It is fair to say that hockey has evolved over the years. Gear has changed and so have the players. The game has become faster and stronger and a lot more off ice training and hard work is necessary to go pro unlike it used to be in the 19th century.
It is believed that hockey was first played in Windsor Nova Scotia, Kingston Ontario or Montreal Quebec. Many people believed it evolved from the Irish game Hurley. Beginning around 1860, wooden pucks were used. On March 3rd 1875 the first game of hockey played indoors occurred in Montreal. The first hockey club was formed in 1877 at McGill University for the up and coming game of hockey. In the same year the first set of rules were published in the Montreal Gazette. In the next year periods changed from two thirty minute periods to three twenty minute periods. In the Beginning, Hockey was strictly an amateur sport until the first pro league was assembled in 1904, the start of a very popular and inspirational sport. Evidence of that is the oldest hockey stick known was priced at four million US dollars.
Modern day hockey is a very high paced high action game. The NHL is comprised of 30 different teams from Canada and the USA. In the NHL there are 6 Canadian and 24 American Teams. The 30 teams get split into two conferences of 15 teams; each conference is split into three divisions of five teams. Each team has an 82 regular season schedule. The top 8 teams from each conference move on to the playoffs also known as the “post-season”. In the playoffs there are best of seven series, your opponent is matched from your regular season standings. In the playoffs there are three twenty minute periods and a five on five twenty minute overtime session if the two teams are still tied after regulation. That differs from the regular season because a tie is broken with a five minute overtime period with four players a side. If the tie is not broken after the five minutes the game moves into a shootout where the team with the...
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