224 Hockey

Steve talks about Canada's most popular sport.


Todd: OK, Steve you were saying that you're a big hockey fan.

Steve: That's right. I love hockey.

Todd: OK. Why? What is it about hockey?

Steve: Well, hockey is a really exciting sport. It's played on the ice. It's really fast. It's aggressive. Also, it requires a lot of skill. It's a really good sport for spectators to watch because there's lots of action. You can watch it at home with friends. Drink beer, eat pizza, and have a really good time. I also like it because I'm Canadian and it's Canada's national sport, and Canada is the best hockey team in the world right now.

Todd: Now Canada has the best hockey team.

Steve: That's right. We won the gold medal. We won the world championship. Both the men's and the women's teams.

Todd: Wow, that's pretty cool. In hockey, how long is the game?

Steve: The game is three twenty minute periods, but because of stoppages in play , it usually takes about two and a half hours for a whole game.

Todd: Oh, OK, and did you play in high school when you were younger?

Steve: Ah, no, I'm not that good a skater. You have to be a really good skater, but I played street hockey and floor hockey.

Todd: OK, what's the difference between street hockey and ice hockey?

Steve: Well, it's pretty much the same thing. Street hockey you play on the road or on a tennis court and instead of using a puck you use a hockey ball or a tennis ball.

Todd: OK, and do you run or?

Steve: Yeah, you run.

Todd: Oh, you run!

Steve: Yeah. It's pretty well the same game.

Todd: OK, alright, thanks Steve.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

big fan

I'm a big hockey fan.

If you are a 'big fan' of something you really enjoy it. Notice the following:

  1. She isn't a big fan of pizza.
  2. I am a big fan of black and white movies.


Hockey is a very aggressive sport and requires a lot of skill.

When something is 'aggressive' it is very intense, high energy or even forceful. An aggressive sport usually involves a lot of physical contact. Notice the following:

  1. She likes to watch aggressive sports.
  2. He has a very aggressive way of doing business.


Hockey is a good sport for spectators to watch.

'Spectators' are people that watch a sport or event.  They do not participate in the main event. Notice the following:

  1. Do spectators make you nervous?
  2. There were over 10,000 spectators at the game.

not that good

I'm not that good a skater.

The phrase 'not that' usually has the same meaning as 'not very.' Notice the following:

  1. The food is really not that good here.
  2. His new movie is not that good.

instead of a puck

Instead of using a puck, you use a tennis ball.

Here 'instead of' can be replaced by 'as a replacement for.'  A 'puck' is a small black disc that is hit along the floor in hockey. Notice the following:

  1. I think we should drive instead of taking the bus.
  2. It really hurts to get hit by a puck.
Answer the following questions about the interview.



Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
big fan • aggressive • spectators
not that • instead of • puck
  1. The went wild after the championship game.
  2. Her boyfriend is tall.
  3. I would prefer to spend the night going out with my friends studying.
  4. The goalie caught the in his glove right before it went into the goal.
  5. I am a of Mariah Carey's music.
  6. She is very and usually gets what she wants.