Hockey is a sport in which two teams compete by trying to maneuver a ball or a puck (small hard round disc shaped object),
into the opponent's net or goal, using a customized stick. There are many versions of hockey but ice hockey (referred to
simply as hockey in Canada and the United States) is the most popular sports in Northern regions like ours that is
sufficiently cold enough for natural, reliable seasonal ice cover.
Ice hockey is played on ice with a small, 7 to 9 ounce rubber disc known as the puck. It is one of our four major North American professional sports, represented by the National Hockey League (NHL) at the highest level. Only six of the thirty NHL franchises are based in Canada, but Canadians currently outnumber Americans in the league by a ratio of almost three to one, and about thirty percent of the league's players are non-North Americans.
Other prominent nations known for ice hockey other then Canada and the United States are the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, & Sweden. And although there are 64 total members of the International Ice Hockey Federation, these seven nations have dominated ice hockey. For example of the sixty medals awarded in men's competition at the Olympic level from 1920 on, only six of them have not gone to one of the dominant countries.
Ice hockey sticks have a long blade that can lie flat on the playing surface when the stick is held upright and can be curved either way as to help a left or right handed player gain an advantage. Having the stick curved gives a player superior puck control over no curve in the blade. The blade on a hockey stick can have a forward or backward twist depending on the players preference. A blade with a forward twist (where the toe, or front of the stick angles back) can allow the player to achieve greater height and accuracy in wrist shots, but deprives them from a strong backhand or slap shot. A twist were the toe of the blade curves down, allows more accurate slap and backhand shots, but makes it harder for the player to achieve height in the wrist shot. The player depending on preference will find a balance of the two.
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featuring over 2500 different hobby shops all across North America to help everybody find a card shop in
You can simply go to the Sports Card Directory page and select your province or state and then go to the next page and select your City or Town wich will then be provide you with Sports Card shops in your area (or you can use the province / state drop down search or the search tools).
Each listing includes contact information and a map showing where the store is located allowing you to get directions if you need them. I am continuing to build the database further so if you know of a shop that is not listed then I would really appreciate it if you could let me know.
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Hockey Card Collecting
For those that are not familiar with hockey cards, well maybe this will help...
Hockey card collecting is a generic term for a hobby that involves collecting trading cards with a hockey related subject. They typically consist of pictures of a player with statistics or other information on the reverse. Hockey cards also began to appear early in the 20th century. Cards from this period are commonly known as cigarette cards or tobacco cards, because many were produced by tobacco companies and sold as inserts in packages of cigarettes. During the 1920s, some other food and candy companies started to experiment printing hockey cards to help market their products, but most production was effected by World War I and II.
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