If football is the king sport of the Summer Olympic Games, ice hockey occupies a similar position in the Winter Olympic Games. This is also one of the most favorite winter sports in the USA. Let’s learn some basic information about this subject!
About ice hockey
Ice hockey, which was developed from Canada, is a fighting sport on ice. Each team will have 6 players including a goalkeeper. A team will have a maximum of 20 registered players per match including 2 goalkeepers.
An ice hockey match consists of 3 rounds, each of which lasts 20 minutes. There is a 15-minute break between two matches.
The game field, which is 30 meters wide and 61 meters in length, consists of 3 areas including 2 defensive areas of each team and the midfield. In each defensive area, there will be 2 small circles for defensive players.
The athletes will wear gloves and protective gear on their heads and shoulders. In particular, the goalkeepers will be equipped with shin guards.
There is be a piece of hard rubber called snowball and the players of each team will use sticks to hit the ball towards the opponent’s goal.
First appeared at the Summer Olympic Games
Ice hockey first appeared in the 1920s Summer Olympics in Belgium. This sport was then transferred to the winter sports system from the 2004 Winter Olympic Games.
Seven countries including the United States, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, and Sweden are having the best ice hockey teams in the Olympic arena.
Nowadays, ice hockey is thriving in many countries, especially the geographic areas that are cold enough to form seasonal ice with perfect hardness such as Canada, Czech, Russia, Slovakia, Finland, Switzerland, and especially the northern latitude of the United States.
The king winter sport in the USA
Some countries like the United States and other European countries officially choose ice hockey as the national winter sport. The professional tournaments in North America such as the National Hockey League (NHL), the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), etc. have become increasingly popular, attracting tens of thousands of people to the stadium and millions of viewers on TV programs.
As can be seen, there is no question that ice hockey is the king winter sport in the USA.