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National Hockey League
The National Hockey League is the premier league for the sport, consisting of 30 teams broken up into four divisions. In addition to the NHL, there are minor leagues, college leagues and European leagues that play at a high level of competitiveness.
Canada also features the Canadian Women’s Hockey League with five teams.
Hockey is an Olympic sport for both men and women. A hockey game consists of 60 minutes broken down into three 20-minute periods. In between the periods are intermissions of 17 minutes each. If teams are tied at the end of regulation time, or the 60 minutes, they go into five minutes of overtime. If overtime does not break the tie, the two teams participate in a shootout.
The first season of the National Hockey League (NHL) was started in 1917-1918 with 5 teams.
It was a rocky start and nowhere near the polished game you see today. The NHL was actually a split from the National Hockey Association (NHA) which was created in 1910 in Canada.
The season is typically divided approximately in half by the NHL All-Star Game and its accompanying festivities, during which no regular season games take place. Every four years, in lieu of an All-Star break, there is a break for the Winter Olympic Games.
NHL Regular Season
Each team in the NHL plays 82 regular season games, 41 games at home and 41 on the road. In all, 1,230 games are scheduled (448 inter-conference games).
Stanley Cup Play Offs
The Stanley Cup officially turned pro in 1910, when the National Hockey Association took possession of it.
By 1926 the National Hockey League had emerged indisputably as the top league in North America, and the NHL assumed control of the Cup. That control was formalized in an agreement signed with the Cup trustees in 1947.
The original Stanley Cup bowl was presented to the annual champions until 1970, when it was retired to a vault in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
A replica, built in 1963, has been used since then.
NBA Teams and Venues
The experience of an NHL game is not just the Hockey, it’s the Arena.
These NHL venues are million dollar, multiple purpose venues and are often used for events like concerts, Basketball, and other sporting events.
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