Ice Hockey Betting Odds
There are many types of ice hockey betting markets with different odds for each market. Getting the best ice hockey betting odds is essential for finding value and having long term success.
Betting on Ice Hockey
There are hundreds of different ways to bet on a ice hockey match. Keep in mind that most markets are paid at the end of 60 minutes and exclude extra time.
Here are some of the most common types of ice hockey betting markets:
60 Minute 3 Way Match Odds: In every game of ice hockey there are three possible outcomes after 60 minutes or regular time. Predict which team you think will win, or bet on a draw.
Moneyline: Select which team you think will win including extra time.
60 Minute Total Goals Over/Under: Predict how many goals will be scored by both teams combined.
60 Minute Handicap: If you think one team is far too good for their opponent, a good way to find value is the handicap market. If you select a team with a -1 handicap, they need to win by more than one goal, such as 2-0, 3-1 etc.
Double Chance: Select a team to win or draw after 60 minutes.
60 Minute Draw No Bet: Pick a team to win and if the game ends in a draw, get your stake back.
Will There Be Overtime?: Select if the game will be tied after 60 minutes and overtime is required.
First Goalscorer: Predict which player will score the first goal of the game.
Anytime Goalscorer: Less risk than the first goalscorer bet, choose any player to score a goal anytime in the game.
Correct Score: Predict the final score of any ice hockey game.
Half Time/Full Time (HT/FT): Predict a team to be winning the game at half time and full time. Alternatively, select a team to be losing at half time and winning at full time.
Ice Hockey Competitions
North America's National Hockey League (NHL) is the highest level for men's ice hockey in the world. The NHL teams that qualify for the playoffs each season compete for the Stanley Cup which is the oldest professional sports trophy in North America.
The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is the highest league in Russia and most of Eastern Europe.
International ice hockey competitions include the annual Ice Hockey World Championships and The World Cup of Hockey.
Ice Hockey Players
Some of the best players in ice hockey include Sidney Crosby, Bobby Hull, Guy Lafleur, Mark Messier, Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe.
Ice Hockey Highlights
Watch ice hockey highlights to catch up on all the goals and important moments every game.
Ice Hockey News
Get all the latest ice hockey news to stay up to date with teams, players and competitions. Ice hockey organisations all have official websites, ice hockey competitions and clubs also have official websites where you can get all the important news.
Ice Hockey Social Media
Follow ice hockey on social media so you don't miss any important information concerning a competition or a team.
Ice Hockey History
Ice hockey probably originated in the United Kingdom but the idea of stick and ball games dates back thousands of years. Field hockey developed in England in the late 17th century with evidence of the game being played on ice.
Ice hockey was exported to North America during colonialization and the modern version of ice hockey developed in Montreal, Canada. Montreal is considered the birthplace of modern organized ice hockey with the city hosting the first indoor hockey game in 1875.
The length of the ice rink and the use of a puck in that game survives to the current day. The Stanley Cup was first awarded the Canadian amateur champion in 1893 with professional ice hockey beginning around 1900.
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is the governing body for international ice hockey, responsible for managing international tournaments and upholding the IIHF World Ranking. There are ice hockey federations in 76 countries around the world.
As the name suggests, the sport is simply hockey played on ice, usually in a rink where two teams use sticks to shoot a rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. Teams consist of six players each with one goaltender and five ‘outfield’ players.
In Canada, the United States, Nordic countries, and some European countries the sport is known simply as hockey. In countries that predominately play field hockey, the name ice hockey is used to differentiate between the two sports.
One popular part of men’s ice hockey is ‘body checking’, which allows players to use thir shoulder or hip to strike an opponent who has the puck or was the last to have touched it for more than two second.
Fights are another popular aspect of men’s ice hockey.
Although prohibited in the rules, it is a frequent occurrence that attracts criticism but also adds to the spectacle for the crowd. Fights are unofficially condoned at the professional level in North America.
Ice hockey was played for the first time in the Olympics in the 1920 Summer Olympics. Of the 69 medals awarded in the men's ice hockey competition at the Olympics, only six medals were not awarded to countries known as the "Big Six": Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States.