Questions about the sport of ice hockey.

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What determines if a hand pass is legal in the NHL?

What are the conditions that make a hand pass legal or illegal? I have seen players swat the puck to a teammate and not get whistled for the a hand pass and I have see players get whistled for what ...
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Consensus on the goalie 'hole' numbering in Hockey?

In ice hockey, it seems fairly well agreed upon that there are 5 main 'holes' to aim for when shooting on the net. Upper left, lower left, upper right, lower right, and between the goalie's legs. ...
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Stanley Cup Finals matchup where both finalists needed 7 games in conference finals

Riddle me this.... When was the last time (if ever) the Stanley Cup Finals featured two teams that had both won game 7 on the road in their respective conference finals?
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Which player was named the first star in most NHL matches

After a match in NHL (both in regular season and in Stanley Cup) three players are named three stars of the game. See also: Hockey Players Introduced After a Game What is the record for number of ...
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Why are coaches potentially allowed to play as goalies in the NHL?

I was just watching ESPN and a team (Florida Panthers I think) had both goalies hurt and they showed an ASSISTANT COACH suit up to get ready to play. He didn't need to go out but I'm just curious ...
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Do Hockey Players Use Pine Tar or Another Tacky Substance?

I have a background playing baseball, and pine tar is used all the time along with variations of tape to get a grip on the bat. I was at a Colorado Avalanche game and wondered if the players use pine ...
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Why do some hockey players kneel as they take a shot?

I was watching the Rangers @ Islanders game just now, and McDonaugh scored a goal while down on one knee, a bit like . Here is video of the goal at NHL website and on youtube. I've seen lots of ...
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Why do ice hockey teams usually replace their goalie after an empty net goal?

In ice hockey, when a team is losing by a goal in the last few minutes, the coach usually pulls the goalie and replaces them with another player, leaving the net empty, but this doesn't matter since ...
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Why have the number of power play opportunities steadily decreased since the 2005-2006 NHL season?

According to NHL stats found here, the number of total power play opportunities went from: 14,390 during the 2005-2006 season to 10,227 during the 2008-2009 season to 8,055 during the 2013-2014 ...
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Penalty conversion rates: Football (soccer) vs Hockey

What's the conversion rate of penalties in football vs. ice-hockey? I realise that it would be different/dependent on the league but any two major leagues of comparable level would be interesting. For ...
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Who was the youngest player to play in an NHL game?

I would like to know who was the youngest player to play in an NHL game. It would be also interesting to know also some related records (youngest goalscorer, youngest player with an assists, similar ...
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Why did the NHL ban the spin-o-rama?

In 2014, the spin-o-rama shootout (and penalty shot) tactic was changed from 'explicitly allowed' in pre-2014/15 rules: The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he ...
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Are hockey players faster today than 30 to 50 years ago?

Looking at old films of the hockey greats like the great Gordie Howe or the strong and slick-skating Jean Beliveau, of blessed memory, I swear that these players don't seem as fast as today's ...
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Consequences if linesman interferes with play?

(I've posted a similar question relating to soccer, but this is the one about hockey separately.) An example was at the Russian Olympics, US vs Canada in hockey. The linesman gets in the way of the ...
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Really Fat Hockey Goalies

I've always wondered why some creative hockey team doesn't find a sumo wrestler, strap a pair of size XXXXXXXL skates to his feet, and tell him "sit there in front of the goal". Simply based on their ...
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Which players won both junior and senior IIHF World Championships?

Jonathan Toews managed to win both the junior and senior world championships in 2007. Are there some other players which managed to win both these championships in the same year? Is there more of ...
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What is meant by a natural hat trick in hockey?

While reading this article on NHL.com I noticed that they mentioned several times that Jori Lehtera recorded a natural hat trick. I assume they say natural hat trick to contrast it to another type of ...
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LA Kings' “That 70's line”

I was watching the Kings vs Canucks last night and the commentators kept referring to Jeff Carter's line as the "70's line". What is the reason behind this? Also how long has it been called that? I ...
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Are you allowed unlimited challenges in a hockey game?

In hockey, they often challenge penalty calls, goals, etc. Sometimes a goal is called back, sometimes it's awarded. Are you allowed to challenge everything? Why don't they often challenge offside ...
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Linesman puts finger in the air after deking a face off

I was watching the LA Kings vs San Jose Sharks game tonight and saw something I hadn't see or realized before. There was a face-off in one of the defensive zones. The referee fake the puck drop and ...
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Why does Ice Hockey have 3 periods?

It’s obvious why most sports would have an even number of periods of play. It keeps everything fair as each team has the same amount of time on each end. So why in Ice Hockey are there 3 periods? It ...
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Do minor league hockey teams pay their players?

How are minor league hockey teams financed? Does the team pay the players themselves, or are their contracts paid for by the NHL parent franchise? I recall that before the 1967 NHL expansion, ...
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What is the best strategy in ice hockey when drawing a penalty on a PP?

Say a team has a 1 man power play with 1 minute left, and they then draw another penalty, should they immediately give the puck to the other team for a 5-on-3 power play or pull the goalie for a ...
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How many times Olympics gold medal winner goalies faced in the NHL playoffs?

Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers will be playing in the eastern conference playoffs of the NHL starting this Saturday (2013-2014 season). I was watching TSN tonight and it was brought up that ...
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When playing ice hockey and giving a pass at the blue line, who should go first?

I didin't know how to clearly express my question, so here are a few explanation. I'm currently playing in a small hockey club at a quite low level, and we always do this exercise where all the ...
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What is the average ice time for an NHL player? [closed]

What is the formula for determining it myself?
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Spin in Ice Hockey Shots?

Spin is highly important in professional ball games such as tennis, football (soccer) and basketball. In order to shoot with spin in tennis, you need to have enough flexible hands/arms and learn the ...
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Do Ice Hockey commentators say score or scores?

Is it actually called a goal or do they call it a score and therefore shouting "score!" is like shouting "goal!" in football? Or do they shout "scores!" as in scores a goal/point? Is either ...
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How do I bake my Bauer skates?

I've bought a new pair of Bauer Supreme 170 SR skates. I'd like to bake my skates but I'd want to check the time and temperature needed. Given that the skates didn't come with any instruction or ...
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What percent of shots on goal hit the crossbar in hockey?

It seems like a lot of shots hit the crossbar in hockey. Is this just my mind playing tricks on me, or do more shots hit the crossbar than might be expected for a bar a few inches wide set above a ...
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What is tie-breaking procedure in NHL (regular season)?

What is tie-breaking procedure in NHL (regular season)? How are standings for the teams in the NHL table decided. What is used as a secondary criterion, if the teams have the same number of points? ...
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Russian National Ice-Hockey Team

I've seen Russia lose its match in the Olympics (2014). From the commentators on the television, I was informed that many of them play in the NHL and are millionaires. How many do play in the NHL and ...
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Why do hockey players get thrown out of the face off circle?

Why are players thrown out of a face-off? I've heard there is a certain procedure for these circumstances, but I haven't found a list of things that are considered 'illegal'.
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Are penalty shots counted in goalie's saves percentage and goal against average?

Two statistics, that are most frequently given for ice-hockey goaltenders are save percentage and goal against average. Are goals from penalty shots counted into these two statistics? (I mean ...
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Is is possible for the puck to hit a side post and still completely cross the goal line?

Let me preface this question by stating that I'm a youth hockey ref, and we don't have video goal review in our games. I had a situation the other night where a shooter fired a shot from about ...
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Origin of this generic hockey photo

In my experience, whenever some group, company or organization wants to feature an image of hockey in their print or display media, they use the generic image below that seems to come from an actual ...
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Should you or shouldn't you wear two pair of socks?

I skate in hockey skates, but for recreational purposes. I am wondering if one should really wear two pair of socks? When I was buying skates, they guys in the shop adviced me to wear them, but now ...
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What are wild card standings in NHL?

I have noticed that on the NHL website, starting from this year, there are not only standings in league, conferences and divisions (which used to be there last year, too), but also some kind of ...
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How to maintain sport gears made of leather? Oil them not to get holes? Repairs?

I have a lot of sport gears where some of the material is leather. Over time, the leather become easily broken. There must be some oil or something to protect the leather cover. How can I oil/protect ...
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Which is more likely to result in a goal: a penalty shot or a power play?

Statistically speaking, is a hockey team (in the NHL) more likely to score on a power play or with a penalty shot? Often times this is something I wonder when a player is tripped on a near breakaway ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of this derived system of calculating points in hockey? [closed]

Currently the National Hockey League awards: 2 points to a team winning (whether in regulation, overtime, or a shootout) 1 point to a team losing in overtime or a shootout 0 points to a team losing ...
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Is “The Blues” a nickname for the St. Louis Blues [closed]

I'm not sure how this came up, but there was some discussion as to whether or not is it acceptable to refer to 'The Blues' as St. Louis hockey team's nickname? Specifically: "is it acceptable for ...
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Ovechkin's +/- in his recent hat trick game

Alex Ovechkin had 3 goals and 1 assist in Saturday's 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. The Devils only scored 1 goal so I'd assume his minimum +/-, assuming he was on the ice when the Devils scored, ...
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In ice hockey, how is plus/minus calculated?

In ice hockey, how is plus/minus calculated when it comes to individual player's stats. Also, on a broader scale, what does plus/minus mean exactly? Unsure if I'm being redundant here.
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Hockey Players Introduced After a Game

At a NAHL game, I noticed as I was leaving that a few players, one by one, were being introduced back onto the ice after the game to have (what I describe as) a victory lap. I didn't pay attention to ...
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Roles of Captains in Ice-Hockey

When I get around to watching the NHL, I notice a few players wearing a "C" or "A" patch on their jerseys. I understood this to be Captain and Assistant Captain. What are the roles of "C" and "A" on ...
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Is it possible to fix a skate's cracked toe cap?

A few weeks ago, in the dressing room after a game of ice hockey, I noticed that my right skate's toe cap got cracked. Being a defenseman, I probably blocked a shot that hit a weak point or something, ...
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Cross-checking vs. Pushing in Ice Hockey

Last night, I was in an discussion with the referee in my adult league game. He called me once for a "cross-check" during a situation where I pushed a player out of position using my stick. I never ...
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Which athletes were the first to break the color barriers in hockey?

Ice hockey, by nature of being a sport developed by British colonialists, has largely been made up of teams of people who can trace their ancestry to the British isles, the Nordic regions of Europe, ...
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What was the first team to use the 1-3-1 Forecheck

I'm a big hockey guy, but over the last 2 or so seasons I've seen the Tampa Bay Lightning use the incredibly boring 1-3-1 forecheck. As you see in the picture below, the Tampa Bay Lightning (blue) is ...