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Ice Hockey - Everything you need to know

Ice Hockey is a popular contact team sport played on ice, usually within a rink, where two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a puck (made of rubber) into the opposing team’s net to score points.

It’s a very fast-paced and physical sport, often with some thrilling end to end action. Teams usually consist of six players each. One is the goaltender, who guards the team goal, and other five players out on the ice in front of them trying to score goals and defend.

It’s a massively popular sport to watch on TV, especially in North America, Northern Europe and Russia. 

21 Sep

Yesterday, Monday

17:00

Red Star Kunlun v Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

KHL

17:10

Dinamo Minsk v Sibir Novosibirsk

KHL

17:30

CSKA v Jokerit

KHL

01:00

Tampa Bay Lightning v Dallas Stars

NHL

  • Premier Sports 1
22 Sep

Today, Tuesday

15:00

Traktor v Severstal Cherepovets

KHL

15:00

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg v Vityaz

KHL

15:00

Metallurg v Barys Nur-Sultan

KHL

15:30

Salavat Yulaev v HC Sochi

KHL

16:00

Dinamo Riga v Torpedo

KHL

17:00

Ak Bars v Avangard

KHL

17:30

Neftekhimik v Amur Khabarovsk

KHL

18:00

Malmo v Leksands

SHL

  • Freesports TV
23 Sep

Tomorrow, Wednesday

17:30

SKA St. Petersburg v Sibir Novosibirsk

KHL

01:00

Dallas Stars v Tampa Bay Lightning

NHL

  • Premier Sports 1
24 Sep

Thursday

15:00

Metallurg v Vityaz

KHL

15:00

Salavat Yulaev v Traktor

KHL

17:00

Torpedo v Amur Khabarovsk

KHL

17:30

HC Sochi v Dynamo Moscow

KHL

17:30

CSKA v Severstal Cherepovets

KHL

25 Sep

Friday

15:00

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg v Dinamo Minsk

KHL

16:30

Jokerit v Sibir Novosibirsk

KHL

17:30

SKA St. Petersburg v Ak Bars

KHL

17:30

Avangard v Red Star Kunlun

KHL

17:30

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl v Neftekhimik

KHL

01:00

Dallas Stars v Tampa Bay Lightning

NHL

26 Sep

Saturday

12:30

Salavat Yulaev v Vityaz

KHL

15:00

Spartak Moscow v Amur Khabarovsk

KHL

15:00

Dinamo Riga v Dynamo Moscow

KHL

27 Sep

Sunday

13:00

Traktor v Dinamo Minsk

KHL

14:00

Jokerit v CSKA

KHL

15:00

Torpedo v Neftekhimik

KHL

15:30

Severstal Cherepovets v Ak Bars

KHL

15:30

Red Star Kunlun v Barys Nur-Sultan

KHL

16:30

Avangard v Metallurg

KHL

28 Sep

Monday

13:30

Sibir Novosibirsk v Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg

KHL

17:30

Spartak Moscow v Dynamo Moscow

KHL

29 Sep

Tuesday

16:00

Dinamo Riga v CSKA

KHL

17:00

Torpedo v Ak Bars

KHL

17:00

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl v Metallurg

KHL

17:00

Avangard v Jokerit

KHL

17:00

Severstal Cherepovets v Dinamo Minsk

KHL

17:00

Red Star Kunlun v Neftekhimik

KHL

17:30

HC Sochi v Traktor

KHL

17:30

Vityaz v Barys Nur-Sultan

KHL

30 Sep

Wednesday

13:00

Sibir Novosibirsk v SKA St. Petersburg

KHL

15:30

Salavat Yulaev v Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg

KHL

1 Oct

Thursday

16:30

Dinamo Riga v Dinamo Minsk

KHL

17:00

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl v Ak Bars

KHL

17:00

Severstal Cherepovets v Jokerit

KHL

17:30

Spartak Moscow v CSKA

KHL

17:30

Dynamo Moscow v Traktor

KHL

17:30

Avangard v Vityaz

KHL

17:30

HC Sochi v Barys Nur-Sultan

KHL

2 Oct

Friday

10:00

Amur Khabarovsk v SKA St. Petersburg

KHL

13:30

Sibir Novosibirsk v Torpedo

KHL

15:00

Metallurg v Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg

KHL

3 Oct

Saturday

15:00

Neftekhimik v Salavat Yulaev

KHL

15:00

Vityaz v Dinamo Riga

KHL

15:00

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl v Jokerit

KHL

4 Oct

Sunday

08:00

Amur Khabarovsk v Torpedo

KHL

12:00

Barys Nur-Sultan v SKA St. Petersburg

KHL

12:30

Dynamo Moscow v Red Star Kunlun

KHL

15:00

CSKA v Avangard

KHL

5 Oct

Monday

17:00

Ak Bars v Salavat Yulaev

KHL

17:00

Neftekhimik v Metallurg

KHL

17:30

HC Sochi v Dinamo Riga

KHL

6 Oct

Tuesday

10:00

Amur Khabarovsk v Torpedo

KHL

13:30

Sibir Novosibirsk v Severstal Cherepovets

KHL

16:30

Jokerit v Spartak Moscow

KHL

17:30

Vityaz v Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

KHL

17:30

CSKA v Dynamo Moscow

KHL

18:00

Rogle v Malmo

SHL

  • Freesports TV
7 Oct

Wednesday

15:00

Traktor v Red Star Kunlun

KHL

15:00

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg v Barys Nur-Sultan

KHL

17:00

SKA St. Petersburg v Metallurg

KHL

17:30

Dinamo Minsk v HC Sochi

KHL

8 Oct

Thursday

10:00

Amur Khabarovsk v Severstal Cherepovets

KHL

15:00

Salavat Yulaev v Sibir Novosibirsk

KHL

17:30

Spartak Moscow v Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

KHL

17:30

Vityaz v Ak Bars

KHL

9 Oct

Friday

15:00

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg v Metallurg

KHL

16:30

Jokerit v Dinamo Riga

KHL

17:30

Dinamo Minsk v Red Star Kunlun

KHL

17:30

SKA St. Petersburg v HC Sochi

KHL

10 Oct

Saturday

12:00

Barys Nur-Sultan v Severstal Cherepovets

KHL

12:30

Salavat Yulaev v CSKA

KHL

15:00

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl v Dynamo Moscow

KHL

15:00

Neftekhimik v Ak Bars

KHL

15:00

Avangard v Sibir Novosibirsk

KHL

11 Oct

Sunday

13:00

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg v Traktor

KHL

14:30

Dinamo Minsk v Dinamo Riga

KHL

12 Oct

Monday

12:30

Salavat Yulaev v Barys Nur-Sultan

KHL

15:00

Metallurg v CSKA

KHL

15:30

Jokerit v Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

KHL

17:00

Torpedo v Sibir Novosibirsk

KHL

17:30

Vityaz v Amur Khabarovsk

KHL

17:30

SKA St. Petersburg v Dynamo Moscow

KHL

17:30

HC Sochi v Avangard

KHL

17:30

Spartak Moscow v Red Star Kunlun

KHL

13 Oct

Tuesday

17:00

Ak Bars v Traktor

KHL

14 Oct

Wednesday

15:00

Metallurg v Avangard

KHL

16:00

Dinamo Riga v Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

KHL

16:30

Jokerit v CSKA

KHL

17:00

Ak Bars v Amur Khabarovsk

KHL

17:30

HC Sochi v SKA St. Petersburg

KHL

17:30

Vityaz v Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg

KHL

17:30

Spartak Moscow v Barys Nur-Sultan

KHL

15 Oct

Thursday

17:00

Red Star Kunlun v Salavat Yulaev

KHL

17:00

Severstal Cherepovets v Traktor

KHL

16 Oct

Friday

15:00

Metallurg v Neftekhimik

KHL

17:00

Torpedo v Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg

KHL

17:30

HC Sochi v Amur Khabarovsk

KHL

17:30

CSKA v SKA St. Petersburg

KHL

17:30

Ak Bars v Barys Nur-Sultan

KHL

17 Oct

Saturday

11:30

Sibir Novosibirsk v Jokerit

KHL

15:00

Avangard v Salavat Yulaev

KHL

15:00

Dinamo Riga v Vityaz

KHL

18 Oct

Sunday

12:30

Traktor v Neftekhimik

KHL

15:00

Severstal Cherepovets v Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg

KHL

15:00

CSKA v Dynamo Moscow

KHL

15:10

Dinamo Minsk v Spartak Moscow

KHL

19 Oct

Monday

10:00

Amur Khabarovsk v Jokerit

KHL

13:30

Sibir Novosibirsk v Ak Bars

KHL

17:00

Red Star Kunlun v Torpedo

KHL

17:30

Dinamo Riga v Metallurg

KHL

17:30

SKA St. Petersburg v Vityaz

KHL

17:30

HC Sochi v Salavat Yulaev

KHL

20 Oct

Tuesday

17:00

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl v Spartak Moscow

KHL

21 Oct

Wednesday

10:00

Amur Khabarovsk v Ak Bars

KHL

13:30

Sibir Novosibirsk v Traktor

KHL

14:30

Barys Nur-Sultan v Jokerit

KHL

17:00

Severstal Cherepovets v HC Sochi

KHL

17:00

Red Star Kunlun v Metallurg

KHL

17:30

Vityaz v Salavat Yulaev

KHL

17:30

CSKA v Torpedo

KHL

17:30

Dynamo Moscow v Dinamo Minsk

KHL

22 Oct

Thursday

17:00

Neftekhimik v Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg

KHL

17:30

Avangard v Dinamo Riga

KHL

17:30

SKA St. Petersburg v Spartak Moscow

KHL

23 Oct

Friday

10:00

Amur Khabarovsk v Traktor

KHL

14:30

Barys Nur-Sultan v Ak Bars

KHL

17:00

Severstal Cherepovets v Metallurg

KHL

17:30

CSKA v Dinamo Minsk

KHL

17:30

Vityaz v HC Sochi

KHL

24 Oct

Saturday

15:00

Avangard v Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg

KHL

15:00

Dynamo Moscow v Dinamo Riga

KHL

15:00

Neftekhimik v Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

KHL

25 Oct

Sunday

07:00

Amur Khabarovsk v Traktor

KHL

14:00

Red Star Kunlun v CSKA

KHL

14:00

Spartak Moscow v HC Sochi

KHL

14:10

Dinamo Minsk v Severstal Cherepovets

KHL

26 Oct

Monday

12:30

Sibir Novosibirsk v Barys Nur-Sultan

KHL

14:00

Metallurg v Torpedo

KHL

14:00

Salavat Yulaev v Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

KHL

15:30

Jokerit v Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg

KHL

16:30

Dynamo Moscow v Vityaz

KHL

16:30

SKA St. Petersburg v Avangard

KHL

27 Oct

Tuesday

16:00

Ak Bars v Neftekhimik

KHL

16:30

Spartak Moscow v Severstal Cherepovets

KHL

28 Oct

Wednesday

14:00

Metallurg v Sibir Novosibirsk

KHL

14:00

Traktor v Torpedo

KHL

14:00

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg v Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

KHL

14:00

Salavat Yulaev v Amur Khabarovsk

KHL

15:30

Jokerit v Vityaz

KHL

16:10

Dinamo Minsk v Dinamo Riga

KHL

16:30

Dynamo Moscow v Avangard

KHL

16:30

SKA St. Petersburg v Red Star Kunlun

KHL

29 Oct

Thursday

16:30

Spartak Moscow v CSKA

KHL

30 Oct

Friday

13:30

Barys Nur-Sultan v Red Star Kunlun

KHL

14:00

Metallurg v Salavat Yulaev

KHL

14:00

Traktor v Dinamo Riga

KHL

16:00

Ak Bars v Sibir Novosibirsk

KHL

16:00

Neftekhimik v Amur Khabarovsk

KHL

16:00

Severstal Cherepovets v Vityaz

KHL

16:00

Torpedo v Dinamo Minsk

KHL

16:30

HC Sochi v Jokerit

KHL

16:30

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl v Dynamo Moscow

KHL

1 Nov

Sunday

11:30

Salavat Yulaev v Red Star Kunlun

KHL

12:00

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg v Dinamo Riga

KHL

12:00

Metallurg v Traktor

KHL

14:00

Dynamo Moscow v CSKA

KHL

14:00

HC Sochi v Vityaz

KHL

14:00

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl v Dinamo Minsk

KHL

14:00

Neftekhimik v Sibir Novosibirsk

KHL

14:00

Severstal Cherepovets v Jokerit

KHL

14:00

Spartak Moscow v Avangard

KHL

14:00

Torpedo v Amur Khabarovsk

KHL

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Ice Hockey

A brief history 

It used to be thought that ice hockey was derived from English field hockey and Indian lacrosse. The general consensus was that the game had been spread throughout Canada by British soldiers in the mid-1800s. 

However, in the 1980s research turned up some mentions of a hockeylike game which had been played in the early 1800s in Nova Scotia by the Mi’kmaq (Micmac) Indians.

Elements of this early game are thought to have been adopted into what the world now knows and loves as the game of Ice Hockey.  Actions such as the “bully” (i.e face-off) and “shinning” (i.e. hitting your opponent on the shins with the stick). This means that the modern game probably has closer ties with the Irish game of Hurling.  

The use of a puck, as opped to a ball, was first recorded at Kingston Harbour, Ontario, Canada, in 1860. The first recorded public indoor ice hockey game took place in Montreal’s Victoria Skating Rink in 1875 between two teams of McGill University students. Rules for the match were still largely borrowed from field hockey. 

Despite being an undocumented event, in Europe, it is widely believed that in 1885 the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club was formed to play the first Ice Hockey Varsity Match. It took place against traditional rival Cambridge in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Major Ice Hockey Leagues and Tournaments 

Ice hockey is popular the world over but as you would expect, it’s generally a higher profile sport in countries with a cooler winter climate. By the very nature of the game you’re going to need some ice to play on but these days it’s possible to build a frozen indoor rink regardless of the external temperatures. 

Here are the world’s top ice hockey leagues right now: 

  • NHL - National Hockey League

The National Hockey League (NHL or in French: Ligue Nationale de hockey—LNH) is the main professional ice hockey league in North America. There are currently 31 teams in total made up of 24 from the United States and 7 in Canada. 

  • SHL - Swedish Hockey League 

The Swedish Hockey League is the top professional ice hockey league in the Scandanavian county of Sweden. It’s the highest division in the Swedish ice hockey system and the league currently consists of 14 teams in total. 

  • KHL - Kontinental Hockey League 

Founded in 2008, the Kontinental Hockey League is an international professional ice hockey comprised of 24 member clubs. Currently, the clubs are based in either Belarus, China, Finland, Latvia, Kazakhstan or Russia. The league has big plans to expand to more countries for a broader international appeal.

  • CHL - Champions Hockey League 

Founded in 1975, the Canadian Hockey League is an umbrella organization that represents all three of the Canada based major junior ice hockey leagues. The Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League are represented by the CHL. The league now encompasses 60 Canadian teams in total. 

  • Ice Hockey World Championships 

The Ice Hockey World Championships are an annual international ice hockey tournament organised by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The tournament was first officially held at the 1920 Summer Olympics and was first played as an individual event in 1930. 

The modern format of the World Championship sees 16 teams in a championship group. There are then 12 teams in Division I and 12 teams in Division II. The top 8 teams will then playoff in the medal round to be crowned the tournament winner.  

Notable Great Ice Hockey Players 

Ice Hockey has no shortage of greats, spread across the 20th and into the 21st century. Here are a few players of high note that you absolutely need to know about: 

Wayne Douglas Gretzky

You can’t talk about Ice Hockey without mentioning Wayne Gretzky. He’s a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach too. Nicknamed "The Great One", he played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Many sportswriters, players and even the NHL have proclaimed him to be known as "the greatest hockey player ever". 

Alex Ovechkin

After making his National Hockey League (NHL) debut in 2005 with the Washington Capitals, Ovechkin, or Ovie to his friends, frequently led the league in scoring. He even won the Maurice Richard Trophy, for most goals scored amazing five times (2008–09, 2013–15). It’s also worth noting that he is a three-time recipient of the Hart Memorial Trophy (2008–09, 2013) which made him the most valuable player in the NHL at the time. 

Sidney Crosby 

Sid the Kid as he’s commonly known is a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. Plus he is a two-time Olympic gold medallist with Canada’s men’s hockey team. 

That’s not a bad stat on its own but he has won this elusive list of awards: 

  • Art Ross Trophy (2007, 2014)
  • Hart Trophy (2007, 2014)
  • Ted Lindsay Award (2007, 2013, 2014)
  • The Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (2010, 2017)
  • The Conn Smythe Trophy (2016, 2017). 
  • Lou Marsh Trophy - Athlete of the Year (2007, 2009)