Ice Hockey Rink Locations

Chapter 1.5

You may hear phrases about a player's location on the ice hockey rink while watching a game. What are the wings? Where is center ice? Where are the boards? Get ready to learn about these locations on an ice hockey rink.

Locations

There are several key locations to take note of when watching an ice hockey game:

Center Ice

Center ice is the area on the rink between the blue lines. If you get lost, look for the red line located at the center of the rink. A team's logo will also usually be present at center ice.

Rookie Road Ice Hockey Center Ice Image

Left Wing (Location)

The left wing refers to the left side of the ice based on the direction of play. The left wing also refers to a player position on an ice hockey team, which we learn about in future chapters.

Rookie Road Ice Hockey Left Wing Location Ice Image

Right Wing (Location)

The right wing is the right side of the the ice based on the direction of play. The right wing also refers to a player position on an ice hockey team, which we learn about in future chapters.

Rookie Road Ice Hockey Right Wing Location Ice Image

Attacking Zone

We've already learned about the blue lines on the rink. The blue lines divide the three (3) zones on the ice. The attacking zone, also known as the offensive zone, is the zone that the team with possession of the puck is trying to score a goal in.

Rookie Road Ice Hockey Attacking Zone Ice Image

REMEMBER: The attacking zone and the defensive zone are based on the direction of play. One team's attacking zone is the other team's defensive zone.

Defensive Zone

Like the attacking zone, the defensive zone is the zone where a team is trying to defend against a score in their goal.

Rookie Road Ice Hockey Defensive Zone Ice Image

REMEMBER: The defensive zone and the attacking zone are based on the direction of play. One team's defensive zone is the other team's attacking zone.

Neutral Zone

Between the blue lines is a zone called the neutral zone. It is where both teams transition between the attacking zone and defensive zone. The neutral zone includes center ice.

Rookie Road Ice Hockey Neutral Zone Ice Image

The Slot

The slot is the location between the two face-off circles on either end of rink directly in front of the goal cage.

Rookie Road Ice Hockey The Slot Ice Image

The Point

The point is the location just outside the face-off circles close to the boards in the attacking zone.

Rookie Road Ice Hockey The Point Ice Image

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