Learn some of the official, and “unofficial” terms in hockey as well as some terms commonly used by the Wolf Pack broadcaster, Giancarlo Nadeau.



An Assist


Hockey arena


Hockey puck

Bottle rocket: 

When a goal breaks the goalie’s water bottle that sits on top of the net




The top shelf of the net

Cherry Picking:

When a player, generally a forward, hangs out behind the play waiting for a outlet pass so that he can have a breakaway




Players are getting irritated with one another


To trash talk someone


a slapshot

Coast to Coast:

When a player carries the puck from his own end into the offensive end

Croatian Sensation:

Dario Zitko


To fake an opponent out of position with a movement of the head or body


Term to describe an outstanding deke 

Dump and Chase:

A style of hockey where a team shoots the puck into one of the corners of the offensive zone and then pursues it. This is opposed to carrying the puck into the zone

Face wash: 

When a player rubs the palm of their glove in an opponent’s face simply to annoy them 


Another term for a great deke or pass, like “dirty”

Five Hole:

Placing a shot between the goalie’s legs


Long hair — you can see it sticking out of their helmet

Freezing the Puck:

To hold the puck against the boards with either the stick or skate to get a stoppage of play


Gaetano Cammarata

Glove Hand:

The hand that the goalie catches the puck with, in contrast to his stick hand, which is the hand that the goalie holds his stick in


A player who has little other purpose on the ice then to try and get players to fight


A type of player known for his checking ability and work ethic; often associated with a player who is strong defensively, but who doesn’t score many points

Hash Marks:

The straight lines emerging from the two big circles in front of both nets. These lines direct players where to line up for face-offs

Italian Stallion:

Sebastiano Biagi

Ladies Man:

Luke Bradley


Hair, on the head and the face 


Hockey stick


Similar to a grinder, but one who adds a more physical temperament to his game. This player tends to stir up trouble

One Timer:

The act of shooting the puck directly off a pass. The offensive player takes his backswing while the puck is on its way to him and tries to time his swing with the arrival of the puck


The goaltender’s leg pads

Pocket Rocket:

Max Richard

Rubber or Frozen Rubber:

Hockey puck

Screened Shot:

Goaltender’s view is blocked by players between he and the shooter

Seba Smash:

A huge hit dished out by Sebastiano Biagi

Sin Bin:

Penalty box

The Real Deal:

Matthew Carniel

Top Shelf:

Placing a shot in the top quarter of the net

Warm Up the Bus:

The outcome of the game has pretty much been decided and the visitor is going to lose. The crowd will ask them to “warm up the bus” for the trip home

Wrap Around:

When a player skates around behind the opposing goal and attempts to wrap the puck around the goal post under the goalie

Yard Sale: 

When a player gets hit so hard that he loses his equipment (stick, helmet, or gloves) and they’re left on the ice after the play