What is Street Hockey?

Street hockey is a sport consistent of teams and it is a variation of ice hockey. It is also known as road hockey and ball hockey. Not like ice hockey, which is played on an ice surface with ice skates, street hockey is played on a cement or asphalt surface, and players wear shoes or inline skates to play. The sport started in Canada and is now played in over 55 countries around the world.

Street hockey is played with similar sticks that are used for ice hockey. Theirs is variations of the sport: a puck or ball is used for the game. The pucks used are especially designed to move fine on hard surfaces.

Since street hockey comes from ice hockey, the goal of the sport is the same, which is to get plenty of goals. The team with the largest number of goals at the end of the game is the winner. Goals are made by striking the puck or ball through the net.

The International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF) is the largest governing body for the sport, which holds many international tournaments for various age groups for both women and men. ISBHF also holds a Men’s Masters Tournament for males over the age of 40. There are also many regional level tournaments held in Canada and the US.

Similar Sports

Ball Hockey — like ice hockey, but played on a non-ice surface and by foot.

Roller Hockey — explanation of the umbrella sport name which includes inline hockey and a rink

Rink Hockey — roller hockey with quad skates.

Floor Hockey — indoor (non-ice) hockey sports resulting from field and ice hockey.

Floorball — a variation of floor hockey.

Beikou Tarkbei (aka Daur Hockey) – a team sport distinctive to the Daur ethnic group in Mongolia that has plenty of likenesses to field hockey.

 

Men’s Hockey Team Favored to Win Gold at the 2018 Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics is just a few months away. While we know where the NHL and their players will be, that leaves a lot of rumors about how the other 12 countries going to the Olympics will do.

Russia’s last gold medal in men’s hockey was in 1988 and it was stilled referred to as the Soviet Union. They’ve been shut out of the medal podium for the last three years at the Olympics. Their last medal was in 2002 and it was a bronze.

It’s not a surprise to see Russia lead the medal odds this early before the Olympics. Russia is bound to get a boost from the KHL for the games, a professional asset the United States and Canada won’t get because of the absence of the NHL.

The great quantity of talent that goes along with being the 2nd biggest hockey league on earth is the reason Team Russia is the top favorite for the gold medal.

It is difficult not to feel a little sad for Alex Ovechkin. The forward is having an amazing start in the 2017-18 season, but he’s already left himself to toeing the NHL’s line of skipping the 2018 Olympics. Team Russia’s odds at winning the Olympic gold have never been this good and Ovechkin isn’t going to participate.

As for North America, the high odds are a testament to the continent’s talent pool even outside of professional leagues. Team Canada won’t have the help of Connor McDavid or Sidney Crosby, but the it is the best on earth for a reason.

Team USA has given the names for the Deutschland Cup. It will have Brian Gionta and Ryan Malone.

As February comes up, the odds for the 2018 Olympics will probably change. Team Russia’s place as the favorite will certainly stay the same.