In ice hockey, all clocks count towards zero. This adds a layer of pressure and suspense for players and fans. There are two clocks you should know:
In this tutorial, we will learn about the game clock, its rules, and how much time is on it.
The Game Clock
- A penalty is assessed
- A player is injured
- The puck is hit out-of-bounds
- A timeout is called
- The goalie stops the puck and maintains possession for longer than three (3) seconds
When the score is tied at the end of regulation, extra periods of game time are played to determine the winning team. The amount of time on the game clock in overtime periods differs from the NHL regular season to the NHL post season.
NHL Regular Season Overtime
In an NHL regular season game, periods last five (5) minutes, so the game clock will read 5:00.
NHL Post Season Overtime
In an NHL post season game, periods last twenty (20) minutes, so the game clock will read 20:00.
The game clock does not run during shootouts. We'll learn more about shootouts in future chapters.