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A team sport played on ice

  • Ice hockey is played on ice in which skaters use sticks to shoot a hard rubber hockey puck into their opponent's net to score points.
  • The sport is popular in Canada, United States of America and in few European countries.
  • The player who tries to stop the puck from going into the goal is called a goaltender.
  • The goaltender will only have less than a half a second to react.
  • The diameter of a hockey puck is three inches.
  • A puck hit by the best shooters can travel at more than 100 mph.
  • The fastest slapshot on record is Bobby Hull’s, which registered 118 miles per hour.
  • The standard North American ice rink is 200 feet long and 85 feet wide.
  • A goalie's chest protector is made of Kevlar, the same material used in bulletproof vest for police.
  • Wayne Gretzky holds 61 NHL records, the most by far of any player.
  • In North America, the National Hockey League (NHL) is the highest level for men ice hockey and the most popular.
  • It is the official national winter sport of Canada.
  • 162 of 177 medals at the IIHF World Championships have been taken by seven nations: Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States.
  • On March 3, 1875, the first organized indoor game was played at Montreal's Victoria Skating Rink.
  • In 2011, Canada has 85,827 women players while United States has 65,609, making it one of the most fastest growing sport amongst women.
  • Women's ice hockey was added as a medal sport at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.
  • The original Stanley Cup was only seven inches high.
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