Basically, the blue lines on the ice divide the rink into three zones:
- Offensive Zone: The offensive zone is the area behind the blue line where the opponent’s goal (and goalie) is. The offensive zone is where you score.
- Defensive Zone: The defensive zone is the area behind the blue line where your goal (and goalie) is. The defensive zone is where you protect the net and regain control of the puck.
- Neutral Zone: The neutral zone is the area in between the blue lines. The neutral zone is where you try to get and/or keep control of the puck in order to start an offensive attack or to prepare to start defending your zone.
Bonus—The Danger Zone: This is an imaginary triangle emanating out from your net where all the good shots are made. The danger zone in front of the net is the most important part of the ice. This is where all the good shots are made. A center must worry as much about this area of the ice as the defensemen.
Editor’s Note: This article is revised from the Hockey Workbook: Mini-Mites, Mites and Squirts, 2006 Edition, The Sports Esteem Guide for Parents and Players, Copyright © 2002-2006 by Sports Esteem, Inc., Edited by: Jeff Farris
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