History of Hockey Overview

Hockey consists of a 60-minute game broken into three periods. There are about 20 players per team, but only 6 players on the ice at any one time. One of the players can be the goaltender, but this isn’t required. The objective is to get the puck, a flat black disc, into the goal on the opponent’s side. Hockey is a faced-paced game. Players are only on the ice for about a minute before they switch out for other players. They can switch at any time, but players normally switch out during safe points in the game like when the puck is far from their goal. A hockey game takes about two and a half hours from start to finish. Because of the pandemic, the NHL dropped the season length to 56 games and realigned the four divisions. The top four teams from each division get into the playoffs, and teams are eliminated as they lose games. The championship game is for the Stanley Cup.

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The Stanley Cup stands approximately 35 inches tall. It’s made of silver and nickel alloy, but unlike most other sports, a new cup is not made each year. Instead, the team earns a stripe on the bottom of the cup and gets to keep the cup, until someone else wins it. As new champions earn a stripe, the oldest stripe is removed and placed in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Stanley Cup is named for its donor, Lord Stanley of Preston who was the governor-general of Canada when the cup was first awarded in 1893.