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Friday, March 22, 2019

Things I Learned Watching for the First Time Ice Hockey Game (Muskegon, Michigan Lumberjacks Team)


First Time Watching Ice Hockey Game- Teacher Wanderer

I was never into any kind of sports before coming here in the U.S. I remember that one time, I was forced to join a volleyball team when I was still teaching in Indonesia just to complete the number required so our school could participate. Our team was hailed as the champion but I could hardly claim any credit since I did not contribute any score. Coming here in the US influenced my interest in sports. After getting into football, I finally had the chance to watch for the very first time an ice hockey game courtesy of our friend in the church, John, who gave us free tickets. He even gave me an original puck that the players used!

Ice hockey is played on a hockey rink. During normal play, there are six players per side on the ice at any time, one of them being the goaltender, each of whom is on ice skates. The objective of the game is to score goals by shooting a hard vulcanized rubber disc, the puck, into the opponent's goal net, which is placed at the opposite end of the rink. The players use their sticks to pass or shoot the puck.
Ice hockey is played on a hockey rink. During normal play, there are six players per side on the ice at any time, one of them being the goaltender, each of whom is on ice skates. The objective of the game is to score goals by shooting a hard vulcanized rubber disc, the puck, into the opponent's goal net, which is placed at the opposite end of the rink. The players use their sticks to pass or shoot the puck.
It was an amazing experience because we sat right on the first row where we had a better feel of all the actions in the rink. Two words describe it- fast-paced and physical! The rink is surrounded by thick glass (bullet proof, I think), and net. Players slammed each other on the glass and they come flying by. Although our team lost, it was still an amazing experience.    
Here are the photos that would give you a glimpse of the action-packed night.


First Time Watching Ice Hockey Game- Teacher Wanderer

First Time Watching Ice Hockey Game- Teacher Wanderer

First Time Watching Ice Hockey Game- Teacher Wanderer

First Time Watching Ice Hockey Game- Teacher Wanderer
Ice hockeygame between two teams, each usually having six players, who wear skates and compete on an ice rink. The object is to propel a vulcanized rubber disk, the puck, past a goal line and into a net guarded by a goaltender, or goalie. 

First Time Watching Ice Hockey Game- Teacher Wanderer
Players are also prohibited from kicking the puck into the opponent's goal, though unintentional redirections off the skate are permitted. Players may not intentionally bat the puck into the net with their hands.

First Time Watching Ice Hockey Game- Teacher Wanderer

First Time Watching Ice Hockey Game- Teacher Wanderer

First Time Watching Ice Hockey Game- Teacher Wanderer
The hockey stick consists of a long, relatively wide, and slightly curved flat blade, attached to a shaft. 

First Time Watching Ice Hockey Game- Teacher Wanderer

First Time Watching Ice Hockey Game- Teacher Wanderer
Ice hockey is a full contact sport and carries a high risk of injury. Players are moving at speeds around approximately 20–30 mph (30–50 km/h) and quite a bit of the game revolves around the physical contact between the players. 

First Time Watching Ice Hockey Game- Teacher Wanderer
Within certain restrictions, players may redirect the puck with any part of their body. Players may not hold the puck in their hand and are prohibited from using their hands to pass the puck to their teammates unless they are in the defensive zone. 

First Time Watching Ice Hockey Game- Teacher Wanderer

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18 comments:

  1. Hello from Michigan! We sure do love our Hockey here!

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  2. I'm from Canada so hockey is huge here! haha you're right about that, definitely action packed. sometimes i don't know if im watching hockey or wrestling

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  3. Hockey is a great sport! Physical, fast paced and so entertaining. Thanks for the insight.

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  4. Haven't really understood how hockey is played but reading your article made me learn a little more about the game.

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  5. I would like to experience watching ice holey myself. Sounds fun. ��

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  6. I watched ice hockey once. I am not into sports as much, but it was exciting!

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  7. I only read about the game. I've never really seen it played or understood how it's played. Thanks for this.

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  8. So exciting! I enjoyed reading your article I learned a lot about the game.

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  9. I love watching live sports. They are exciting and I can get into the spirt of the game. I watched baseball once a year, soccer, and have seen the world volleyball champs. I never really watch sports on TV but I will see it in person!

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  10. I love sports too, Ice Hockey sounds very exciting. And to watch it would be indeed thrilling.

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  11. Funny that I saw your post. I just finished watching my first ice hockey game tonight as well. Besides feeling that the puck was a bit hard to follow, I enjoyed every moment of it. So exciting!

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  12. Elizabeth OApril 04, 2019

    This must be a great experience! By just looking at it I can feel the excitement within the arena.

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  13. I’m for Michigan about 2.5 hours out from Muskegon. I have yet to see a hockey game though, not even in tv.

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  14. hockey games are always fun to watch!

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  15. Hi from Texas here, i don't know much about hockey but looks like a good game to watch.

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  16. San Jose Sharks fan over here! Love watching live!
    *Samantha- https://herjournal.blog

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  17. I've been to one ice hockey game so far, it was super energetic and great fun to watch.

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  18. I never seen Ice Hockey Game, it look like that sport force a lot of energy.

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