How Many Quarters In Olympic Hockey? [Ultimate Guide!]

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The Olympics are upon us, and as with every other sport in the Summer Olympics, some of the games are more popular than others. Hockey is one of the games that has really taken off in the last few years, and it’s not difficult to see why. With the Winter Games being held in the country that invented the sport, it’s easy to understand why ice hockey would become such a favourite. The speed and excitement of the game is captivating, and with the addition of a bit of skill, it’s not difficult to see why so many people have taken to the ice in pursuit of Olympic glory.

However, as exciting as ice hockey is, it’s not necessarily easy to understand. When someone mentions the Olympic Winter Games, you might think of ice hockey, skiing, or skiing in general. But what happens when you’re not quite familiar with the rules of the game? Or perhaps you know the rules, but don’t know how they apply to the ice hockey discipline?

Fortunately, we were able to track down a few people from Canada who were willing to provide some insight into the sport.

What Is Ice Hockey?

Simply put, ice hockey is a winter sport that has been around for more than 100 years. While other sports, such as skiing, utilize the summer months to train for competition, hockey competitions are only held in the winter. Teams of four play a game on ice, with goals being scored by throwing a puck into the opposing team’s goal.

The rules of the game are fairly simple. Two teams of four play against each other, with one goalie guarding the goal and attempting to stop the puck from entering the goal. If the puck is successfully stopped, the goalie and his team mates immediately start skating away in celebration. Otherwise, the opposing team earns a point and continues playing. Pretty fun, right?

When Is The Winter Olympics?

The winter Olympics are exactly what you’d expect – during the winter. While some people enjoy the warmth of the summer months, the majority of us prefer to huddle around a fire or snowsport to keep ourselves warm. The winter Olympics therefore take place in the winter.

How Many Squads Are In The Canadian Ice Hockey Team?

While we were unable to track down an exact figure, we were able to piece together a rough estimate. Based on the information from a few different sources, we were able to put the total number of squads at around 30.

The information we were able to obtain came from the Canadian Olympic Committee’s website. According to the official website, there are 27 men’s and 3 women’s hockey squads registered for the winter Olympics. For those interested in making some predictions, the Canadian Olympic Committee’s prediction tool expects Canada to finish in fourth place in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Considering that there are only 27 men’s squads registered for Canada, and that the country has a population of around 35 million people (according to the 2016 Census), that would mean that around 700,000 people are playing hockey as part of a squad or group. As for the women’s teams, there are currently three registered, so if we assume that each team has four players, that would put the total at around 11,000 people playing hockey in Canada. Not bad for a country with a total population of just over 35 million people.

Does Canada Have A History Of Winning?

Not only does Canada have a lot of talented hockey players, but it also has a rich history of success. The country has finished in the top four of the Winter Olympics every year since 2006, and the top three every year since 2010. Considering that Canada only started competing in the Winter Olympics in 1936, it’s quite the turnaround for such a small nation. In 2018, Canada will compete in its 21st Olympic Winter Games, and it’s expected to finish in the top three once again.

What Is The Difference Between Ice And In-Line Hockey?

In-line hockey is a modified form of hockey where only one player can be on the ice at a time. Typically, an in-line skater starts out parallel to the surface of the ice, then quickly drops down and slides towards the opposing goal. While it can be a challenging game for anyone, it’s much easier to follow if you’re not trying to keep your balance while sliding on ice.

Do The Numerical Ratings Matter In Ice Hockey?

Numerical ratings matter in ice hockey. Much like other team sports, like football or baseball, the size of your nation doesn’t matter as much as how you perform. The bigger the country, the more players you have, so you can field a bigger team. In ice hockey, however, the bigger the country, the worse your performance is likely to be. Due to the size of the ice, it’s difficult to maneuver around on and move the puck quickly. If you’re a large country like Canada, you can afford to lose a few players and still remain competitive.

Still, even if you have the numbers, it might not mean much. There are lots of talented small nations that are underrepresented at the Olympics that don’t have the resources to compete with the bigger countries. Consider how many talented individuals are in the Scotland national hockey team. Despite being a small country, Scotland is one of the most successful hockey nations, having won the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. If the country of Scotland can do it, even with all its talent, it’s certainly within the realm of possibility for any country.

How Does The Order Of Hockey Rinks In Canada Work?

The order of hockey rinks in Canada works a little differently from county to county. Below, we’ll run down the list of all the different orders that exist, along with some information about them.


The first and oldest order of hockey rinks in Canada is called the Federation Libre d’Hockey (FLH), which translates to the “Free Federation of Hockey”. Founded in 1896, the FLH is open to everyone, and it doesn’t matter what city or town you’re from. The Quebec City section was the first organized hockey league in Canada, and it still exists today. Because the FLH is open to all, it allows for lots of amateur hockey teams to form throughout the year. In fact, during the winter, there are usually hundreds of teams competing in the Quebec City region. While there are no longer any professional ice hockey teams in Quebec City, there are still a lot of people playing in the city during the winter months.


The second-oldest order of hockey rinks in Canada is called the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). The OHA was founded in 1889 and it is one of the largest and most-respected hockey organizations in the world. Similarly to the FLH, the OHA is open to all, and it doesn’t matter what city or town you’re from. The OHA oversees 31 different leagues across the province of Ontario, maintaining hundreds of adult hockey teams and over 10,000 registered players every year.

British Columbia

The third-oldest order of hockey rinks in Canada is called the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). The BCHL was founded in 1898 and it is also one of the largest orders of hockey rinks in Canada. The BCHL is the same as the OHA in terms of being open to everyone and not mattering what city or town you’re from. The BCHL oversees 18 different leagues across British Columbia, maintaining over 6,000 adult hockey teams and over 16,000 registered players every year.

The Prairies

The fourth-oldest order of hockey rinks in Canada is the Alberta Hockey Association (AHA). The AHA was founded in 1888 and it is Canada’s oldest amateur hockey organization. Similarly to the other three orders, the AHA is open to everyone and it doesn’t matter what city or town you’re from. The AHA oversees eight different leagues across the prairies, maintaining over 4,000 adult hockey teams and over 12,000 registered players every year.

The Maritimes

The fifth-oldest order of hockey rinks in Canada is the Maritime Hockey Association (MHA). The MHA was founded in 1894 and it is Canada’s only professional hockey organization. The MHA still operates to this day, and it still maintains its ties to the Maritimes region. The MHA oversees six different leagues across the Maritimes, maintaining over 3,000 adult hockey teams and over 8,500 registered players every year.

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