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3x3 Ice Hockey

3x3 Ice hockey is a modified version of ice hockey, played on half rink size with only three players plus a goaltender per team.

3-on-3 tournaments are played cross-ice, enabling two games to be played simultaneously, one at each end of the rink. The format involves no stoppages for goals, and a simultaneous clock for both matches.

Most regular ice hockey rules apply, though body-checking is not allowed. There is also no icing or offside. If the game is tied after regular time, there is a penalty-shot shootout to decide the winner. 

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The sport made its international debut at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games, and there are hopes for its inclusion at future events.

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