NHL Ice Breaker

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NHL Ice Breaker: The Card Hockey Board Game

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You get all the great action of the game on the ice with NHL Ice Breaker. The game is easy to learn and makes for competitive fun. NHL Ice Breaker is best described as a combination of a playing card game and a board game. While it has all the great elements of a classic board game, NHL Ice Breaker action derives from the specially-designed 54-card playing deck. Each card allows players to make the pass, take the shot or stack the pads for the save, simulating all the fast-paced action of the game of hockey.

NHL Ice Breaker features all 30 National Hockey League teams and includes a team ‘trump card’ element, adding yet another level of skill and strategy. It is, however, remarkably easy to pick up, given the familiarity of the standard 54-card playing deck and some simple card game mechanics. NHL Ice Breaker takes two minutes to get up and running and is recommended for ages eight and up.

For one to four players, NHL Ice Breaker takes about 30 minutes to play.

Here is a short video and review of NHL Ice Breaker:


NHL Ice Breaker was named a Top 10 Board Game of the Year (listen) and the #1 Card Game of the Year (listen) by TheDiceTower.com.

Here’s a review of NHL Ice Breaker on TheSpiel.net.

Game contents:

  1. 54-card deck
  2. 39 Team Card + 1 Stanley Cup card
  3. Game board
  4. Mini puck (+1 bonus replacement puck)
  5. Scoring / period markers
  6. Rulebook (bilingual)
  7. Quick-start rule sheet

Skills developed in this game:

NHL Ice Breaker teaches the skills of counting and language, while stimulating visual perception and decision-making. It supports quick mental processing and sharpens cognitive skills in a fun competitive hockey atmosphere.

The Buzz on NHL Ice Breaker:

“If you enjoy hockey, this game is something you NEED to buy.”
– Sam Healey
Board game critic, TheDiceTower.com

“This is a definite gem for hockey fans, well worth playing anytime.”
– Calvin Daniels
Board game critic & sports journalist

“NHL Ice Breaker is the best table-top hockey game I’ve ever played. It’s the first that captures the feel and flow of ice hockey.”
– Ken Whitesell (at 2006 Origins)
40-year sports board game veteran
Shrewsbury, PA

“Out of several hockey games I own, this one is the best.”
– Patrick Havert (Goldenwolf)
BoardGameGeek.com member

“Finally a fun board game for hockey fans!”
– J. Chow-Gent
Ottawa, ON

“My nephew is a young hockey player, so he was thrilled to see this under the tree last year. He and his dad got into it right away and they played all afternoon.”
– T. Rypkema
Cloverdale, BC

“The game of the show.”
– Vincent Booth (at 2006 Canadian Toy and Hobby Fair)
Barrie, ON

“NHL Ice Breaker is the best-looking new game at GAMA [2006].”
– George Seary
Armada Games
Binghamton, NY

“I’ve been at GAMA for five years, and this is the best game I’ve seen.”
– Dave Lepore
Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG)
Ontario, CA

“Quick, fast-paced, clever and fun.”
– Marcus Santana (Ronaldo)
BoardGameGeek.com member

Try out some cool game-play variations to NHL Ice Breaker

Download a copy of the rulebook ENGLISH | FRENCH

For more comments and discussion on NHL Ice Breaker visit BoardGameGeek.com

Ages: 8 and up | Players: 1 to 4 | Time to Play: 30 minutes

Packaging: Cardboard box | Dimensions: L 10″ x W 8″ x H 2.25″ | Language: English/French | Stock Code: CSE-NHL0102 | UPC: 818184000057 | MSRP: $24.99 US/CDN | Case pack: 0.02 CBM, 3.0 kg

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