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Parents Guide To Hockey Slang

Parents Guide To Hockey Slang


Apple: an assist


Bar down: when the puck goes in the net off the bottom of the crossbar

Barn: a cold arena rink

Barnburner: a high-scoring game

Beauty: a pretty play 

Biscuit: the puck

Bottle rocket: when a goal breaks the goalie's water bottle

Breakaway: when a player has the puck and an open skating lane to the net with no one in front of him


Celly: a celebration after a goal

Cheese: the top shelf of the net (see, top cookies)

Cherry picker: a player who stands behind the opposing team's defense in hopes for a breakaway

Chirp: when you trash talk to opposing players

Clapper: a slapshot

Crossbar: the post that runs along the top of the net


Dangle: a deke

Dirty: used to describe an incredible deke or pass


Fishbowl: a full-face shield

Five-hole: the area between a goalie’s legs

Flow: long hair


Garbage: referring to the puck when there is a rebound, picking up the garbage means putting the rebound in the net

Gongshow: when a game that is getting out of control, possibly from the score, a lot of fights or big hits


Hands: refers to a player who has good stickhandling and often dangles opposing players


Kronwalled: a big hit a defenseman lays on a player attempting to carry the puck out of his zone, derived from Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall who is famous for this type of hit


Light the lamp: scoring a goal 

Lip lettuce: a mustache

Lumber: a hockey stick, derived from when sticks were made of wood


Mitts: hockey gloves


Open ice hit: a big hit on that happens away from the boards 


Pinch: when a defenseman moves into the offensive zone in an attempt to keep the puck inside the zone

Playoff beard: when players stop shaving during the playoffs

Point: a defenseman in the offensive zone


Sauce: a pass that leaves the ice to make it more difficult for opposing players to intercept

(The) Show: the NHL

Silky: used to describe a smooth occurrence such as a play or a player’s hands 

Stripes: the referee

Snipe: a perfectly placed shot

Sweater: a hockey jersey


Toe drag: when a player uses the end of his blade to dangle the opposition

Top cookies: top shelf (where grandma hides the cookies)

Twig: a hockey stick, also derived from when they used to be made of wood


Wheel: refers to a player's strong skating, in addition to picking up girls

Wraparound: when a player takes the puck around the back of the net and tries to score in one full motion