If you think being fluent in the English language means you'll understand everything being said on the rink and in the stands of a hockey game, think again.
Hockey has developed its own language, adding a whole new depth of fun — but creating a bit of a hurdle for new (and old) fans. So before you watch the next game, here is our hockey dictionary to help you chirp when your team is down and celly when they pull off the win.
Here are 35 hockey slang words you might hear at a NCAA rink near you, defined:
Apple: an assist
Barnburner: a high-scoring game
Bender: a player whose ankles bend while they're skating
Bottle rocket: when a goal breaks the goalie's water bottle that sits on top of the net
Biscuit: the puck
Beauty/Beautician: a player who is loved not only for his skills, but for his personality. He is one of the coolest guys on the team and usually has great stories. He might also have the best flow on the team.
Celly: celebration following a goal
Cheese: the top shelf of the net
Chirp: to trash talk the opposing team
Clapper: a slapshot
Dangle: when a player is a deke (or decoy) by making moves to fake out the goalie or opposing player; also used to describe the act of stick-handling
Dirty: term to describe an outstanding deke
Duster: someone who doesn't get much playing time and collects dust on the bench
Egg: when the game ends 0-0
Face wash: when a player rubs the palm of their glove in an opponent's face simply to annoy them
Filthy: another term for a great deke or pass, like "dirty"
Flamingo: when a player lifts one leg, standing like a flamingo, to get out of the way of a shot
Flow: long hair — you can see it sticking out of their helmet
Gino: a goal that is scored
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Gongshow: a game that gets out of control, from big hits or high scores
Grocery stick: the player who sits between the defensive side of the bench and the offensive side
Hoser: a trash talk term for calling a player or team a loser. This one has been around for a while — before the Zamboni was created, the losing team had to hose down the ice following the game.
Kronwalled: a huge hit by a defenseman, named after Red Wings star Niklas Kronwall
Lettuce: hair, on the head and the face
Light the Lamp: scoring a goal — a red light goes off behind the net when a team scores a goal
Lip lettuce: a mustache
Muffin: a shot that should have been stopped after wavering back and forth in the air all the way to the net
Pillows: the goaltender's leg pads
Plumber: maybe not the best player on the team, but a hard working player who does the dirty work in the corners
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Sieve: a goaltender who allows a lot of goals, usually referred to as being full of holes
Sin-bin: the penalty box
Sweater: hockey jersey
Top shelf: "where grandma keeps the good stuff" — the upper section of the goal's net between the crossbar and the goaltender's shoulders
Yard Sale: when a player gets hit so hard that he loses his equipment (stick, helmet, or gloves) and they're left on the ice after the play