To understand ice hockey, we must first learn about the playing surface or the ice hockey rink.
There are three (3) types of lines on a regulation ice hockey rink:
The red line marks the center of the ice hockey rink dividing the ice into two (2) equal pieces. It runs through center ice and a face-off spot is located right at its center.
PRO TIP: The red line is used by referees to call icing penalties. We will learn more about icing in future chapters.
The blue lines run parallel to the red line. They indicate where each zone of the ice begins and ends, dividing the ice into three (3) equal parts. There are three zones in ice hockey that we'll learn about next called the defending zone, neutral zone, and attacking zone.
PRO TIP: The blue lines are used by referees to call offsides penalties. We will learn more about offsides in future chapters.
The goal lines are located at the far ends of the rink near the nets.
PRO TIP: The goal lines are used by referees to call icing penalties. We will learn more about icing in future chapters.