: an assist.


Attack Zone: Otherwise known as the offensive zone. The areas between the opponents blue line and their goal.

Backchecking: Forwards in the attacking zone skate back to their own end to prevent opponent’s shots on goal.


Bar Down/Bar Mexico: a shot that hits the bottom of the crossbar and shoots right down into the net.


Beauty/Beautician: a player on the team that’s talented both on the ice and off and loved by the rest of the team. Typically has great flow, great hands, and always has some good locker room stories.

Biscuit: Another name for a hockey puck. “Put the biscuit in the basket.”

Barn: A common term for an ice rink.

Barn Burner: A very intense game where the crowd becomes loud and boisterous.

Basket: The net, "Put the biscuit in the basket.".

Blueliner:  Another word for defenseman.


Breadbasket: term that describes the goalie’s chest. Typically used when describing that you put a shot right in the goalie’s logo.

Bucket: a helmet

Butt ending: Using the shaft of the stick to jab or attempt to jab an opposing player.

Butterfly:  A style of goaltending wherein the goalie tends to cover the lower half of the net with his or her leg pads.

Changing on the fly: When players from the bench substitute for players on the ice, while the clock is running.

Chicklets: Teeth.

Chirp: trash talk, directed toward an opponent, their bench or the refs.

Clapper: a slapshot, in reference to someone with a powerful slapshot or a slapshot that results in a goal.

Coast to Coast: Refers to when a player carries the puck from deep in his own defensive zone, all the way to the opposing team’s goal.

Crashing The Net:  An aggressive strategy in which a forward charges towards the opponent's net in hopes of deflecting a shot, banging a loose puck in, obstructing the goaltender's view, or simply creating mayhem that could lead to a scoring chance for his team.

Dinger: a pinch of chewing tobacco that players enjoy in the locker room before and after the game.

Double Shifting: When an elite player stays on the ice for double duty to give his team an added lift. This is common when a team is down a goal late in the game.

Dump and Chase: A style of hockey where a team shoots the puck into one of the corners of the offensive zone and then pursues it. This is opposed to carrying the puck into the zone.

Duster/Dusty: may or may not also be a bender, but is definitely very bad at hockey, gets very little ice time, and when he does get out on the ice it’s at the end of the game when the score is out of hand.

Enforcer: Typically the player on the team with the most penalty minutes is called upon to protect his teammates when they are pushed around.

Face Wash: To rub one’s gloves in the face of another player. Most players don’t appreciate this.

Fishbowl: a helmet with a full plastic shield instead of a cage. Typically used as an insult in trash talk. Opinions vary widely on fishbowls; but if you wear one you’re likely one of the best players on the ice, or the worst.

Five-Hole: The hole between the goalie’s leg pads. If a player scores a goal and the puck went in between the goalie’s pads; the puck went through the five-hole.

Flat pass: A pass where the puck remains on the surface of the ice.

Flip pass: A pass where the puck is lifted so that it goes over an opponent or his stick.

Flow: great hockey hair, typically long that flows out of the helmet when the player skates.

For the Boys/FTB: used to describe any actions that the rest of the team enjoys or when a player makes a sacrifice for the team.

Garbage Goal: A goal that takes little talent to score. Most such goals are scored from right in front of the net, often when the goaltender is out of position.

Gino: a goal (that is scored, not the net).

Goal Mouth: The area just in front of the goal and crease lines.

Gordie Howe Hat Trick: When a player scores a goal, gets an assist and gets into a fight all in the same game.

Grinder: A tough, hard-nosed player who does what it takes to get the job done. To be referred to as a grinder would be considered a compliment.

Headmanning: When a player passes the puck ahead to a teammate.

Healthy Scratch: A player who has no injury and is still not dressed for the game.

Heel of the stick: The point where the shaft of the stick and the bottom of the blade meet.

Hoser: another name for a loser, typically intended as an insult in trash talk. Comes from the early hockey days when the losing team had to hose down the ice with water after the game because the Zamboni had not been invented yet.

Howitzer:  A very fast slap shot.

Laser:  A hard, accurate shot.

Lettuce: a great head of hockey hair. See also: flow, salad.

Lie: Refers to the curve of a player’s stick. Each player’s lie on their stick is different.

Light the Lamp: To “light the lamp” is to score a goal. There is a goal judge positioned behind the net who activates a red light when the puck crosses the goal line.

Lip Sweater (noun): mustache, typically grown out during the month of November for the “Movember” cause to support male health issues.

Lumber: Hockey Stick

Man Advantage: A team with one or more players on the ice than the opposing team due to a penalty. The team is also on a powerplay.

Man On: When a player is chasing a loose puck and has his back to the rest of the ice his coaches and team mates will yell "Man On" if an opposing player is in close pursuit.

Mitts: refers to a player’s hands, often described as silky when a player has great skill. Also refers to a player’s gloves, as in “dropping the mitts” in a fight

Mustard: Mustard is when a player puts all his effort into a shot.

Muzzy: mustache. See also: lip sweater.

Natural Hat Trick: Scoring 3 goals in a row or 3 in the same period. A very rare occurrence in the NHL.

Neutral zone trap:  The neutral zone trap is a defensive ice hockey strategy used by a team to prevent an opposing team from proceeding through the neutral zone (the area between both blue lines) by forcing turnovers in that area.

Odd-Man Rush: Usually either a two-on-one, or three-on-two into the offensive zone which more often than not leads to a scoring opportunity.

"The Original Six": Term for the NHL’s six senior franchises; The New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadians, and Chicago Blackhawks.

Pigeon: describes a player that isn’t good enough to score goals by himself, so he picks up the trash of his more skilled linemates. Often used as trash talk, as made famous by Claude Giroux:

Pinch: Defensemen usually hang out at their team's blue line, but A "pinching" defensemen will leave his post and push further into the offensive zone in order to support the forwards and keep the puck in the zone.

Pipe: The pipe is the goalpost, and if you hit a puck "between the pipes" you score a goal!

Playoff beard: A playoff beard is the superstitious practice of a National Hockey League (NHL) player not shaving his beard during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Point: A position just inside the blueline usually occupied by a defenseman when their team is in control of the puck in the offensive zone.

Poke check: Trying to knock the puck away from an opponent by stabbing at it with the blade of the stick.

Power forward: A power forward is a large, muscular offensive player (6'0 - 6'5, 210-240 pounds), with the mobility to track a puck to the corners of the rink, the physical toughness required to dig it out, and the puckhandling skills to get it back to anyone in front of the net.

Pretty Goal: It is a goal scored with exceptional flair and skill.

Pulling the goalie: A team that is losing will sometimes take their own goalie off the ice and use another forward. This situation occurs most frequently near the end of the game when a team is behind and needs some emergency offense.

Ragging the puck: Using up time on the clock when leading in the final moments of a period or the game.

Referee’s Crease: The 10’-2’’ Official sanctuary from all players when he skates to the timekeeper where he reports his final decision on a goal or penalty.

“The Room”: The room is a hockey team's dressing room. It also loosely refers to a team's chemistry, or aura that surrounds the team, or a team's camaraderie. There is a saying among hockey players: Nothing leaves the room. Everything that is said in a team's dressing room among the team stays within the team. Reporters and even coaches are invited into the physical room after games and practices, but never into the emotional inner sanctum of the room.

Salad: beautiful hockey hair. See also: flow, lettuce.

Saucer pass:  A saucer pass is an airborne pass from one player to another. It is called a saucer pass because the puck resembles a flying saucer in mid air.

Shadow: When a player covers an opponent one-on-one everywhere on the ice in order to limit the effectiveness of this opponent.

The Show: the NHL, used in the context of “making it to The Show”.

Sieve: Slang term for a goalie that gives up a lot of goals and appears to have a lot of holes. Think spaghetti strainer.

Sin Bin: Where a player goes after he is called for a penalty. Also simply known as the penalty box.

Slot: The prime scoring area up the middle of the ice, between the face-off circles in the attack zone.

Snipe: a powerful or well placed shot that results in a pretty goal. Every bar down shot is a snipe, but not every snipe goes bar down.

Sniper: A player who is a pure goal scorer that is always able to find open space to get his shot off.

Spin 'o' Rama: Phrase to describe a player completing a tight circle with the puck fully under control in an effort to get by a defender.

Splitting the defense: When a player in possession of the puck goes between two opposing defenders while attacking.

Stack the pads:  A save wherein the goaltender drops to one side and makes the save with his leg pads stacked on top of one another.

Standing on his head: When a goaltender is playing great, stopping everything sent his way and making outstanding saves, he is said to be “standing on his head”.

Stay at home defenseman: This type of player never misses a defensive assignment. You will never find him stuck out of position in the offensive zone. The true definition of a “Defensive Defenseman”.

Stoned: A great save by the goalie will have the announcer say, “He stoned him from point blank range.”

Sweep check: Using the entire length of the stick with a sweeping motion along the surface off the ice in order to dislodge the puck from an opponent. A team that is shorthanded on a power play often employs a sweep check.

Tape-To-Tape: Adjective describing a perfect pass. The centers of the blades of hockey sticks are usually wrapped in black tape.

Tic-Tac-Toe: Three tape-to-tape passes that lead to a goal. Tic-tac-toe goals are usually scored on odd-man rushes or power plays, because opponents don't have enough defenders to break up passes.

Toe drag:  Dragging the puck along the ice with the end (toe) of the stick blade on the ice as opposed to the bottom edge.

Top Cheese/Cheddar: used to describe a shot that goes in off or right below the crossbar.

Top Shelf: Placing a shot in the top quarter of the net.

Traffic: Traffic in hockey sense means there are a lot of players gathered in one area, usually in front of the goal net.

Trap: Traps are defensive formations designed to minimize the opposition's scoring opportunities and keep its offense from functioning. The idea is to trap the puck in the neutral zone, halting the opponents from entering the offensive zone.

Twig: hockey stick, even though none are made from wood anymore.

Two-Way Center: A center that has equal value in his offensive and defensive zone. Mark Messier was the ultimate “two-way center”.

Wheeling: the act of picking up girls. To be a beauty (see above), you must be very good at being able to wheel girls.

Wraparound: A player skates behind the opposing goal and attempts to wrap the puck around the goal post and into the net.