Want To Know Hockey’s Most Unanswered Questions? Part One

We know you aspiring hockey fans have some unanswered questions that have baffled even the most diehard hockey fanatics. But finally, we have answers! In this article, we uncover the truth behind 25 of hockey’s most unanswered questions.

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1. How fast do hockey players skate? 

An NHL-caliber hockey player can reach top skating speeds of about 20 to 25 mph or 32 to 40 km/hr.

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2. How fast does a hockey puck travel?

Many of the top NHL slap shot bombers can fire the puck on net at a whopping 100mph or about 160km/hr. The fastest slap shot ever recorded? About 110mph or 177km/hr.

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3. What does the “A” stand for on hockey jerseys?

Assistant or alternate captain. To learn more see our article What Do the A and C Mean on a Hockey Jersey?

4. What does the “C” stand for on a hockey jersey?

Captain. To learn more, see our article What Do the A and C Mean on a Hockey Jersey?

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5. What is spearing in hockey?

Spearing is when a player uses the tip of their stick to poke or stab another player.  To learn more see our article Ice Hockey Rules Explained: How is Hockey Played?

6. How do hockey players know when to change lines?

There are a few ways. When a player is too tired to be effective on the ice, they will head to the bench to swap out for some fresh legs.

Also, a player may need to change out when the coach has assigned specific player matchups.

This means the coach wants a certain player to be on the ice when a specific opposition player is on the ice.

Another way is to change when your line mates change.

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7. What is embellishment in hockey? What is an embellishment penalty in hockey?

Embellishment, formally known as diving, is when a player embellishes an infraction from an opposition player in an attempt to get the referee to call a penalty.

Unlike other sports, this behavior is strictly frowned upon in hockey.  

8. How cold are hockey games? How cold is it at hockey games?

That depends on the arena. If you’re going to an NHL game or other professional or semi-pro game, chances are the seating area will not be very cold at all. Somewhere between 60F and 65F or 15C and 18C.

If you’re going to a smaller arena it can get very cold. A winter coat, gloves, and a toque would be recommended.

Some arenas have heaters attached to the roof that direct heat towards the seating areas. These heaters take the edge off, but warm clothing is still recommended.  

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9. What is a hockey feint?

A hockey feint, sometimes called a deke, is really any maneuver a player might use in order to fool their opponent. This could be something as simple as looking one way but quickly changing direction and moving the other way.

Realistically, it could mean any number of other deceptive motions and moves.

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10. What does ppd stand for in hockey? What does ppd mean in hockey?

PPD in hockey stands for a postponed or delayed game.

11. What does the term Bully mean in hockey?

Bully is a term used in field hockey, floor hockey, or a more casual game of ice hockey that describes a faceoff to restart play.

This usually happens when some confusion arises after a broken play or some other altercation and possession of the puck or ball is in question.

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12. What does empty net in hockey mean?

An empty net in hockey occurs when the trailing team pulls their goalie from the net in order to have one extra attacking player on the ice.

This gives the losing team a better chance of scoring a goal and tying the game with that one extra attacker on the ice.

Of course, the downside to this is that with no goalie, the chances of the other team scoring a goal go up as well.

Pulling the goalie is a losing team’s last ditch effort to try and tie a game that they would have otherwise lost anyway.

13. What is a one-timer in hockey?

A one-timer in hockey is when a player passes the puck to a teammate and that teammate takes a shot on net immediately upon receiving the pass.

Typically, the receiving player is already wound up and ready to take a shot before the pass arrives.

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14. What is a shot blocker in hockey?

A shot blocker in hockey can refer to one of two things. First, a shot blocker is any player who routinely gets in the way of an opponent’s shot in order to block the puck from reaching the net.

Secondly, a shot blocker in hockey can be used to refer to a piece of molded plastic that players, especially defensemen, sometimes attach to the outsides of their skates in order to give them extra protection from pucks while blocking shots.

15. What is a high stick in hockey?

High sticking in hockey is a penalty where one player’s stick makes contact with an opponent above their shoulders, typically the face.

See our article Ice Hockey Rules Explained: How is Hockey Played?

16. What is a shutout in hockey?

A shutout in hockey occurs when one team fails to score a goal against the other team. This can happen in a variety of ways, but most often it’s simply because the winning team played better and didn’t allow any goals.

17. What is the slot in hockey?

The slot in hockey is the space in front of a goalie and in between the two face-off circles.

18.Why is there no goalie in hockey sometimes? Why does the goalie leave the net in hockey?

The reason there is no goalie in hockey sometimes is when a losing team decides to remove their goalie in favor of having one extra attacking player.

This is done by a losing team in order to give them a better chance of scoring a goal and potentially tying the game.

Of course, the downside to this, is that with no goalie, the chances of the other team scoring a goal go up as well.

Pulling the goalie is a losing team’s last ditch effort to try and tie a game that they would have otherwise lost anyway.

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19. What is a delayed penalty in hockey?

A delayed penalty is when a penalty has been called, but the play has not yet stopped. When a penalty in ice hockey is called, play will not be stopped until the offending team touches the puck.

20. Why do hockey coaches wear suits?

Hockey coaches wear suits in order to portray an aura of sophistication and professionalism. To this end, NHL and other professional leagues usually require hockey coaches to wear suits.

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21. What is a takeaway in hockey?

A takeaway in hockey is when a player steals the puck from an opposing player.

22. What is a giveaway in hockey?

A giveaway in hockey is when a player loses the puck due to an opponent deliberately stealing the puck from them.

23. Why do hockey players tape their socks?

Hockey players tape their socks to prevent them from sliding down during a game. For younger players, socks with Velcro are available rather than using tape.

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24. What is a slash in hockey?

Slashing is a penalty in hockey where a player swings their stick and contacts an opposing player. This happens frequently in the stick and hand region of the opposing player. See Ice Hockey Rules Explained: How is Hockey Played?

25. Why are hockey jerseys so expensive?

While the choice of material is a contributing factor, the main reason hockey jerseys are so expensive is due to the high cost of licensing fees that must be paid to the NHL as well as the individual NHL teams.

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