Hockey 101

Hockey Basics

Object of the game

To win by scoring more goals than the opposition. Learn more.

Who's Who

Goaltender

His main responsibility is keeping the opposition from scoring. He wears a mask, uses a bigger stick, and wears nearly 40 pounds of equipment to keep from being injured by pucks fired by opponents. Learn more.

Key Terms

Assist

Awarded to a player for helping to set up a goal. Usually awarded to the last two players to touch the puck before a teammate scores. Learn more.

Officials

Referee

Designated by the orange armbands on the sleeves of his striped shirt. The referee is the game's head official, the one ultimately in charge of all decisions. Learn more.

Offsides & Icing

Offside

A team is offside when one of its players crosses the opposing team's blue line before the puck does. Learn more.

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