In this tutorial, we will learn about the break between the periods called intermission.
An intermission is a brief break from play between periods. There are two intermissions in a regulation ice hockey game. The first intermission takes place between the 1st period and 2nd period. The second intermission takes place between the 2nd and 3rd period.
During intermission, players leave the ice through an opening in the boards to the locker rooms. Intermissions allow players to regroup and make adjustments to their game plan prior to the next period. During this time, the zamboni will also come onto the ice to perform necessary maintenance.
PRO TIP: If an ice hockey game goes beyond regulation, there will be a brief intermission before the start of overtime. However, in the NHL this intermission only lasts one minute.
We'll learn more about face-offs and how teams put the puck into play in future chapters.