Ice(d) Hockey Anyone?

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There are a lot of wacky extreme sports in this world ranging from boarding down volcanos to soccer on bicycles, but playing hockey under the frozen surface instead of above it? Now that, has got to top the list!

Originated in Austria, Underwater Ice Hockey also known as Sub-Aqua Ice Hockey, is just like regular hockey - except turned upside down. The games are played under a frozen lake about six meters wide and eight meters long. Players donned in wetsuits, flippers and special scuba masks, enter the freezing water from a small square hole that has been cut through the thick ice and, begin their pursuit of a floating Styrofoam puck.

While they don't have to know how to ice skate or run, they do have to be very good swimmers and most important of all be able hold their breath for long periods of time. That's because no oxygen masks are allowed in this extreme sport. Instead, players emerge from the hole about every 30 seconds to take a big gulp of fresh air, before returning back to the game. Since it is easy to get disoriented in the freezing water, four referees with breathing masks are present at all times, to guide players up to the hole, if they are unable to locate it themselves.

Each match is broken up into three ten-minute periods. At the end of each session, players are allowed a ten-minute break to come up to the surface and warm up from the freezing 2°C water. Fortunately, the fans that come to watch are not subjected to the same torture. They simply settle around the lake and watch the action from above - thanks to strategically placed underwater cameras, that transmit the game onto a screen.

As would be expected, this extreme sport, is currently popular that experience severe winter conditions - Like Austria, Finland, Czech Republic and Germany. However, judging from the interest from free divers, it is sure to catch on, in other parts of the world too.

Resources: wikipedia.org, Odditycentral.com, sportspad.org

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749 Comments
  • Hockey fanFriday, April 26, 2019 at 5:47 am
    My favorite sport is hockey and I am on a team and I could play all the time.
    • Marshmalone2345Friday, April 5, 2019 at 8:16 am
      Hey this was a good video i nliked the stories to i agreed with the scientist this is still veery dangerous sp[ot !!!!!
      • hufflepuff4
        hufflepuff4Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 12:18 pm
        hockey is great and i play
        • Crosby#87Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 10:39 am
          I am a girl and I LOVE HOCKEY!!!!!!!!
          • Dog king Friday, February 15, 2019 at 9:10 am
            Hockey is the best thing in the world
            • samantayMonday, February 11, 2019 at 11:01 am
              basketball is better that hockey
              • hockey moorheadMonday, February 11, 2019 at 10:46 am
                nasty
                • Hockey rules Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:26 am
                  ice fishing is fun but hockey is better
                  • LONDONFriday, January 18, 2019 at 7:19 am
                    i like hockey
                    • hockeyFriday, January 11, 2019 at 11:13 am
                      no sport can beat hockey