Watching NBC Sports’ extensive hockey coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics and the NHL has sparked my interest in the origin of the sport’s blue line.
I understand that in hockey games two blue lines proportionately divide the rink into three equal zones, thus separating the offensive and defensive ends from the center-ice neutral zone.
I’m also aware that these blue lines are important in determining whether a player is off-sides. That occurs when an offensive player crosses the opposition’s blue line and enters the offensive zone before the puck arrives.
However, what I didn’t know always bugged me.
Why paint these lines blue? And, what specific shade of blue are they?Continue reading