Hockey: An Introduction To A Unique Winter Sport

Hockey is a sport that is enjoyed by many players and fans. Because it is most frequently played on ice (professionally anyway), it is often referred to as ice hockey, though there are some variations of the game using a roller rink rather than an ice rink making it possible for those who dont have the benefit of ice rinks to engage in the game for fun. Hockey that isnt played on the ice is generally referred to as roller hockey.

Ice hockey is played in a 200 foot by 85 foot rink. Lines are painted on the ice to mark various zones. The red line in the center of the rink marks the middle of the ice so the hockey players can tell how far to shoot. Blue lines are used to mark the three zones of the ice the defending zone, the attacking zone and the neutral zone.

One each end of the rink, in the center of the ice is a set of goal posts which are set six feet apart, and a net. Between the goal posts there is a red line painted on the ice which is called a goal line. The object of the game of hockey is to make goals by knocking the hockey puck into the net using a hockey stick. A team achieves points when the puck crosses the goal line and goes into the net which oddly enough is also called the goal. The blue area in front of the goal that is painted in blue is called the crease. Only the goaltender is allowed in the crease, so if a player skates into the crease while attempting to make a goal, they may get an interference penalty.

Generally there are six players per team on the ice at one time. The three players that line up at the front of the team are called forwards and they mainly serve as the teams offense. Depending on their placement they are referred to as the right wing, the center and the left wing. Behind the forwards are two defensemen, one on the right and one on the left. The sixth player is the goaltender, also called a goalie. The goalie generally stays in the crease to protect defensive zone, the defensemen also defend the goal as the forwards attempt to make goals for the team. Forwards and defensemen are allowed to provide both offense and defense for their team as they react to the activity of the game. At the end of three twenty-minute periods, the hockey team with the highest score wins. Tied games go into a five-minute period of overtime.

Hockey Clothing and Apparel for Avid Hockey Fans

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Wouldn’t it be cool to not only watch, eat, breathe, live and sleep hockey but also to wear hockey clothing and apparel all the time, not only during games but everyday of your hockey-loving life? If you are such a hockey fan, wouldn’t it be the neatest thing in the world to wear stuff with hockey on them or better, your favorite team’s logos on them, from inside out?

Hockey fans would shout with zeal at just the very thought of this happening. It would be very pleasurable for hockey fans to be able to find every possible kind of hockey clothing and apparel with their favorite team’s logo on it. They would experience a different kind of high when they would see themselves in the mirror wearing hockey jerseys and sweatpants with their fave team’s logo.

Fortunately, there are already sites on the net that provide hockey clothing for sale, much to the enjoyment of puck enthusiasts. There are replica hockey jerseys, teeshirts not only featuring hockey team logos but also cute hockey sayings and thoughts, sweatshirts and sweatpants for all gender and ages.

Teeshirts with hockey themes made of preshrunk heavy-weight cotton as well as long-sleeve tees and sweatshirts are available. They have seamless collars and double-needle sleeves and hem for utmost comfort as well as durability. These items are available for adult men and women as well as children and infants.

There are also specially-designed hockey jerseys and sports teeshirts exclusively for ladies and girls. Made of 100 percent cotton, they are fitted with round neck and cap sleeves. A longer and roomier style is also available for a loose, active fit for the woman or girl who loves to be in motion as much as she loves the game of hockey.

Sweatpants for all ages are also available. These could even be customized with your name on the back with a fave team’s name at the front.

For the corporate yuppie, who still wants to display their love of the hockey game even while donning on business suits, there are hockey neck ties available. Made of 100 percent silk, these ties feature hockey players of your preferred color on a colored background.

But, if you really want to shout out that team spirit, there are also mid-weight replica hockey jerseys made of 100 percent polyester double knit-jersey. These jerseys also feature chest and shoulder logos where applicable.

For hockey fans who want to wear as much hockey clothing and apparel as possible, there are now unisex sport boxers featuring a sewn-shut fly and made of 100 percent cotton jersey knit fabric that they could buy. This underwear is available not only for hockey lovers but also for other sports as well.

If you do not only love hockey but also play it, there is a specially designed hockey underwear that could replace long johns, t-shirts, shirts and sweatpants. They are the moisture-absorbing synthetic shirt and pants that assures ultimate dryness as you get maximum comfort and performance during a game. So as you can see, hockey clothing comes in many styles, colors, and varieties to please even the most avid hockey fan.

Wearing Hockey Clothing From Your Favorite Team Is Exciting

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Besides being a lot of fun, by wearing your favorite hockey team’s clothing you can advertise for your favorite team and meet others who recognize your clothing, stop you and chat about the team whenever you’re wearing the clothing. It’s a great way to make friends out of other hockey fans.

Wearing your hockey team’s colors is probably the best way to display team support and identify you as a big fan. No matter whether you wear just a baseball cap or go the route of wearing a regulation jersey, people will know who you think is the best hockey team out there.

The greatest tribute to your team is the hockey jersey. You can get them in both home colors and away colors; the price depends on whether you go for a knock off or buy an authentic jersey from the NHL. They look great in the arena or anywhere you want to show off your team. You throw on a pair of jeans or shorts, a hockey jersey and maybe a baseball cap and you’ll look great in the stands, rooting for your team at the game of your choice. It looks nice to see a lot of people wearing the team colors in the stands at home games.

One interesting twist on hockey jerseys is to buy one of the jerseys that sport the name and colors of a team that no longer exists or has moved to another location. Take, for example, the old Minnesota North Stars team. They’ve moved to Dallas and are called the Dallas Stars but people still remember the old team and appreciate seeing and wearing their colors and old logo. Some of that kind of hockey apparel has some actual value beyond just being nostalgic. If you wear a jersey that isn’t made anymore, it has a fair amount of collector’s value.

Don’t just restrict yourself to the jerseys, either. There are emblems on things like T shirts, ball caps, sweatshirts and just about anything you can wear. They often sport both the team’s emblem and their colors. Some places where you can get these things include NHL stores, the Internet, sporting goods stores and sometimes at the arena itself. Some are higher priced than others but I’d go for whatever you like that fits within your budget. Don’t forget the minor league teams, high school teams and even college teams. They have their colors and apparel, too. You can mix and match or change your attire depending on who’s playing at the time or on a particular day.

If you actually play hockey, you can have your team all wear the same items with the team logo on them. You don’t have to wait until game time to promote yourself and to promote the team you’re on. It can really change the popularity of the team you play for.