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Slang For Penalty Box In Hockey And Other Terms Explained

By Swikriti Kandel / 8 May 2023 07:04 AM

Five Goal Is A Term That Is Used When The Puck Gets To The Net After Passing Between The Legs Of The Goalie
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The slang for penalty box in hockey is called a sin bin. Words such as bender, barnburner, Bottle rocket, Biscuit, and others are frequently used in game.

Hockey becomes more delightful if you are familiar with professional slang. Like every athletic community, some words used in the arena and by hardcore fans are informal.

Since beginners only understand formal words, they can go clueless and enjoy the game less. Here, we have debunked the informal terms aka slangs that can be heard in hockey games.

Sin Bin means the penalty box located at the side of the rink. The players who received penalties have to sit there for a certain period of time.

In hockey, there are two types of penalties named minor and major. Minor lasts for 2 minutes while major penalty spans 5 minutes.

A player gets a penalty for high-sticking, tripping, or fighting with the opponent. When a player gets a penalty, the opponent team members will have a power play advantage.

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.

For Goals

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.

Bottle Rocket is when the puck hits the net and the goalie's water bottle securing a goal
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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.

Barn In Hockey means the ice arena in which the games are played
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For Fights

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.

Dropping The Mitts In Hockey Means A Player Has Dropped His Gloves And Is Ready To Fight On Arena
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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.

Hockey Slang With Their Meaning

Hockey slang words are apple, dangle, sauce, wheel, etc. Apple is used to describe an assist in the goal.

Dangle refers to a player's ability to handle the hockey stick around defenders. Sauce means an extraordinary pass in the air that lands on ice before reaching the target player.

Wheel is a term that refers to a player's ability to skate and move on the ice speedily. Barn Burner is another one that depicts an exciting and high-scoring hockey game.


The list of slang that is related to a player in a hockey game is listed below:

  • Beautician: A player who is loved by all team members and is good on and off the arena.
  • Bender: Refers to a skating player whose ankle is bent meaning that he is not good at skating
  • Brick Wall: Goalie who makes amazing saves and prevents the puck from getting to the net.
  • Cheap-shot artist: A player who engages in the dirty game and injures others
  • Cherry Picking: A player who stays in the offensive area trying to get a pass rather than defending the opponents
  • Coast-to-coast: A player starting the play near his net and yet securing a goal

Puck is also known as Disk or Rubber since it is made up of vulcanized rubber
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  • Duster: A player who is on the bench for longer than the game
  • Dusts It Off: Defenseman handles the puck and passes it to a teammate
  • Enforcer: A player charged with the responsibility of fighting in the team
  • Fake/ Deke: A player who deceives a goalie by moving in another direction than he was supposed to move into
  • Five-Hole: Space between the legs of a goalie
  • Flamingo: A player who lifts only one leg when he goes to block a shot
  • Flash The Leather: A goalie making a save using his hand with gloves
  • Give-and-Go: When a player passes the puck to a teammate and goes back to beat the opponent
  • Grinders: A forward player whose role is to keep a check on opponents rather than score a goal
  • Handcuffed: A player who can not score a goal despite having multiple opportunities
  • Hot Dog: A player who shows off or seeks attention on the ice
  • Jarring Hit: Impactful hit that causes a player to be off-balance
  • Johnny-on-the-spot: Player at the right place at the right time to secure a goal
  • Journeyman: A player that has played for a long time with many teams
  • Lamplighter: Sportsman scoring a lot of goals
  • Laying On The Lumber: The player lying back on the ice with the hockey stick resting on their chest
  • Lettuce (salad): Hair flowing out of the helmet
  • Pest: A player who annoys his opponents
  • Picking His Pocket: A player stealing a puck from another player
  • Pigeon: A player who is not good at scoring goals by himself
  • Playmaker: A player with great stickhandling and passing skills
  • Plug: A player who does not add value to the team
  • Plumber: A player willing to do anything to make their team win

Deke Or Fake Means That A Player Deceived The Goalie By Aiming For One Spot and Taking The Puck Elsewhere
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  • Puck Hog: A player who plays the puck solo and does not pass
  • Pylon: A player who is weak at skating on the ice(mostly defensemen)
  • Razor Sharp: A player who is doing great in the game
  • Riding The Pine: A player who is sitting on the bench and not getting playtime
  • Right In The Numbers: A player who gets hit in between his jersey number
  • Rob: A save made by the goalie stopping a puck
  • Sharpshooter: A player who shoots the puck directly to the net multiple times
  • Spin-o-rama: A player with the puck moving in a full circle to deceive an opponent
  • Stand On His Head: Goalie making saves and keeping his team in the game
  • Stone Hands: A player who can not secure a goal despite having the chance to do so
  • Uncork: A player who winds up and takes a powerful shot
  • Yard Sale: A player loses his multiple pieces of equipment during the game

Hockey Arena

The informal terms that are used for the arena and equipment are as follows:

  • Barn: Hockey arena
  • Biscuit: Puck in the hockey
  • Bucket: Hockey Helmet
  • Cage: Goalie's mask
  • Disk: Puck
  • Insurance Goal: The goal scored by the winning team so that the opponent can not tie the game
  • Lumber: Hockey stick
  • Laser Beam: Impactful shot that reaches the target
  • Lay The Lumber: Hit with the hockey stick
  • Lip Lettuce (Lip sweater): Mustache

Chiclet Teeth Means A Player Has Lost One Or More Tooth On The Ice
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  • Light The Lamp: Telling someone to put the puck into the net
  • Mitts: Hands or gloves
  • Muffin: A weak puck shot
  • Nail: Hard hit delivered by a player to their opponent
  • Nosebleeds: The seats are located at the top of the hockey stadium.
  • Office: Area behind the goalie net/ Location in the arena where a player is effective
  • Paint: Goal Crease
  • Pipe: Goal Post
  • Puckhead: Hockey fanatic
  • Rubber: Puck/ Disk
  • Ring It Off The Iron: The puck hits the crossbar making a sound
  • Rink Rat: A person who loves to hang out in the arena
  • Ripple The Mesh: Moving the net by hitting the puck and scoring
  • Sauce: Well-executed saucer pass
  • Shinny Hockey: Informal hockey played without protective equipment where the puck can not be lifted above the shins.
  • Sick Bay: Wounded player who goes to have his injury looked at
  • Sieve: Goalie who is unable to make a save
  • Snow Job: Opponent spraying snow on the goalie's face when he is down on the ice
  • Soft Hands: A player who scores goals with a smooth shot
  • Twig: Hockey stick
  • Yawning Cage: Empty net when the goalie drifted away from the ice.
  • Zebra: Nickname of referee given based on their outfit

Other Terms

Some other terms commonly used during hockey games are as follows:

  • Breadbasket: A puck shot that lands right on the goalie's chest
  • Celly: Short for celebration
  • Clapper: Used as a synonym for slapshot (a hard shot made by raising the hockey stick above the waist before hitting the puck)
  • Denied: A statement made when the goaltender makes a save from a high-scoring player
  • Dinger: Pinch of chewing tobacco that players consume before and after the game
  • Firewagon Hockey: A game with more offensive and less defensive play
  • For The Boys: A player making sacrifices for their team

Lumber Is The Slang That Is Used For A Hockey Stick
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  • Flow: Hair of the player that gets out of the helmet.
  • Goose Egg: When the goaltender receives a shutout(opposition is prevented from scoring) and allows zero goals against them
  • Hanging From The Rafters: Retired jerseys that are just hung in the home venue of the players.
  • Holy Grail: Nickname for Stanley Cup
  • Howitzer: A hard shot
  • Hoser: Loser(used as an insult)
  • Knuckle Puck: A puck flips and curls in the air after it is shot
  • Kronwalled: Facing a big hit from a defenseman
  • Packing A Bomb: Throwing chewing tobacco in the locker room
  • Pinch: The defenseman coming to the offensive zone 
  • Playoff Beard: Growing a beard till you win Stanley Cup or get eliminated from the playoffs
  • Puck Bunny: Girl who hangs out with the hockey players

What Is Chirping In Hockey?

Chirping in hockey refers to trash-talking and taunting opponents on the ice. It involves making comments based on personal life, appearance, and performance.

It is not uncommon to chirp inside the arena. It is a part of the ice hockey culture to get under the skin of opponents, psych them out and throw them off the game.

Although it is tolerated by the players and the coaches, there is a limit to it. The players are restricted from making racist, sexist, and other derogatory comments.

If they do so, they can face disciplinary action from the league's officials.

Chiclet Teeth

Chiclet Teeth depicts players who have lost one tooth or more while playing in the ice arena. Chiclets originally meant white candy-coated chewing gum.

There is a risk for the sportsman of losing teeth in hockey. The hockey sticks, pucks, and other equipment used during the game can cause such accidents.

Although losing teeth is considered an honor, players need constant medical supervision. They take time to heal and recover from halting long-term dental issues.

Upon recovery, some players replace their teeth with dental implants or dentures. However, most keep it as it is since it signifies their contribution to sports.

Lettuce Refers To The Hair That Flows Out Of The Ice Hockey Player's Helmet
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Schneid Meaning

Schneid refers to a player who has passed a long time without scoring a single goal. It is used the describe the struggles of a player in the arena.

It comes from the German word 'schneiden' which means to cut. In hockey, it resembles the player who has cut off his contributions by not scoring.

Schenid also means shutout, in which a goalie does not let the opposing team score a goal. Cory Schneider's impressive shutout performance is the muse of the slang.

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