What Does Dangle Mean In Hockey? [Updated!]

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It’s hockey season, which means one thing: You have many options when it comes to hockey gear. If you’re not sure what some of the terms mean, this article will help. Here’s a brief look at some of the most popularly used hockey lingo.

Face Off

You’ll often see two or more players “face off” against one another when the puck is not in play. Typically, one player will challenge the other to a stare-down during which they try to outwit the other with their eyes. It’s like a game of chicken but instead of pounding on one another, they use their eyes to get the better of the other.

Give It Some

When a player “gives it some,” they mean that they are working hard to get the puck through to their teammate. They might rush the puck across the ice, work through several defensemen or dump it in deep. The name “give it some” came about because players would say it when they were working hard to create a scoring chance, and it stuck.

Zone Defence

A team will often enter their defensive zone with one or two defenders. Their goal is simply to stop the puck. Once the puck is stopped, they will give it back to the attacker in hopes that a fresh set of attackers will help them score a goal.


Short for “Playing Keeps,” hockey players and coaches use this abbreviation when referring to team practices. They will scrimmage for an hour or more, then call it a “practice” and pat themselves on the back for getting some quality work done. It’s like saying, “Let’s have a workout.” However, it doesn’t sound nearly as nice.


Used when two or more teams are competing for a trophy or prize, the abbreviation “BO” stands for “Best of.” For example, if Team A beats Team B in a head-to-head match to determine who is the best, they would say that Team A wins the match by one goal (1-0).

Saved By The Referee

In hockey, a referee is responsible for maintaining order and making sure that the rules are followed. They often have a lot of authority, and players will often seek their guidance when they think that something is amiss.


“OverTime,” or “OT,” is the time that a coach or official will give after a goal to allow the attacking team to regroup before the defending team starts up again.


The abbreviation “HIAC,” which stands for “Hockey in the Area,” is used when an emergency situation arises during a game. Typically, this will be because of a major injury but it can also be because of bad weather (heavy rain, sudden snowfall) or an intoxicated or disorderly fan.

Puck Driving

When a player “drives the puck,” they mean that they used their body to block a shot or pass by a defender and get the puck to their teammate. They might also use their stick to poke the ball away from a defender or knock it past them to create an offensive chance.


When a player “dangles” their stick, they will use their body to block an incoming shot or pass by a defender and get the puck to their teammate. This is often done with a circular motion and it can look graceful and delicate or clumsy and awkward depending on the player’s perspective. When someone makes this motion, it usually means that they are looking for a particular player and want to pass the puck to them. Alternatively, the player might be trying to block an attacking shot.


A quick shot taken just before the opponent has the puck is known as a “snipe.” There are a variety of ways that one can “snipe” the puck, including a quick snapshot with the stick, a one-handed shooting motion with the palm of the glove or a spin move with the toe of the skate.

Puck Management

When players want to keep the puck in the offensive zone, they will do anything to prevent it from being taken away from them. This includes blocking shots, throwing their body in front of the puck and even pinching the ball so that the defending team has to stop and help out their forwards.”Puck management” is a collective name for all of these moves. They will often use several different techniques to keep the puck where they want it.

Puck Pursuit

A player who is following the puck is said to be in “puck pursuit.” Once the puck is stolen, it’s a race against time to get it back before the other team’s forwards score on a two-on-one break or a cross-crease pass. The faster you skate after the puck, the more space you will have to jump over the defense and put the puck in the net.

Hockey is a fast-paced game, and with the help of these terms, you’ll be able to keep up with the action!

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