BUDGET FOR ICE HOCKEY & BASKETBALL

Many amateur players have to invest in their own equipment, and for many middle and lower class citizens, this is bad news in terms of finance.

In basketball, the first thing players need is a decent court. The ideal floor is made of concrete and is polished, but if you’re short on a budget then any type of floor will work. Even a grass field can be acceptable, although traction is inhibited. A decent basketball can cost approximately $10 to $60. You can choose to spending at $40 on the ball at the beginning. The basketball hoops cost a maximum of $40 as well, though any decent price would be $35 or lower. Apart from that, additional safety pads cost under $15 per player, though if you’re short on budget this can easily be eliminated. The most important thing you need is a decent pair of outdoor basketball shoes, which costs from $60.

For ice hockey, the budget is a bit higher. For one thing, this game cannot be played on any common field like grass or concrete. Players need a special polished and closely monitored pristine ice surface to play. Naturally, these surfaces can be found over water surfaces such as lakes and pounds, but we are strongly opposed playing there. The thin sheet of ice makes it too dangerous. Renting an arena is the best choice, which it can cost a fortune. Hockey sticks cost about $25, while a single puck is usually as cheap as a dollar or two. But the expensive part is the pads to protect chest, torso, knees, elbows, etc.

Payment and Success

If you choose to take the sport seriously and professionally, you should understand about the scope and payment that you’ll be getting.

The starting salary for the NBA is around $500,000 per season. Amateur leagues can pay as much as $2,500, and even some official high school and college leagues pay based on short-term contract.

For ice hockey, the scope is even less. The NHL and Olympics are the most important events, but it takes a lot of skill and strategy to qualify. The money paid out is also a bit less. The minimum income of an NHL player is somewhere close to $50,000 or $60,000, although the highest paid can get up to $2.5 million per season. Many high school associations also pay based on stipends.

Talbot and Lucic will help Flames win the trophy

Over the past July, the Calgary Flames Club has taken steps to replenish its team to get closer to winning the Stanley Cup. With two valid contracts.

First, sign a one-year contract with free goalkeeper Cam Talbot after he left the Flyers club, worth up to $2.75 million on July 1. The second was on July 19 Calgary Flames has signed another contract with the Edmonton Oilers club in exchange for 32-year-old James Neal for Milan winger Lucic.

Johnny Gaudreau of Calgary Flames winger, he shared about the team adding two new players. He said that it was clear that their team had certain difficulties and confirmed that Lucic could help them solve that problem. Gaudreau also added, “When participating in a charity match at the Flyers skating rink, I heard Lucic’s teammates at Edmonton Oilers say that he was very hard-working and was a great teammate, I am looking forward to this”.

As for Talbot, the two players met in the 2017-2018 season. Gaudreau said that Talbot is a great goalkeeper, who made it difficult for him to reach the goal, definitely scoring goals in the face. Gaudreau also said that: “When you play against such a squad and you have a player who can go in the corner, your big body in front of your net, he really helps your team. I think that’s what we were looking for. He will help us overcome everything to win the No. 1 position”.

Known last season, the combined trio on the left is Gaudreau on the left, Sean Monahan in the center and the right is Elias Lindhilm, helping them score 259 points (97 goals and 162 assists). In which Gaudreau scored 99 points (36 goals and 63 assists) ranked 7th in the tournament. After the addition of forces, hopefully Calgary Flames will become stronger to reach the Stanley Cup this year.

ICE HOCKEY VS. BASKETBALL: THE COMPLETE COMPARISON (PART 2)

Time Parameters

One of the biggest factors to consider which sport to play is the timing. While the timing can be applied to anywhere within an hour, most professional and amateur players have set timings for the games.

In basketball, the match lasts around 48 minutes, divided into four games of 12-minute periods. Between the periods, there is a total 15-minute short break. Professional leagues such as the NBA and NWBL and many amateur leagues apply the time parameters mentioned above. However, due to stoppages include fouls and out-of-bounds, the game may last up to approximately 2.5 hours. High school basketball matches usually last up to 1.5 hours.

The same cannot be applied to ice hockey. While the actual play time is 60 minutes, two 15-minute breaks and multiple stoppages for score counting and umpiring increase the length of the game to up to 2 hours. The game is divided into three 20-minute intervals, with two breaks in between.

Most leagues typically organize this game anywhere between September and April. However, the joy of ice skating can still be enjoyed even in the summertime.

Difficulty

Although comprehending the rules can be easy, actually playing the game is a lot more difficult. In this aspect, we find basketball is easier, though both have their challenges.

In basketball, the players may or may not wear special knee and elbow pads for protection. Tripping in the court is a bit uncommon, as the game is usually played by hands. But some players prefer to get extra safety measures. The game itself is pretty easy with every player run while holding a ball in their hands, trying to throw in opponents’ goal. But that doesn’t mean that the game doesn’t need strategy and hard work. Still, we agree that basketball is a bit less challenging.

ICE HOCKEY VS. BASKETBALL: THE COMPLETE COMPARISON (PART 1)

If you have spent most of your childhood outdoors, you’ll understand that selecting the right sports to play is an art of its own. Should you choose to embark on playing football, basketball, hockey, table tennis, or have a decent game of chess? The question is just hard to answer.

Ice hockey and skating are excellent winter sports that can become a habit, even when winter has ended. But what happens when you have to select between hockey and basketball?

Whether it’s for taking part in a professional league or spending time with your friends, the question always comes down to which one is better. Normally, people would prefer basketball as the game is more popular and people are more familiar with the concepts. But they completely miss out on the excitement in playing ice hockey. So we’re here to lay down the basics on pros and cons of both sport.

Easy To Understand Rules

The first and most important thing about any sport is how to play it. While many children have had the liberty to play basketball at school, some children are left out. Which is why learning to play a new sport can be really hard.

In basketball, there are ten main basic rules that every player must follow. Besides, there are hundreds of complementary subsections and articles about rules of the game which can be pretty hard to grasp.

Nevertheless, they can easily be understood through careful reading and practice. The main goal of the game is to put the ball into the basket as many times as possible during 30 minutes of the match. It is critical to make sure that the ball is held within the hands.

Regarding ice hockey, the main goal is to shoot the puck past the goal line. The game usually lasts approximately 60 minutes, divided into 20-minute periods. Different from basketball, physically pushing and touching the opponent players is allowed to some extent in hockey.

In fact, both the sports are easy to understand and the level of complexity is the same.

Interesting facts of Hockey

Stanley’s original Cup was given to winner until 1970, and is now displayed in the Vault Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Canada.

In 1963, the “Presentation Cup” was created and is the famous trophy awarded today. The replica of the Presentation Cup was designed in 1993, is the third cup and is used as a stand-in at the Hall of Fame when the Presentation Cup is vacant.

It’s one of a kind.

Different from other major league sports trophies when a new Cup is made every year. With hockey there isn’t a new Cup made every year, instead, after each championship, the names of the players, coaches, management team, and staff of the winning team are written to the Cup. The first team to have their name written inner bowl of the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup was the 1906-07 Montreal Wanderers. The only other team names appeared on the inner bowl are the 1914-15 Vancouver Millionaires.

It’s always changing

More and more teams wished to be immortalized, so the final decision was made that put a separate ring underneath the original Cup in which each new winning roster would be written on. Between 1927 and 1947, a new, more streamlined and vertical incarnation version of the Cup called Stovepipe Cup was used. The name was given due to its cylindrical shape. However, by 1948, the trophy became too tall and big to hold or even put on exhibition, so the shape was altered to the tiered version used currently.

Its rings are detachable.

Since 1958, five bands of championship names are written around the base of the Cup. When the rings were full, the oldest team is removed and written in Lord Stanley’s Vault at the Great Esso Hall in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A blank replacement band was then placed in its position to be filled with the new names of the following champions. No championship team names during the 1928-29 to the 1953-54 season are currently written on the Cup.

Interesting facts of ice hockey (Part 3)

The original Stanley Cup was initially over 20 cm high with names of winning team players written on the base of the cup. That’s why there was a need for lot bigger cup, making the current base approximately 80 cm high.
The team who has won Stanley Cups the most is Montreal Canadians with 23 Stanley Cups. The second team is Toronto Maple Leafs with only 13 cups. Until 1959, goalie doesn’t wear any face mask for the protection until flying puck broke the nose of the goalie of Montreal Canadians, Jacques Plante. Since then; he began to wear the mask and made it as a tradition. Nowadays the face mask become a vital part of goalies uniform.
Two ice hockey players who are believed to be the greatest of all time – Mario Lemieux and Patrick Roy were born on the same day despite their birthplaces were situated about 200 km apart. Such an odd coincidence.
There are twelve woman name written on the Stanley Cup, but none of them were players but team owners and executives.

The Stanley Cup is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, Canada. He was the 1892 Governor General who purchased the decorative cup in London then donated it to award Canada’s top amateur hockey club. Thanks to this action, he and his family became infatuated with the sport at Montreal’s Winter Carnival. The cup was first awarded to the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association in 1893.

Interesting facts of ice hockey (Part 1)

Ice hockey is a very ancient and famous sport, it is obvious there are some interesting facts and legends accompany this game and its players. This article contains the most interesting facts about the game of ice hockey.

The origins of ice hockey is unclear until this day. Different from other popular sports, there are various versions and assumption of origins of ice hockey and history of modern ice hockey. There are people believes that it origins from Europe; however others believes that Europeans were inspired by Native Americans. Also there is version claimed that as none of the games played before 1800s; hence, it can’t be considered as the ancestor of modern ice hockey.
The first game of ice hockey was organized  in 1875 in Montreal, Canada with only two teams of nine players each taking part in this competition and they were students from the same university.
Until today, Canada is regarded as the birthplace and home of ice hockey. The Hockey Hall of Fame is situated in Toronto, Canada. Also many world famous hockey players come from Canada. Although nowadays many other countries have improved their ranking and their ability in ice hockey, Canada is still the world leader.
Since 1914 the most prestigious achievement in professional hockey game is the Stanly Cup which has been organized and awarded every year, except two years of 1919 and 2005. In 1919 it was cancelled due to the epidemic of Spanish flu, which also affected the players of Montreal Canadian team. In 2005 the season was simply cancelled.

There are lots of accidents in Stanly Cup such as one time, the cup was accidentally left by the side of the road or being thrown into a swimming pool and even being lost in an airport. Despite all of that, the cup is still honored as a prestigious award of the best hockey team.

How to Prolong the Life of Your Hockey Gear

With the holidays are coming, new hockey equipment is a must-have on many players’ gift lists. Although it is great to test brand new hockey gear, it’s even better to keep it “new” as long as possible. So, we’ve gathered some tips and tricks to keep your hockey gear in the best possible shape…

Dry the Funky Gear

Hockey players understand that, after a competition or practice, hockey equipment get sweaty, damp and smelly. Leaving the gear wet in a hockey bag would ruin then as it never really dries out properly allowing bacteria to grow and  damage the equipment as well as expose players to skin infections and rashes.

So, try to dry the gear after every game simply by laying out the gear or, investing in a hockey equipment drying rack or even building your own with some plastic pipe. Learn How to Make a Hockey Gear Stand on YouTube. If you want to speed up the process, add a fan or dehumidifier.

Cleaning and Deodorizing Your Hockey Equipment

Pro Hockey Players have cleaning systems that really do a great job of reducing bacteria and odour. If you are playing a few times a week, it is best to invest in a cleaning treatment. In case you don’t play often, get in the habit of doing a deep clean twice a season.

In between cleaning treatments, use a deodorizing spray to kill the bacteria.

Don’t Let Your Hockey Skates Lose Their Edge

Hockey skates are one of the most expensive and hard to preserve equipment so it’s critical to protect them with proper skate maintenance kit as it require careful maintenance to ensure maximum performance. A skate sharpening facility will make sure you get the right cut.

Now you know how to protect your gear without much effort and big investment. We hope you enjoy diving in the world of hockey playing.

Best Ice Hockey Leagues (part 3)

5.) Czech Extraliga (Tipsport Extraliga)

The Czech Extraliga is one of the most fierceful professional ice hockey leagues in Europe and is currently rated by the IIHF as the third strongest and popular ice hockey league in Europe. The league was also established in 1993 and the Czech’s have a lot to offer for in terms of talent contributed to the NHL.

Players from the Czech Republic work their way to the NHL every year and many of those players have had opportunity at playing in the Czech Extraliga. There are currently 50-plus Czech players in the National Hockey League including Thomas Hertl, Vladimir Sobotka and Pavel Zacha playing for NHL rosters, it is obvious that the Czech Republic and the Czech Extraliga is home for nurturing talented all-around hockey players.

4.) SM-liiga

Finland’s top professional ice-hockey league is SM-liiga, and considered by the IIHF as the second popular league in Europe. Hockey’s popularity in Finland has rapidly growth at the international level with viewership, support, and the level of hockey play. In the 2014 Olympic games in Soichi, Russia, Finland won the bronze medal, defeated the US squad with the final result 5-0.

The SM-liiga has been growing since it took over hockey responsibilities in Finland from the SM-sarja in 1975 by churning out NHL-caliber talent. The Finnish league is consists of 14 teams that compete for one of ten playoff position in a span of 60 regular season games, with the best six teams entering the quarter-final stage. The Czech Extraliga and SM-liiga use the same format as the 7th-10th teams compete with each other for an opportunity to compete with one of the 6 quarter-final contestants.

The SM-liiga also contributes a considerable number of stars players to the NHL and some of Finland’s most highly talents such as Mikael Granlund and Teemu Pulkkinen. Talented NHLers such as Aleksander Barkov, Sami Vatanen and Rasmus Ristolainen are all nurtured by the SM-liiga and the future of the league is as bright as ever since it keeps nurturing such amazing stars.

Best Ice Hockey Leagues (Part 3)

Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL)

The DEL was established in 1994-1995 and was consisted of teams from the Ice Hockey Bundesliga’s first and second division. In the early day, the league received controversies as many teams were heavily in debt and some clubs were required to fold. Furthermore, rulings by the European Court of Justice allowed players to move quite frequently between teams and attendance numbers declined sharply at the turn of the new millennium.

However, the league regained its popularity as it got an influx of NHL players during the 2004-2005 and re-applied the use of the relegation system to put more emphasis on plays in the second division of the Ice Hockey’s Bundesliga. Since the 2001-2002 season, championship play has been under controlled by Eisbaren Berlin as they achieved 5 championships in 10 years. In recent years, the EHC Red Bull Munchen have fought their way to the top of the league, achieving three straight championships.

While the DEL is still working on marking its footprint in the hockey landscape, it’s difficult not to like German hockey. As we found in their unexpected turn to the Silver Medal in the 2018 Olympics, Germany is developing a strong and passionate fan base with the ability of competing with the best teams in the world.

National League A (NLA)

The National League A (NLA) is based in Switzerland It is the top tier of the Swiss hockey league, with the best attendance figures for European hockey clubs in 2016-17, thanks to its spacious (17,131 capacity) stadium with the capacity of averaged 16,399 spectators each game.

The NLA has 12 teams that make up a total of 50 games in a season, after which the top eight teams are selected for the playoffs. The bottom four teams are set into a consolation bracket of sorts and the leading team from the National League B is given an opportunity to vie for NLA inclusion.