Ice hockey is getting more and more attention and spectators internationally, but at first glance, the numerous rules and markings on the field can be confusing. This article explains the basics of ice hockey.
An ice hockey match lasts sixty minutes and is divided into three-thirds of twenty minutes. After every third, there is a fifteen-minute break. And here we are already with a special feature that does not exist in football, for example: the sixty minutes is pure game time! This means that the clock is stopped at every break, be it a foul or a goal, and does not continue until the puck is back in play.
In ice hockey, six players are on the ice at the same time. One of them is usually a goalkeeper, but he can also be replaced by a fielder if, for example, you are in a narrow gap just before the end. Overall, however, a team consists of far more players, usually over twenty. These are divided into so-called “series”. Each series consists of five players. Since ice hockey is a very intense sport, the respective ranks are usually only a few minutes, sometimes even less on the field. Then the next row is exchanged. That’s how it runs through the whole match.
The winner in the end is the team that scored the most goals. Logical. But what if it is a draw after sixty minutes? First, an “overtime” takes place. This “overtime” usually lasts five minutes and is played in a “Sudden Death” mode, in which usually only three to four fielders (plus goalkeeper) compete against each other (although the type of “overtime” may vary depending on the league). This means that the team that scores the next goal wins. If there is still a draw after the five minutes, a “shootout” follows, which can be compared to the penalty shootout in football. Here, one player competes against the opposing goalkeeper until a winner is found.