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30 Swedish Hockey Words You Need to Know Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Vocabulary

On March 28 hundreds of the best hockey players in the world will be in Malmö, Sweden. Malmö is host to the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship. For one week, eight teams from Canada, Finland, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States of America will be competing for the World Championship.

With the tournament coming up, you might want to brush up on your hockey vocabulary. Below is a list of Swedish hockey nouns that will help you as you discuss the World Championships with your friends. You’ll probably notice that a lot of the words in Swedish are the same in English; that’s why this vocabulary list is just a little bit longer. If you make it to the very end of the list, I’ve included another fun word that is hockey-related, but not necessarily about hockey.

Svenska Engelska
en ishockeyrink ice hockey rink
en puck puck
en hockeyklubba hockey stick
en skridsko iceskate
en hjälm helmet
en forward forward
en anfallsspelare forward
en center center
en back defender
en målvakt goalie
en domare referee
en linjedomare linesman
en tekning face-off
en assist assist
ett mål goal
ett straffslag penalty shot
en utvisningsstraff penalty
ett powerplay power play
ett skott shot
en passning pass
ett dragskott wrist shot
ett slagskott slapshot
en räddning save
en förlängning overtime
ett övertidsspel overtime
en period period
en coach coach
en tränare coach
en spelare player
ett världsmästerskap World Championship

And finally, as promised, your bonus word: en hockeyfrilla. A mullet. I blame Jaromír Jágr.

Now that you’ve got your hockey vocab ready to go, you should get ready to go to a game. Here’s the link for tickets where you can find plenty of other information about the tournament as well.

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About the Author: Marcus Cederström

Marcus Cederström has been writing for the Transparent Swedish Blog since 2009. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Oregon, a Master's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a PhD in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has taught Swedish for several years and still spells things wrong. So, if you see something, say something.


  1. rusti:

    Ah, my kind of post! A few more:

    en tackling – body check
    att prestera – to perform
    en seger – victory
    en förlust – a loss
    en utespelare – skater (not a goalie)

    There’s also a great weekly Swedish-language NHL Podcast called “NHL-Timmen” for those so inclined 🙂

    • Marcus Cederström:

      @rusti Great additions to the list! There are so many words that can be added (especially some verbs…).

  2. Ken Arneson:

    FYI, face-off is “tekning”, not “teckning”, which is a drawing.