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Icing on the Cake!
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.77

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     challenging words:    admirable, face-off, goal-keeper, goalkeeper, goaltending, hat-maker, hat-trick, short-handed, slapshots, heavyweight, acknowledge, removal, earning, disadvantage, penalty, endure
     content words:    Nova Scotia, United States, Maple Leaf, Famer Wayne Gretzsky


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Icing on the Cake!
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Ice hockey began in the mid-1800s. It started in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Nova Scotia. British troops played games of field hockey on the frozen lakes and ponds there. It became Canada's national sport by the early 1900s. Since then the sport has spread to Europe and the United States
 
2     Speed, strategy, and teamwork are needed in a hockey game. Two six-man teams race up and down an ice rink on ice skates. They try to drive a hard rubber disk, called a puck, into a net. The object of ice hockey is to score goals by using a stick to slap the puck into the opposing team's net. Each goal is worth one point. Hockey has speed, crushing slapshots, skill, acrobatic goaltending, and sometimes even heavyweight fights.
 
3     The game begins with a face-off. An official drops the puck in the center of the rink between the sticks of the opposing players. Each team scrambles to gain control of the puck. It is the job of the goal-keeper to defend his team's goal cage, or net. He tries to stop the opposing team's puck from entering the net. Meanwhile the other members of the team are racing up and down the ice trying to get and keep control of the puck. They try to score by slapping the puck into the opposite goal past the defense of that goalkeeper. The game ends after three twenty-minute periods of play.

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