By Ryan Dockery, Copy/Sports editor
The National Hockey League was founded in 1917 and has been gaining popularity for the hockey for almost a century. The league includes several teams from all over the United States and Canada.
The main event for hockey is the Stanley Cup, which will be taking place in the summer. However, there are several events to keep hockey fans entertained until then.
The Winter Classic is an annual outdoor match that is always played on January 1. This year, the Chicago Blackhawks faced the Capitals in Washington D.C. and were defeated with 12.9 seconds left in the game.
The league is divided into four divisions and will become more intricately competitive as the Stanley Cup approaches. Currently, there are no teams competing on behalf of Indiana.
Hockey is a unique sport in that it goes on nearly all year, leaving only a couple of months between the end of the Stanley Cup and the beginning of the next regular season. Not only that, hockey is a sport that cheers on fighting and the officials will rarely break up a fight.
The sport is not, however, without rules and consequences, as the Philadelphia Flyers discovered. The team was fined an undisclosed amount of money for traveling over holiday season. This is just one of the many interesting and unique rules of the sport.
Hockey is a beloved sport for many people around the world, including students at Mt. Vernon High School.
“The thing about hockey is that nothing matters other than making the playoffs,” said Sam Cook, 12. “The greatest record in the league doesn’t mean anything. This is what differs from all other sports, the outcome in the end will always surprise you, and leave you wanting more.”
Currently, the divisions are lead by The Tampa Bay Lightning, The Pittsburgh Penguins, The Nashville Predators, and the Anaheim Ducks, but as Cook mentioned, this can all change when it comes playoff time.
Until then, hockey fans anxiously wait as their favorite teams prepare for the most momentous occasion in the year for hockey.