Ice hockey is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks toshoot a hard rubber puck into their opponent’s net. In some countries, where the sport is very popular, it is known simply as “hockey”; however, the name ice hockey is used in countries in which the word hockey is generally reserved for another form of hockey, such as field hockey or street hockey. The game is played between two teams with six players on the ice. A team usually consists of four lines of three forwards, three pairs of defencemen and two goalies. Five members of each team skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team. Each team has a goaltender who tries to stop the puck from going into the goal or “net.”
A fast-paced, physical sport, hockey is most popular in areas of North America and Europe that are sufficiently cold for natural reliable seasonal ice cover. With the advent of indoor artificial ice rinkshockey has become a year-round pastime in some areas. In North America, the National Hockey League (NHL) is the highest level for men, and the most popular. The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and the Western Women’s Hockey League (WWHL) are the highest levels for women. It is the official national winter sport of Canada, where the game enjoys immense popularity. The first organized game was played on March 3, 1875 in Montreal, Canada.
While there are 68 total members of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), 162 of 177 medals at the IIHF World Championships have been taken by these seven nations: Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States. Of the 66 medals awarded in men’s competition at the Olympic level from 1920 on, only six medals did not go to the one of those countries. All 12 Olympic and 36 IIHF World Women’s Championships medals have gone to one of these seven countries, and every gold medal in both competitions has been won by either Canada or the United States.
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Kids Hockey Practice for WSC 08 18 2012
Kids playing Hokey August 11 2012
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