“All players in hockey are bilingual. They understand English and profanity.”


This is a quote that came directly from Gordie Howe.


Since then, the beautiful game of hockey transformed in nearly every possible way. Hockey players from overseas are essentially bilingual or trilingual. However, on the ice, a player’s native tongue is instantly replaced by slang, a completely different language on its own.


Of course, slang is used to exclude outsiders from listening in by using phrases and words only those on the inside can understand. This means you landed on this page for a reason.


Perhaps you want to be on the inside and understand more of what announcers and ice hockey players are saying during a match. Perhaps you want to find out what your kids are blathering to their friends about as a parent, or maybe you want to understand what your team is actually saying as a new member from overseas.


Regardless of the reason, we got you covered thanks to our comprehensive guide on the most common terminology and slang used in hockey.


Hockey Slang in Alphabetical Order


Apple – An Assist


Bar Down – When the hockey puck hits the bottom part of the crossbar and goes in the net


Barn – Arena Rink


Barnburner – High scoring match


Bender – A player who skates badly with his ankles bent in


Beauty – Beautiful play


Biscuit – Puck


Bottle rocket – A goal breaking the water bottle of the goalie


Breakaway – Player has an open skating lane to the goalie without anyone in front of them


Bucket – Helmet


Celly – Celebration after scoring a goal


Cheese – Top shelf of the goal net


Cherry Picker – Player standing behind the defence of the opposing team hoping for a breakaway


Chiclets – A player’s teeth


Clapper – Slapshot


Coast to Coast – A player taking the puck from one side of the ice rink to the other end


Dangle – Deke


Duster – Player collecting dust while on the bench as they don’t play much


Face Wash – Shoving your glove in the face of an opponent


Fishbowl – Full face shield


Flamingo – Player lifting his legs to avoid a shot being blocked


Flow – Player with long hair


Gino – Goal


Goon – Player that only fights to keep other players safe


Gordie Howe Hat-trick – A goal, an assist, and a fight in a single match


Hoser – Loser


Junction – Goal corner where the crossbar meets the post


Light the lamp – To score a goal


Lumber – A player’s hockey stick


Mitts – A player’s hockey gloves


Pigeon – Someone that cannot score on their own


Plug – Useless player


Pond – Outdoor Rink during winter


Silky – Smooth occurrence by the player


Stripes – Referee


Snipe – A perfect shot


Stoned – Great save by goalie


Suicide pass – Player receiving a pass that places him in immediate danger of getting a hard hit


Seater – Jersey


Tape to Tape – Perfect pass to the blade of a teammate


Turtle – Player covers himself completely to avoid a fight


Wheel – A player’s strong skating techniques


Wraparound – A player taking the puck around the back of the opposing net an attempts to score