During a sports season where the Dolphins have the worst record in the NFL and the Miami Heat already seem hell-bent on a lackluster (or worse) follow-up to last year’s stunning championship win (dropping almost all of their preseason games and then getting completely trounced by the Bulls during their home opener), Miami – Ft. Lauderdale residents might be looking for a team that they can watch whose performance doesn’t disgust them. Enter South Florida’s hockey team, the Florida Panthers.

I was born and raised in Alaska, which means that it was mandated by law that I play hockey (and by hockey, I of course mean the variety played on ice, not the variety played on fields by high-school girls and the Irish). As such, I developed an understanding of it that extends beyond that of the average ufabet สมาชิกเว็บแทงบอล Floridian – namely, that hockey is essentially about large Canadians punching each other. While this is an important facet of the game, there is really a lot more to it. It is a precise game of individual skill and team strategy that is one of the most fast-paced games on the planet.

If you know nothing about hockey (beyond, of course, the bit about the Canadians punching each other), here are some basic rules and things to watch for: Each team is allowed 6 players, including the goaltender. The game is played in three twenty-minute periods, and the object is to put the puck in your opponent’s net as many times as possible. That pretty much sums up the gist of the game.

As far as some of the finer points – if the referee blows his whistle, chances are there is one of four reasons: the goaltender has covered the puck, there is a penalty, there is an icing call, or someone is off-sides. The goaltender covering the puck is self-explanatory, and penalties are generally pretty intuitive (no using your stick to haul someone down, no elbowing people to the head, etc.) Icing occurs when a team shoots the puck from their side of the ice (behind the center red-line) to behind the opposing team’s goal line (the little red lines across either end). Off-sides occurs when an attacking player goes into their opponent’s defensive zone (past the blue line) bef