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Have a look at our list of ice hockey terms.

10 ice hockey terms

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 ice hockey terms you need to know:

1. body check

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

2. chippy

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

3. deke

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

4. face-off

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

5. fan

(v.) – swing unsuccessfully at the hockey puck

6. goalmouth

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

7. 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

8. 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

9. rag

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

10. roughing

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

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