Six reasons to start following the NHL

Stanley Cup Parade
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The NHL season begins on this Wednesday. If you’re new to ice hockey, then here are just a few reasons why you should follow the new season.

Games are never over

Ice hockey is arguably the fastest sport in the world. It’s an exhilarating game that is constantly competitive, regardless of who is leading the game or by how much they are leading because a comeback could be right around the corner.

To give an example, in the recent preseason game between the Flyers and Rangers, New York were leading 3-0 entering the third quarter. The Flyers, who looked down and out, came back to make it 3-2 in the third. Comebacks are the norm.

Looking for a team? Take your pick!

We are spoilt for choice with teams to support.

There are 31 teams scattered throughout the whole of the United States and Canada. Each team comes loaded with its own traditions and values, with many arenas in the league having been sold-out for years, regardless of how good or bad the team is. That’s what makes the NHL’s fans some of the best in the world.

Get ready to rumble

Yup, you read that correctly. Under certain circumstances players are allowed to do battle, which usually ends when one player hits the ice.

The consequence for such actions is five minutes in the penalty box, however, a victory in a fight is game-changing. Firstly because it electrifies the crowd and secondly because it can also be used as a second-wind for the team. 

Sudden death

Everybody’s favourite. Sudden death overtime is every fan’s best and worst nightmare, depending on the result, of course.

If the score is tied by the end of the third quarter, the game enters overtime. Here it is quite simply next goal wins the game, making it extremely nerve-wracking for the fans of each team. 

Unique skillsets

There is no competition when it comes to skill.

You must be able to skate, defend yourself, attack your opponent, use a stick, dribble and shoot, all whilst maintaining your balance on ice. Ice hockey contains arguably the most difficult skill-set needed in all of sports around the world. That’s what makes it so fascinating to watch. 

Camaraderie

The NHL has unrivalled camaraderie. Whether it be between the fans or the players on the ice, the bond created through this great sport cannot be broken. For proof, watch the film ‘Miracle’, which tells you all you need to know about the brotherhood on and off of the ice. 

 

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