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rink click to hear : rink

Ice surface on which a hockey game is played; a game consists of three 20-minute periods with two 15-minute intermissions.
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glass protector goalkeeper goal line face-off spot face-off circle left defense boards players’ bench right defense rink corner goal judge assistant coach coach goal lights penalty bench official neutral zone left wing penalty bench officials’ bench center center face-off circle goal goal crease blue line referee center line right wing linesman puck

glass protector click to hear : glass protector

Reinforced glass panel that is mounted on top of the boards to protect spectators from high shots and players’ sticks.

goalkeeper click to hear : goalkeeper

Player whose role is to prevent the puck from entering the goal; the goalkeeper usually plays the entire game.

goal line click to hear : goal line

Red line that the puck must cross for a goal to be scored; the red line also marks the icing line.

face-off spot click to hear : face-off spot

Each of the spots where a referee or linesman drops the puck to put it in play.

face-off circle click to hear : face-off circle

Circle around each of the five face-off spots; two players line up on each side of this spot for a face-off while the other players remain outside the circle.

left defense click to hear : left defense

Position to the left of the center and behind the wing; this player tries to prevent the opponent from approaching the goal.

boards click to hear : boards

Wooden or fiberglass boards that surround the rink and delimit the playing area.

players’ bench click to hear : players’ bench

Bench used by the coaches and by inactive players; each team has about 20 players but only six are on the ice at the same time.

right defense click to hear : right defense

Position to the right of the center and behind the wing; this player tries to prevent the opponent from approaching the goal.

rink corner click to hear : rink corner

The four rounded corners of the rink where body checks are often thrown.

goal judge click to hear : goal judge

Off-ice official who is positioned at the end of the rink behind the goal; the goal judge turns on a red light when the puck crosses the goal line.

assistant coach click to hear : assistant coach

Person who assists the coach; there are usually two assistant coaches behind the bench, one in charge of the offense and the other in charge of the defense.

coach click to hear : coach

The team’s leader; the coach plots strategy and decides who plays in different situations.

goal lights click to hear : goal lights

The red light signals a goal while the green light, which is connected to the official time clock, signals a stoppage in play or the end of a period.

penalty bench official click to hear : penalty bench official

Official who is responsible for maintaining order on the penalty bench.

neutral zone click to hear : neutral zone

Area between the two blue lines where player changes are made and where various offensive and defensive strategies are initiated.

left wing click to hear : left wing

Offensive position to the left of the center; this player’s role is to score goals and to check the opposing left wing.

penalty bench click to hear : penalty bench

Bench reserved for penalized players; penalties vary between two and 10 minutes, depending on the seriousness of the infraction.

officials’ bench click to hear : officials’ bench

Bench reserved for some of the off-ice officials (timekeeper and penalty keeper, scorer, announcer).

center click to hear : center

Player who usually takes the face-offs; a key player on a team, the center plays an offensive and a defensive role.

center face-off circle click to hear : center face-off circle

Circle in the middle of the rink; face-offs are held in the center circle at the start of a period and after a goal.

goal click to hear : goal

Cage formed of netting mounted on a metal frame; a team scores a goal each time it lodges the puck inside the opposing goal.

goal crease click to hear : goal crease

Semicircle reserved for the goalkeeper; the referee disallows a goal if a player interferes with the goalkeeper inside the goal crease.

blue line click to hear : blue line

Two lines that divide the rink into three equal parts; an offside is called when a player crosses the opposing blue line before the puck.

referee click to hear : referee

Official who is responsible for applying the rules; the referee, who wears a red armband, officiates and drops the puck for face-offs at the start of a period.

center line click to hear : center line

Line that divides the rink into two zones, one for each team; teams change zones after each period.

right wing click to hear : right wing

Offensive position to the right of the center; this player’s role is to score goals and to check the opposing right wing.

linesman click to hear : linesman

One of two officials who signal offsides and icings; they do most of the face-offs and also signal infractions to the referee.

puck click to hear : puck

Black disk that is made of hard rubber; the puck is refrigerated before a game to improve its sliding action and reduce bouncing.