by Marco Martins
You lace up your skates, slip on your gloves, grab your ice hockey stick and slide onto the ice. You see the puck traveling towards you. It hits your stick, and suddenly you’re skating towards the goal.
You hear your blades cutting into the ice as you make your way towards the other team’s goalie, roughing your way through defensive tackles. Your moment arrives. You draw your stick back and…strike!
The puck travels through the air, passes the goalie and punctures the back of the net. You feel the joy of success surge through you as your teammates surround you.
You could be experiencing this all from playing ice hockey. So, let’s learn a little more about this “cool” sport.
The History of Ice Hockey
Ice hockey is one of the oldest games in history. Proof of the early forms of the game has been found all over Europe, as far back as 2,000 years ago. The game of ice hockey comes from an old Canadian game called Shinny. It was from Shinny that ice hockey got most of its characteristics.
What You’ll Need to Play
Gear in ice hockey is essential. Here are the items you’ll need to play:
How to Play – The Basics
Only six players are allowed on the ice at a time. These players include a goalie, who stops the other team from scoring. Your mission is to get the puck into the opposing team’s goal and to prevent the other side from doing the same to you.
You have three periods, each lasting twenty minutes, to do this.
While you only have six people on the ice, there are twenty players on the team. These players include twelve forwards, six defenders, and two goalies. The team manager is allowed to rotate these players when he or she wants.
A Few Rules to Remember
Like just about every other sport, hockey has referees and linesman to uphold the rules. Two of the most important rules are Offside and Icing.
You’re offside when you go ahead of the puck when you’re attacking. The offside rule stops players from lazily waiting by the opponent’s goal to score.
Icing is when a team tries to get the puck out of play, by hitting it away.
What’s In It For You? – What You Could Get Out of Playing Ice Hockey
Ice hockey is a great sport, teaching you balance, dynamic speed, and control. It’ll also teach you to toughen up through all the knocks you’ll take, because in ice hockey, tackling is allowed. Best of all, you learn how to be part of a team, sharing in joys of victory and the learnings that come from losses.
The Mighty Ducks – A Movie All About Ice Hockey
And finally, if you’d like to learn more about Ice Skating, there’s a great movie that you could watch all about it. The Mighty Ducks is a movie released in 1992 that inspired people to learn more about ice hockey. It’s a great story, and it’ll teach you a lot about the game itself.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab some skates, a stick, and hit the ice for some real team fun!
What do you think about hockey? Have you ever played this game? Tell us in the comments section.
We are very pleased to welcome our newest writer, Marco Martins. Marco has joined Smarty Pants Magazine as our sports writer. He will be giving us all the fun facts on fascinating sports from around the world!
Marco Martins is a writer, teacher and communicator with over ten years of experience, helping hundreds of young people grow into the people they’re dreaming of becoming. He loves expanding his understanding, laughing and turning life into an adventure. To read more of his content, click here.