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The Game of … Ice Hockey

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Hockey is a sport that combines skill, speed and lots of action. The fast pace and excitement make it one of the most popular sports to watch and play.

Basic Rules:

  • Hockey is played on an ice rink by two teams with six players per side;
  • The object of the game is to get the round black puck into the opponent’s net using hockey sticks;
  • The players in the forward position are the primary scorers for the team;
  • The goalkeeper and defensemen are responsible for defending their goal and preventing the opposing team from scoring;
  • A goal is scored when the entire puck crosses the goal line between the posts and under the crossbar;
  • The team that scores the most goals by the end of the game is the winner.

Equipment you will need:

  • Hockey Skates
  • The Puck is made of rubber; it is one (1”) inch thick and three (3”) inches in diameter; weighs between 5 ½ and 6 ounces
  • A hockey stick – usually made of wood
  • Protective gear includes: a helmet, hockey gloves, shin guards, elbow pads, shoulder pads, pelvic protector
  • The goalkeeper’s equipment is slightly different. They require additional protection, such as, the goalie mask, leg guards, chest and arm pads, catching glove, blocking glove
  • Hockey pants
  • Hockey jersey (numbered on back; surname on back)

The Players:

  • There are 6 players allowed on the ice at one time
    • 1 goalkeeper (a.k.a goalie, goaltender)
    • 2 defenders (one right and one left)
    • 3 forwards (one right wing, one centre and one left wing)
    • Each team typically has a Captain “C” and an Assistant or Alternate Captain “A”. If anything needs to be discussed with the Referee – it is the Captain or Assistant Captain who does the talking.
    • The Captain and Assistant Captain wear the letter “C” or “A”, respectively, on their jersey.

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