Hockey Facts

Hockey facts

Canada is widely considered to be the birthplace of hockey. The Hockey Hall of Fame is in Toronto, Canada. There is also a U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame for the players, coaches, etc. who are American born.

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Michigan has won the most Division I College Hockey Championships with nine, the last one in 1998.

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The first goaltender to regularly wear a face mask during a game was Montreal's Jacques Plante . A shot broke his nose in 1959 and he decided to wear one ever since. He was made fun of at first, but now every goaltender wears a mask. Thanks to him, many broken bones and stitches have been avoided.

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Regulation hockey nets are six feet wide and four feet tall.

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Prior to the 1927-28 season, forward passes were not allowed in hockey.

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The first organized indoor hockey game was played March 3, 1875 at Montreal’s Victoria Skating Rink, between two teams of nine players each, many of whom were McGill University students.

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Before games, hockey pucks are frozen to prevent them from bouncing during play.

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The first hockey puck, used during outdoor pickup games in the 1800s, was reportedly made of frozen cow dung.

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The first organized indoor hockey game was played March 3, 1875 at Montreal’s Victoria Skating Rink, between two teams of nine players each, many of whom were McGill University students.

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The first player who accumulate more than 300 penalty minutes in a single season was Philadelphia Flyer Dave Schultz, who had 348 penalty minuted in 1974. The next year, he broke his record with 472 penalty minutes, still the record.

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Only 11 goalies have scored a goal in the history of the NHL, with the first coming in 1979 and the last in 2013.

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The standard North American ice rink is 200 feet long and 85 feet wide.

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Bernie Geoffrion is credited with bringing the slapshot to the NHL in 1951. He was given the nickname “Boom Boom” because his shot was so hard and fast.

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Hockey was introduced in Sweden in 1920 by American film director and hockey coach Raoul Le Mat.

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The original Stanley Cup was just seven inches high. The names of every player from each winning team is engraved on the base of the Cup. The cup and base now stands 35 inches high.

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The Montreal Canadiens have won the most Stanley Cups, a total of 23. The Toronto Maple Leafs are second on the list with 13. Click here for the entire list of hockey champions since 1893.

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The diameter of a hockey puck is three inches.

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