Ice, Street, and Field Hockey

Hockey is a broad term describing any sport in which two teams compete against each other by maneuvering a ball or puck into the opposing team's goal or net using a hockey stick. Hockey can be a rough sport, so it is important to wear padding and helmets to protect against injuries. Goalies should always wear proper goalie masks, goalie skates, leg pads, and goalie gloves.

Popular Types of Hockey

* Field hockey: Field hockey is played on grass or artificial turf. It is popular in many parts of the world with both males and females. In the United States, however, field hockey is usually played by females. Field hockey uses a small ball rather than a puck.
* Ice hockey: Ice hockey is popular in the United States and Canada, especially on the professional level. It is played on a flat area of ice, which could be a frozen pond or a massive ice arena. A disk with a 3 inch diameter is used. Ice hockey sticks are long and L-shaped with a blade at the bottom that sits flat along the ice. This blade can curve either to the left or to the right, depending on the player's predominant hand. Both right-handed ice hockey sticks and left-handed hockey sticks are legal to use in professional games. Players wear skates to navigate the ice rink.
* Street hockey: Street hockey is played by adults and children on the street or in the park. Balls are used rather than pucks due to the cement or asphalt floor, and the goals are often little more than overturned garbage cans. Players can wear sneakers or, more commonly, inline skates.

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