We've already learned what it means to have possession of the puck in an ice hockey game. Throughout the course of a game, teams are constantly changing ownership of the puck through turnovers. A turnover is a change of possession without a goal in ice hockey.
The following are situations that would be considered a giveaway in ice hockey:
- A pass is intercepted by a player on the opposing team
- A player loses possession of the puck that he was controlling with his stick
- A player mistimes a shot on goal
Giveaways As A Statistic
Giveaways are a statistic in ice hockey. However, giveaways are plagued by an unreliable data set. Why is it so unreliable? Giveaways aren't tracked in the same way as assists, goals, and other stats are tracked.
The definition of a giveaway varies at all levels of play (youth, college, pro) and when it should be recorded.
We'll learn more about giveaways and ice hockey statistics in future tutorials.