Top 100 Hockey Slang Words You Must Know (With Bonus Tip)

One interesting thing about hockey is all the slang words used in the game. It keeps on getting added to each year, but below is a list of the top 100 slang words.

1. Apple: An assist

2. Bar Down: A shot that hits the crossbar and then goes into the net for a goal

3. Barn: The hockey arena

4. Barnburner: A game that is high scoring and has a number of lead changes

5. Bender: When a player is skating and their ankles are bending

6. Beauty: An extremely nice goal or play

7. Biscuit: The hockey puck

8. Blades of Steel: An old-school hockey video game released in 1987/88

9. Bottle Rocket: When a goal hits the goalie’s water bottle in the net

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10. Brawl: A fight often involving multiple players

11. Brick Wall: A goalie who is making amazing saves and cannot be scored against

12. Broadway Blueshirts: A nickname for the New York Rangers

13. Bucket: A hockey helmet

14. Buds: A nickname for the Toronto Maple Leafs

15. Buzzer Beater: A goal that is scored just before the end of the period

16. Cage: A goalie mask

17. Caps: A nickname for the Washington Capitals

18. Celly: Means celebrate. Also goes with Snipes, Celly, Dangle, which means deke, score, celebrate

19. Charleston Chiefs: The team name from the cult hockey movie Slapshot

20. Cheap-shot Artist: A player who makes a lot of dirty plays, often causing injury to other players.

Top 100 Hockey Slang Words – 21 to 40

21. Cheese: A goal at the top shelf of the net

22. Cherry Picking: Usually a negative connotation of a player who stays up in the offensive zone to get a pass for an offensive opportunity instead of helping his teammates on defence

23. Chiclets: Teeth (which hockey players lose a lot of!)

24. Chirping: Talking trash to your opponents

25. Clapper: Another name for the slapshot

26. Coast to Coast: Skating with the puck from one end of the rink to the other end

27. Dangle: Deke

28. Denied: A statement made when a goalie makes a big save against a player

29. Desert Dogs: A nickname for the Arizona Coyotes

30. Disk: The puck

31. Duster: A player who sits on the bench without much playing time

32. Enforcer: The player charged on the team with being the main fighter

33. Face Wash: Rubbing your glove (often sweaty) into another player’s face

34. Fake: A player with the puck who deceives opponent’s player or goalie to think he is going one way and then goes the other

35. Fan (Fannned): A player who goes to shoot the puck and misses it

36. Filthy: An extremely great deke/fake or goal

37. Firewagon Hockey: A game that has a lot of offence, offensive chances and little defensive play

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38. Five Hole: The hole that opens up between a goalie’s pad when he is going to the ground.

39. Flamingo: When a player who goes to block a shot lifts only one of his legs, making himself look like a flamingo

40. Flash the Leather: A goalie who makes a great stop with his glove hand.

Top 100 Hockey Slang Words – 41 to 60

41. Flow: Another name for great hockey hair that ‘flows’ out of the back of the helmet

42. Garbage Goal: A goal that is not ‘pretty’ and often is scored within a couple of feet of the goal through a rebound or a deflection off a player

43. Gino: A goal

44. Give-and-Go: When a player passes the puck to a teammate and then gets a pass back to beat an opponent

45. Goon: A player whose main role on the team is to be the fighter

46. Goose Egg: When a goalie gets a shutout and allows zero goals against

47. Gordie Howe Hat Trick: A game where a player gets a goal, assist and fight

48. Grapes: The nickname of longtime Hockey Night in Canada personality Don Cherry

49. Great One: The nickname of Wayne Gretzky

50. Greasy: A type of goal that is not pretty

51. Grinders: A forward whose role is more about hitting and checking than it is goal scoring

52. Handcuffed: A player who has many opportunities to score but just cannot seem too put the puck in the net

53. Hanging from the Rafters: A player’s jersey number that has been retired and now hangs up in the rafters of the home arena

54. Hanson Brothers: The brothers who play for the Charleston Chiefs in the hockey movie Slapshot

55. Holy Grail: A nickname of the Stanley Cup

56. Hot Dog: A player who is trying to show up his opponent

57. Howitzer: A really hard shot

58. Insurance Goal: Adding a goal to increase your lead so that you have more room for error

59. Jarring Hit: A hit that leaves another player shaken up

60. Johnny-on-the-spot: A player who is in the right spot at the right time to score a goal

Top 100 Hockey Slang Words – 61 to 80

61. Journeyman: A player that has played for numerous teams over a long time

62. Knuckle Puck: A puck, when shot, that does not fly in a straight trajectory but is flipping over and curling in the air

63. Lamplighter: Someone who scores a lot of goals — they are scoring and making the goal light come on

64. Laser Beam: A hard shot that goes directly where it was aimed

65. Laying on the Lumber: A player that slashes another player with his stick. This comes from the history of hockey because hockey sticks used to be made of wood

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66. Light the Lamp: A term used to encourage someone to score. Essentially, let’s get a goal and make the goal light turn on

67. Lumber: Another name for a stick with its nod to old hockey sticks that were made from wood

68. Manhandle: A player that roughs up another player, and may not get a penalty for this

69. Mitts: Your hands – often referenced to someone who has nice hands and can score

70. Muffin: A really weak shot

71. Nail: To hit someone with a bodycheck extremely hard

72. Nosebleeds: The spectator seats that are at the very top of the hockey stadium

73. Office: The area behind the goalie net, was first termed for Wayne Gretzky’s play behind the net as he was said to be “set up in his office”

74. Paint: Another name for the goalie crease, as it is a different colour from the ice

75. Pest: A player that is extremely annoying to his opponents

76. Picking his Pocket: When a player steals the puck from another player

77. Pipe: A nickname for the goalposts

78. Pinch: When a defenseman comes into the offensive zone to help out

79. Playoff Beard: The tradition of growing a beard until your team is eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs or wins the Stanley Cup

80. Plug: A player that is not very good and does not really add to the team

Top 100 Hockey Slang Words – 81 to 100

81. Plumber: A player who is good at digging the puck out of the corners of the boards

82. Preds: A nickname for the Nashville Predators

83. Puck Bunny: A girl who likes to hang around guys who play hockey

84. Puck Has Eyes: A puck that has had several deflections before going into the net for a goal

85. Puck Hog: A player who does not pass the puck

86. Puck Luck: When the puck takes a lucky bounce for a team usually results in a goal

87. Puckhead: A person who is passionate about hockey

88. Pylon: A player (usually a defenseman) who is easy to skate around

89. Razor Sharp: A player that is on his game and is playing great

90. Riding the Pine: A player who is not getting playing time and is sitting on the bench

91. Right in the Numbers: A player who is hit from behind

92. Ring it off the Iron: When a puck is shot and hits the post and stays out of the net

93. Rink Rat: Someone who loves to come and hang out at the hockey arena

94. Ripple the Mesh: Another term for scoring a goal, a player has shot the puck and scored so that the net will move

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95. Rob (of a Goal): A save by a goalie that takes away what looks like a sure goal

96. Roof: Shooting the puck to the top of the net, the mesh at the top of the net

97. Rubber: Another name for a puck, because it is made out of vulcanized rubber

98. Sens: A nickname for the Ottawa Senators

99. Sharpshooter: Someone who is an accurate shooter and scores a lot of goals

100. Shinny Hockey: A type of hockey played on an outdoor rink where players are not wearing padding so the puck is not to be raised above the shins

Top 100 Hockey Slang Words – Bonus

Sick Bay: A term used for a player that is injured (he is in sick bay) or a player who goes to have an injury looked at (he goes to sick bay)

Sieve: A goalie who cannot make a save, a reference to the sieve that drains water through it

Sin Bin: The penalty box

Snow Job: When a player stops and sprays snow into the face of goaltender as he is down on the ice

Soft Hands: A player that is good at scoring goals when he uses more finesse than power

Spin-o-rama: A hockey move which the players does a 360 spin to fake out or deke around an opponent

Stand on His Head: A goalie that is making a lot of saves and keeping his team in the game is said to be standing on his head

Stone Hands: A player that cannot score goals. He is getting chances to score he just cannot do it

Tic-tac-toe: A three way passing play that ends up in a goal

Top Shelf: When a player scores a goal into the very top part of the net hitting the mesh that basically acts as the roof of the net

Turtle: When a player drops to the ice and protects himself as another player tries to fight him

Uncork: A player that winds up and takes a powerful shot

Wheels: A player that can skate really fast

Yard Sale: When a player(s) loses several pieces of equipment during play – either from a hit or just the normal course of action

Yawning Cage: A wide-open net to shoot at. This is often referred to even when the goalie is in the net but the play has developed so that a goal looks likely

Zebra: A nickname for the referee based on the uniform of white and black stripes

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