The Basics of Hockey

The Basics of Hockey

  Most of everyone knows sports football, basketball, and baseball, but not many people know about the sport of hockey. Hockey is a fan favorite in Canada and a lot of people like it in America, too. That’s why we have 31 teams and Canada has seven. Hockey was started in Canada around 1875 where it was first played in Montreal on March 3. And then amateur hockey teams started up in the 1880s, but when hockey got more popular it became a professional sport in 1990.

  So, now that you know the history of hockey, you need to know how it works. So,  like other sports, you need hand-eye coordination and you need to be in fit condition. Since the players skate on ice and don’t run, that makes it pretty a tough sport. Then comes the harder part. You are allowed to push people into the plastic wall. That plastic wall is there to stop the puck, which is 3 inches wide and 2 inches tall. The puck can be hit and travel at 70 miles an hour so the plastic wall is there to stop that puck from hitting the audience. To hit the puck, you have to have something to hit it with which is a slanted stick with a flat bottom.

  In addition to the history of hockey and how it works, you need to know what hockey players wear. When you’re a goalie in hockey you’re going to wear padding. A lot of it. Because that puck could be coming very fast, the goalies wear pads that are huge and very heavy. It depends on how big the person is and how much the pads weigh, but usually, they weigh up to 40 pounds. Goalies also wear helmets. The regular hockey players wear helmets and just normal pads that go under their jerseys and they have to wear a mouth guard.

I hope this article helped you realize some things about hockey you did not know about before.