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Ice Hockey 101 – A Beginners Guide

If you don’t know how to play hockey, learn. If you quit, get back out there. – David Walton As I tell my kids in just about anything they do – you’ll never learn if you don’t try. Ice hockey is the exact same way! We’ve created this Beginners guide to Ice Hockey – otherwise […]

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What is a Power Play in Hockey?

The power play in hockey is one of the more unique aspect of the sport. In other sports, a play is what the team does during active periods of the game. In hockey, players do make plays which usually involve passing, shooting, or stick handling the puck. But, these aren’t power plays, they’re just plays. […]

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What is Cross Checking in Hockey?

Hockey is a game that involves hitting, but the hitting needs to follow the rules! By the time hockey players reach the NHL, they know the rules and they know how to avoid taking penalties for them. Cross checking is one of those penalties that most players know well, and are easily understood by fans. […]

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What is Hooking in Hockey?

As you can imagine, since hockey is played so quickly, some penalties can be hard to spot. The Hooking penalty in hockey isn’t one of them! This is one of the easiest penalties to see and players know it. When they get caught hooking another player, there isn’t much they can do about it. It’s […]

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What is Offside in Hockey?

In hockey, some rules were created to keep the players from getting an unnecessary advantage. One of those rules is the offside call. This somewhat complicated rule doesn’t involve anything violent or dangerous. It also doesn’t involve any unusual stick work. The simplest explanation for offside is that it occurs when offensive players cross their […]

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Positions in Ice Hockey

If you are new to this great game, you may be wondering what the positions are in hockey and how they work together. Hockey teams need to have at least six players to put on the ice. Since the sport is so fast-paced and physically exhausting, teams tend to have several groupings of players so […]

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What is Slashing in Hockey?

In some cases, hockey games have a few too many connections to horror movies. From the hockey goalie masks that look like the creepy movies that took place on Fridays to the names of the penalties (slashing anyone?), hockey is certainly a game filled with suspense and danger. One of the more dangerous plays in […]

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What is Icing in Hockey?

You’re watching the game and you hear the referee’s whistle. Icing? What does that mean? If this sounds familiar, this article will help you understand just what is Icing in hockey and how the rule works. Icing is one of the oddest rules in hockey. It is also one of the easiest to understand, yet […]

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Equipment Required for Ice Hockey (A list)

We’ve all been there. You’re a couple of days out and have no idea what you gear you need for hockey season and how much it will cost. But don’t worry, we have your back with this ice hockey equipment list guide. With all of the equipment needed to play a game of ice hockey, […]

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How long is a Hockey Game?

The answer to how long is a hockey game for most is two and a half hours. This assumes that you are wondering the standard length of a game that includes three 20 minute periods with an intermission break in between. If the game includes TV timeouts like you see in many higher leagues you […]

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