There are two kinds of Hockey :
- Field Hockey
- Ice Hockey
In our younger days, Theinbyu Ground was used for Field Hockey.
Suk Bahadur (Captain of the Burma Soccer Team) and Dr. Harry Saing (Htut Saing, Pediatric Surgeon of “Ma Nan Soe – Ma Nan San” fame as Chief Assistant to Dr. Pe Nyun) also excelled at hockey.
According to Ko Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EC76), he was the last defender of the RIT Hockey team. Ko Thura Thant Zin (RUBC Gold, Past President of BASES, M76) was the goalkeeper.
Adam K. Khan (Ko Myat Thein, EP76) wrote that he was better at hockey than at rowing.
For some time, India and Pakistan were power houses in hockey. Several nations have taken their place.
NHL (National Hockey League) is made up of ice hockey teams from US and Canada.
A game is played over three periods of 20 minutes each.
A tied game will go into overtime.
At any given time, six players from a team are on the ice.
Typically, there is a goalkeeper, two backs, two wings and a center forward.
Power plays occur when a player is penalized for a specified period.
The teams vie for Stanley Cup.