Terms

Back Check Attempt by forwards in their defensive zone to regain the puck from the opposition.

Body Check To ride or drive an opponent into the dasher boards. Slowing or stopping an opponent with the puck by using his hip or shoulder. (Legal)

Drop Pass Puck carrier passes the puck or leaves the puck behind him for a teammate bringing up the rear.

Five-Hole The area between a goalie's leg pads. A five-hole goal is a goal scored through this opening.

Shootout A means of resolving a tie after overtime, in which five players from each side alternately take individual shots on a goal defended by a goalie.

Slap Shot A shot in which the player raises the stick in a back swing with his strong hand held low on the shaft and his other hand on the end as a pivot. When the stick comes down to the puck, the player leans into the stick.

Wrist Shot A shot made using a strong flicking of the wrist and forearm muscles with the stick blade kept on ice; is slower, but more accurate than a slap shot.

Backhand A pass or shot in hockey made with the back of the blade of the stick.

Breakaway When a player on offense skates into the opponent's zone with no opposition except the opponent's goaltender.

Deke To fake out an opponent, usually before shooting.

Fore Check To keep opponents in their end of the rink while trying to regain control of the puck.

Penalty Box An area to the side of an ice-hockey rink in which penalized players serve their penalty.

Poke Check To dislodge the puck from the puck carrier by stabbing at it with the blade of a stick. (Legal)

Shorthanded A term describing the team playing with one or more players in the penalty box (shorthanded one or two skaters on the ice).

Zamboni Machine used to clean the ice and smooth it out between periods. The Zamboni is named after its inventor, Frank Zamboni.

Penalty Shot Occurs when a player is severely interfered with from behind while breaking in alone on the opposing net. The player who has been interfered with may skate on the opponent's goal and take a shot on goal alone on the opposing goaltender. A penalty shot may also be awarded for a rules violation, and not interference with a player. In this case, the designated captain of the team awarded the shot may choose the player to take the shot from among the players on the ice at the time of the violation.

Power Play The term used when a team has an advantage in number of skaters due to a minor penalty or penalties asssessed to their opponent. The power play is over either when the team scores (and restores the skater in the box or, if there are two players in the box, scores twice) or when time on the penalty to the opposing team runs out. Another way to end a power play is by taking a minor penalty during the power play, thus reducing the number of skaters for the attacking team.

Penalty Killing The term used when a team is suffering from a minor penalty and is a skater or two skaters short on the ice. The penalty kill is over either when the other team scores (and restores the skater in the box to the ice, or if there are two players in the box, scores twice) or when time on the penalty or penalties runs out. Another way to end the penalty kill is if the other team takes a minor penalty, thus reducing their number of skaters.