Hockey season is typically overshadowed by NFL playoffs, the Super Bowl, and the NCAA men’s basketball tourney. Most folks don’t know how thrilling the sport of hockey is, so if you don’t already follow it, here are a few reasons why you ought to be.
Players are fantastic athletes
Hockey players have the speed and strength of other pro athletes, but what makes it even more remarkable is that it all happens on a half inch metal blade of their skate. And if you ice skate, you know how hard it is.
Hockey players are similar to fingerprints. No two are the same. If you’ve been a hockey fan for a long time, you don’t need your glasses to tell which player is which. Every player shoots, skates, and celebrates a goal in his own way.
Hockey players are famous for having some real gnarly teeth. Regardless of how hard he is slashed, bruised, or hit, he is always back out on the ice in position.
Now you may back one team over another. Like football, baseball, and basketball, hockey rivalries aren’t any different. Well-known ones are the Canadiens vs. Bruins, Red Wings vs. Blackhawks, and the Penguins vs. Flyers. And let’s not get started with the two team out of New York. When the Rangers and the Islanders come together, there’s always some incredible goals, hard hitting, and plenty of trash talking.
You may see some pushing and shoving in other sports, but none of it amounts to the hockey fights. It’s a fast-paced sport, so it’s no surprise that the players can be a little aggressive on the ice when they don’t agree on a call. It’s an all-out fight and will always bring a little bit of flavor to the game.