be*hind the net
What Is The Definition Of Behind The Net In Hockey?
1. The area behind the net is a restricted area that extends from the goal line to the boards at each end of the rink. This is a trapezoid-shaped space behind the goal line where the goaltender is permitted to touch the puck. If the goalie plays the puck behind the goal line outside of this trapezoid, a minor penalty for delay of game is given.
This behind the net area was not instituted until 2005. The new restriction was sometimes called the Brodeur Rule due to Martin Brodeur’s superior puck-handling skills as a goalie. This rule essentially limits the goalie’s movement behind the goal line and their ability to clear the puck out of the defensive end.
Playing from behind the net has long been a strategy used by other players besides the goalie. Wayne Gretzky often held on to the puck in this area to help set up teammates for scoring opportunities. In fact, he was so closely associated with playing from behind the net that the area is sometimes referred to as “Gretzky’s office.”
Examples Of How Behind The Net Is Used In Commentary
1. Bishop has moved behind the net to clear the puck out quickly before the opposing team closes in on him.
Sport The Term Is Used:
Also Known As:
1. Restricted area
2. Goalie trapezoid
3. Gretzky’s office
4. Brodeur rule