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Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey UK

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
general.secretary@icehockeyuk.co.uk
Contact Telephone
02920 263 441

Get Involved

2019 Winter European Youth Olympic Festival

Sat, 09 Feb 2019 - Sat, 16 Feb 2019

What is Ice Hockey?

A six-a-side game on ice that involves trying to get the puck in your opponents net using your stick.

Ice hockey is a full-contact sport demanding pace, agility, poise, vision and finesse. Ice hockey, the world's fastest team game, is full of skilful stick handling, tactics, speed and grit. The game has a strong British following and a number of leagues operated across the UK.

Benefits

  • Ice hockey is the ultimate in interval training
  • Develops upper-body strength and balance

Involvement

There are a number of ways to get involved with ice hockey in the UK. You could start by watching your local Elite League team, spread across cities in all four home nations. If you want to begin playing, the English Ice Hockey Association has a comprehensive club index which features a list of facilities and clubs within England.

Equipment

Ice hockey players wear specialised equipment, which is specifically designed for safety. Players are well padded - they wear knee pads, shin, hip, elbow and shoulder guards, thick gauntlet-type gloves, long stockings that fit over the knee pads, padded shorts that lace up at the front and sweaters in team colours over everything. Boots are stronger and different from figure skating boots. They have lower ankle support, reinforced toes and padded tongues. The blade has a plain point, is straight and narrow and now hollow ground. The two upright stanchions are higher on a hockey skate changing the centre of gravity.

Facts

  • Hockey, as it's known across the Atlantic, made its Olympic debut at the Summer Games of 1920 before becoming a constant feature of the Winter Olympics from 1924.
  • The McGill University Hockey Club, formed in 1880s Canada, became the first recognised ice hockey club as the sport established itself in North America.
  • The Great Britain men's Olympic team despite being one of the founder members of the International Ice Hockey Foundation, last won an Olympic medal in 1936, when they won gold

Campaigns

Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

Partners

  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Age UK L&R
    Equality Standard
    Loughborough University
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Melton Borough Council
    Harborough District Council
    Sport England
    East Midlands Platform
    County Sport Network
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Blaby District Council
    Leicester City Council
    British Heart Foundation
    Rutland County Council
  • QUEST
    Leicestershire County Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Safeguarding

Partners

  • Age UK L&R
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • County Sport Network
    Safeguarding
  • Leicester City Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Loughborough University
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Rutland County Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Melton Borough Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Harborough District Council
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Sport England
    QUEST
  • Equality Standard