An abbreviation of decoy, players deke to lure opponents out of position—to get past them or score. Dekes often involve changes in directions and/or speed along with stickhandling moves that confuse opponents. Also known as a dangle, dipsy-doodle and just plain-old move, a deke is often as close to beauty as you’ll see in ice hockey. Click here for information on how to deke.
See it in action: Check out this brilliant speed-change deke by Teemu Selänne, the 18th player in NHL history to score 600 goals as of March 2010.
Here, a more traditional deke fakes out a defenseman and goalie:
Note that I did not put the rumored linguisitc origins of "deke" through rigorous examination. Because whether or not this fake-out move in hockey has anything to do with decoy ducks, I bet you'll never forget what it means now.
Editor’s Note: Thank you to Kelly Anton for this story.
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