When playoff time rolls around, there are few sports where players elevate their games like hockey. And if you’ve ever been to a hockey game, you’ve felt the excitement every time a player gets crushed into the boards or a hard hit is delivered in the middle of the ice.
You’ve felt the intensity as one team is so close to scoring a goal, but the net minder is able to stand on his head while blocking shot after shot. Or heard the roar of the crowd every time the puck trickles into the net.
And, if you’ve been lucky enough given the league’s move away from fighting, you’ve gotten to see two players drop the gloves and square off before the refs can get in the middle to stop the fight from even starting.
Now, picture that times ten. Maybe even more as hits are harder, the goals harder to come by, and the intensity gets jacked up with each tally being a potential difference maker not just in momentum, but potentially in a game.
Sure, the fights may be down as players aren’t wanting to put their team at a disadvantage by having to spend more time in the box while their players are put on a prolonged penalty kill, but for everything else, there’s nothing like the atmosphere of playoff hockey.
And, if you’ve always enjoyed it, but never really understood how the game worked. We’ve still got a way to keep you tuned in for the playoffs when they come around.
Just remember to enjoy the game responsibly and plan on an Uber home if you’re headed to a bar, or bringing stuff to crash if you’re headed to a friend’s house.
Hockey Playoffs Drinking Game Rules
Start off by picking one team to root for.
Take a sip when:
- 1. A huge hit is delivered
- 2. For each minute a player on your team is in the penalty box
- 3. Every time the commentator’s excitement doesn’t result in a goal being scored
- 4. Every time the other team gets called for icing
- 5. Every time the other team gets called for offside
- 6. Any time the puck goes out of play
- 7. Every time your goalie makes a save behind another player screening him
- 8. Every time a member of your team (not a goalie) blocks a shot using a part of their body
Take five sips when:
- 1. Either team scores a goal
- 2. A game goes to any overtime period
- 3. The puck is dropped at center ice
- 4. A play is being reviewed by the officials
Take a shot or finish your drink when:
- 1. There’s a fight*
- 2. A player gets a penalty shot
- 3. A player on either team gets a hat trick
- 4. A coach uses a timeout
More than likely, you’ll probably end up sipping more than you will doing shots, but those sips will end up coming pretty fast and furious when the game starts so don’t forget to pace yourself.
*If multiple fights are occurring at the same time, fight shot rule will only be applied once regardless of how many gloves are on the ice.
Main Photo by: Wagner T. Cassimiro “Aranha” / Flickr