How many players in hockey are on a team?

When learning about hockey one of the first things to get straight is how many players are on a team how this translates to the ice for the game. This not always straightforward as there are some nuances to this.  Let’s find out why sometimes there are five, four, or three players skating around for […]

How do offsides in hockey work? (with pictures)

When you start to watch or play hockey one of the most important rules to know is the offside rule. The game does not make sense unless you understand it and it is one of the most common infractions in the game.  What is an offside in hockey? An offside is a stoppage of play […]

How do hockey players know when to change?

A unique aspect of hockey is that players are allowed to shift on and off while the play is still happening. Most other team sports – soccer, football, baseball, rugby – require a stoppage of play before a player is allowed to be substituted for another. But hockey allows players to change in the flow […]

Hockey rules for Dummies: The Basic Rules Explained!

Hockey 101

You’ve found the right place to get the hockey rules for dummies. Hockey is a great sport but, honestly, if you are newer to the sport it can be confusing so we have put together a basic rules of hockey to help you understand why and what the players are doing.  This basic guide to […]

Can you have a 5 on 2 in hockey?

One of the times I get the most anxious when watching hockey is when my team is killing a penalty. I get really anxious when the team takes two quick penalties and are forced to kill a 5-on-3 power play. But, what happens if they take another penalty while already down two skaters?  Can you […]

What are coach’s challenges in the NHL

They say that change is the only constant. This is particularly true when it comes to how the NHL handles coach’s challenges and video review as part of the game. This NHL rule for coach’s challenges is constantly being updated and tweaked. Here is the latest for the 2019-2020 season.  After a goal is scored […]

What is the red line in hockey? (with pictures)

There are two different colours of lines on the hockey rink – blue and red. The blue line helps to determine offside, but what does the center red line do? Let’s take a look at the center red line and the two red lines that are at the ends of the rink. On an ice […]

What are the types of penalties in hockey?

What is the Penalty Box?

We have put together a guide to helping you figure out what things on the ice will cause you to get a penalty and be sent to the penalty box.  It can be seen as a subjective exercise on the ice – let’s bring some clarity to it! What are the types of penalties in […]

What is icing in hockey? (with diagrams)

Of all the rules in the game there are a few rules you really need to know to understand this game, and one of them is icing in hockey. However, it can also be one of the most confusing!!!! What is icing in hockey? The center red line divides the rink into two halves. If […]

What is a faceoff in hockey? (with pictures)

The faceoff in hockey is one of the most common plays, and it is also one that has the most rules around it. For anyone watching hockey a lot of things happen during the faceoff that seem confusing! Let’s take a deeper look at the faceoff rules in hockey and bring some clarity to this […]