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Welcome to Sporting Express. We pride ourselves on being the "go-to" site for sports fans. Here you can find weekly articles and all the latest news from your favorite teams! We also provide in-depth explanations of the rules of certain sports. Contact us if there's anything you'd like to see us write about!


Rules of Ice Hockey

Ice hockey is one of the fastest high contact sports out there. Players lace up their ice skates and head out onto the ice with sticks and the aim of getting the puck into the net.

In ice hockey there are only ever 12 players on the ice at once. Both teams must start with 5 players and a goalie.

To start the game, a referee drops the puck (a small rubber disc about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick) on the center spot in what’s known as a “face-off”. One player from each team battles for the puck as it is dropped by the referee. The puck must touch the ice first before the players can touch it with their sticks.

When the game starts all the players from each team must be in their own half of the ice. However, once the puck has been dropped, they can go anywhere they want.

There are two blue lines, one on either side of the halfway line. They represent the offside zones. A player can’t be in the opposing team’s offside zone before the puck crosses the line.

If the team is in the zone and the puck crosses the line back out of the zone, then the entire team must cross back over the blue line before the puck can re enter zone. If this rule is not followed, then there will be a face-off.

Technically you can have a face-off anywhere on the ice. However, the most common spots are the center spot and the hash marks (two in each end).

Every time play stops, there will be a face-off to resume play.

Ice hockey is made up of 3 period of 20 minutes. However, these are “stop-clock” time periods and the time only counts down when the puck is in play.

If the team decides to, they can “pull” their goalie at any time to allow a sixth skater player onto the ice.

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Sports Scheduling

Obviously for all major sports there are leagues. All of the leagues operate on their own scheduling system.

Many sports rely on times of year/weather conditions for playing. For example, in Canada the regular ice hockey season is played from around October through to May – so mainly winter. Whereas the main football season is played in the exact opposite months during the summer.

It is done this way because obviously the ice is needed in the winter to play ice hockey, and likewise, the grass is needed in the summer to play football.

This must also be, at least in part, to avoid scheduling clashes with the games. Many sports fans are fans of more than one sport and so it would make sense to have different scheduling for different sports.

Local sports are usually scheduled on evenings and weekends. This is because kids have school to go to and parents/adults have work. The games can’t be played during the day due to both kid’s and parents’ obligations.

This can be an issue when there are multiple leagues in the same area or you or your kids play more than one sport. You have to decide which one you prefer and have to know which one you need to prioritize.

It’s important in local leagues that the different organizations communicate and adjust their scheduling as best they can to avoid timetable clashes. I’ve fallen victim  multiple times (and I’m sure you have to) to these kinds of clashes and it’s not fun!

There can also be conflicts with booking/hiring of facilities. I have known certain establishments to double book training sessions and games on more than one occasion and it’s just as frustrating as having to pick between two games, because at the end of the day, someone doesn’t get to play!

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Sports Injuries

Playing sports always carries a certain risk of injury. Here we outline the kind of injuries that you can get from sports. Don’t worry, all is not lost, help is out there to stay healthy!

Runner’s Knee

Knee injuries make up almost all sports related injuries and supposedly a quarter of problems tended to by surgeons. Torn ligaments and cartilage are prominent injuries, but many knee issues are lumped into the category of “runner’s knee”. This includes a range of strains and pains related to your kneecaps. It’s not just runners who are sufferers of such injuries; they also can affect cyclists, swimmers, footballers, basketball players, and volleyball players. Runner’s knee happens when strain leads to irritation of the main tendon in the knee or when the spot underneath the kneecap is worn or it can be caused by arthritis.

Bone Dislocations

When two different bones that come together to make a joint get separated, it’s is referred to as “dislocated”. High contact sports like soccer and hockey, and also other physically intense sports and sports that result in over stretching, cause almost all dislocations. A dislocation is an emergency situation that requires you to call an ambulance.


More commonly described as a bone breakage, fractures are normal occurrences as a sports injury caused by a one off injury to your bones. Repetitive strain on a bone over a period could also be a lead cause. Smaller cracks can form into a much larger complete break. This can occur with as acute fracture. Almost all bone fractures are classed as an emergency, and you may even need a surgeon to perform an operation to completely repair the damage. Stress fractures are most common in the lower half of the body from sports that involve high impact, such as running and jumping sports.


All of the ailments above can be prevented, but what happens in the unfortunate event that you contract one of these injuries? You’ll need to have initial treatment, but often it can take a long time and some specialist help to make a full recovery. When it comes to that kind of help, we recommend these guys:


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