HockeyX - all about ice hockey
For someone living in Northern Europe, Canada or the United State it can easily seem as though ice hockey is one of the most popular sports in the world, but when you look closer you see that although the sport is very popular in these areas it is not that popular outside of them and ice hockey not followed by nearly as many people as soccer or even cricket. That is not to say that ice hockey isn't played in a large part of the world - because ice hockey is today played in many parts of the world thanks to modern indoor rinks - but the sport still has a long way to go to become really popular in many areas. For betting tips on hockey and soccer we recommend Betpal.
Ice hockey is most popular in Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States but is also very popular in some other parts of the world such as Austria, Switzerland and the Baltic States. Women's hockey are far from as popular as the male counterpart but is quickly gaining more interest as well as more players.
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has a total of 68 members, but of the 241 medals awarded in the male world championships and Olympic games, 220 have gone to Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States. This shows how centered this sport is around a few nations and how it isn't really a world sport like association football. This does of course not matter at all, since I am sure we all know that ice hockey is one of the world's best and most interesting sports and hence deserves to be more popular that it is today.
The ice hockey world is dominated by the two big international tournaments, the world championships and the Olympics, and by national leagues in the big hockey nations. The single most famous and prestigious hockey league is the NHL (National Hockey League) where players from all over the world join the teams fighting to win the prestigious Stanley Cup. The most competitive and highly regarded league in Europe is the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Other examples of renowned leagues are the SM-Liiga of Finland, The Elitserien of Sweden and the Canadian Hockey League.
On this site you can read more about the different leagues in the big hockey nations as well as about the most important international tournaments. Here you will find information about how each league is constructed and their history. We have information about both men's and women's hockey.
We hope that you will enjoy our site and that you will find the information you are looking for. If you are searching for the medalists of a certain contest you can scroll down to the bottom of many articles to find a historical table of the result in the relevant league or tournament.