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Everything You Should Know About Ice Hockey

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Ice hockey, one of the most watched sport in the world, especially in North America and Northern Europe, has increased its popularity in different countries in recent years. Ice hockey is a sport that has been played since the end of 19th centuries. Ice hockey is known “the fastest team game of the world” , due to playing on the ice. It is popular especially in Canada, Sweden, Russia, Finland, USA, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Most of the best players in the world play in the National Hockey League (NHL). NHL has been organized in two leagues with fifteen teams under the name of East-west Conference since 2007. We are going to share the details you should know about ice hockey.

Hockey is a sport that two teams compete in three periods of twenty minutes. There are 15 minutes intermission between these periods and the teams change goalposts between each periods. Ice hockey is played on ice rinks with 61 meters in length and 30 meters in width. 2,5 centimeters in height, 7,6 centimeters in diameter and about 160 grams of weight puck can reach up to 160 kilometers per hour.

In ice hockey, in the fastest team game of the world, players can reach speeds of up to 40 kilometers during a match. Team consists of 6 players: five skaters, one goal tender. Team consists of totally 20 players with substitute players. Three of the five players on the rink are forwards, two players are defensemen. Players try to put the puck into the opponent’s team with the ice hockey sticks. If the game is tied at the end of regulation, winner is determined with penalties and overtime period. Except the stick, the goals scored with any part of the body are considered invalid.

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