Since ice hockey is a significant part of the Finnish culture, our third meeting took place in the ‘Tampereen jäähalli’, the Tamperen Ice Stadium, where we got the chance to watch a hockey match.
As a kid, I did play ice hockey at home with my friends on the lake, but I didn’t really know the rules and how to play it properly. So at first, Krista told us the basic rules of the game, so that we can follow and understand the match more easily.
During the play, there are 6 players per side on the ice, one of them being the goalkeeper and the aim of the game is to score goals by shooting the puck with sticks. A professional game consists of three twenty minute periods, with the clock running only when the puck is in play. Penalties can be given by the judges if any infraction of the rules happen. In that case the offending team has to play with one less player usually for two minutes.
I have also learnt that Tampere is the only city in Finland that has two teams, Tappara and Ilves, and they were playing against each other this time. Right now Tappara is the 6th in the Finnish League and Ilves is the 13th.
During the game, cheerleaders were dancing, fans were cheering, and there were also some games for the audience in the breaks. Krista also told us, that these events are probably the only times when Finnish people are really cheerful. I have also noticed, that Tappara had a larger number of fans and they seemed to be more enthusiastic during the match.
At the end Tappara won by 8 – 1 and it was a lot of fun to be a part of this experience.