March 09, 2020
5 Reasons People Bet on Ice Hockey
Ice hockey betting is also exceedingly popular
Although not quite as popular with mainstream sports fans in Europe, ice hockey is an absolute institution in the colder parts of North America, with fans going especially crazy for the NHL and the Stanley Cup.
Indeed, becoming the Stanley Cup winner is the most prestigious honour in the sport. The trophy is also the oldest professional sports title in the whole of North America, having been established in 1893. In order to win it though, teams need to successfully navigate the playoffs, NHL regular season and of course, the Stanley Cup finals.
The Stanley Cup playoffs follow the regular NHL season and typically take place from during April and May, with the top two teams then going head-to-head in a best-of-seven format in the Stanley Cup finals at the end of May and into the start of June.
Of course, like many other sports with strong supporter followings, ice hockey betting is also exceedingly popular. In the sections below, we’ll look at why this is so.
1) Add to the Drama
It goes without saying that placing a bet on sport – regardless of whether you’re playing or spectating – definitely adds an extra layer of excitement to proceedings.
Many people choose to bet on their favourite teams to win, but this is just one aspect of betting on ice hockey. Players can also choose to bet on certain outcomes in matches – e.g. correct score bets, first goalscorer bets, or even handicap bets (i.e. teams to win a match by at least a number of goals).
Even if you didn’t want to support either team in the match, you could place “neutral” bets, such as the total the number of goals that the match will see – that way you’re just supporting action rather a particular team.
2) Putting Your Knowledge to the Test
If you consider yourself a real expert of the sport, you can choose to put your money where your mouth is and stand by what you say by placing a bet on ice hockey.
You may choose to bet on individual matches, on certain players doing well, or you can even play the long game by betting on outright markets and finding odds on Stanley Cup winners or even season-long NHL bets. Indeed, you’ll even find lots of special ice hockey markets, such as whether the winner of the Stanley Cup will be from the US or Canada.
3) Fun with (or at the Expense of) Friends
If you support different teams to your friends, betting can also spice up the times that you’re stuck watching in your friend’s team play.
Should you choose to be a good friend, you can join in and support the same team by placing a bet on their team – this way you have a common goal and will both want the team to win. It’s all very nice.
However, if you have a twisted sense of humour, you can opt to bet against your friend’s team – meaning you support the opponents and put you on a collision course with your friend. This can be especially amusing if your new team goes on to win and you can laud it over your friend.
4) Fun Side Bets
As we briefly discussed earlier, modern betting covers so much more than getting odds on the latest match result. You can also bet on every aspect of the sport.
From player draft bets, to total points in a game, whether an American or Canadian team will win the Stanley Cup and even the number of sin bins in a game – there are ice hockey betting markets on everything you can possibly imagine.
Such side bets can add an extra level of fun to proceedings, especially when you’re in a group of friends and you all put some random bets on – only with these fun side bets could you end up cheering every sin bin that gets awarded.
5) Just for Fun
One of the most important things about betting on ice hockey is that it should only ever be for fun. You should look at ice hockey betting as a form of entertainment and never as a sure fire way of making money.
Of course, everyone loves winning a bit of money when a bet comes in, but you should never be relying on a bet and certainly never spending more than you can afford to lose.