Hockey 101: What you need to know to cheer on the Seattle Kraken
SEATTLE–You may have heard by now, but there’s an NHL team in the state.
So, whether you’re new to hockey or just need to brush up on your talking points, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s what you need to know to impress your friends at your next Kraken watch party.
The basic basics
The goal (pun intended) is for the six players on the ice to score as much as they can. Your lineup includes three forwards, two defencemen and your goaltender, also known as the goalie.
What it takes to win
In a regular game, the team that scored the most points over three 20- minute periods is the winner. Easy enough, right? Then let’s talk about overtime.
During the regular season, overtime is an extra five-minute period. Each team only gets three skaters and their goalie. The first team to shoot and score wins. When it comes to the Stanley Cup playoffs, things get a little different in OT, but we can talk about that when the Kraken get there.
A faceoff marks the start of the game, a period or play. It’s when a ref drops the puck on the ice and the players scramble to get it.
To the penalty box
Hockey has a bit of a reputation for being a little rough. But, there are consequences for players if the gloves come off.
Two minutes is the most common penalty time. The clock doesn’t have to stop there. Players can also get penalties for four, five, and 10 minutes.
While a player is doing their time in the penalty box, the other team has more skaters on the ice. This advantage is a power play.
Kraken games or watch parties aren’t the only places you can test your hockey knowledge. It can be used right here while you cheer on the Spokane Chiefs. You can find more information on their games here.
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