The Ultimate Dictionary of Hockey Slang

The Ultimate Dictionary of Hockey Slang

Do you know when you completely know something? When you come to know the more profound things about it, that is the time you can claim you know someone or something. The beautiful thing about hockey is that it is a game for humans and adapted that way. It has its own set of words the people outside hockey will not be able to understand, only those who “know” the game. Let us explore the hockey slang in this article.

List of Hockey Slang

Below we listed top 100 most common hockey slang used in the hockey:


Apple: Assists are known as apple.


Bar down: Used for a shot hitting the crossbar before going into the net for a goal.

Barn: Used for the hockey arena.

Barnburner: A high scoring game with lead changes.

Bender: A player whose ankles are bending while skating

Beauty: A game beautifully played, or a goal nicely done

Biscuit: Puck in hockey

Blades of Steel: A hockey video game that came out in 1987 – 88

Bottle Rocket: When the goalie’s water bottle gets hit

Brawl: Fighting among players

Brick wall: A goalie is called a brick wall when he keeps making saves

Broadway Blueshirts: Another name for New York Rangers

Bucket: Helmet

Buds: Another word for Toronto Maple Leaf’s

Buzzer Beater: A goal just before the period end


Cage: Mask worn by goalie

Caps: Another name for the Washington Capitals

Celly: To celebrate

Charleston Chiefs: A team’s name in the Slapshot movie

Cheap Shot Artist: Player playing dirty

Cheese: The goal at the top net shelf

Cherry Picking: A player who does not help his team to defend instead tries to get the offensive opportunity

Chiclets: Teeth

Chirping: Hockey insults and trash talk

Clapper: Slapshot

Coast to Coast: Skating in the rink from one side to another


Dangle: Deke

Denied: A big save by a goalie

Desert Dogs: Another name for Arizona Coyotes

Disk: Puck

Duster: A player sitting on the bench


Enforcer: A player charged on team


Face Wash: Rubbing one’s glove into the other player’s face

Fake: Making the opponent believe the player is going to one side when he actually goes to the other.

Fanned: Missing shooting the puck

Filthy: A good goal

Firewagon Hockey: When there is more offence and less defense in the game

Five Hole: Hole opening between the goalie’s pads while going to the ground

Flamingo: Lifting one leg to block a shot

Flash the Leather: Making a stop with the glove hand

Flow: Hockey hair flowing out of the helmet


Garbage Goal: Goal scored through rebound

Gino: Goal

Give and Go: Passing the puck to a partner and then getting it back

Goon: Fighter in the team

Goose Egg: Zero goals allowed against by a goalie

Gordie Howe Hat Trick: When a player gets a goal, assist and fight

Grapes: Nickname of Don Cherry

Great One: Another name for Wayne Gretzky

Greasy: A goal not nicely done

Grinders: A forward is called Grinders when he has to hit and check more than scoring


Handcuffed: A player not able to score despite getting many opportunities

Hanging from the Rafters: Jersey number of a retired player hanging in the home arena

Hanson Brothers: Brothers in the Slapshot, who played Charleston Chiefs

Holy Grail: Another name for Stanley Cup

Hot Dog: The player showing up his opponent

Howitzer: Hard shot


Insurance goal: Adding a goal for increasing the lead which increases the chance of error


Jarring Hit: A hit that shook up a player

Johnny on the Spot: A player at the right place and time to goal

Journeyman: A player who has played for many teams


Knuckle Puck: A puck flipping in the air


Lamplighter: A player scoring many goals

Laser Beam: Hard shot hitting the aim

Laying on the Lumber: Slashing a player with your stick

Light the Lamp: Motivating a player to goal

Lumber: Earlier hockey sticks


Manhandle: Roughening up another player

Mitts: Hands

Muffin: Weak shot


Nail: Striking someone hard with a body check

Nosebleeds: Audience seats at the top of the hockey stadium


Office: The place behind the goalie net


Paint: Goalie crease

Pest: An annoying player

Picking his Pocket: Stealing the puck from other players

Pipe: Goalposts

Pinch: Defenseman into the offensive zone to help

Playoff Beard: A tradition to grow the beard until the team wins or loses the Stanley Cup

Plug: A lousy player

Plumber: A player good at getting the puck out of the board corners

Preds: Nashville Predators

Puck Bunny: A girl hanging out with guys from hockey

Puck has Eyes: Puck with several rebounds before going into the net

Puck Hog: Player not passing the puck

Puck Luck: Lucky bounce of a puck resulting in scoring

Puckhead: Anyone who loves hockey

Pylon: Defenseman easy to skate around


Razor Sharp: The player showing outstanding play

Riding the Pine: The player not given the opportunity to play

Right in the Numbers: The player hit from the back

Ring it Off the Iron: A shot puck staying out of the net

Rink Rat: A person staying more in the hockey arena

Ripple the Mesh: Scoring the goal

Rob (goal): Stopping a sure goal

Roof: Puck hitting the nettop

Rubber: Puck


Sens: Ottawa Senators

Stand on his Head: Goalies saving a lot of goals


Turtle: A player dropping to the ice to save himself from another


Uncork: A power shot


Wheels: A player able to skate fast


Yawning Cage: A net that is wide open for the shot


Zebra: A referee

So, this was a comprehensive list of slang used in hockey. Know them, and act as a hockey pro!

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