How Long Is A Women’s Hockey Match? [Answered!]

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There is something mesmerizing about a women’s hockey match. The puck is tiny and the players are big. Usually, the players wear a lot of clothes so when they’re not on the ice, it’s hard to tell what they are wearing. But that’s part of the appeal! You rarely see a women’s hockey match since there aren’t that many arenas that can accommodate the giant hockey pads that the ladies wear. But if you manage to catch one, here are some fun facts about it that you might not know.

Fun Facts About A Women’s Hockey Match

Here Are Some Of The Fun Facts About A Women’s Hockey Match:

It’s The Most Popular Sport Amongst Teens

According to the Sports Teamerum, students are most likely to play sports in school, and amongst those, hockey is the most popular one. In fact, it’s the third most popular sport amongst teenaged boys and girls, after football and basketball. And it seems like school sports are just around the corner since hockey is back in school this month, after a winter break. This also means that there will be a lot of teenaged girls playing hockey soon.

It’s The Only Sport That You Can Play Solo

Yes, you read that correctly. While there are several team sports that you can play, only hockey allows you to play it alone. This is because the object is to hit the puck as hard as you can with your skate. If you’re playing with a team, you’re always looking out for your mates, making sure they don’t run into the opposing players. In hockey, there is no team – it’s just you against the world. (Unless you’re playing against a robot, in which case, it’s you against the whole world!)

It Has The Highest Potential For Injury

Anyone who has ever played sports knows how injury-prone they can be. And, believe it or not, hockey is the most injury-prone sport amongst women. In fact, according to a report from the British Columbia Women’s Hockey Association, between 2006 and 2016, the number of registered injuries on the sport doubled. From 44 in 2006 to 89 in 2016. What’s more is, the report also stated that there was a 71% rise in the number of concussions experienced by players between 2006 and 2016. What this means is that, not only is it incredibly dangerous, but it also has the potential to seriously hurt you.

The Puck Is Tiny

Yes, as already mentioned, it’s hard to keep track of what the players are wearing in women’s hockey, since there isn’t that much difference between the teams’ kits. At least, not that you’ll notice while watching the game – if you’re anything like me, you’ll have a hard time distinguishing one team from another, anyway. Which is why, in order to help you keep track of the puck’s whereabouts, the British Columbia Women’s Hockey Association has come up with this ingenious idea: the puck is actually *tiny*! It’s barely larger than a golf ball and just barely thicker than a thumb. And it must be this tiny size that allows it to be propelled through the air with such incredible force. Just take a look at this video, where the puck barely clears the skates of two hockey players: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQsW4vJFVY. If you try to compare this to the size of a typical hockey puck, you’ll see that it’s a lot smaller – even by comparison. And this is only the case because it’s meant to be the size of an ant! An ant! Think about that for a second…

If you think that the ant comparison is a bit much, there is also this video, where the puck bounces three times before coming to rest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY6uOvxAwM. This happens because there is a hard surface underneath the artificial turf of the arena – something that isn’t present when playing on natural ice or grass. What’s more is that this is a regulation-sized puck, so even though it looks tiny in comparison, it actually has a lot of heft. Which is why it takes a bit of a hit to send it rolling. Another thing about the puck: when it does come to rest, it stays that way for a really long time. This means that if you miss your chance at a knockout blow, you’ll have plenty of time to set up for the next one. Or for a really long time, if you’re playing against a robot.

Since only tiny pucks are used in women’s hockey, there are a number of hilarious videos where people try to catch them. Like this one, where a player tries to trick the goalie by passing the puck amongst a crowd of people: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA6U8Xk4J0. The joke is that as soon as the puck crosses the line, the people in the crowd start cheering. This is because the line is actually *above* the goal line. When the player looks up at the line, she doesn’t see it, but the people in the crowd do. It’s a clever play on the part of the puck-catcher, since the goalie can’t go above the line, so when the player looks up, she’ll see a sea of people instead of a hockey goal.

So, there you have it. A small package to rule them all. A wonderful mix of danger and entertainment. It’s incredible that a sport so fast-paced and full of tricks can be so relatively safe. But, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have a hard time not wanting to try it out for yourself. Especially since it’s one of the few sports that allow you to play solo. Or in tournaments, where you can play against a computerized opponent. Or even a friendly robot! (I think that last part was supposed to be a joke.)

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