The U.S. men's shocking "Miracle
On Ice" victory in Lake Placid, N.Y., to Dominik Hasek's
incredible goaltending in Nagano, Japan, Olympic ice hockey
has provided fans with some of the most memorable moments
in Winter Games history.
In Olympic Ice Hockey, each team
has five skaters and one goalie on the ice at any time. Substitutions
occur as often as every 40 to 60 seconds. The men's team is
allowed a maximum of 22 players and the women's team is allowed
Olympic hockey rules differ from
National Hockey League rules and are established by the International
Ice Hockey Federation. The Olympics game puts less emphasis
on body contact than the National League.
The first Olympic Games to include
ice hockey for men took place in 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium.
However, the first Olympic Winter Games took place in 1924
in Chamonix, France. Women's hockey was added to the Olympic
Winter Games program in Nagano, Japan in 1998. The 55 Ice
Hockey matches at the 2002 Winter Olympics will be held in
two locations - the Peaks Ice Arena in Provo, Utah, and the
E Center in Salt Lake City .
Learn More About Ice Hockey
and the Soviet Union have been the two dominant countries
in Olympic ice hockey. The two countries have won
14 out of the 19 Olympic tournaments.
1998 Nagano Games allowed professionals for the first
time, and hockey's biggest international stars brought
a new level of competitiveness to Olympic hockey.
puck is hit with the hockey stick and can reach speeds
of more than 150 miles per hour.
the United States registered membership in the Amateur
Hockey Association of the United States (USA Hockey)
includes more than 250,000 players, 15,000 teams,
20,000 coaches and 9,000 referees along with countless
Winter Olympic Sports
Olympians will compete in dozens of sports this winter. Even
though Gateway to the Winter Games can't feature them all,
you can learn about each and every one by visiting the sites
Publishing Group's Official Olympic Sports page
This K-12 education Internet site is filled with Olympic
facts, lesson plans, athlete profiles and more.
This official site of the International Olympic Committee
reports Olympic schedules and features an excellent Olympic
Sportsline's Olympics 2002
Get top news stories and in-depth features about every sport.
In addition to news on every sport, this site contains athlete
Select a sport to study or hear firsthand from an athlete
who plays it.
Lake 2002 Winter Olympics
This is the Official 2002 Winter Olympic site for Salt Lake.
This site has schedules, sports outlines, athlete bios,
and much more.
Salt Lake Winter Games 2002
Get a countdown to the games, with background on some of
the different sports and the participating athletes.
States Olympic Team
The United States Olympic Team site includes athlete bios,
diaries, and pictures. Also, check out the exciting video
and audio clips of the various athletes in action.
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