Universally one of the most popular sports at any Olympic Winter Games, ice hockey is fast-paced and highly skilful team sport which draws in fans from all over the world.
The sport, much like figure skating, began its Olympic life in the Summer Games and first appeared at Antwerp 1920. Ice hockey was then moved across to the Olympic Winter Games at Chamonix 1924 and has remained on the programme ever since.
Women’s ice hockey made its debut at Nagano 1998. In another first for the sport, professional players from the world's premier competition, the National Hockey League of North America, also played in the Nagano Games.