Ice hockey is played on a large flat
surface of ice,
using a puck. This puck is often frozen before
high-level games to decrease the amount of bouncing and
friction on the ice. The game consists of two
teams of skaters. The game is played all over North
America, Europe and is the most popular sport in
Canada, Finland the Czech Republic and in Sweden.
The governing body is the
International Ice Hockey Federation, (IIHF).
And for England is English Ice Hockey Association, (EIHA). Men's ice hockey has been played at the Winter Olympics
since 1924, whereas women's
ice hockey wasn't added to the Winter Olympics until 1998.
North America's National Hockey League (NHL) is the
strongest professional ice hockey league, drawing top
ice hockey players from around the world. The NHL rules
are slightly different from those used in Olympic ice
hockey: There are three periods of periods are 20 minutes long counting
Ice hockey sticks are long
L-shaped sticks made of wood, graphite or composites
with either a straight or curved blade at the bottom,
curved blade although legal, can help a left - or
right-handed player gain an advantage.
There have been reports of ice hockey-type games being played on ice
in the Netherlands, and Canada from the
beginning of the nineteenth century, the game
as we know it was organized by students at McGill
University, Montreal in 1875 who, two years later,
produced the first set of rules and organized
the first teams.
Ice hockey is played at a number
of levels, by all ages.