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Are NHL / Hockey Rinks The Same Size?

Have you ever wondered if every hockey rink is the same size? There are professional hockey arenas, local recreational rinks, Olympic-sized ice rinks, and rinks all over the world. Are they all the same size? Do they differ in size? What’s the difference between NHL and international ice regulations? We’ll break down all the numbers […]

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Is Hockey An Aerobic Or Anaerobic Sport?

Hockey is a high intensity sport. Skaters play the game in short shifts that quickly call upon and use up energy. But a hockey game also usually lasts for one hour. Does this mean that hockey is an aerobic or anaerobic sport? Is it one or the other? Or possibly both? This guide will fill […]

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Can Hockey Goalies Get Penalties? (Of Course)

Hockey goalies are subject to the same rules as all other players on the ice but they do get unique and special treatment in some areas of the game. The main difference between goalies and other skaters regards the serving of penalties during games and this applies to most hockey leagues and organizations. So what’s the […]

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Why NHL Players Don’t Wear Cages? (Real Reason)

With ice hockey being one of the most physical games in the world it just made sense that all leagues eventually introduced mandatory certified head gear. You’ll find there’s no way to play organized minor and pro hockey unless your head and upper facial area is properly protected at all times. So why do all NHL […]

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Do Hockey Goalies Get Concussions? (The Risks)

It’s hard to play goal in ice hockey without enduring some kind of physical contact which makes goalies just as prone to injury as any other player. In fact, they may even be more at risk since they’re playing right in front of hard metal goal posts and are facing 100 mile-per-hour shots on a […]

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How Many Calories Does Hockey Burn?

Ice hockey is a physically demanding sport. Goals, passes, and big saves may look natural for players, but skating and competing on the ice is a legitimate workout. Many players even pursue the sport for exercise. But how seriously can it be taken as an alternative to the gym? How many calories are burned while […]

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Do Ice Hockey Skates Come Sharpened?

Have you just bought a new pair of ice hockey skates? If you’re curious about whether or not the new skates come sharpened, it’s a smart question to ask. You wouldn’t want to hit the ice with dull skate blades, but you also wouldn’t want to spend money to re-sharpen freshly sharpened blades. We’ll look […]

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How Fast Can Ice Hockey Players Skate?

Ice hockey is a high-speed sport. Players use powerful strides and razor-sharp skate blades to reach impressive speeds on the ice. The game is only getting faster too, as players are developing into stronger athletes with fitness regimens and diet plans. But just how fast can hockey players actually skate? What is the fastest speed […]

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Reasons To (NOT) Wax Your Hockey Stick?

So, you’re considering using stick wax on your hockey stick. Maybe you’ve seen someone else using it in the dressing room? Or you’re curious about the wax you’ve seen for sale at the sporting goods store? What advantages does it provide? Does it really add benefits to your stickhandling or shooting abilities? We’ve got you […]

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How Do Hockey Players Know When To Change Lines?

When you watch a hockey game, you’ll notice that players seem to follow a “code” when they change lines. They all change after a similar amount of time, and only during certain moments in play. But how do they know when to change lines? Why do they only change at particular times? And what constitutes […]