The Basics of Hockey


Whether you are a professional, an amateur, or simply a fan, hockey is one of the most popular sports in the world. Its origins go back to the British Isles and Egypt, where crude stick and ball games were played. But hockey as we know it developed over hundreds of years. Today, hockey is played by professional teams, colleges, and children. It has grown from a sport that was played in Britain in the late 19th century, to one that is played across the world today. In fact, it is the world’s second largest team sport, behind football. And hockey continues to thrill millions of fans around the world every year.

Hockey can be played on a variety of surfaces, including ice and snow. A hockey puck weighs six ounces and is made of dense rubber. It can be passed around players on the ice, but it can only be hit with a hockey stick. The puck must be hit over the goal line to score a goal.

A game begins with a face-off in the center circle. The team with the puck selects three shooters. If a team receives a shot on goal, the goal tender, or goalie, will switch positions in the net. If the shot is successful, the goal tender will remain in their position. If the shooter fails, the other team will send out another player.

In each zone, there are two end zone face-off circles. In the attacking zone, the puck must be hit over the goal line for a goal to be scored. In the defending zone, a goal can be scored by hitting the puck with the player’s stick. There are six positions in a hockey game, including a goalie, a right wing, a left wing, a defenseman, a center, and a right wing. Each team will have a maximum of 20 players. However, only six players can be on the ice at a time.

Each player will have a hockey stick, a pair of ice skates, and a goalie’s glove. They are required to wear helmets and padding, including arm guards. A goal tender will also have padding on his face and shoulders, and a face mask. Players are allowed to take off their helmets when they are not on the ice.

The goal tender, or goalie, will wear thick pads. They will also be in the firing line of pucks. They will have more padding than the other players. Goal tenders must remain within their half of the ice, and they must not pass the center red line. Similarly, players must not stand directly in front of a running player. They also must not hit other players’ sticks.

The goal tender will wear a chest protector borrowed from baseball. There is a three-foot-high silver cup that was created in 1892 to award the Stanley Cup, a prize for the top team in the Canadian Hockey League. This cup was later awarded to the winner of the play-offs.