The National Hockey League, or NHL, the organisation of professional ice hockey teams in North America, is the most prominent body governing official hockey and it handles the most prestigious trophy, the Stanley Cup. The TV viewership for the Stanley Cup Games frequently hit the 5-million mark in the last ten years.
Other national and international leagues worth mentioning are the National League of Switzerland, Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany, the Kontinental Hockey League in Eurasia, with players from Russia, Belarus, China, Finland, Kazakhstan and Latvia, the Swedish Hockey League or Czech Extraliga.
According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, the game is divided into three periods of 20 minutes each, with each team having six players on the ice. In the case of a tie-in for medal-round games, a five-minute or 20-minute sudden-victory overtime is played, followed by a game-winning penalty shoot competition if needed.
Betting on ice hockey can follow natural patterns, growing during the cold seasons, with the Money Line the most sought-after bet. Next in line is the Puck Line – or the hockey’s version of spread betting, followed by classics like the total number of scored goals or Over/Under.
Popular betting markets: Total Score, Home Away, Over/Under
Top ice hockey competitions and tournaments:
- The National Hockey League (North America)
- The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL – Eurasia)
- The Junior Hockey League (MHL- Russia)
- The Supreme Hockey League (VHL – Russia)
- The Supreme Hockey League
- The Ice Hockey World Championships
- The Eishockey-Bundesliga (Germany)