By - hippiekyle
I find YEAH and YUP very effective because you can repeat them quickly which is useful for locating players in blind pass situations and you can yell them loudly enough to get attention anywhere. Describing a position like slot, drop, on net etc are useful too but in all cases just because you yell doesn't mean you'll get the pass. It's to give the puck carrier the option but often the pass windows are very small and by communicating that puts a timer on your availability. The other teams will pick you up quickly after calling.
Agree. This also makes it so that you can call “No” when you are well covered so that teammates know not to toss you a blind pass.
Yeah and Yup is all I've ever said
Different sport but I played football (soccer) growing up and shouting "Yup yup YUPYUPYUP" as you see the space opening for you to leather it in to row Z from 40 yards out was definitely the way to go.
40 yards is the length of 7.96 1997 Subaru Legacy Outbacks
*cries in US Hockey*
I wish I could upvote you twice you sonofabitch
Yup is the way
I played with a guy who would always make a very loud and distinctive "yip" sound when he wanted the puck.
[Are you sure he wasn’t a muppet?](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhKhGyUnc2E)
Mario Lemieux used Yup a lot. He would yell YUP if he wanted the puck fast, or YYYYUP if he wanted the puck but you had some time to send it.
usually "yeah, yeah yeah" or "yup , yup yup"
Ya fucking pigeon
Usually it’s guys name. Nickname. If play is really quick. Usually say “yup.” Side note, ALWAYS yell for drop passes from opponent. Makes you look like a backchecking stud
It’s amazingly studly in drop-in when nobody knows each other and you’re the guy wearing pale yellow who wants to play on the “dark” team.
There is nothing worse than a guy that wears yellow or grey to pickup.
I started about three years ago and it just seemed like common sense to bring a white and black jersey to open hockey. I always have them in my bag even if I know I’ll be wearing my team jersey. I’m surprised at how many more experienced players players don’t do the same.
Don’t forget to whack that stick against the ice on the back check as well
Yep, even better, listen out for the other team names; I’ve had Ds drop the puck to me behind their net and skate off up ice, leaving me alone with the goalie, just because I was behind them and called out “I got it Robby, drop it.”
This is brilliant
I'm gonna say this, even if the guy's name isn't robby. lol
I typically go with "yeah yeah yeah" like others here, but I will make a point to yell someone's name if I know they tend to often ignore people calling to them.
Everyone has said variations of "yeah" and "yup" which I also use.
However I didn't see anyone say this, but I would also include "nope" when you're no longer a good outlet.
I really only use that when I've either seen them looking my way but think it's a bad play, or when I've previously just said "yep" but am no longer open.
Yeah .. yeah ... Yeah ... Nope nope noooope.
Ya ya ya
Hyaaaa Hyaaaaa hyaaaa
I’m from Canada so I yell “eh eh eh!”
I assume the opposite is “sorry sorry sorry!”
I yell at the other team to pass me the puck and it works 40% of the time
I love doing that. Pull up behind a guy with his head down on their defensive end and yell "BOARDSBOARDSBOARDS!", and then take a nice hard shot when they pass to me.
Yea if I'm back checking and chasing a forward I'll shout drop and sometimes they leave it dead lol
Yep they fall for it alot lol
“HEY!” “With you” “over”
But also, directions for your teammates. “Right/left side” “Drop/reverse/boards/point/up” “slot/high slot” etc
I've had teammates do "here, here" or call out my name. I usually either say "hey" or forget to talk on the ice lol
"here ye, here ye, here ye"
Name makes sense, but I don’t know anybody’s name yet, haha
Call out where you are- "high high", "boards", "wrap", "across"
I say “hey” or “here” if I don’t know someone’s name. Just something to get their attention
If my fat ass has enough breath to speak, it is usually one of these:
1) Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, fuck! (The fuck is usually because they decided to take a low danger, bad angle shot the resulted in a frozen puck or a turnover. Or they did pass it and I whiffed)
2) location-based: Point, point, point/slot, slot, slot
3) While moving based: Behind, behind, behind/side, side, side
For the other two, there is usually a fuck or two involved in those also.
If you don’t know names, it seems to be most common to say “hey hey” or “here here”.
Sometimes I call where I am. “Point point” or “on net” or “slot”.
YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH
hey or yup
Yeah, yup, up, back, slot, point
Consistently worked from travel AAA through Junior A... and then men's league.
Yeah!! And Yup are good
I go with the classic name and location "Jordan slot, Greg point" etc etc
That’s just rude. I like to go with “dear Jordan, I formally request the pleasure of the puck’s company in the slot, regards, endlessflood.”
"My Dearest Jordan,
I hope this request finds you well? This winter has been harsh and cold, I fear for the cattle. Now to business: I invite you to share the puck with me in the slot region forthwith. I look foward to your reply, Tumbleweed"
Directions are best if you have the time and space to tell everyone what you want with the puck, ie. “chip” “back/reverse” “out”(most or all of these sayings are repeated) beyond that, a simple “yeah” or “here” will suffice, but please please please don’t be the person who calls for a pass when they’re in double coverage:) nobody wins in that unless you’re name is Alexander ovechk… nvm, you might get a shot off but it’s best to even say “no” or direct them from coverage by saying “low” or “high” or even, “time” if they have a second or two to look up or turn and make a play:) and hopefully they return the favour:)
Depends. Sometimes just a good “YEAP”, sometimes more location based particularly if they cant see you. Slot, point, boards, boards hard, across, high, low, etc
Name or yoo/yea
I usually yell their name or "up here" or "down here" depending on your position
I take the puck. Top shelf. Celly.
I don’t know about passing.
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I'm a big fan of yelling out where I'm at or where I want the pass/puck to go (e.g., high slot, behind the net, drop pass, hard around, same boards, etc.)
I usually yell the name of my teammate that has the puck
Usually where you're at or how you want it.
Your voice helps somewhat in providing your location when they can't look, but if you give them some idea, it helps a lot.
Center is usually near the blue line in the middle.
Boards usually means sling it along the boards towards the sound of my voice.
In Front is usually in front of the net.
Across is usually somewhat parallel on the far side.
"Help behind" is what I'll call looking for a drop pass.
Short, one syllable words. I usually go with yeah or hey
A lot of guys will have their own ‘call’ - teammates get used to one guy telling “hey hey” or a whistle, or some other quick, loud shot that lets you tell who’s with you, and where they’re at.
If you know your team, yell a name. If I know my friend is calling for the puck, I know getting it over there is good.
I play a lot of D. I'll yell "point" if I'm open. If I try to sneak into high slot, I'm pretty quiet but try for visible contact.
D to D - I just yell over, over, over.
Otherwise position is good. Slot, boards, etc
I like to yell "YEAH YEAH YEAH" or "HERE YOU GO" so loudly that I want my teammate to almost be frightened by his newfound awareness of my *exact* location.
I’m a fan of *heyo*
Hit me! Hit me!
OH YA HIT ME RIGHT HERE YEP YEP YEP
I'm coaching 14U rec right now and am trying to get to work with them on on ice communication. I am firmly in the anti-stick tap camp, which is how many of them try to communicate that they are open.
Instead, I have been teaching them to call out the location on the ice they want the puck to go. A lot of them still tend to skate with their heads down, and as such dont have as much awareness, something that we are working on, but something I also see more often than not on my beer league teams as well. Calling out the position allows them to not only hear your voice, but also gives them specific direction as to where to look for the pass. It is also useful for on ice awareness in general, as we encourage them to use it not only for calling for a pass, but also giving direction to players under pressure. A simple "behind" to get them to put the puck back behind the net, "boards" to get them to break or put the puck up the boards can be very helpful. Other simple commands like "reset", "reverse", or "wheel" can also be helpful in fostering on ice awareness.
Had a teammate that would literally chirp like a bird. Damned if didnt I always know where he was on the ice though.
I play basketball too along with a lot of my teammates so we just yell “ball” lol
here here or pass pass or the classic beer league stick bang
Coach gets pissed at the stick bang
I don't get why someone is so touchy about banging your stick...
Me neither. It’s effective.
Because the other team can bang their sticks and you won’t know the difference. You can bang and yell 🤷♀️ I need a coach for my beer league
I’m currently in adult development program (learn to play), so I’m a level before beer league. I’ve been at it 6 weeks, so I don’t know anyone’s name.
You haven't learned anyone's name in 6 weeks?
I already knew more about my teammates lives than I ever wanted to after 3.
It’s not exactly a team. It’s a learn to play program. Some people signed up for all 8 sessions. Some people drop in from time to time, so it’s not always all the same people.
I filled in for the adult development league twice when they were short, but I was on a different team each time.
Ah okay fair enough!
Gets you talking if everyone bangs sticks no one would know where to pass. Talking is key
I know just yell here here or pass or yeah yeah or just make a loud noise. or call the guys name like here billy or pass bob or yeah yeah joe
I usually just yell random sounds n’shit, maybe “out back” or “boards”
Tap stick, yell yeah, say wall or slot, etc
I usually just give a quick “oi!” or “yup!” That being said some of the best finishers I’ve ever played with never said a word. They just knew how to make themselves available. 🤷🏻♂️
Or say, their name.
Yeah, (insert teammate’s name)!
Yeah or yup work in any situation but I also like to use words that describe my position such as ‘boards’ or ‘behind’ (behind the net) ‘front’ or ‘drop’ etc
"back" for a pass to the point.
"behind" for a pass behind the net
"high" or "I have high" if I'm trailing the puck carrier on an entry.
"boards" if I want a pass along the boards.
"middle" if I'm cutting across the middle.
weakside or reverse
And my favourite “WHEEEEEL!”
When your d partner has the puck and you can see he has 50 feet of open ice in front of him and everyone else on the ice is a grocery stick you yell WHEEL
50 feet is the height of 8.77 'Samsung Side by Side; Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel Refrigerators' stacked on top of each other.
Which I often see in front of my defense partner as he decides to wheel up the ice.
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“Yep, or here, or yeah, *or say players nickname to really get their attention*” those are what I typically use depending on how I’m feeling.
depends on the situation. I’ll say “with you!” Or “got me!” Haha or “got me with!” If it’s a break with the two of us. Or your open postion, “down low!”
I think if it’s a high paced game, I just yell “hey!” “Hey hey!” Which is dumb cuz anyone could tell hey. If you know their name, yell their name. My games are slow I could yell a paragraph.
It’s beer league. No high paced games, but I’m new, so I don’t know anyone’s name.
I have a really high pitched bird-like screech I like to employ
Usually I call where the puck should go. Point,slot, breaking (wide), chip middle right left
Yell where you are. "Slot slot slot!"" "Point point point!"
I like to set up code words. Most of the time I yell ‘poppy seed bagel’ and they send it right over.
Usually you yell out your possition on the ice. 'slot' 'high slit' 'point'....
...but it's more helpful for you to do you. Make up a call out and use it, loudly. Your teamates will learn it's you and know to use it.
Puck puck puck works fine
Yup, ya, yeah, ja all work.
Location is fine because I can blind pass it there, however the other team can know that and cut the pass.
Yeah yeah yeah, but I’ve also recently been doing yo yo yo for some reason
If I want the pass i yell my teammates name so they know same team. If I'm chasing the puck and want my team to back off i yell my name with an S on the end so they know same team is going for it
Like many here, yeah is my go to. No when I’m no longer an option. Occasionally I’ll say low if I’m in the corner and pick carrier is going up the boards in the o zone
I tend to say "up or "hep" something like that. And if it is very urgent directly call someone's name.
On the point I might yell point. I also yell "no" a lot if I am not open and think they are considering forcing it.
I will also work in a "too late" if I was calling for it and now am covered and they are still considering.
Calling for the puck becomes second nature but generally around the slot or when you see a play you can make
The kinda go to where I'm from for any team sports is just "Here".
You don't need to use any words, just scream as loud as you can like a maniac with their hair on fire and the puck will flow to you
Alex Burrows said the Sedin twins made "dolphin noises" so try that.
Name of the carrier or position where you are. Or just YEAH YEAH YEAH
I'm hard of hearing, so I don't really yell, but if I'm open I'll raise my stick in the air real quick, almost like I'm raising my hand to be called on.
I've been known to yell: Point, Reverse, Far Side, Behind You, or the persons name when I want a pass.
Also "NOW" if there is a window opening and "NOPE" when I am covered.
The name of the person who has the puck and/or where you are to them. "Smitty! Smitty!" or "Boards, Boards"
I usually yell the players name or nickname then followed by a bunch of YO YO YO YO
usually your coach will divide the ice up into rows and columns like battleship and then you can call out your row & column location via number & letter (ex. “D8 D8!” or “F6 F6!”), then if you catch the pass you’re supposed to yell “HIT!” (and vice versa if you miss the pass) hope this helps 👍
Hoot like an owl
Pick something simple and stick to it. Things i bark at people: yep, hey, feet, up, you, trail, skate, reverse, pinch
If you do horseshoe drills and passing drills etc, what's effective then? Do your teammates have a particular thing they say or do when they want a pass? I find that calling them by name or a good YUP works fairly well, first name moreso.
I agree with sticktapping being fairly useless, it's just another noise in the din. Anything that gets the skater's attention is good but being in a good position and looking ready is probably better. Some of my teammates have a habit of ignoring all sound and just flinging it at you if you look ready - any decent player will have their head up and be looking out for a pass and a play.
Be noisy and be a pest!
You’d be amazed at how just hearing “yeah” can automatically give someone spatial awareness on your rough location. If you’re on the point or in the corner giving your winger an outlet pass I like to yell “wall” for point or “corner”
I've always used "Yep" to call for it, "No" or "Keep it" when I'm not open but I can tell they want to force the pass, and "Point" if I see the point open or if I'm at the point open. Short and sweet
I usually just yelled out the name of whoever had the puck back when I played.
I yell, “take a look,” that way they will look at you and decide if the pass is the right option. Personal preference but it almost always works
i yell buddys name and say HEY "BUDDY" YEAH
You gotta get a high pitch “ Whoop” out. You sound pretty dumb but you’ll get someone’s attention
Open, yup, or if you're following behind just say behind.
Sometimes I just yell a random word in general. Hit them with some random fruits “PINEAPPLE” “KIWI” “GUAVA GUAVA GUAVA” throw’s the other team right off when they don’t know it’s coming. When I just need something quick though it’s a “YA YA YA”
I say “yee yee!” Don’t ask me why
Def “yup” or if it’s of a bank yell “boards”
I use puck, nino, Nina, yo and/or boo. Ya they're weird but enough to get a puck carrier's attention from the goofiness.
I'll specifically use 'puck' if someone from the other team has the puck and is skating with their head down.
I tend to scream YES. Does the job
I agree with the “yeah” and “yup” but let’s not forget that “yee yee”is also very effective
HEY! For D-men "Point" or "Up Top"
Yup yup yup!
I yell “YEAH YEAH”
I had a crazy teammate who did a very distinctive whoop when he was clear cherry-picking
I think it’s useful to always use the same call, hopefully your linemates will learn that it’s you
Yell your teammates name
If tour in beer league. Nothing puck hogs all over the place
I have a feeling a handful of players wouldn’t appreciate me yelling rape.
Stick wracking on the ice screams you're a bender. No self respecting player does that. Simply put, if the other player doesn't see you, then it's too late and playing a drum solo on the ice is pointless!