Hockey is an extremely historic game that has been played for hundreds of years. Originally from Windsor Canada, hockey developed as a northern game that has since spread all over the world. Hockey began as a sport that was played with nine vs nine on a team, a wooden puck that was to be scored in a net, and minimal to no equipment. The game originated as a variation of the similar stickball game known as "Hurley," and then when it was moved to ice it was called "Ice Hurley" until the formal name of Ice Hockey stuck. Today hockey has evolved tremendously, but the core aspects of the game have been the same for so many years. The game of hockey today has evolved into a combination of both the games of lacrosse and football, encompassing the speed of lacrosse and the physicality football. The game is still played with five skaters and one goalie per team. There are three offensive players and two back defensive players. In all levels of the sport, it is extremely physical and fast-paced.
A typical game has anywhere between one to four goals but games have been scored up to eight to ten goals by a single team. Since the game is played on ice, the puck, as well as the players, are constantly gliding up and down the ice at very high speeds. All players are required to wear skates, in order to skate on the ice. There are variations of the game of hockey such as ice hockey, roller hockey, and indoor hockey, but the most famous is Ice Hockey.
Currently, there are many different levels of competitive hockey that plays all over the world. The American hockey league is known as the National Hockey League (NHL), but there are other leagues such as Canada's Ottawa Hockey League (OHL), Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), and many others. Most international hockey players aspire to play in the NHL because it has the highest volume of fans, as well as the highest paying contracts. As a result, the NHL is an extremely diverse league that is home to players from dozens of different countries worldwide. The NHL is comprised of 31 teams currently, with new teams being potentially added to the league in the next coming years. Hockey is a sport that has been around for centuries, but is growing as of recent. Due to the rise in technology, hockey is available in locations of all climates instead of just areas in the north that have freezing weather. Hockey is a game that is played by kids as young as toddlers, to as old as 50-year-old's in the professional hockey leagues.