Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those articles where they discuss the rules of National Hockey League one by one in painstaking detail. If you’re new to National Hockey League, better start by reading up on the top reasons why people love it instead of browsing for NHL teams in alphabetical order. So why exactly are people hooked?
Hockey is a Game of Speed
Hockey won’t stop for just about anything, it’s not like other sports that could possibly drag on for hours. Usually, in NHL games, players will go on the ice in 30 up to 60-second shifts in addition to a quick-shifting line combination. Blinking at the wrong moment and you might not be able to keep up with the change in players and the movement of the hockey puck. It’s a bit tricky to study the uniform numbers and names of players, but the audience will enjoy seeing everyone in the game at least once if they’re included in the line game’s lineup.
Hence, the audience can see the strengths and weaknesses of each player when they’re on the ice and how well they perform. Once the game begins, there will be multiple things to keep your eye on. When players aren’t too busy speeding around the ice controlling the hockey puck, they’re throwing massive hits. Goaltenders only have a second to quickly react to the hockey puck speeding towards him. Face-offs are normal occurrences, and the winner of the face-off usually gains control of the hockey puck, keeping his team in the game.
Players Get Away with Fighting in Hockey
Other sports strictly forbid fighting in the field or at the court and the ‘fight’ that happens in those sports aren’t really that bad. Fighting is a major part of the entire culture of hockey and the fans absolutely love it when it happens. So much so that, in previous games, players would actually come to an agreement that they would fight right before the game begins. You’ve probably seen a couple of those where a couple of players would wait for the initial puck-drop and make the crowd believe that they’re focused on the action and then the fight erupts. Player take off gloves and throw punches for everyone to see. The majority of the NHL teams would even assign a player whose priority is fighting and defending their teammates.
The league itself has expressed their disapproval of the brawls and staged fights in the past, but it still won’t stop the excitement of fans once a fight does occur. Another plus is the debate that comes after about who really won.
Hockey is an Incredibly Physical Game
Even by taking out all the staged fights and actual brawls, hockey is not the ideal sport for players who want to avoid physical contact. When players become distracted, they won’t know who’s face is on the ice and who was pushed up against the sides. Hockey players take a 90 mph shot square on the face and end up chipping or losing their teeth. Hockey players consider missing teeth, scars and bruises are badges of honor and they’re proud of all the physical battles. Fans consider a player’s endurance and toughness when considering just how important a player is in their team.