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Ice Hockey

Canadian Derek Roy with his hockey stick extended, handles the puck near the opposing team's net.
Derek Roy #9 of Canada skates with the puck during the men’s ice hockey playoffs against Germany at PyeongChang 2018. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

What's it all about?

Does gliding around on skates while holding a stick sound like a good time? Add in checking, laser-fast slapshots and cheering fans and you’ve got one of Canada’s favourite pastimes — ice hockey.

How it's played

Things to watch for

Meghan Agosta of Team Canada skates with the puck during the women’s ice hockey gold medal game at PyeongChang 2018. (Harry How/Getty Images)
Meghan Agosta of Team Canada skates with the puck during the women’s ice hockey gold medal game at PyeongChang 2018. (Harry How/Getty Images)

She shoots, she scores

  • Women’s ice hockey was added to the Winter Olympics in 1998.
  • The Canadian women’s team has never missed the medal podium.
  • They’ve won 4 gold and 2 silver medals in that time, losing only to the U.S.
Switzerland's Jonas Hiller (#1) looks for the puck in the air during men's preliminary round ice hockey at PyeongChang 2018. (AFP via Getty Images)
Switzerland's Jonas Hiller (#1) looks for the puck in the air during men's preliminary round ice hockey at PyeongChang 2018. (AFP via Getty Images)

Olympic rules

  • If there’s a tie when the game ends, they play a period of overtime.
  • And if the game is still tied after overtime, they move to a shootout. 
  • No fighting allowed in Olympic ice hockey, if you do, you’re out of the game!
Tomas Zohorna #79 of the Czech Republic handles the puck in front of Kevin Poulin #31 of Canada during the men’s bronze medal hockey match at PyeongChang 2018. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Tomas Zohorna #79 of the Czech Republic handles the puck in front of Kevin Poulin #31 of Canada during the men’s bronze medal hockey match at PyeongChang 2018. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Hockey history

  • The modern day version of ice hockey originated in Canada in the 19th Century.
  • The word hockey comes from the French word hocquet, which is a shepherd’s stick.
  • Until the late 1800s, hockey was played with a ball!
Action packed facts.
  • Canada has more medals in ice hockey than any other country, with a total of 22 as of PyeongChang 2018.

  • The Olympic hockey rink is about 4.5 metres (or 15 feet) wider than it is in the NHL. That gives players more room to pass the puck and maneuver.

  • Unlike in the NHL, in an Olympic game a player who is the victim of a foul doesn't have to take the penalty shot. Any player on the team can take the shot.

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