How Long Is a Hockey Game?


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A regulation ice hockey game is 60 minutes long. The game is divided into three periods, each of which lasts 20 minutes.

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How Long Is a Hockey Game?
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The first, second and third period all have intervals in between them. The average interval lasts for 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the level of play. If the game goes into overtime, it can last longer than usual. When the game is tied at the end of the regulation play, a sudden death period takes place. During sudden death, the first team to score a goal wins. For the National Hockey League, the overtime period lasts five minutes during regular games. During playoff games, the overtime period lasts for 20 minutes or until a goal is scored.

Field hockey varies in length and there are two periods with an intermission in between. Each period lasts for 35 minutes and the interval in between is 5 minutes long. If the game ends in a tie, two 10-minute periods take place to determine the winner. The team with the highest score at the end of the overtime periods wins the game. On occasion, sudden-death overtime is held in field hockey. This also requires two 10-minute periods, but the first team to score is the winner.

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