January 24, 2010 3:28pm CST
What is the first word that comes to mind when you hear hockey? For me I think of excitement. It is sad that many think violence or fighting. True it is a violent game and there are fights but that's just part of a whole beautiful sport.
• United States
24 Jan 10
Power..followed quickly by skill and beautiful and precision. Figure skaters have nothing over hockey players as far as I am concerned. Watching the skill that someone like pav uses when he takes the puck away from someone. Lids shot..almost always from the blue line.. A fight is a treat and if you are a true hockey fan you understand the importance it can have to a game. I don't think of it as a violent sport..an agressive sport..violence to me means hurtng someone without provacation or reason. Running into someone so they lose the puck..no different than sacking a quarterback and hoping he would fumble the ball.
• Delhi, India
25 Jan 10
Hi Sarah! I love Hockey i.e. field Hockey. In the past Indian Hockey team was one of the best in the world. I can understand that you may be talking about ice-hockey, which we do not get to see here in India. I think that pattern of playing Hockey in both the version is similar. It is an exciting game and you get to know the result within 70 minutes. However, now a days, 'Cricket' has taken over the game of Hockey in India. Good Morning! Deepak
25 Jan 10
For me, it's FUN. As I don't play the sport, and I don't even skate, my word is from the feeling I derive from watching it(specially if my canucks are winning). I don't know how these players survive from minor hockey to the pro ranks, skating at high speeds, with a stick in hand, trying to get to a puck which can most certainly do some damage if they get hit by it. And yes, not to mention the five other guys with sticks also skating at high speeds trying to pry the puck out of each other. Overall, it's fun to watch.