Every hockey fan has had to learn the game at one point or another in their life. Whether this was from playing it as a kid or watching as a spectator, everyone had to start from nothing. In fact, many are still learning the game. We all know it’s not the easiest sport in the world to learn and memorize.
Hockey has a long history, and even longer lists of terminologies and rules that change year to year. It’s hard to keep up.
Fortunately the Moshansky brothers have come up with a solution to this: The A to Z Guide to Hockey Terms.
If you’ve ever poked around the hockey section of a bookstore, you’ve most likely seen this pocket-sized book hanging around with Theo Fleury’s autobiography or the NHL’s Official Guide and Record Book. Despite A to Z Guide’s small stature compared to the giants around it, it’s worth taking a look.
No matter how well you think you know the game, I can guarantee you will learn something (actually, probably a lot of things) from A to Z Guide.
It begins with 88 pages of over 600 alphabetical hockey terms, covering everything you could possibly think of, including: “rolling puck,” “clearing attempt,” “thread the needle” and something I use often, “pylon.”
Ever try explaining what offside means to someone? Well, all you have to do is flip to page 60 and bingo! Next thing you know you sound like Jim Robson to all of your friends (even though you knew what offside meant, but didn’t have the ability to form the thought into comprehensible English).
“Offside: When the team with puck possession carries or shoots the puck into the opposing team’s defensive zone with one of their players already in the zone, past the blue line…”
Yes, it’s that easy. Don’t you love it when people do all the work for you?
Honestly I had a lot of fun flipping through the A to Z Guide. There are a lot of funny, old-fashioned terms in there that you rarely hear anymore. You know, like the outdated things Mark Lee says on Hockey Night in Canada, such as “lunch pail gang” or “split the bagel.”
What does “split the bagel” mean, you ask? Look it up!
A to Z Guide to Hockey Terms also matches up every NHL team with its conference, arena and farm team, and lists other teams lost to the sands of time (although the Winnipeg Jets will have to be revived from the casualties in the next edition).
Trophies, player nicknames, abbreviations of stats, penalties and even diagrams of referee calls are very helpful to new fans of the NHL. Many of us are too proud to ask a buddy to explain an obscure hockey term or call, but if you have this book, you can look it up yourself and keep your dignity.
For around $15, you get a complete dictionary of hockey terms at your fingertips, plus lots of quotes, diagrams, illustrations and lists of Stanley Cup winners.
With Christmas around the corner, A to Z Guide is a perfect gift for any hockey fan in your family. Its small size (roughly 4 x 5 inches) makes for a great stocking stuffer.
Or you can always be a bit selfish and pick one up for yourself.