Basic Hockey Rules

Everyone starts somewhere. Let us be your guide.

basics of the game

These are the five rules you need to know: 
1. Icing: You can’t shoot the puck down the ice

2. Offside: Don’t cross the offensive blue line before the puck

3. Change on the Fly: Making substitutions while the game is on

4. Faceoffs: Starting the game after a stoppage in play

5. Penalty: The 5 types of penalties that will punish your team


 Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan about the game of hockey: 

Is hockey hard? I don’t know, you tell me. We need to have the strength and power of a football player, the stamina of a marathon runner, and the concentration of a brain surgeon. But we need to put all this together while moving at high speeds on a cold and slippery surface while 5 other guys use clubs to try and kill us. Oh yeah, did I mention that this whole time we’re standing on blades 1/8 of an inch thick? Is ice hockey hard? I don’t know, you tell me. Next question.

Hockey Positions

These are the five positions you need to know: 
1. Goalie: The hardest position to play

2. Center: Plays forward in the middle of the ice

3. Winger: Plays forward along the sides

4. Defensemen: Two defensemen responsible for protecting the net and moving the puck to the forwards



Hockey Stats

    • Goals – The player who puts the puck into the net
    • Assists – The player who passes the puck to the one who scores
    • Points – Goals + Assists = Points

How to read player, goalie, and team stats

Special Teams

When a penalty happens your team is either on the: 
1. Power Play: Team has more players on the ice creating an offensive advantage 

2. Penalty Kill: Team loses a player for the penalty and is at a disadvantage

NHL: The best league in the world

    • Stanley Cup – The most coveted trophy in all of sports
    • NHL Playoffs – 16 teams make the Stanley Cup playoffs. 4 rounds of best-of-7 hockey
    • NHL Standings – The race to see who makes the playoffs and who plays who during the 82 game regular season

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