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Off Wing
A wing who is on the side opposite that on which he usually plays, or shoots from the "wrong side" for his position; e.g., a left wing stationed on the right wing or a right-handed shooter playing left wing.
Offensive Zone
The attacking zone.
Official Scorer
An official who keeps a record of the game, including goals scored and the time of each score, players credited with goals and assists, and substitutions.
There are as many as eight officials working a hockey game: one referee and two linesmen, known as on-ice officials, plus two goal judges, a game timekeeper, a penalty time keeper, and an official scorer, who are known as off-ice officials.
A violation committed when a player is already in the attacking zone, with both skates entirely across the blue line, when the puck crosses the blue line into that zone. Play stops and a faceoff is held in the neutral zone. Also offsides. See also delayed offside; two-line pass.
Offside Pass
See two-line pass.
A violation which occurs when both skates of an attacking player cross the opponent’s blue line preceding the puck into the attacking zone or when a pass crosses more than one line without being touched (two-line pass); this is one of the most common calls made in a hockey game.
On the Fly
See change on the fly.
On the Road
When an NHL team plays games away from its home arena.
Making player changes or substitutions while play is under way.
One Man Back
Descriptive of the situation in which a team has only one defenseman between the goaltender and the attackers, usually because the other defenseman has been caught up ice.
One-Man Advantage
See man advantage.
A shot on which a the puck is fired as soon as the player receives it, without stopping it.
Open Ice
That part of the ice that is free of opponents.
An extra period of play to break a tie. In most amateur hockey, there is one 10-minute sudden-death overtime period, followed by a penalty shootout if the score remains tied. In its regular season, the National Hockey League plays only one 5-minute sudden-death overtime, with the game concluding as a tie if there is no score. During the Stanley Cup playoffs, the NHL plays successive 20-minute sudden-death overtimes until a goal is scored. See penalty shootout; sudden-death overtime.
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