Rules to play Ice Hockey
Ice hockey is a team sport played on ice in which two teams of skaters.
1. Playing Surface
There are five 5 lines on the ice, two 2 goal lines both at the end of the ice, two 2 blue lines, separating the offensive defensive zones from the neutral zone, and the centre red line.The red line is not in play when making stretch passes. Before the NHL lockout in the 2004 05 seasons, players could not make two lined passes; resulted in offside.
To play organized hockey, players will need the essential equipment, skates, helmet with visor or cage, mouth guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey pants, athletic supporter jock, shin pads, hockey socks, jersey, and hockey stick.Goaltenders have their own category of equipment, goalie helmet cage required, chest and shoulder protectors, athletic supporter jock, hockey pants, blocker, glove, goalie stick, goalie pads, and goalie skates.For on ice equipment, there are two 2 nets at each end of the ice and pucks.
Hockey is played with six 6 players on the ice for each team; five 5 skaters, one 1 goaltender.
The typical roster size of a hockey team is twenty 20 players; twelve 12 forwards, 6 defensemen, and two 2 goaltenders.
There are an unlimited amount of substitutions and they can happen at any time; during play and or a stoppage of play; except when the defensive team ices the puck.
The goaltenders have limited control over the puck, there is a trapezoid behind the goal where goalies are allowed to handle the puck, if they play the pluck outside this area below the goal line, and it will result in a delay of game penalty. This trapezoid does not exist in international play.
Icing is when the defending team shoots the puck down the ice, without touching another player, across two red lines, first one being the red centre line and the second being the goal line. The opposing team must touch the puck before the team who iced the puck, or the call will become void.
In international rules, the rule is no touch
Hockey is divided into three 3 period, first, second, and third; they are each twenty 20 minutes long, with intermissions in between.
The ice is to be flooded after warm up and during first and second intermission.
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