The NHL rules are too many and too involved to list here. I would suggest you go www.NHL.com and check out the rulebook yourself. Also, you can simply Google NHL rulebook or NHL Official Rules. You should also remember that, while hockey is hockey, a number of rules/regulations used in the European/international game are different from the NHL pro game.
Fail answer before... Hockey has many rules.
ice hockey when french soldiers created the game they used a rubber ball and then rules and regulations and the hockey puck was added Basketball and Lacrosse
the international rules
Ice hockey rules are usually USA Hockey for amateur games - the pros usually have a rulebook specific to the league they officiate.
Hockey's rules were created by it's creator, but over time, we changed to rules to our liking.
Ice hockey is played on ice, while field hockey is played on a grass surface, the rules in field hockey are kinder than ice hockey, and the sticks vary between versions.
Too many new rules.
The origin of ice hockey is unknown, however, ice hockey probaly evolved from the game of field hockey that has been played in Northern Europe for centuries.The rules of modern ice hockey were devised by Canadian J G A Creighton. In 1875, the first game of ice hockey with Creighton's rules was played in Montreal, Canada.Hockey originated in Windsor, Canada in the 1800's.
1. ice hockey 2.field hockey 3. ball hockey 4. street hockey and by the way hockey SUCKS a** ringette RULES