CHAPTER 2

QUICK OVERVIEW

That pretty much explains the rink. Now a quick overview of the game. 

Note; there are 3 periods of 20 minutes each with a break of 10 to 15 minutes between periods. The home team chooses the end they want to start in which is usually the same end that their bench is located. The teams keep the same bench but change ends each period.

Typically teams have three lines of players consisting of 3 forwards and 2 defencemen. Plus 2 goalies. Each line tends to play for 45 seconds to one minute then rest on the bench while the other two lines play. When there is a convenient whistle and play stops for a face off the players go off the ice and the next line comes on. If a whistle does not occur each of the players when tired change “on the fly”. Sometimes as the benches being close together the players bump into each other and minor skirmishes or major fights occur. When penalties occur players go to the penalty box which is usually on the other side of the rink from the benches.

One “box” for each team but close together. If the score is tied at the end of 3 periods the teams will play a 5 minute overtime period with a goalie and only 3 skaters (players) each. If still tied a shootout will ensue. 3 Players on each team will individually line up at center ice and skate towards the other team’s goalie and try to score; ie, put the puck in the net. If still tied the game will end with a sudden death shoot out format. If a team gets more goals than the other team they get the win.