Get Inspired: How to get into ice hockey

Sport England Ice Hockey

How do I start?

Find Ice Hockey clubs and rinks near you by visiting the English and Welshexternal-link, Scottish,external-link or Irishexternal-link Ice Hockey Association websites. In Northern Ireland, the Belfast Giants are an elite team, but they have a junior sectionexternal-link too.

What is ice hockey?

There are two teams of six and skaters use their sticks to shoot a rubber disc, called a puck, into the opponent's net to score a goal. The team with the most points scored at the end of three 20 minute periods wins.

Is it for me?

  • Ice Hockey is a full-contact team sport with short bursts of training and exercise - if you think that sounds puck-er, then give it a go. If you're a beginner, skating on ice is easy to pick up, so don't let that put you off.

What to expect when I get there?

  • It's a great way to meet new people, with ice hockey team-mates known for creating close friendships.
  • It's fast, furious and fun and will improve you pace and agility.
  • You can expect to burn around 500 calories an hour in a game.
  • There are recreational teams at many ice rinks around the country, many of which hold family skating sessions.
  • Sledge hockey is a variation of the sport designed for people with lower-body impairments. Players are seated in a metal sledge with blades on the base, propelling themselves using twin hockey sticks. Visit the Parasportexternal-link website to find a club near you.

To get you in the mood ...

Master the skills of sledge hockey

Are you inspired to try ice hockey? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired,external-link visiting us on Facebookexternal-link or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.

All clubs need a chair, secretary and treasurer to help things run smoothly as well as officials, coaches and judges. Whatever role you're interested in, Join Inexternal-link has opportunities to volunteer in your area.