Hockey is a fast-paced, physical sport played on ice between two teams of six players each. The objective is to score goals by shooting a small rubber puck into the opposing team’s net using a stick. The game is divided into three periods, and players use speed, agility, and skill to maneuver the puck, often at high speeds, while trying to avoid being checked by opponents. Professional hockey is most popular in North America, with the National Hockey League (NHL) being the highest level of competition. Fans are known for their passionate support, and the sport is known for its level of intensity and thrill.