Players: 2+ | Type: Social | Drink: Beer | Good Times: 😉 😉 😉 😉
How To Play NHL Drinking Game: Overview
The NHL Drinking Game is a TV watching game where your drinking depends on the events occurring in the hockey match. For our variation, you’ll need some basic hockey knowledge, but mostly you’ll just need to pick a team to root for.
Following along with certain players can make things more interesting, but be sure to choose carefully! Since drinks are taken based on the progress of the game, make sure to keep a sharp eye out.
Since this is a social game there’s no need to worry about score…unless your team is losing, that is. To play you’ll need at least one other person, but the more the merrier (as long as you have enough couch space!)
NHL Drinking Game: Equipment
NHL Game on TV
Whiskey (or other hard liquor)
How To Play NHL Drinking Game: The Rules
The basic gist of the game is that if your team advances, your opponents drink. If their team advances, you drink. In high-scoring games, the drinks can really start adding up, so feel free to sub drinks for water or chasers as necessary, and eat plenty of snacks as well (nachos and jerky anyone?)
Stay safe, have fun, and follow the guidelines below!
Take a Drink When:
-Your team is scored on
-If the other team wins the face-off
-Your team is offsides
-A player from your team gets a minor penalty
-Anyone on your team gets hurt
-Your team misses a penalty shot
-A player on your team gets hip checked
-Their team gets a penalty goal
-One of your players is put through the glass
-Your team freezes the puck
-Their team gets a steal
-The ref makes a questionable call against your team
-Your team gets called for diving
-Their team gets a save
Your Opponents Drink When:
-Your team scores!
-The face-off is won by your team
-Their team is offsides
-A player from their team gets a minor penalty
-Anyone on their team gets hurt
-Their team misses a penalty shot
-A player on their team gets hip checked
-Your team gets a penalty goal
-One of their players is put through the glass
-Their team freezes the puck
-Your team gets a steal
-The ref makes a questionable call against their team
-Their team gets called for diving
-Your team gets a save
-Drop some ice in your drink when the game is stopped for icing
-Do a shot if a stick gets broken
-Take a sip every time the hometown of a player is mentioned
-Take three big gulps if the game goes to a shootout
-Everyone drinks if the puck hits the post
-Do a shot if a player gets kicked out of face-off
-Everyone playing takes a sip in rotation whenever the players skate behind the goal
NHL Hockey Drinking Gameplay Variations
Now that you’ve got the basics here’s a few fun ways to switch it up!
Everyone Drinks- Instead of only the team that’s scored on having to drink, everyone present drinks whenever there’s a goal.
Sudden Death- In the event the game goes into overtime, drink continuously whenever your team has possession.
Fight Club- If things get rough, everyone has to finish their drink! Vary this further by placing bets on the involved players and drinking if you back the wrong guy.
Additional Drinking Game Equipment
NHL Drinking Game Final Thoughts
Now that you’ve gotten a chance to play the NHL Hockey Drinking Game for yourself, feel free to leave us a comment and let us know how you liked it, what you drank with it, and whether you’d play again!
Got a favorite player or team whose rituals you drink along with? We’d love to hear about it! If you’ve created your own version post it below and if we like it we’ll give you a shout out and add them to our Gameplay Variations.