Is ice hockey a real sport?

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  1. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    Following Canada's win in the winter games - is ice hockey now considered the greatest sport ever?

    1. Greek One profile image75
      Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes... yes i would have to say it is the greatest sport ever

    2. profile image0
      Kenrick Chatmanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      In Canada yes. In the US.. maybe baseball or American football...

      In other places, football or soccer

    3. RKHenry profile image75
      RKHenryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Man, what is up with asking two completely different questions?  What gives? 

      Is ice hockey a real sport- hell yeah.
      Is ice hockey the greatest sport because Canada won gold- hell no.

      Boxing is.  Ask the Canadian ice hockey team, if you don't believe me.

      1. Greek One profile image75
        Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        boxing stopped being a sport when Tyson bit the guys ear off.

        In the middle of the last century is was the biggest thing around

        1. RKHenry profile image75
          RKHenryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Nano,nano, and your mom is fatter than my mom.lollollol

          1. Greek One profile image75
            Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Them is boxing words!!!

    4. Stevennix2001 profile image87
      Stevennix2001posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      that's a matter of opinion as one  could even make an argument that horse racing is the greatest sport in the world.  no doubt hockey is most likely the most popular winter sport, but as far as overall goes.  it's still up for debate.

    5. profile image41
      Adleyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hi,
      My answer is yes...As it includes both the skills and strategies to win,it's really a real sport

      Thank you

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    6. Beelzedad profile image54
      Beelzedadposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It always was. smile

  2. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    Greek one - thanks for that - you are clearly passionate about the sport smile

    1. Greek One profile image75
      Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      yes, I have written a few hubs about it smile

      I tried to post questions regarding hockey in the Religious Forum, but they denied that it can be a cult

  3. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    Greek one I will check out those hubs on ice hockey smile

  4. lender3212000 profile image73
    lender3212000posted 8 years ago

    I don't think I'd go as far as to say it is the greatest sport ever but it is certainly back on the map (at least for a while).

    1. Greek One profile image75
      Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If I may quote directly from lender3212000 above....

      "I....go as far as to say it is the greatest sport ever.. on the map.."

      smile

  5. Chaotic Chica profile image74
    Chaotic Chicaposted 8 years ago

    As far as greatest sport ever, that's up to the individual, but there is no question, in my mind that it is truly a sport to follow.  I enjoy playing street hockey but I can't ice skate to save my life so I give those guys (and gals) a great deal of credit to both at once!

    1. Greek One profile image75
      Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I can't skate either... and neither do some of the players on my favorite team... but you gotta love hockey!

  6. profile image0
    A Texanposted 8 years ago

    Football is a sport, hockey is something you watch until Football season starts again!

    That is all...carry on

    1. Greek One profile image75
      Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Being from Texas, I can understand your love of football...
      I like it too (especially when me team covers the spread)...

      but if you love football as a sport.. you have to love hockey once you get to know it...

      the physical aspect... the 'team-like' nature of it, etc

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        A Texanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        We had a local minor league Hockey team, the "Austin Ice Bats", I went to a game to check it out, most boring time I have ever had!

        1. Greek One profile image75
          Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          one can't just a sport on one game...

          if you went out with a really ugly woman on your first date, would you change your sexual orientation?

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            A Texanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I wouldn't go out with a really ugly woman, that's called choice! I made a choice, hockey sucks and Football doesn't!


            Nuff said!

            1. Greek One profile image75
              Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              LOL at "really" ugly woman
              smile

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            Kenrick Chatmanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Not if she had a great body...

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          Kenrick Chatmanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          A Texan you should have watched the Dallas Stars when they relocated to Dallas in 1994. They marketed the game as football on ice and the fans bought in.

          During 1994-2000, the Dallas Stars were very exciting and won the Stanley Cup in 1999 and lost in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2000... I worked as an usher at the games in 1994 during high school and after 7 games I became hooked.

          However, I have not followed the team as much since mid 2000 since I have been busy with other things.

          1. Greek One profile image75
            Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            SHAME ON YOU for changing your priorities!

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              Kenrick Chatmanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              The Dallas Cowboys or America's Team is the main team in Dallas.

              1. Greek One profile image75
                Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                are you SURE?
                I heard EVERYONE in Dallas loooooooooves the Houston Texans??

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                  Kenrick Chatmanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  No way.

                  Here is a nice, two minute summary of the Dallas Stars Stanley Cup victory in the third overtime of game 6 during the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals....

                  Buffalo lost 2 Super Bowls to the Dallas Cowboys and the Stanley Cup to the Dallas Stars...

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIgUd0VZJEU

  7. Maddie Ruud profile image77
    Maddie Ruudposted 8 years ago

    Hockey is MY favorite sport.  That doesn't make it the best sport of all time... there's no way to compare!

    1. Greek One profile image75
      Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      In the spirit of compromise and consensus making, I will throw my vote out the window and agree with whatever Maddie Ruud says.

  8. Chaotic Chica profile image74
    Chaotic Chicaposted 8 years ago

    It is so amusing watching guys argue about sports...y'all get so opinionated! smile

  9. TheGlassSpider profile image70
    TheGlassSpiderposted 8 years ago

    If things like golf and curling are considered sports, then ice hockey is DEFINITELY on the list.

  10. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    On average if you ask most, and I'm pretty sure you could google the results if you wanted to....however, sports in America, last time I checked were Football, Basketball and Baseball.

    These are the front runners for sports. Hockey isn't really an accepted sport among most. It's fan base, like NASCAR racing, isn't big enough to classify as a sport in America.

    Is hockey the greatest sport of all time? Absolutely not. hmm

    1. Chaotic Chica profile image74
      Chaotic Chicaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      LOL! While I can see your point-you should have been in NJ back in 1994 when the NJ Devils took home the Stanely cup!! You'd be hard pressed to NOT find a fan then! smile  As for NASCAR, you should double check those numbers!  There's a HUGE following there and they are every bit as passionate as football fans. smile

      1. Cagsil profile image81
        Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You're joking right?

        Get your facts straight please. Football, even American style has fans all around the Globe. Mostly play only here, except for recent games abroad. And, those were sell outs.

        NASCAR is restricted to fans here in the U.S. Usually those who like Grand Prix Racing, are not too fond of NASCAR racing. You cannot lump all racing on a global scale to make your comparison, because if they are to be a sport, the would need to be exactly the same. And, they are not.

        NASCAR's following is still pretty much limited. Besides, driving a car? Isn't a sport.

        1. Chaotic Chica profile image74
          Chaotic Chicaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          First of all, it takes a lot of skill to be able to control their cars at those speeds and for the length of time that they do.  It is very taxing physically and mentally in order to compete against other teams (the pit crew is vital to the driver's success as well) which, by definition makes it a sport.  That being said, you are correct.  Grand Prix racers are on a completely different level and they do tend to look down their noses at NASCAR and it's fans. 
          As for football not being a popular sport, I was not arguing that point, only that the numbers for ice hockey and NASCAR were not as low as you suggested.  Although you did make a valid point regarding NASCAR numbers on the global scale.

    2. Maddie Ruud profile image77
      Maddie Ruudposted 8 years agoin reply to this



      How very Americocentric!  Just because hockey isn't the most popular sport in the USA doesn't disqualify it as the greatest global sport (not that I'm saying it is... just pointing out the invalidity of your argument).  tongue

      1. Chaotic Chica profile image74
        Chaotic Chicaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        True-after all, look at soccer!

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          Kenrick Chatmanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I also like boxing. My favorite boxers of all time are Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya.

          Mike Tyson was a waste of talent but during 1985-1989 I have not seen a fighter as exciting and vicious as Tyson. One of my first games for Nintendo besides Mario Brothers/Duck Hunt was Mike Tyson's Punchout.

          I liked De La Hoya because he did not shy away from fighting the best out there. He was pretty good during his prime as well.

    3. Greek One profile image75
      Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Professional hockey has a long history of acceptance in the US... with deep roots that match or precede both basketball and football

      The Seattle Metropolitans became the first American-based team to win the Stanley Cup all the way back in 1917

  11. Greek One profile image75
    Greek Oneposted 8 years ago

    The only place "American" style football is widely accepted is in the US and in Canada.... just look at the experience of the NFL in Europe.  I'm not talking about exhibition games, I'm talking about thriving leagues  and the number of people who play it.

    The most "popular" sport / most played sport in the world is soccer.  The second is basketball.  Baseball is big in the America's and the far East.  Hockey is big in northern countries that actually have ice rinks... Canada, the Northern US, Russia/former Russian republics, the Scandinavian countries and Eastern Europe.

    The "best sport" is whatever Maddie Ruud says it is  smile

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image77
      Maddie Ruudposted 8 years agoin reply to this



      Wow.  I don't think anyone on HubPages has ever given my words that much credence.  Don't worry, I won't let it go to my head.

      1. Greek One profile image75
        Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        (it's just because you seem wise....

        and because you agree with me smile

  12. Ann Nonymous profile image59
    Ann Nonymousposted 8 years ago

    My brother seems to think so. He would eat, sleep, drink and breathe hockey if he could. And now he has come to the point that he practices his puck and hockey stick handling skills in our parents home....(Sigh)

    Although I find the game exhausting (not to mention brutal) after awhile I'd watch hockey rather than curling. Now that I'll NEVER understand!

    1. Greek One profile image75
      Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I've never played curling.. and would call it a 'pastime' rather than a sport... but one you understand the rules (and they aren't that hard to understand), it can oddly enough become rather addicting to watch.

      Kinda like marbles on ice

      1. Maddie Ruud profile image77
        Maddie Ruudposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I like curling too.  Sue me, I'm half Canadian.

        1. Ann Nonymous profile image59
          Ann Nonymousposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Maybe I'll give curling a second chance come the next winter olympics!!!!! LOL

          1. Greek One profile image75
            Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            the modern version of the curling uses vaccum cleaners instead of brooms...

            it makes the game much more faster

            1. Ann Nonymous profile image59
              Ann Nonymousposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Now THAT I would watch...haha!

  13. hallowfever profile image54
    hallowfeverposted 8 years ago

    of course it is!

  14. profile image0
    Pack Secureposted 8 years ago

    I consider Soccer (Futball) the greatest game.  It all depends on your tastes.

  15. Beth100 profile image72
    Beth100posted 8 years ago

    As a Canadian, I watched ice hockey and played street hockey.  I've played many different types of sports (spanning all the seasons) and I consider hockey to be a real sport.  How could a person conceive that hockey is NOT a sport?  yikes

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image87
      Stevennix2001posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      not to correct you beth, but the question wasn't if hockey was a sport or not.  they were trying ask if hockey is the BEST sport of all time or not.

      1. Beth100 profile image72
        Beth100posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Well, actually, if you read the question as the topic, it states "is ice hockey a real sport?".  Then, in the first response, it changes to whether it is the best sport.

        A slight conflict for the original question as the second question answers that it is a sport.  So, I can deduce that the real question is as posted originally, not what was listed below. 

        Nonetheless, it is a sport, and the best one out there.  But, hey, I'm Canadian, eh!!! 


        hmm...better ask for directions on this one!  lol

        1. Stevennix2001 profile image87
          Stevennix2001posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          ooops, i misread it then.  im sorry beth. i should've known better than to question a lovely lady such as yourself.  although i never knew you used to be an athlete too though.  wow, is there anything you can't do beth?  big_smile

          1. Beth100 profile image72
            Beth100posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            You didn't misread anything. Like I said, this thread poses two questions, where the second answers the first.  Me thinks Irish had two thoughts going on there.  lol

            There's plenty that I can't do.  Like fix a man.  lol  Or get a man to ask for directions.  lol  Or change my oil.  lol  Or get out of the forums to get some sleep.  lol

            1. Stevennix2001 profile image87
              Stevennix2001posted 8 years agoin reply to this

              lol.  well you can always try fixing me anytime.  wink

              1. Beth100 profile image72
                Beth100posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                You're broken?!?  I'll get my tool chest, just wait .... lol

                1. Stevennix2001 profile image87
                  Stevennix2001posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  lol.

                  1. Beth100 profile image72
                    Beth100posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    you'll have to wait until I fix the butt and dress problem first.  lol

  16. Beth100 profile image72
    Beth100posted 8 years ago

    I know.  smile

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image87
      Stevennix2001posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      you know i was thinking about you all day.  smile  i missed you beth.

  17. Stevennix2001 profile image87
    Stevennix2001posted 8 years ago

    anyone here?

  18. madeline Oscar profile image57
    madeline Oscarposted 8 years ago

    I Love Ice Hockey Game. Not just a Game But a Game which requires lots of skills.

  19. Greek One profile image75
    Greek Oneposted 8 years ago

    One can't argue with Madeline

  20. soni2006 profile image78
    soni2006posted 8 years ago

    Ice hockey is a wonderful contact sport. I have only seen on TV. In India, hockey is the national game but cricket is really popular.

 
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