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Old 02-11-2010, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey.

I recently received ESPN over here in England, so it's got me pretty damn interested in hockey. (obviously, if I'm joining a hockey forum)

Anyway, I won't claim to be the most knowledgeable guy, I'm still learning the ropes, but I thought joining the forum would speed that process right up.

I picked Washington Capitals as my team the first time that me and my mates watched hockey, and it's just kind of stuck.

I won't write a gigantic introduction post, seeing as half of you won't even read it anyway most likely, but I'll try and participate in discussions all over the forums!

Thanks.

PS. If any of you are members on VerticalScopes BasketballForum.com, I am a moderator over there too, under the same username, so that'll be where you know me from.
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Old 02-11-2010, 12:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forums! If there is anythign you want to know about thsi wodnerful sport, just ask.
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Old 02-11-2010, 01:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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One thing - you'll probably laugh, as I understand pretty much everything else, and understand how hockey players get points etc.

What the hell is the offside rule? I'm so used to football (soccer)'s offside rule, so I have no idea what this one is. I rarely, if ever, see it called in NHL, but on the PS3 I always get called up for it haha.

PS. What time are the majority of you guys online? It seems pretty dead at the moment, but I know from looking through the threads, it's definitely not a dead forum. I'm from England so obviously it'll be tough to match your times, but it's 6.40pm now.
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Old 02-11-2010, 03:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A player is offsides if he is in the attacking zone (the attacking zone is the area inside of the opposing team's blue line) before the puck enters. This prevents players from "cherry picking," or waiting in the offensive zone for a long a pass from outside of the zone. Maybe I am not explaining this well enough, so look at this little diagram below:



There are essentially 3 zones on a hockey rink, the offensive zone (where the other team's goal is located), the neutral zone (the middle of the ice, the space between both blue lines) and the defensive zone (where your goal is located).

Now, assume that your net minder is in the goal at the bottom of the page, and your team is carrying the puck "up" to the other team's side of the ice. Say you are carrying the puck. You cannot cross the other team's blue line until all of your team's players are outside of the opposing team's defensive zone. Does that make sense?

In summary, you cannot cross the blue line while on offense before the puck has entered the zone (crossed the blue line).

Like in soccer, you are not allowed to be behind the last defender before the ball is. In hockey you are not allowed to be beyond the blue line before the puck is.

Also, many of the members here are from North America, meaning a 5+ hour time difference about...

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Brilliant explanation, I like a guy who uses diagrams haha!

Thanks a lot, now I understand pretty much everything about it, so I'll be able to make some relatively informed posts on here...
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Also, many of the members here are from North America, meaning a 5+ hour time difference about...
So what time do you guys usually call forum time? 5pm-ish or later?
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