How to Play the Hockey Card Game

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The Hockey Card Game is a game that hockey fans can play with a very loose hockey theme. The object in the Hockey Card Game is to score as many goals as possible. There are three different periods played and at the end of the game each player adds up his score from the three periods to determine the winner.

Things You'll Need

  • Deck of playing cards
  • Pen or pencil
  • Piece of paper
  • Find a group of friends to play. The Hockey Card Game was designed specifically to be played by four players, playing as two teams of two players each.

  • Direct the players to sit at a table so there are two partnerships, with each member of the partnership or team sitting across from his teammate.

  • Deal 13 cards to each player. Allow each player to look at her playing cards.

  • Direct the player with the four of clubs to play that card face up. Play then progresses around the table in a clockwise pattern with each player playing one card on his or her turn.

  • Score a goal if a player plays a card that matches the rank of the card the player before him played. The only exceptions are threes and jacks, these are consider saves and nobody can score a goal by playing a card on top of them. The only exception is if a two is played. A two always counts as a goal, even if it does not match the card that was played before it, or if it is played after a three or jack.

  • Collect the cards, and deal another hand. Three hands must be played for a complete game. At the end of the game the scores for each partnership in the three hands, or periods as they are known as in hockey, are totaled. The team with the highest score is the winner.

Tips & Warnings

  • Save your two's to be played after an opponent plays a jack or a three.
  • Playing cards of which you only have one of its rank is a risky play, as there are three other cards in the deck the next player could have that might score a goal for him.
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