What Are Hockey Slang Terms?
Hockey slangs terms are the informal and unique terms used by the players, coaches, and die-hard fans. Salad, pylon, and grinder fall into that category.
The professionals use slang to convey the messages ideas or strategies in the arena easily. It also develops a bond between the players since it serves as a shared language.
Some popular slang hockey terms are snipe, sauce, tilly, apple, lip lettuce, and wrist shot. Zamboni is an everyday slang that is substituted for ice resurfacing machines.
Hockey slang for goals is snipe, roof, cheese, etc. Each often means different ways a puck is scored into the net.
Snipe describes a shot that directly enters the net. The shot should be clean with a focused target that directly enters the net without hitting the crossbar.
Roof is another term used to define a goal in hockey. As the name suggests, it means the puck entered the net after striking the net's crossbar or top(roof).
Cheese is smooth and yummy with an exceptional texture and feel. Like the food, the slang means that the shot was nice and professional with a flair.
Some other terms that are used to define a puck shot in hockey along with their meaning are as follows:
- Beauty: A pretty goal.
- Bar Down: When a puck hits the crossbar and lands into the net securing a goal, it is called bar down.
- Bottle Rocket: The goalie has their water bottle inside or behind the net. When the shot strikes the bottle and makes a goal, it is known as a rocket.
- Buzzer Beater: As the moniker suggests, the score secured before the end of any period in the game is called a buzzer-beater.
- Bury The Puck: It means to shoot the puck so that a goal is scored and a goaltender cannot stop it.
- Dinger: It is a term used to describe a goal.
- Dirty Goal: Goal secured after physically battling for the puck in front of the net.
- Garbage Goal: It refers to the score secured in a chaotic situation in front of the net and the puck bouncing here and there.
- Greasy: Not a pretty goal.
- Gino: It is a term used to define a scored goal.
- Puck has eyes: It describes a deflected puck that gets into the goal net securing a score.
- Puck Luck: Puck luck is a term that refers to a puck that bounces itself and enters the goal net between the games.
- Tic-Tac-Toe: It refers to the goal that is secured by players by passing the puck thrice.
- Top shelf: Top shelf is when the puck hits the top part of the mesh resulting in a goal.
Hockey slang for fight are Scrap, Gongshow, and Goon. Each of these words somehow refers to a brawl.
Hockey is a contact sport, and fighting has been a tradition in North American ice hockey. Due to the lack of rules in the earlier games, physical intimidation was encouraged.
If a player indulges in an altercation, Europen and Olympic league eject the player. In the NHL, the players are not removed but are given a penalty, exemplary, or suspension if they do not follow the fighting rules.
The National Hockey League has made a rulebook about altercations. To fight, players must drop their hockey sticks and gloves, but they should not remove their helmets.
Moreover, the players have to follow the referee's warning and end the fight when they are separated from the opponents.
Some popular terms used to describe a brawl in hockey are as follows:
- Scrap: It defines an altercation between the players on the ice.
- Gongshow: A more general term for a game that gets out of control because of fights or scores.
- Goon: It refers to a better player at fighting than playing.
- Tilt: A physical fight between the players on the ice arena.
- Throw down: A term used to start a fight on the ice.
- Dance: Dance describes an altercation between the players.
- Drop The Mitts: It means that the player dropped his gloves and got involved in an altercation.
- Fisticuffs: It is a humorous term used when players get engaged in a fight.
- Donnybrook: It refers to a chaotic and violent event between many players in the arena.
- Manhandle: Player whipping another player in a battle
- Gritty: It is used to define a hardcore style of playing that may involve fighting.
- Gordie Howe Hat Trick: It refers to a player who manages to score a goal, assist, and fight in one game.
- Turtle: A turtle is referred to as a player who covers himself so that he does not have to involve in a fight.