A hockey game is divided into three quarters. Each of these segments lasts 20 minutes and is separated by a 15-minute interlude. Each phase comprises the plays required for one of the sides to win the game. A period ends when the play clock reaches zero for either team.
There is no limit to how many periods can occur during a single game. In fact, this happens quite often in exhibition games and minor league contests. But a regulation ice hockey game must consist of only two periods or more. If the game goes beyond two periods the officials will signal a stoppage to the action. The third period is called a "extra frame."
In a playoff series, each team receives one half of a game. This means that if the series is best-of-seven, each team will receive two games (one at home, one away). A series can last any number of days or weeks. A championship series is played over several games if necessary. The winning team is declared the winner of the series.
In major league baseball, the game consists of nine innings. Each inning is divided into three parts - pitches from both teams, time between batters, and time between runners advancing around the bases - with an extra 30 seconds added to each batter's time up to a maximum of three minutes.
A hockey game is divided into three 20-minute segments (or 60 minutes total). If the score is still tied after sixty minutes, the game will be extended to a five-minute overtime session, followed by a shootout. The winner is the team that scores first.
In hockey, like other sports where the score is tied at some point during the game, there is no guarantee that it will remain this way forever. If the teams remain tied through three periods, they go into a fifth and final period called "overtime". During this time, each player on the ice is given a chance to score a goal. The player who scores first wins the game.
The first two periods of a hockey game are usually referred to as "halves". The third period is called "the third". A quarter or half of the third period is called a "period".
There are three periods in an NHL hockey game: the first period, the second period, and the third period. The third period begins once the score is tied at any time during the game. If the score is still tied after three periods, then another period has been added to the game. This could happen several times if the teams are still tied late in the game.
In international competitions such as the Winter Olympics and World Championships, there are four periods of play.
The game is broken into three parts of 20 minutes each, with a 15-minute breather in between. Unless the regulations specify an overtime session to serve as a tiebreaker, hockey games may result in a tie. In that case, they go into a fifth and final part of the game called a "shootout".
All together, a hockey game lasts about two hours. It starts with a 40-minute pre-game ceremony where many special events can happen. Then the players take the ice for the actual game which lasts about two hours. At the end of the game there is a post-game ceremony where awards are given out and some special events can happen.
Overall, it's a very exciting sport to watch because it's full of action and sometimes even fights!
The NHL (National Hockey League) is the highest level of ice hockey. There are several other major leagues such as the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League), WCHL (Western Collegiate Hockey Association), and OHL (Olympic Hockey League). There are also several minor league systems around the world such as the AHL (American Hockey League). The top teams in these leagues can make it to the NHL. But only the best of the best make it through the draft process and get a chance to play for a contract.