It’s that special time of year when we are biting our nails to see if our team will be amongst those who make it to the post-season. The playoff race is when everyone has an opinion and all of the armchair GM’s come out of the woodwork to toss in their 2 cents as to who their picks are for the Cup.
Here are a few extra terms you may be coming across as you close your first regular season:
2-on-1 – With a weak defense corps, this is something you’ll hear frequently. This is when 2 players are heading towards the offensive zone goal with only one player to defend against them. This often happens when a defenseman leaves his post to try to join the play and the other team capitalizes on his lack of presence to go up ice with less interference. This is why I hate when defensemen cannot learn to stay at home……Rielly.
Dangle – The modern term for a deke. This is when you fake out the opposition into thinking you’re going to make one play but then doing something else. Much like dangling a carrot in front of the player to get them to take the bait and then pulling the rug out from under them. This is exceptionally fun to watch when it happens to a player you hate because there’s no way to not look like a buffoon when you get deked out.
Bucket – A slang term for a hockey helmet. The old style ones really did look like they cut plastic buckets to put on their heads and did not offer a huge amount of protection. The best ones of all time are those made by Joffa and were worn by players like Sundin, they were simply spectacular.
Don Cherry – A senile old man aged 83 who is somehow considered an authority on hockey despite never having played a single NHL game. He was an NHL coach, receiving a Coach of the Year award for having inherited an already great team. He wears overly loud suits and is basically just like your hearing impaired quasi-racist grandfather that you hope you don’t get seated next to at Christmas. He loves Canada…I’ll give him that.
Home-Ice Advantage – A term given to the home team as it is seen to be advantageous to play in your home arena. There are many reasons it’s seen as a benefit to play at home; you’re more comfortable, you’ve slept in your own bed, you’re probably not tired from travel, the crowd cheering for you is said to be a huge inspiration, I’ve often wondered is this still applies for Buffalo seeing as most of the people who attend their games are fans of other teams…because who is actually a Buffalo fan?
Saucer Pass – When you practice your stick handling by using a cup and saucer made of porcelain rather than a puck. This ensures that you are not rough and clumsy but highly skilled at manipulating your stick and improves your hand-eye coordination. Similar to how Gretzky was made to practice with an egg. Kidding! This is when a pass between players actually leaves the ice surface , so it’s like a flying saucer coming at them.
Wrap Around – When a player scores by coming from the back of the net and to score. It’s hard for a goalie to stop because it’s hard to tell which side they will come from or if they pass, it is very hard to get from one side to the other. I’ve always wondered why goalies don’t booby-trap the area behind the net with springs or nets.
Bobby Orr – Number 4. he played mostly for the Boston Bruins during his career that lasted from 1966-1978. He joined the Bruins when they had not been very good for a number of years and helped them to Stanley Cup wins in 1970 and 72, and almost a third in 74. he was the first to have an agent as a player to negotiate his contract, which changed the way the business side of the game was handled. His career was cut short due to a bad knee but you’ve likely seen him score his most famous Cup winning goal in 1970 in which he trips and celebrates mid-air. He remains the only player to win the Norris, Art Ross, Conn Smythe and the Hart trophies all in one season (1969-1970).
Hooking – Let’s face it, the lower ranked players do not earn as much as their superstar counterparts and they have to meet ends meet somehow. When they were caught for selling their young bodies for money, they would be given a penalty and spank. Actually. it’s when you’re penalized for hooking someone with our stick…but that doesn’t sound nearly as interesting.
Breadbasket – This is when you offer the goalie a basket of bread during the second intermission to ensure that they are well energized for the last part of the game. It used to be that it would also be zserved with olive oil, but this would leave a mess in front of the net and the officials complain. Wouldn’t that be nice if true? In reality it is the term for the goalie’s chest area.
Well guys, get your brackets ready and let’s see what you’ve learned this season!