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Hockey Quiz

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Your playbook to the roughest sport on ice.

Hockey Quiz

Your playbook to the roughest sport on ice.

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Shooting is a basic hockey skill every player must know. Without some good shots, there's no way to win a game! Here are some different types of shots and terminology related to scoring.

Clearing the Puck: If you hear this term, a player is trying to get the puck out of the defensive zone near his/her team's goal.

Icing: When a player hits the puck far across the ice to the other side of the rink on purpose to get it out of the team's defense zone.

One-Timer: If a player takes an immediate slapshot from a pass, it's called a one-timer.

Penalty Shot: When a foul is committed during an instance when a team can score, the team selects a player to take a shot at the goal as the other team's goalie defends it.

Slapshot: The most powerful and fast shot is the slapshot. This shot is done when a player pulls the stick backward and slaps the puck hard.

Wrist Shot: As the slapshot is hard, the wrist shot is quick. With a flick of the wrist, this shot is made for short distances.

Backhand Shot: Similar to a backhand swing in tennis, a player swings the stick away from the body with his/her backhand moving in the direction of the hit.

Flip Shot: Highly skilled players can pick up the puck with their sticks and flip it off the ice and into a goal. The flip shot is not only hard to master, it's tough to block too.

Screen Shot: A successfully made shot that the goalie did not see because it was taken from behind a player in front of the goal's net.

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In addition to hitting and scoring, there are other ways to defend your team and try to regain possession of the puck. Checking is a tactic used to regain control of the game by aggressively pursuing players and trying to steal the puck back.

Bodycheck: A bodycheck is only a legal move if a player uses his/her hips or shoulder to physically move a player who has the puck or last touched it. Players can only check others above the knees and below the neck, otherwise it's a foul.

Backcheck: Another type of check that is done as a player is going back to his defensive position in an attempt to get the puck back from the opposing team.

Poke Check: A less aggressive, but more difficult way to check is to use one's stick to push the puck away from the other opponent's stick.

Forechecking: This maneuver is similar to a body check, without using the full physical force. When a player tried to regain possession of the puck in the neutral or defensive zone, that is considered forechecking.

Hook Check: When an opponent wants to take the puck from another player, hooking one stick with another, allows him/her to steal the puck.

Sweep Check: If a player extends his stick to steal the puck from an opponent with one hand, then lowers one knee almost to the ground while doing this, it's called a sweep check.

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There's no "I" in team! In hockey there are many ways to support your team by blocking and passing. Learn the lingo for some key offense and defense tactics.

Passing: When the puck is hit with a stick to another teammate, that is called a passing.

Forehand Passing: If a player passes from their dominant hand it's called forehand passing.

Backhand Passing: A backhand pass is the opposite of a forehand pass.

Blind Pass: When a player passes the puck without looking first it's called a blind pass.

Breaking Pass: For a quick play, teammates will make a pass while the other skates forward or breakaway from the defenders quickly.

Centering Pass: A pass sent to the middle of the ice where a teammate has a better shot for the goal.

Cover: When the opposing team blocks a player from receiving a pass.

Drop Pass: If a player leaves a puck behind for another teammate behind him on purpose, it's called a drop pass.

Deflection: A way to steal the puck or keep a shot out of the goal. Deflection can block a pass between players and can be done with a stick or skate. Goalies use deflection with their gloves as well.

Feeding: Another term for passing.

Flip Pass: When a player flips the puck with his/her stick to pass it to another player.

Lead Pass: A lead pass helps to "lead" a teammate toward the goal. It is similar to a breakaway pass.

Trailer: A player ready to receive a drop pass from behind a teammate.

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The rules surrounding the goal and what the goalie can do are different in some ways. Find out more about scoring and tactics for goalies below.

Goal: In hockey, a goal is worth one point when the puck goes between the goalposts and behind the red line.

Butterfly Position: Used to cover a large area of the crease along the ice, the goalkeeper performs this position by dropping to his/her knees and pointing his/her toes outward to create a V-shape with the goal pads.

Save: When the goalie blocks or catches a shot about to enter the goal it's called a shot.

Hat Trick: Three goals scored by one player in a single game. A natural hat trick is scoring three goals consecutively without any other players scoring in between.

Empty-net goal: When a goal is scored against a team that has pulled the goalie to add an extra offensive player.

Power Play: Where an offensive attack has more people than the defense.

Rebound: If the puck bounces off the goalie's body or equipment, it's considered a rebound.

Wash Out: When a goal is ruled invalid by the referee or the waving off of an infraction by the linesmen.

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