Ice hockey spiel is a game only for the extreme sports persons. It includes ice skating, scoring goals and often, fighting among players. It is among the games which result in worst injuries. Still it is the most popular game in countries like Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland and Russia. Other countries with large fan populations are Slovakia, Sweden and the United States. In fact, almost all the medals in all the championships, both men and women, till today are awarded to one of these countries, with Canada and United States on the top.
It is a team game with six players on each side. The players are also referred to as skaters. Five of the players in a team keep skating all around the ice rink trying to score while the sixth player, goaltender, tries to prevent the puck from going into the net. To score a point the teams try to shoot the hockey puck, made of hard rubber, into opponent’s net.
Why so popular?
The main reason of having so many fans is the speed at which the game goes on. It seems like the game does not stop even for a second. The players skate at the speeds of around 30 to 45 kmph. These high speeds result in many injuries as the game consists of a lot of physical contact. The other reason is the action. The game is full of violence and the fans love this. Also there are not very heavy penalties. Even if a player causes a visible injury to others, like draw of blood, he gets a penalty of maximum five minutes. This means he doesn’t get to play for five minutes. His team has to continue the game with one player short.
He game is said to have been invented in the United Kingdom and then brought to Canada and the United States where it grew and developed into a professional sport. Montreal has become the centre of development of the game in the past few years. Contemporary Ice Hockey can be seen here in many schools, colleges and universities.
Ice Hockey spiel is one of the most liked winter sports, after skiing. With players skating at high speed, shooting the puck at even higher speeds, physical contact at a dangerous level and everything going so fast, it has become one of the most fun to watch sports in the world.