If football was dubbed the “King” sport of the Summer Olympics, then Ice Hockey would occupy a similar position during the Winter Olympics.
There are many theories about the birth of hockey, but so far most people still believe that the sport comes from a game in ancient Greece called “keritizein”. From the late eighteenth century, hockey was gradually improved by the British until it became a unified whole as it is now.
According to the regulations of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the standard game field must meet the basic requirements of size 60.98x30m. The rules are quite simple with each team of 6 players using skateboards (made of wood, aluminum or synthetic resin) to hit the ball into the opponent’s net. The match lasts 60 minutes and is divided into 3 innings without recess.The more balls in the opponent’s net, the more chance the team will win. The big difference between hockey and football is that there is no time limit and number of substitutions per match. The half-time break lasts from 15 minutes 30 seconds to 17 minutes.
First appearance at the Summer Olympics
The sport completely transferred to the winter sports system starting from the 2004 Winter Olympics and defaulted until the latest Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States are considered the great powers of ice hockey in the Olympic arena. In the men’s content only 6/64 medals do not belong to one of the seven countries mentioned above. On the women’s playing field, the medal competition in the Olympics and the World Championship is always a battle of this group, the gold medal is always a racing competition between the two teams of Canada and the US.
The player must exercise the whole body and need to know how to coordinate smoothly between the aforementioned parts. “Ice hockey requires players to have flexible legs to move, skillful hands to scramble and finish. Along with that is the observing mind and the ability to judge clearly in every situation