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Hockey players slap the puck at amazing speeds back and forth across the ice. Hockey pucks used in game play must meet rigid standards set by the National Hockey League and International Ice Hockey Federation. For many years, it was generally accepted that hockey originated from an English game called bandy.
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Ice hockey is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks to shoot a hard rubber hockey puck into their opponent's net to score points. In Canada and the United States , where the sport is very popular, it is known simply as "hockey"; however, the name ice hockey is used by the governing body IIHF and in most other countries. There the word hockey is generally reserved for another form of the sport, such as field hockey or roller hockey .