ice hockey


Definition of ice hockey

: a game played on an ice rink by two teams of six players on skates whose object is to drive a puck into the opponents' goal with a hockey stick

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Recent Examples on the Web Goaltender Isaiah Saville of Anchorage made the final cut for the U.S. national ice hockey team playing in the World Junior Championships that begin Thursday in the Czech Republic. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s Isaiah Saville makes final cut for US junior hockey team," 24 Dec. 2019 According to a 2014 report by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, just 2 percent of immigrants played ice hockey within their first three years of living in the country. Salim Valji, New York Times, "Amid Blackface and Abuse Allegations, Hockey Wonders Why Young Canadians Don’t Play," 17 Dec. 2019 Mel enjoyed playing ice hockey with the Bullets, softball with Lathrop Insurance, and walking the Manchester Road Race with his brothers., "Melvin T. Bidwell Jr.," 11 Sep. 2019 Boys' ice hockey, with 7.69 per 10,000 athlete exposures. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "These high school sports have the highest concussion rates," 15 Oct. 2019 Kendall Coyne Schofield, who plays forward on the U.S. women’s national ice hockey team, consulted with women’s soccer players before deciding to boycott the 2017 hockey world championships amid a compensation dispute. Fortune, "The World Champions of Women’s Soccer—and Equal Pay," 23 Sep. 2019 Couple that with Petr Cech's recent signing as an ice hockey player, and...well, who else could mix it up in a new sport?, "8 Players Who Would Make Great NFL Kickers at the End of Their Careers," 18 Oct. 2019 Girls’ lacrosse is one of those sports that has trended positively in Massachusetts, along with boys’ and girls’ volleyball, and boys’ ice hockey. Dan Shulman,, "Participation in school sports is down for first time in 30 years," 26 Aug. 2019 Maddie Meyer/Getty Images Since women’s ice hockey was introduced at the Olympics in 1998, the two teams have played each other for the gold in five of those six Games. Adam Carlson,, "U.S. Women's Hockey Team Wins First Olympic Gold Since '98 After Besting Canadian Rivals in Shootout," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of ice hockey

1868, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2020

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“Ice hockey.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ice hockey

: a game played on an ice rink in which two teams of six players on skates use curved sticks to try to shoot a puck into the opponent's goal

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Kids Definition of ice hockey

: hockey played on ice

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