American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move, maneuver, and have control over the puck in ice hockey or the ball in lacrosse and field hockey.
- v. transitive, intransitive, ice hockey, field hockey, lacrosse To maintain individual possession of the puck or ball by controlling it with movements of one's stick, especially to do so in a skillful manner.
- v. by extension To deal capably and swiftly with a situation, especially in a manner which deflects potential problems.
- stick + handle (Wiktionary)
“Does he stickhandle well and look comfortable carrying the puck?”
“[Bleeping] you come to the bench like [bleeping] this, and when the power play's not working, so you're trying to stickhandle, you're looking like this and not standing.”
“Jaromir Jagr scored a goal and had two assists to take the NHL lead with 23 points, though the Rangers captain appeared to re-injure his surgically repaired left shoulder when he landed awkwardly on his left elbow trying to stickhandle around Brian Campbell in overtime.”
“He danced around a defender to score a goal, but he made no effort to stickhandle around questions about his team or his performance.”
“Devereaux ended an 11-game playoff drought and doubled the lead three minutes into the second period, but Gelinas beat Joseph from close range and Nieminen had all kinds of time to stickhandle in front of the net before lifting a backhander past the goalie.”
“You hope the guy tries to stickhandle through the trap and tries to pass through the trap, then you knock the puck down and you get a turnover.”
“One guy would stickhandle through and nobody was available for a pass, and that gave them life.”
“He's a 215-pound winger who could stickhandle his way through a subway car at rush hour.”
“The stick allows players to practise getting a feel for the proper way to stickhandle a puck, Mr. Martin says.”
“We've just got to move the puck quickly, not stickhandle in tight situations and keep advancing the puck, getting it in behind their defence ...”
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