Whether you are travelling in the United States and Canada or visiting Europe, world-class ice hockey matches take place all over the world. From the uncompromising battles of the NHL to international tournaments, Ticketbis allows sports fans to book ice hockey competitions tickets. So if you're a hockey nut, find a fixture that fits your schedule.
Background to ice hockey competitions around the world
Ice hockey is played all over the world, with leading nations including Canada, Russia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Ukraine, Finland, Norway and, of course, the United States.
Unlike other sports, the World Cup of Hockey takes place relatively rarely with just three editions between 1996 and 2016 (1996, 2004 and 2016). After the 2016 tournament, the NHL (who organise the event) agreed to hold it every four years, with another World Cup scheduled to take place in 2020.
Alongside the World Cup, the International Ice Hockey Federation also stages the Ice Hockey World Championships every year. This has taken place since 1920 and is seen as the international game's premier trophy. Historically dominated by Canada and Russia/the Soviet Union, the tournament has been becoming more competitive in the past 20 years, and many nations now challenge for the world title.
Of course, the Winter Olympics take place every four years as well, and always offer adrenaline filled hockey action.
In terms of domestic ice hockey, the NHL is easily the most famous competition, including leading sides from Canada and the USA. However, underneath that elite level, North American hockey can still produce some classic encounters, so it's worth checking out ECHL and AHL tickets as well.
Great moments in ice hockey history
If you are thinking about buying ice hockey competitions tickets, you're probably well aware of the excitement that ice hockey finals can deliver. But if you are new to the game, you're in for a treat. Expect World Cup or World Championships games to follow in a great sporting tradition.
It's hard to pick out the greatest matches, but some stand out. For instance, there was the 1972 Summit Series match between Canada and the Soviet Union. With the series tied 3-3, the final game was a thriller, with Canada coming back from 5-3 down in the final period.
Canada were also involved in another great defeat. In the 1998 Winter Olympics, they faced the Czech Republic. Again, the Maple Leafs were big favourites and, again they lost. This time, the incredible goaltending of Dominik Hasek was the key.
Finally, there was the "miracle on ice" - when Team USA beat the Soviet Union 4-3 in the 1980 Olympics. Expect more miracles and thrills when you attend international hockey matches with Ticketbis.