Glossary of hockey terms

An assist is credited in the scoring record to the offensive player or players involved in the play immediately preceding a goal. Maximum of two assists per goal.

The action of forwards skating back into the defensive zone to break up the opposing team’s offensive play.

A scoring opportunity that occurs when there are no defending players between the puck carrier and the opposing goaltender.

Movement of a team in possession of the puck as they move out of its defensive zone.

Changing on the Fly
Substitution of players without a stoppage in play.

Clearing the Puck
Shooting the puck out of the defensive zone or away from the front of the goal.

Delayed Penalty
A team shall not be shorthanded on the *playing floor* with more than two players at one time because of imposed penalties. Therefore, should a team receive a third penalty, that penalty shall be delayed in its start until one of the preceding penalties has terminated.

Delayed Whistle
When a violation occurs, the official will not blow the whistle to stop play as long as the non-offending team is in possession of the puck. The moment the offending team touches the puck, the play will be stopped.

Dropping the puck between one player from each team to initiate play.

Pressuring the opponent when they control the puck in the neutral or defensive zone.

Goal Crease
The area marked off in front of the goal. An offensive player may not enter the goal crease unless the puck is already inside this area.

Poke Check
Using the blade of the stick to knock the puck away from an opponent.

Power Play
An attempt to score by a team which has a numerical advantage in players due to a penalty.

Offensive players positioning themselves to block or shield the opposing goal tender’s view of the puck.

When a team is playing with one or two fewer players than their opponent due to penalties.

Slap Shot
A sweeping motion with an accentuated backswing to shoot the puck (similar to a drive in golf).

An unmarked area in front of the goal approximately 3 to 4 meters in length.

Wrist Shot
The motion of shooting the puck with the puck directly against the blade of the stick