What does the ice look like?
A hockey rink looks like this:
It has 5 faceoff dots (dots where faceoffs take place) in the neutral zone (in between the blue lines). One in the middle, and one in each corner. There is a red line in the middle and 2 blue lines on either side. The ice is 200 ft long. The blue half circle on each end of the ice is the crease. That is what the ice looks like.
What’s Hockey Without Rules?
Without rules hockey would be a mess. There are many rules that keep hockey in place.
A referee calling a penalty
Penalties are the punishment for breaking a rule. When you get a penalty, you go to the penalty box. Also, the referee puts his hand in the air like a sharks fin above water when you get a penalty. When a player serves a penalty, his team is shorthanded. They have 4 players and a goalie. A minor is 2min., a double minor is 4min., and a major is 5min. Spearing, boarding, fighting, and charging are major penalties. If you get a misconduct, it is 10 min. A game misconduct is 10 min and you get kicked out of the game and sit in the locker room. Another penalty is, too many men. If there are 6 players and a goalie you could get a penalty. However, if you are changing lines, you don’t usually get penalized.
Other important rules are icing, offsides, and crease violation. Icing is when you are behind the red line, and you dump the puck in past the goal line. The next faceoff is in your defensive zone. Although, if a player on the opposing team touches it, it’s no icing. Also, the ref may not call icing if it barely goes across the line and he wants to let the play go on. Crease violation is when a player is in the opposing team’s crease when the puck isn’t. The next faceoff is outside the zone. That is what penalties, icing, offsides, and crease violation are.
“You Miss 100% of the Shots You Don’t Take”
That is a quote from Wayne Gretzky, the best player ever. He’s the Michael Jordan of hockey. If you don't take shots, you can't score.
To score, the puck has to cross the goal line in the goal. However, it has to be a legit goal. The referee can wave it off if he didn’t think it was a legit goal. If a player kicks the puck in the goal, 9 out of 10 times it’s no goal. The referee may not see it, and it could be a goal. If a player shoots the puck, and it hits a skate, it is usually a goal. If a player passes to another player, and he scores, the player who passed it gets the assist. If 14 passes to 20 and 20 scores, 14 gets the assist. If a player has the puck with the opposing team behind him, and he is skating towards the opposing team's goalie, it is called a breakaway. Also, if there are 2 players driving towards the net with 1 defender, it is an odd man rush. It is the same with 3 players driving and 2 defenders. Teams have a goal horn when they score. That is how you score and what odd man rushes, breakaways, and assists are.