The Ultimate Dictionary of Hockey Slang!
Hockey has a unique culture that is perhaps more prevalent than any other sport. Consequently, having a comprehensive understanding of hockey’s slang is one of the most fascinating things about the game. As a result, more hockey lingos are added every year to develop a unique relationship between hockey-specific events.
Let’s dive deep into understanding the hockey slang most commonly used by players and fans. Having mastered the hockey language will also allow you to converse and understand!
List of Hockey Slang
Below we listed the top most common hockey slang used in hockey:
Apple: Assists are known as an 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
Buds: Another word for Toronto Maple Leaf’s
Buzzer Beater: A goal just before the period end
Cage: Mask is worn by the 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 but instead tries to get the offensive opportunity
Chirping: Hockey insults and trash talk
Coast to Coast: Skating in the rink from one side to another
Denied: A big save by a goalie
Desert Dogs: Another name for Arizona Coyotes
Duster: A player sitting on the bench
Enforcer: A player charged on the 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 goes to the other.
Fanned: Missing shooting the puck
Filthy: A good goal
Firewagon Hockey: When there is more offense 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
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 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 shows 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
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’s net
Paint: Goalie crease
Pest: An annoying player
Picking his Pocket: Stealing the puck from other players
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 is not allowed to play
Right in the Numbers: The player hits 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
Sens: Ottawa Senators
Stand on his Head: Goalies saving a lot of goals.
Sharpshooter: A player who is a perfect shooter and scores many goals.
Shinny Hockey: An outdoor rink hockey where players do not wear padding, so do not raise the puck above the sins.
Sick Bay: A term used for an injured player (he is a sick bay) or a player who goes to check his injury (he goes to a sick bay).
Sieve: A goalie who failed to make a save, a sieve reference that drains water through it.
Sin Bin: Penalty box.
Snow Job: A player stops to spray snow in the goalie’s face as he is down the ice.
Soft Hands: A player who scores most goals with finesse rather than power.
Spin-o-rama: The player makes a 360-degree spin hockey move to deke or fake out the opponent.
Stone Hands: A player who cannot score a goal; even if he gets a chance, he fails.
Turtle: A player dropping to the ice to save himself from another
Tic-tac-toe: A 3-way passing trick that results in a goal.
Top Shelf: A player who scores a goal that hits on the top part of the goal net, the mesh that is the roof of the net.
Uncork: A power shot
Wheels: A player able to skate fast
Yawning Cage: A net that is wide open for the shot
Yard Sale: A player who loses a lot of equipment during the game, either by doing some action or getting hit.
Zebra: A referee
So, this was a comprehensive list of slang used in hockey. Know them, and act as a hockey pro!