Bar Down Studies: The Art of Pucking

Pour a glass on merlot, crank a little Marvin Gay, and grab someone you would like to school. This post kicks-off an educational series for those unfamiliar in the ways of puck play. Teaching those around you can easily gain you new partners. Meaning, new partners to attend hockey games with you. Get your mind out of the gutter.

Hockey fans have been accused of being elitist. The snobbish title comes with good reason. NHL consistently ranks low in ticket sales among the more popular NFL, MLB and NBA, so there are fewer fans. The rules can be different to understand if you are watching a game for the first time, or tenth time. These factors do create a groupie-type feeling. Instead of rolling your eyes at someone who doesn’t understand hockey, we should spread the good word. Don’t hate…Educate.

For the next few weeks, Cardiac Cane will publish hockey basics in an effort to spread the word of our beloved sport. Forward the information to your co-workers, friends, and family. When the NHL lays that first glorious layer of ice, let’s encourage butts to fill those seats.

You can find a NHL history lesson here. Today, we will start with hockey terms. Below are some great websites to help familiarize newcomers.

Here are some standard terms provided by Wikipedia.

Schoolyard puck provides us with lingo definitions.

The SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) gives us a mix.

Our next Bar Down Study session will look at the basic rules of hockey.

Even Conan is pro-stick…

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