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Assist - a pass of the hockey puck that leads directly to another player scoring a goal.
Blue line - Lines on either side of the red line that divide the rink into zones. These lines govern the offside rule and define the offensive, defensive, and neutral zones.
Boarding - a penalty called when a hockey player violently knocks an opposing player into the boards.
Center Forward - The hockey forward who plays in the middle of the rink. Primary job is to score goals.
Checking - keeping an opposing hockey player from advancing to where they want to.
Crease - area right in front of the goal where the goaltender is not to be interfered with or a penalty will be called.
Defenseman - there are two hockey players whose main job is defense and playing back near their own goal.
Face-off - this is how hockey play begins. Two players stand inside the face-off circle, a referee drops the puck between them, and they each try to pass the puck to a team mate.
Forward - hockey player whose primary responsibility is offense and scoring goals. There are usually three forwards per hockey team on the ice.
Goal - when the puck enters the net or gets beyond the goal line inside the net. This is the only way to score in hockey. Each goal is worth one point.
Goaltender - the hockey player who stands in front of the goal an whose only job is to prevent the other team from scoring. The goalie wears extra pads and a mask as high speed shots are aimed at them throughout the game.
Hat trick - when a hockey player scores three goals in a single game.
Hockey puck - a hard black disk of vulcanized rubber
Hockey stick - used to move the puck