Introduction:If you are planning on attending a hockey game soon, here are 5 things new hockey fans need to know. Something as simple as knowing basic hockey terminology and interesting hockey facts, make all the difference when you attend a game. These are things I wish I had known before MY first game.
When the puck is in play, you aren't supposed to walk up and down the aisles of seats. If a puck were to fly into the stands, you don't want to be standing up. People have been killed that way. If you see a staff member holding a sign asking you to stay seated, listen. It's for your own safety. Thus, don't wait till the last minute to take a bathroom break!!
There are people that will tell you it isn't cold at a hockey game. Those people are wrong. It isn't freezing, by any means, but it's a good idea to dress in something warm. warm clothing. A sweatshirt will do just fine.
There are cheerleaders at hockey games! I had no idea! It's not a full-on squad, but there are girls that typically stand on the side of the ice, in groups of two or threes, and lead the crowd in supporting the team.
A hockey games consist of three periods. There are no quarters or half time breaks. (I've noticed hockey fans get pretty annoyed when they overhear someone referring to the breaks as quarters)
Throughout the game, you'll hear the expression 'Power Play'. Not knowing what a Power Play is can be confusing. When you hear this term used, it simply means that one team has more players on the ice than the other. That's because someone on the opposing team has done something to be put in the penalty box. (the penalty box is where players go when they've done something wrong.
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