black disk of vulcanized rubber that is one inch high, three inches in diameter
field of play
when a player takes a shot by pulling their stick back, away from the puck, and slaps the puck towards the net with significant force
when a player who is behind the center-ice line shoots the puck across the center ice line, the defensive zone blue line, and past the goal line without the puck ending up in the net or being touched by the defending goalie
the gap between a goalie’s legs
when one player scores three goals in one game
a fight
ice-resurfacing machine
maintaining possession of the puck through any number of opponents and shooting on goal using deft stickhandling, and sometimes with a deke or two
a great goal
when a player comes up behind or alongside an opponent and uses their foot to knock the legs out from under their opponent
a pass of the hockey puck that leads directly to another player scoring a goal
the area in ice hockey where a player sits to serve penalty time
occurs when the other team commits a penalty and one of their hockey players has to go to the penalty box. One team now has more players on the ice
Lines on either side of the red line that divide the rink into zones. These lines govern the offside rule and define the offensive, defensive, and neutral zones
the hockey player who stands in front of the goal an whose only job is to prevent the other team from scoring. The goalie wears extra pads and a mask as high speed shots are aimed at them throughout the game
epresents the percentage of shots on goal that a goaltender successfully stops. This is a good number to use to judge how well a goalie is playing
this is how hockey play begins. Two players stand inside the face-off circle, a referee drops the puck between them, and they each try to pass the puck to a team mate
area right in front of the goal where the goaltender is not to be interfered with or a penalty will be called
keeping an opposing hockey player from advancing to where they want to
divides the rink down the middle. It is used to judge icing and offside pass calls

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