When it comes to winter sports, it really doesn’t get much bigger than Ice Hockey. The first known mention of the game was in 1773, so it certainly has a long history. Today the National Hockey League (NHL), which was founded in 1917, is by far the most popular and prestigious Ice Hockey league in the world. The Stanley Cup, which goes to the playoff champion at the end of each season, is the oldest trophy in the sporting world.
The NHL’s 31 teams are all based in the United States and Canada (24 and 7 squads respectively), but over the years the reams themselves have become increasingly multinational. Currently there are players from almost 20 different countries in the League.
Since it is the most prestigious organisation in the sport, rising stars from Europe are often enticed to sign up with lucrative offers. In the same way, athletes that are past the peak of their careers often move from the NHL to European teams. There are national squads in Russia, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and several other countries.
You’ll find sports betting offers for many of the events that European nations participate in at Spin Sports, but the best place for novices to start is the NHL. The sheer size of the League means you’ll get to experience all wagering possibilities, and you can then use this knowledge to put money on other games.