Nowadays we can see a huge popularity in ice hockey. In different countries large parts of the population love this sport the most. We are basically talking about one team sport that is always played on ice. Skaters are using different sticks to direct and move a puck towards the opponent team’s goal. This is one fast and really physical sport.
Most countries where ice hockey enjoys a huge popularity are countries that are cold enough to sustain it. We can give good examples in Canada, Sweden, Russia and Finland. Canada has its official wintersport in ice hockey and this is also because this is where the game actually appeared and started developing.
Ice hockey origins are pin-pointed really back in time. Montreal stands out as the city where modern ice hockey actually started developing. In 1875 we saw the first ever indoor ice hockey game being played there. The game evolved as time passed and the first championship of the world took place in 1883. In the first games we saw teams of nine members and then 7 members.
The Montreal City Hockey League appeared 2 years later. We can tell you one interesting fact that happened in 1893. At that point in time Montreal had alone 100 hockey teams. USA did have a similar game that was being played called ice polo. Time did pass and all evolved to what we refer to today as professional ice hockey, one game really well received and loved.
Today we see players having really special equipment to protect their bodies. This is definitely because a lot of injuries appear with ice hockey. Due to the fact that the skaters are sometimes traveling at speeds of up to 50 KM per hour and the physical aspect of the game is one if its main attractions we are faced with serious injuries. Unfortunately we can see many that are retiring from this sport due to a serious injury that stops them from playing again. Head injuries are really damaging and you will actually see concussions and even face cuts quite commonly.
Although this sport’s brutality is sometimes criticized the number of fans that it has is really huge. This is one sport that is mostly for men and although women do play hockey the level of popularity of men ice hockey is much higher. Fights do happen on the ice and penalties are quite common. Ice hockey stands out as a really powerful game from a lot of point of views.