Ice Hockey is a full-contact team sport with short bursts of training and exercise - if you think that sounds puck-er, then give it a go. If you're a beginner, skating on ice is easy to pick up, so don't let that put you off.
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An Overview of Ice Hockey
Ice hockey is a full-contact sport demanding pace, agility, poise, vision and finesse. Ice hockey, the world's fastest team game, is full of skilful stick handling, tactics, speed and grit. The game has a strong British following and a number of leagues operated across the UK.
A six-a-side game on ice that involves trying to get the puck in your opponents net using your stick.
- Ice hockey is the ultimate in interval training
- Develops upper-body strength and balance
There are a number of ways to get involved with ice hockey in the UK. You could start by watching your local Elite League team, spread across cities in all four home nations. If you want to begin playing, the English Ice Hockey Association has a comprehensive club index which features a list of facilities and clubs within England.
Ice hockey players wear specialised equipment, which is specifically designed for safety. Players are well padded - they wear knee pads, shin, hip, elbow and shoulder guards, thick gauntlet-type gloves, long stockings that fit over the knee pads, padded shorts that lace up at the front and sweaters in team colours over everything. Boots are stronger and different from figure skating boots. They have lower ankle support, reinforced toes and padded tongues. The blade has a plain point, is straight and narrow and now hollow ground. The two upright stanchions are higher on a hockey skate changing the centre of gravity.
- Hockey, as it's known across the Atlantic, made its Olympic debut at the Summer Games of 1920 before becoming a constant feature of the Winter Olympics from 1924.
- The McGill University Hockey Club, formed in 1880s Canada, became the first recognised ice hockey club as the sport established itself in North America.
- The Great Britain men's Olympic team despite being one of the founder members of the International Ice Hockey Foundation, last won an Olympic medal in 1936, when they won gold
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