15 Things Only Hockey Players Will Understand

Hockey is a game with its own language. In North America, the language of hockey is an offshoot of English, or a version of it at least. Spoken English is regional, cultural, geographically specific, and often the most used words make little sense to an outsider. In hockey English, particularly with hockey players, there are a number of specific words and turns of phrase that anyone outside the game would understand. No one understands Shakespeare the first time through, it takes effort and in some cases, research (be sure to Tweet a thank you after reading). In this context, there is also a difference between one who knows the game of hockey and one who has actually played the game of hockey. For hockey parents, you’ll sound less tool-like at the rink if you read on.

In general terms, most parents (and hockey outsiders) can at least sound like they’ve played or know the game by using greetings like “kid” or “bud.” For example, “How’s it goin’ kid?” or “How’s things bud?” For that matter, the word “kid” can also be used as a descriptor for any hockey player regardless of age or ability, whereas the use of the word “bud” can be in reference to a friend or a foe. Hockey English, like Elizabethan English or even Standard English, isn’t easy. This piece is essentially a Coles Notes list of 15 Things Only Hockey Players Will Understand.

15 Nice Celly Bud! 

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14 Drop the Mitts 

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13 Do You Like Apples? 

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12 Beauty 

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11 Ref, You Suck 

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10 Let It Flow 

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9 Do You Want “Sauce” With That? 

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8 Where In The World Is Donnybrook? 

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7 What A Howitzer! 

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6 Lose The Bird Cage 

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5 Hat Trick 

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4 The Original Six 

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3 The Room 

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2 The Barn 

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1 The Pond 

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Hockey, in its most natural form, is played on frozen lakes and frozen ponds. Only a true hockey player can possibly understand the euphoric sounds of echoing blades as they carve into one of God’s greatest gifts – The Pond. On the pond everything becomes nostalgic and every hockey player is a kid again. At the end of the day, it’s just hockey, pure, simple and for hockey players, the closest one can get to heaven on Earth.

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