If football was dubbed the “King” sport of the Summer Olympics, then Ice Hockey would occupy a similar position during the Winter Olympics. Ice hockey has been the favorite sport in many countries such as the UK, the US, Canada, etc. Let’s learn something about this elaborated sport!
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 end of the 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 plastic) to hit the ball into the opponent’s net.
The match lasts 60 minutes and is divided into 3 innings without recess. The team that takes the ball more into the opponent’s net 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 appeard at the Summer Olympics
Ice hockey first appeared in Summer Olympics 1920 in Belgium. The test was then completely transferred to the winter sports system starting from the 2004 Winter Olympics and defaulted until the last Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
Seven countries including 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 the battle of this group of “giants”, the gold medal is always a competition of both Canadian and American teams.