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10 words you need to know for ice hockey

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are underway, and we are celebrating this season of sport in the best way we know how: with words.

For the duration of the Games, we are featuring terminology from many of this year’s competed sports. Today’s wordlist primer focuses on:

Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey is the official winter sport of Canada. The first men’s tournament was played in the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, while the first women’s tournament followed almost 80 years later at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. Here are 10 words you need to know:

body check (n.) – an act of deliberately obstructing a player by bumping into them

chippy (adj.) – (of an ice-hockey game or player) rough and belligerent

deke (n.) – (short for decoy) a deceptive movement or feint that induces an opponent to move out of position

face-off (n.) – the start or a restart of play, in which the referee drops the puck between two opposing players

fan (v.) – swing unsuccessfully at the hockey puck

goalmouth (n.) – the area just in front of a goal

plus-minus (n.) – a running total used as an indication of a player’s effectiveness, calculated by adding one for each goal scored by the player’s team in even-strength play while the player is on the ice, and subtracting one for each goal conceded

power play (n.) – a temporary situation in which a team has a numerical advantage over its opponents because one or more players is serving a penalty

rag (v.) – keep possession of (the puck) by skilful stick-handling and avoidance of opponents, so as to waste time

roughing (n.) – unnecessary or excessive use of force, for which a minor penalty may be given

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