What Does Taxi Squad Mean In Hockey?
Taxi squad in hockey means a set of players practicing with the professional team but still lacking the tag of the team's roster player.
They are called in emergencies as replacements for roster ice skaters. For example, in the 2019–2020 COVID situation, those players were assigned to prevent the maximum postponement of the games.
At the time, 50 league games had already been postponed before Christmas. The practicing team played at least until early February.
Every professional national-level sports league has a distinct meaning and motive for having a practiced athlete. For instance, in Major League Baseball, it is a set of players practicing with the active roster, and they are not counted as the team's playing members.
Each club can carry a maximum of five players. One of them becomes a catcher and serves as the bullpen catcher. The group stays sharp to answer the call if the team needs them in a tight-spot situation.
Likewise, in the National Football League, the crowd refers to a gang of professional football players on the roster who do not count toward the overall roster limit.
They practice with the team yet remain ineligible to perform in official games like NFL seasons. Before 2014, NFL clubs only had five athletes, which grew to 10 in 2014. The number increased to 12 in 2020, and now the limit is up to 16.