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Back Line
A team's defensemen, as a unit.
  
Backcheck
An attempt by a player, on his way back to his defensive zone, to regain the puck from the opposition by checking or harassing an opponent who has the puck.
  
Backhand
A shot or pass made from the side of the body opposite the stick hand.
  
Backhand Shot
A shot or pass made with the stick from the left side by a right-handed player or from the right side by a left-handed player.
  
Beat the Defense
To get by one or both of the defensemen.
  
Beat the Goalie
To score a goal, usually by faking out or outsmarting the opposing goaltender.
  
Behind the Net
The area of ice behind the goal cage is legal territory.
  
Bench Minor Penalty
A two-minute penalty assessed against someone in a team's bench area rather than a player on the ice. Any player except a goaltender may be designated by the coach to serve in the penalty box.
  
Blade
The flat section of a hockey stick that contacts the puck.
  
Blind Pass
A pass made without looking at the target.
  
Blocker
The goalie's blocking glove or the pad attached to it.
  
Blocking Glove
A large glove worn by the goalie on the stick hand, which has a rectangular pad attached to the back. Also known as the blocker.
  
Blue Line
One of two, 12-inch-wide lines that run across the width of the ice, 60 feet from the goal line. They divide the ice into three zones. See attacking zone; defensive zone; neutral zone.
  
Blue Lines
Two blue, 12-inch wide lines running parallel across the ice, each 60 feet from the goal; they divide the rink into three zones called the attacking, defending and neutral (or center) zones; defending blue line is the line closer to a player’s own net; attacking blue line is the one farther from his net; used in determining offsides.
  
Blueliner
A defenseman.
  
Board-Checking
Sending an opponent violently into the boards by any method, including a body check, elbowing, and tripping. Usually incurs a minor penalty, but a major penalty if the opponent is injured.
  
Boarding
See board-checking.
  
Boarding or Board-Checking
A minor penalty which occurs when a player uses any method (body checking, elbowing or tripping) to throw an opponent violently into the boards; if an injury is caused, it becomes a major penalty.
  
Boards
An enclosure of wood or fiberglass, 3 ˝ to 4 feet high, that surrounds the rink.
  
Boards or Board Wall
A wooden wall 3 1/2 to 4 feet high which surrounds the rink to keep the puck and players from accidentally leaving the rink and injuring spectators; all rinks have shatterproof glass that rises above the boards to provide additional protection.
  
Body Check
When a hockey player bumps or slams into an opponent with either his hip or shoulder (the only legal moves) to block his progress or throw him off-balance; it is only allowed against an opponent in control of the puck or against the last player to control it.
  
Box
1) A defensive formation, when a team is short-handed, in which the four remaining skaters form a square. 2) The penalty box.
  
Break
A chance to start a rush when the opposing forwards are caught out of position.
  
Breakaway
A fast break in which an attacker with the puck skates in alone on the goalie, having gotten past or clear of the defensemen, trapping the opponents behind the play.
  
Breaking Pass
A pass to a teammate who is trying for a breakaway.
  
Breakout
A method of moving the puck out of the defensive zone and beginning an attack.
  
Butt
The top end of the hockey stick.
  
Butt-Ending
A minor penalty which occurs when an opponent is hit with the top of a player’s hockey stick.
  
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