neutral zone


: the portion of an ice hockey rink between the attacking and defensive zones

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On the next play, third-and-goal from the Arizona 9, Watt was flagged for a neutral zone infraction. Emily Horos, The Arizona Republic, 13 Nov. 2022 On fourth and inches, a neutral zone infraction from Carl Davis kept the Miami drive alive. Christopher Price,, 11 Sep. 2022 Turay was also called for a neutral zone infraction on third-and-7, the Titans converted the fourth-and-2 and would score a touchdown on the drive. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Oct. 2021 But that victory came against the Washington Football Team, which would have lost the other night to the Giants at home if a brain-dead neutral zone infraction hadn’t given Washington another shot at the winning field goal. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2021 Hall often attacks like a center, particularly when taking puck possession in the back half of the ice and carrying it through the neutral zone and across the offensive blue line. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 28 Oct. 2022 During that first period, Richardson urged the players: Get in front of puck carriers in the neutral zone, be more physical and finish checks. Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune, 25 Oct. 2022 However, the Wolverines lined up in the neutral zone, which gave Indiana a second opportunity to punt it and on the second time it was downed at the Wolverines 2-yard line. Tony Garcia, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2022 Defensively, the Gulls caused Stockton problems all night with stingy play through the neutral zone, solid checking and by moving the puck crisply out of the back end. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neutral zone was in 1948

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Cite this Entry

“Neutral zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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