Ice hockey in the National Hockey League (NHL) is one of the most supported sports in the United States of America and Canada. In terms of support as well as revenue, ice hockey is more or less in the same league as American football, baseball, and basketball. Most teams in the NHL are nine-figure teams, with most averaging 500 million. It also costs a lot for team expansions to other states or cities. It is for this reason, and others of course, that there are rules in place to govern this lucrative sport.
Whenever there is money involved, people tend to want to find loopholes in order for them to make extra money. The league intended for this sport to be fair and free from corruption and, most importantly, safe for the players. This is why there are rules in place to govern the way the game is played as well as financial fairness to ensure small teams don’t suffer that much because of bullying and so forth.
Rules in the NHL
- Fighting on the rink is allowed by the NHL. The players are supposed to put down their hockey sticks so that they cannot use them as weapons. These could cause lots of damage. They are also supposed to use their bare knuckles as the heavy leather gloves could cause a lot of pain. Their helmets are supposed to stay on the entire time to avoid head injuries.
- There are various penalties that the referee hands out to the players, namely minor, major, misconduct, penalty shot, and delayed penalty.
Teams in the NHL
The following is a list of the teams in the NHL. This list is meant to point out some of the favored teams, and so it is not a closed list.
- New Jersey Devils
- Pittsburgh Penguins
- Montreal Canadiens
- Detroit Red Wings
- Philadelphia Flyers
- New York Rangers
- Los Angeles Kings