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NHL Hockey

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NHL Hockey

NHL Ice Hockey Team Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks
NHL Ice Hockey Team Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes
NHL Ice Hockey Team Boston Bruins Boston Bruins
NHL Ice Hockey Team Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres
NHL Ice Hockey Team Calgary Flames Calgary Flames
NHL Ice Hockey Team Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Ice Hockey Team Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Ice Hockey Team Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche
NHL Ice Hockey Team Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Ice Hockey Team Dallas Stars Dallas Stars
NHL Ice Hockey Team Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings
NHL Ice Hockey Team Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers
NHL Ice Hockey Team Florida Panthers Florida Panthers
NHL Ice Hockey Team Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings
NHL Ice Hockey Team Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild
NHL Ice Hockey Team Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens
NHL Ice Hockey Team Nashville Predators Nashville Predators
NHL Ice Hockey Team New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils
NHL Ice Hockey Team New York Islanders New York Islanders
NHL Ice Hockey Team New York Rangers New York Rangers
NHL Ice Hockey Team Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators
NHL Ice Hockey Team Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Ice Hockey Team Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Ice Hockey Team San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks
NHL Ice Hockey Team St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues
NHL Ice Hockey Team Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Ice Hockey Team Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Ice Hockey Team Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks
NHL Ice Hockey Team Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights
NHL Ice Hockey Team Washington Capitals Washington Capitals
NHL Ice Hockey Team Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets

The National Hockey League (NHL) has 31 teams (7 in Canada and 24 in the USA). Yes about half the players are from Canada and only about a fourth from the USA. Sweden boosts approximately 10% of NHL players. Finland, Czech Republic and Russia each have about 4% of the NHL players. If you are having an NHL tailgate party with friends cheering for different teams, it might be best to be Switzerland staying neutral with general NFL decorations. Use the black and silver color theme for invitations, napkins, paper plates, cups, centerpieces, confetti and banners.

NHL Hockey Tailgate Party Games, Supplies, & Clothes

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Fast paced and physical, ice hockey pits two teams who use sticks and a vulcanized rubber puck to battle for points by getting the puck into the opposing team's net. Scores generally are small and excitement is high so fans flock to arenas across the country to follow their teams.

In America, it's an "imported" game that blossomed behind basketball, baseball and football. But there's plenty of enthusiasm today and the arenas are full as league play thrives. The North American National Hockey League is the highest level men's ice hockey and the strongest professional league in the world.

In Canada, it's the most popular sport. It originated in central and eastern Europe (countries where, naturally, there are long winters with lots of ice. Most likely it began as "stick and ball" games on ice, with informal rules that tended to change as the game evolved. As a professional sport, it began in Canada, notably Montreal. The first noted game was played March 3, 1875. Amateur leagues sprang up in the 1880s and professional teams began accumulating fans in the early 1900s. The first Stanley Cup honoring the best in the game was first awarded in 1893 to the leading Canadian hockey team, and later was extended to international competition.

Today, the International Ice Hockey Federation shepherds competition among national teams from Canada, the United States and74 other countries. Since 1920, ice hockey has been a part of the Winter Olympics competition. The "Big Six" teams, representing Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the U.S., have historically dominated the Olympic scene. Only six medals in the international competition have been awarded to teams outside that group. The World Cup of Hockey. likewise, has been primarly awarded to the teams of the "Big Six," with 177 of 201 medals going into their collections.

In women's ice hockey competition, the same holds true. Women have competed in the Olympics only 12 years, and each of the clashes has ended with a "Big Six" team in possession of the gold. In fact, only Canada and the U.S. have been top teams in the women's events.

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