Ice hockey is the most exciting winter sport in all of Europe. This is a popular team sport, a bit similar to the way football plays, only in terms of form. Two teams (6 people each), skate on the ice, hit the net with a paddle.
The sport is relatively difficult to play because the player must be fast, flexible, and familiar with skates on the slick surface of the ice rink. The most important thing about this game is speed and skating skills.
The history of ice hockey
There is no exact information about the origin of the game “Ice Hockey”. It is thought to have originated in Canada when the soldiers stationed in Nova Scotia were entertaining around 1800. After that, the sport spread throughout Europe.
Therefore, information about the history of the game is not very accurate. Ice hockey is a sport in the form of a stick-and-ball game (sport using sticks to hit the ball).
Rules of ice hockey
As mentioned, 2 teams compete on the ice. Similar to football, 6 people per team are divided into 3 strikers, 2 full-backs, and goalkeepers. The players must try to move quickly, along with their techniques and strategies that hit the rubber disc (puck in English) on the opponent’s goal. At the end of the time, the team that scores more will win.
The necessary competition equipment is as follows.
Rubber disc, which is standard enough to reduce bounce, friction on ice.
Protective clothing, which is qualified, good resistance to injury.
Hard hat with standard hardness and with a bridge to cover eyes and nose
This sport and hockey seem more dangerous than Bandy (which does not allow collisions). There have been cases where two ice hockey players hit each other and broke the glass protecting the stands.
Some interesting facts about ice hockey
On March 3rd, 1875, the sport was officially played for the first time in Montrean (Canada). In 1924, ice hockey was officially introduced to the Winter Olympics.
The world’s ice hockey legends and tournaments
World hockey legends
Wayne Gretzky (Canada) – The Great One. This is one of the most famous hockey athletes nowadays. The greatest player in the world with four seasons scoring more than 200 points per season.
Bobby Orr became a legend after a match as an attacking defender.
Gordie Howe, who was a player with more than 800 goals in his career as an ice hockey player.