Read on for a brief guide to the essential ice hockey rules. Offensively, he may start his team down the ice with a pass, but seldom does he leave the net he guards. Defensemen — These players try to stop the incoming play at their own blue line.
The rink is divided by the red line, has two blue lines, five face-off circles, the goals and the creases. Use these guidelines to help: The younger the player, the shorter the pass.
Cradle the puck with your stick when you receive it. Whenever possible, keep your passes on the ice. Ice Hockey Penalties Explained In ice hockey, a penalty results in a player spending time in the penalty box.
Ice hockey has three types of penalties: minor, major, and misconduct. The harsher the penalty, the harsher the punishment.
Hockey penalties include: Butt ending: When a player jabs an opponent with the top end of his stick. Checking from behind: Whistled when a player hits an opponent who is not aware of the impending contact from behind and therefore cannot defend himself.
Cross checking: When a player makes a check with both hands on the stick. Elbowing: When a player uses his elbow to foul an opponent.
Fighting: Called fisticuffs in the National Hockey League rule book, it is assessed when players drop their gloves and throw punches at each other. Interference: When a player interferes with or impedes the progress of an opponent who does not have the puck.
Kneeing: When a player fouls an opponent with his knee of course! Roughing: Called when a player strikes another opponent in a minor altercation that the referee determines is not worthy of a major penalty.
Spearing: When a player stabs at an opponent with the blade of his stick, whether he makes contact or not. Basic Ice Hockey Positions Explained An ice hockey team is made up of six players, each with a specific position and job.
The job of offense is to score goals, and the defense is there to protect the goal. Good goalies win championships. Defensemen: A team at full strength has two — one on the left side and another on the right. Nowadays, there are three primary kinds of defensemen.
One is creative and offensive-minded; he likes to handle the puck and lead the team up ice, but is not too physical. And there are those rare athletes who are a combination of the two. Right wing: He works the right side of the ice for the most part.
He needs to be a physical player who is good along the boards and in the corner. Left wing: Traditionally a left-handed shot, but the NHL is seeing more right-handers playing this position now, a practice picked up from the Europeans.
Like the right wing, he needs to be able to dig out the puck from the corners and battle in front of the net. Center: He quarterbacks his club at both ends of the ice. Coaches want a lot of creativity in this position — and a lot of hockey smarts.
On the bench, be alert. Watch what the opposing team is doing, and be prepared to play both ways, offensively and defensively. Wear a helmet. Be careful with your stick.
Get yourself in good physical shape. Practice your shooting and passing.
Attack zone - The opposing team's end of the ice, as determined by the blue line. B Backhander - A shot that is taken from the backside of the blade.
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