There are several variations of hockey. Some of which are field hockey Ryan Braun Brewers Jersey , ice hockey, roller hockey (quad hockey and inline hockey), street hockey and unicycle hockey. There are many other games or sports which had been derived from the hockey game or its predecessors which gave rise to other forms of hockey. These are air hockey, ball hockey, mini hockey, box hockey, broomball, floorball, foot hockey, indoor field hockey, table hockey among many others which are played in all parts of the world. Indeed, hockey is a universal game with multiple versions and variations.

National Hockey League (NHL)

National Hockey League or NHL, a professional hockey league in North America, is composed of 30 teams. It was formed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1917 from a predecessor organization which is the National Hockey Association or NHA. NHL is referred to as the premier professional ice hockey league worldwide and is included in major professional sports leagues in North America.

The Stanley Cup is awarded every year to the champion of the league to conclude each season. It is also the oldest professional athletic trophy within North America.

Hockey as a Popular Worldwide Sport and Hockey Equipments

The hockey sport had gained popularity worldwide which is also the reason why several versions of the game had been created and popularized in different parts of the world. Its popularity earned the interest of young and old alike. Very young children who are fascinated with the sport begin training at an early age. It is this popularity of the sport that gave rise to several hockey merchandise and hockey equipments being sold in the market, in various stores and outlets and even online.

The most basic hockey equipments and game accessories include the hockey stick, hockey balls, footwear (skates), hockey goal keeper helmet, hockey goal keeper chest guard, hockey goal keeper gloves, hockey goal keeper kicker and leg guards. These hockey equipments can be purchased in sporting goods stores and hockey online stores.

Hockey Goal Net

The hockey goal net is one of the most essential tools needed in order to play hockey. Goal nets are available in various sporting goods stores and even online. Here are some of the features that make a good hockey goal net:

Must have the ideal measurements and dimensions (W 54 in; H 44 in; D 30 in)
Made of durable material like steel frame with hood and double back support
Made with protective finish
Convenient and easy, push button assembly
With bungee slip net with 1-34-in mesh and VELCRO brand net ties that offer quick set-up in the playing field
Folds for easy storage and transporting

Hockey for Disabled Players

Due to the increasing popularity of hockey, a variation of this sport had been created specifically for the disabled. This is referred to as the Sledge Hockey wherein the players sit on sleds and they push themselves along the ice with picks on the butt end of their shorter hockey sticks. The rules for Sledge Hockey are almost all the same with regular hockey.

MADRID, May 6 (Xinhua) -- The Spanish BBVA Primera Liga could in theory be decided on Sunday if results go the way of FC Barcelona, while at the other end of the table the battle to avoid relegation is tenser than ever.

As penultimate round of matches in Spain all kick off at the same time on Sunday, Barcelona level on points with Atletico Madrid and one ahead of Real Madrid.

Barca's superior goal difference means they could theoretically be crowned champions by 7pm if they win their home game against local rivals Espanyol, while Atletico lose and Real Madrid fail to win.

The reality is likely to be somewhat different and everything points to the season going into a cliff-hanging last game as Atletico visit bottom of the table Levante, who are already guaranteed second division football for next season, while Real Madrid are at home to a Valencia side looking to end a disappointing campaign as soon as possible.

Barca have once again had a week to prepare for their game and coach Luis Enrique can expect another tough encounter against a side who used extremely physical tactics to draw 0-0 in the first meeting between the two sides this season.

Espanyol have no love for their neighbors and will give everything to stop them winning the title in a game which promises to be difficult for referee Gil Manzano to control.

Atletico and Real Madrid both played tense European matches in midweek, but have so far not paid any physical price for their efforts.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone will be against suspended in the stands as his side visit Levante and Atletico will make some changes to their side with Tiago Cardoso available again following injury.

Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane will once again have to make a call on the fitness of Cristiano Ronaldo, who again looked below his best in midweek, Karim Benzema and Casimiro, who both missed out the 1-0 Champions League win at home to Manchester City on Wednesday.

He will take comfort from the fact that the Real Madrid squad has shown time and again it has the depth to overcome absences through injury.

The rest of Sunday's drama comes in the battle to avoid relegation where three teams (Getafe, Sporting Gijon and Rayo Vallecano) are tied of 35 points with Granada on 36 and Deportivo la Coruna not out of danger on 39.

Getafe's home game against Sporting Gijon will probably be decisive with the loser almost certain to join Levante in the second division.

Rayo Vallecano travel to play Real Sociedad, while Granada will hope to take advantage of tired legs in Sevilla after the home side qualified for their third Europa League final on Thursday night.

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