The Game of Ice Hockey

Laura Lee
Jan 29, 2023

Hockey is one of the most played sports in the world. Hockey is a sport played on ice with sticks and a puck. The object of the game is to score goals by shooting the puck into the opponent’s net. There are six players on each team, including a goaltender, who tries to stop the puck from entering the net. The other five players are forwards and defensemen, who try to move the puck up and down the ice and into the opponent’s zone.

Canada's Jocelyne Larocque reacts during the women's preliminary round group A match of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games ice hockey competition players of Russia's Olympic Committee and Canada, at the Wukesong Sports Centre in Beijing on February 7, 2022. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)


To start the game, a player from each team faces off at the center of the rink. The referee drops the puck between them, and they try to control it with their sticks. Play begins when one of the players gains possession of the puck. During the game, players can pass the puck to their teammates or try to shoot it into the opponent’s net. They can also try to steal the puck from the other team by hitting it with their sticks or using their bodies to check (gently bump) the opponent. If a player commits a penalty, such as tripping an opponent or using a stick to hit someone, they are sent to the penalty box for a set amount of time. While they are in the penalty box, their team must play with one fewer player on the ice.

The game is divided into three periods, each lasting 20 minutes. If the score is tied at the end of regulation time, the game goes into overtime. In overtime, the first team to score wins the game. If no one scores, the game ends in a tie. Hockey is a fast-paced and exciting sport that requires a combination of skill, strength, and strategy. It is played at various levels, from amateur to professional, and is popular in many countries around the world.