An intermission is a brief break from play between periods. There are two (2) 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.
To keep fans entertained, some ice hockey games have something called a halftime show. This usually consists of some form of entertainment on the ice.
PRO TIP: If you're watching on TV, there's usually a breakdown of each team's performance by sports analysts on major networks.
Face-offs After Intermissions