Hockey Slang Translated
You can be fluent in English, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you will understand everything that's being said in and around hockey!
Hockey players has developed their own language, with different terms and sayings that bring more fun to the game and makes in more special.
Here's some of the most popular hockey terms translated:
Apple - an assist
Barn - rink or arena
Barnburner - high-scoring game
Bender - a player whose ankles bend while they're skating
Biscuit - the puck
Beauty - a player who is loved not only for his skills, but for his personality
Bucket - a helmet
Celly - a celebration after a goal is scored
Cherry Picker - player who stays around the red line looking for breakaway passes, neglecting their defensive zone duties
Chirp - trash talk/Insults directed toward an opponent, their bench or refs
Clapper - a slapshot
Dangle - refers to a great stick-handling
Gongshow - used when a game gets out of hand with multiple fights, lots of penalties, and lots goals
Grinder - a player that usually plays on the dump and chase line. Their role is to finish his checks and wear down the opponents.
Hoser - a trash talk term for calling a player or team a loser
One-T - (one-timer) shooting the puck while in motion
Sauce - a well executed pass (a pass that goes in the air, hits back on the ice right before getting to the recipient) that sits flat on the receiving player’s tape
Snipe/Sniper - a great shot that results in a goal or a player that scores often
Stripes - referee.