Ice Hockey Game Structure

Chapter 2.1

How long does an ice hockey game last? What is a period? What is halftime and overtime? Get ready to learn about the structure of an ice hockey game.

Introduction

It is important for you to understand the basic structure of an ice hockey game.

In this tutorial, we will learn about the structure of an ice hockey game and what you can expect watching or playing one from beginning to end.

National Anthem

Every ice hockey game begins with a singing of the national anthem. It's undeniable the impact sports culture has on the identity of a nation.

Regulation

Ice hockey games are made up of three (3) periods.

These periods of play are called:

Together, these periods of game time are called regulation.

Rookie Road Ice Hockey Regulation Image

The amount of time in each period in regulation differs at all levels of play (youth, college, pro). We will learn more about how much time is in each period at the various levels of play when we discuss the game clock coming up next.

Intermissions

An intermission is a brief break in play between periods.

Rookie Road Ice Hockey Intermission Image

Key Takeaways

  • Every ice hockey game begins with a singing of the national anthem
  • Ice hockey games consist of periods and breaks called intermissions
  • There are three (3) periods in an NHL game
  • There are three (3) periods in an NCAA college game

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