On May 25, Russia won the 2014 Men’s Ice Hockey World Championship defeating Finland. Sixteen countries participated in the Championship games which were held in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. The tournament is held annually. Men’s ice hockey is known as one of the world’s fastest and roughest team sports. It is fast because the players are zooming around on ice skates, hitting a rubber “puck” which can travel at very high speeds. It is rough because players are actually allowed to use their hips or shoulders to hit other players to slow them down. Spectators don’t go to watch just the fast action, but also all the pushing around. Ice hockey is believed to have originated in Canada in the mid-1800s. You can watch the top goals from the Russia vs Finland match here.
Did you know?
Pucks weren’t always made out of rubber as they are today. Stones, wooden pucks, and even frozen cow poop were used.
Sources: http://www.iihfworlds2014.com/, http://www.iihf.com/, http://www.olympic.org/, http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/hockey