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An Olympic sport since 1920, Ice Hockey was first played in the Antwerp 1920 Summer Olympics.

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Women, first allowed to enter in Nagano 1998, compete in an eight-team tournament while there are twelve teams in the men's ice hockey tournament.

While play is in progress, a team may only have six players on the ice.

The game is played in three periods of 20 minutes, with two 15 minute intermissions between periods. If there's a draw in a medal-round game, an extra sudden-death period of ten minutes is added on; after another 15 minute break.

Ice Hockey - Olympic Greats

In 1990, Pavel Bure moved from Russia to play professional ice hockey for the Vancouver Canucks. Representing Russia at the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics, Bure was the leading scorer in the tournament with 9 goals.

After the Olympics, Bure moved to the Florida Panthers. Even though he fractured his hand six weeks before Salt Lake City 2002, Pavel insisted on playing and appeared in all of Russia’s games; helping the team win bronze.

Hayley Wickenheiser represented Canada at the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics; registering a tournament-leading six assists on the way to a silver medal.

At Salt Lake City 2002, Canada's women went one better to beat United States in the final. Wickenheiser (along with American Natalie Darwitz) led the scoring in the tournament with seven goals. Hayley won another gold medal in Turin 2006, as Canada beat Sweden in the final.

Wickenheiser also represented Canada at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics, in the sport of softball.

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Ice Hockey Links

International Ice Hockey Federation:
Founded in 1908, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is a federation of member national hockey associations; governing the sport of ice hockey and in-line hockey for both men and women.

A to Z Encyclopaedia of Ice Hockey:
The A to Z is a free access ice hockey resource, developed by The Ice Hockey Annual and Graphyle Consultants, for hockey fans world-wide.

European Hockey:
A bulging database on the European ice hockey scene, with lots of latest ice hockey news from around the continent. There's even an Olympic section.

Mad About Hockey:
From Canada, this site pays tribute to the men and women who have brought their ice hockey to life over the generations. Includes a section on the Stanley Cup.

NHL - National Hockey League:
The official website of the US National Hockey League (NHL) is part of the MSN Network of websites.

The Internet Hockey Database:
The standings and player statistics for nearly every professional hockey player to ever play. Find information on almost all professional leagues that iced a team; not just the NHL. And there is a tremendous amount of amateur stats listed as well.

The Science of Hockey:
An interesting presentation from the Exploratorium. Learn about the ice; skating; the gear; making saves; shooting the puck; checking; and hockey fitness.

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