Questions about the sport of ice hockey.

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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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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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Tell-tale signs for dull skates

I'm relatively new to skating and hockey. I recently acquired some used hockey skates and I'm wondering if there are some tell-tale signs for when I should go get my skates sharpened. Or ...
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How to Correctly Learn to Hockey Stop

I am having the damnedest time learning to "hockey stop" on ice. I used to play a lot of roller hockey when I was younger and started to learn to ice skate and played a very little bit when I was in ...
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Ice Hockey Skates for People With Flat Feet

I have extremely flat feet, to the point that any arch in a shoe is painful. There is no orthotic or other insert that has an arch that helps because my foot is completely flat; arches actually give ...
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Do traded players get their names on the Stanley Cup if previous team wins?

So, I would assume the answer to this question is "No", but I can't actually verify it anywhere. The criteria for getting your name on the cup is to play at least 41 regular season games for the cup ...
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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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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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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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Determining Goalie Stick Length

As an ice hockey goalie, I find it a bit hard to determine the correct length for my stick while at the store. I often find myself trying a few different lengths and even after buying it I'm ...
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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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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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Double Minor Penalty Kill Counts as 1 or 2 Kills?

In NHL hockey when you receive a double minor penalty (4:00 penalty given for example high sticking leading to bleeding) does this count as 2 separate penalty kills if no goals are scored during the 4 ...
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How is the slashing rule enforced in hockey?

From the NHL rulebook: 61.1 Slashing - Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the ...
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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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Soccer “Shot” VS Hockey “Shot”

When a player shoots the ball in soccer, it's counted as a "shot" regardless of whether it goes wide, gets saved by the goalie, or goes in as a goal. However, in hockey, a shot is only counted as a ...
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How come Belarus played 4–5 against Finland on IIHF World Championships?

In yesterday’s game BLR–FIN, at 59:16 with Belarus trailing 0–1, Belarussian player injured a Finnish player with a high stick, and received double minor penalty (2+2) for that. However, during the ...
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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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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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Solo goalie drills

As a goalie who got most of his experience just playing in local leagues, I never have had much practice in solo goalie drills. In general when I goto play in my local practice/scrimmage league, our ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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How do I get lift on my slap-shot?

I play hockey as a hobby and I enjoy playing with friends so I was wondering how to get lift on my slap-shots. They seem to be constantly staying on the ice; could you help me, please?
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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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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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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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What are good drills for clearing the puck?

I have mastered my slap-shot thanks to my question about lift but would like to ask if there is any good drills that improve my clearing skills
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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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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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How do I avoid oncoming fore-checkers to buy time to clear the puck?

I would like to know how to avoid oncoming fore-checkers, to buy time to clear the puck. I am not the most athletic of players and do not now how to dodge incoming fore-checkers. So do you think I ...
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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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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 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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How can I improve defending a two-on-one? [closed]

I enjoy playing defense and goal with my friends, but my defense needs some work. I have improved my defending in this area slightly. However, during the game, I can't break the play up before it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the average ice time for an NHL player? [closed]

What is the formula for determining it myself?