Aug 2, 2009
I’ve wondered about this sport ever since we had an intern in our office who was selected for the U.S. national team. There are very few places you can actually watch underwater hockey being played, so I liked finding this article about it via Dark Roasted Blend.
The game was invented in Great Britain in the 1950s by divers who wanted to stay in shape during the winter. You play underwater hockey without air tanks, only a snorkel, so you have to be good at holding your breath for a long time. The puck weighs over one kilogram, and you hit it with tiny sticks that sends it zooming along the bottom of the pool into your opponent’s goal.
This video of the Singapore Underwater Hockey Club helps you see what’s going on from the players’ point of view.