Why Are Hockey Shifts So Short? Line Changes Explained

One of the most difficult things to understand for new hockey fans is just exactly how and why the players make substitutions so frequently and sometimes at seemingly random intervals. In most sports players either wait on the bench or on the sidelines until a stoppage in play allows for a substitution. In hockey, this […]

Why Does Hockey Have Three Periods?

Waiting for halftime during the hockey game? Well… you may be stuck waiting awhile, as hockey doesn’t use the traditional quarter/half format that other popular sports like football and basketball use. So… why? Interestingly enough, professional hockey used to be played into two 30 minute halves prior to the 1910-11 season. The concept of three […]

What do Hockey Players Sniff on the Bench? Smelling Salts

Ever wondered, “what exactly are those players sniffing on the bench? Are they doing drugs or what? It’s got to be legal… right? (It sure is). Those players are sniffing ammonia laced smelling salts. The theory is that they give increased alertness, energy levels, extra strength, speed, open nasal passages, elevated heart rate, increased brain […]