Ice hockey is one of the many sports that are ideally played in countries experiencing very cold climate such as in Canada, and such other countries in the northern hemisphere where the climate frequently goes not just below the sub-zero degrees, but much more to the extent of more than minus 25 degree Celsius.
It is no wonder that the national game of Canada, especially in the winter season, is none other than Ice hockey.
What is the specialty of Ice hockey?
As the name suggests, the game of hockey is played over ice. The broad rules of hockey game do apply to this version of ice hockey. The game is played over ice and the players use skates to move around the ice floor of the ground.
The dimensions of the ground are about 200 feet long and 85 meters wide.
The game is played between two teams, with each team having six players. As the ball is used in normal hockey game, in this ice hockey, the puck is used by the players. The object of the game is to put the puck on the goal located at each of the two ends of the playing arena. As a player of a team, the object is to put the puck in the goal post located at the opponent’s end. The players use hockey sticks, something similar to the English alphabet “J” as the hockey stick to move around the ground with skates.
The number of goals by a team more than the other team determines the winner of the game. The game gained popularity among the countries where skating and ice hockey can be played, especially in the cold winter season.
The game is a regular member of the Winter Olympics. In addition to Olympics, a number of ice hockey championships are also conducted. The famous Stanley Cup among the ice hockey playing nations is a testimony to the popularity of this winter sport.
The Stanley Cup, named after the Canadian Governor Frederick Stanley, is awarded to the winning team of the National Hockey League Championship granted annually. The Cup was first awarded in the 1893-94 season and since then it is awarded annually.