Ice Hockey Rule Changes

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Jonathan Gold Susan Yingling Engl1113_W02_079138 2 April 2012 The New Face of Hockey Hockey is a sport that has been believed to have been played as far back as 2000 B.C. There are 4,000 year old carvings found of teams playing a game that extremely resembles hockey with the use of sticks and an unknown type of projectile. Since then, we have seen signs of hockey being played throughout the times all over the globe. Over time, the sport has gotten more organized, but progressively more dangerous as the new rules and styles have developed. Hockey has taken many shapes, from field hockey to ice hockey, even to underwater hockey. Yet, ice hockey has become the most prominent and widely played version of this sport around the world. Ice hockey consists of two teams of five skaters and one goal protector per team. The concept of the game is for one team to score a goal against their opponent by using hockey sticks to shoot a puck into the opposing team’s goal. Ultimately, the team that scores the most goals in the allotted amount of time wins the game. As the sport became more and more popular different leagues sprouted up across the globe, but the National Hockey League, or NHL, has become the most prestigious of leagues and attracts players from all over the world. The NHL was organized in 1917 in Montreal, Canada during World War 1. Since then, the sport has been on an incline in popularity due to its fast paced play and lenient rules towards fouling the other team. This sufficed for the true hockey fans that loved to watch the game for what it is, but to bring in more spectators, the league implemented new versions of the rules to make the game more exciting to the viewers. One of these new versions of the original rules and gameplay was implemented in the 2004-2005 season as a result of a lockout due to decreased popularity and demand for more pay to the

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