Apple: an assist.


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

Barn: an arena rink.

Barnburner: a high-scoring game.

Bender: a badly skating player whose ankles bend beneath him.

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.

Bucket: a helmet.


Celly: a celebration after a goal.

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

Chel: the EA Sports NHL video game.

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

Chiclets: teeth.

Chirp: when you talk trash to opposing players.

Clapper: a slapshot.

Coast to coast: taking the puck all the way down the ice.

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


Dangle: a deke.

Dirty: used to describe an incredible deke or pass (see, filthy).

Duster: a player who doesn’t play much and “collects dust” on the bench.


Face wash: when you shove your glove into an opponent's face.

Filthy: also used to describe an incredible deke or pass.

Fishbowl: a full face shield.

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

Flamingo: when a player lifts his leg to avoid blocking a shot.

Flow: long hair (see, lettuce).


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

Gino: a goal.

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

Goon: a player whose only talent is fighting, usually to keep the team's best players safe.

Gordie Howe hat trick: when a player scores a goal, adds an assist, and gets in a fight in one game.

Grinder: a lesser-skilled player who is meant to hit and agitate the opposing players.

Grocery stick: the player who separates the offense from the defense on the bench.


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

Hoser: another term for loser, derived from when the losing team would hose down the ice before the invention of the Zamboni.


Junction: the corner of the goal where the crossbar and post meet (also referred to as the “junk”).


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.


Lettuce: hair, including both on the head and facial hair (see, lip lettuce).

Light the lamp: scoring a goal.

Lip lettuce: a mustache.

Lumber: a hockey stick, derived from when sticks were made of wood (see, twig).


Mitts: hockey gloves.


ODR: an outdoor rink (see, pond).

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


Pigeon: a player who can’t score on his own and relies on others to feed him the puck or pick up the garbage.

Pipe: the goal post.

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

Plug: a useless player, derived from when a removable extension for a composite stick.

Playoff beard: when players stop shaving during the playoffs.

Point: a defenseman in the offensive zone.

Pond: where players play outdoors in the winter.

Pylon: a slow defenseman that often gets skated around.


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.

Sieve: a bad goalie, often referred to as full of holes.

Sin-bin: the penalty box.

Slot: the high-scoring area in front of the net.

Snipe: a perfectly placed shot.

Stack the pads: when a goalie lays on his side and puts his pads on top of each other to make a save.

Stay at home defenseman: a defenseman who is strong in his own zone but not particularly good in the offensive zone.

Stoned: when a goalie makes a great save.

Suicide pass: when a player receives a pass that puts him in danger of immediately receiving a hard hit.

Sweater: a hockey jersey.


Tape to tape: a pass that perfectly lands on your teammate’s blade.

Tic-tac-toe: refers to a quick passing play that results in a goal.

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

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

Trapezoid: the area behind the net where a goalie is allowed to play the puck.

Turtle: when a player completely covers himself up as to not be involved in a fight.

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.

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