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Which of these situations is a new shift?

In the NHL, when tracking the relevant statistics (ice time, number of shifts, time per shift, etc) for player a on team A, while team A is playing team B, does a shift officially end in the following ...
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Waivers and loans in NHL

I have three related questions that concern NHL trading jargon. Waiver Wikipedia reports "Once an NHL player has played in a certain number of games or a set number of seasons has passed since the ...
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(un)restricted free agency in NHL

I am trying to understand free agency rules in NHL, how the last two lockouts changed them, and how players may decide to behave with respect to them. My understanding is that after the 2004-5 ...
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How is it decided in hockey which team wears white or colored jersey?

I occasionally watch hockey games, and sometimes, the home team wears the colored jersey, sometimes it is the away team. This rule seems to change from time to time, so as a casual viewer it is not ...
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How often does pulling the goalie work?

In ice hockey, when a team is losing by one goal in the waning minutes, the goalie is often replaced by another player, giving more offense, but creating the risk of an empty-net goal. How often do ...
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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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Finland goal song at IIHF WM 2019

What's the song name which is played after Finland scores goal in IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2019 in Slovakia?
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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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Which watches are given as gifts to ice hockey players in the world cup?

During the ice hockey world championship, the best player of each team receives a gift - it seems like it is a watch. I am curious - what kind of watch is it (brand / model)? Since one of sponsors is ...
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Fastest power play goal in the history of the NHL

Alexander Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals scored 2 seconds in the power play, late in the first period of game 1 of Eastern Conference finals of the 2017-2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. What ...
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How many times NHL all top seeds have been eliminated in the first round?

In the 2018-19 season's playoffs, all top seed teams were eliminated in the very first round. The Atlantic division winners, Tampa Bay Lightnings who tied the most number of wins in a season were ...
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What was the worst result for a president's trophy winner in the playoffs?

The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in a sweep in the 1st round of the 2018-2019 NHL playoffs. Outside of this occurrence, what was the worst result for a President's Trophy ...
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What is the difference between a Body Check and Woman's Body Check?

This image is from the Sochi Winter Olympics: Why is Women Body Checking different from a regular Body Check? I mean, pretty sure not every penalty was preceded by Women's in the match (like Women ...
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If 2 penalties are called on the same play, and a goal is scored in the following 3v5; who comes out of the box?

If 2 penalties are called on the same play. 2 minors, 2 minutes each, and so they are put on the board at the same moment. If a goal is scored on the following 3v5 powerplay, one of those penalties ...
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Delayed Penalty with a Player Already in Penalty Box

We had a player already in the penalty box. With 11 seconds left in that penalty, the opposing team scored a goal while we had a delayed penalty. It was my assumption that the delayed penalty is ...
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Why do NHL referees relax their penalty calls in the playoffs?

It seems that in NHL playoffs, referees tend to be a lot less likely to call a penalty. What is the reason and is this an official rule in the referee handbook or is it more of an unspoken rule?
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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 every puck used in a game given to a player?

I'm used to see the puck used to score a goal be given to the player that scored the goal; but this seems to be something else. https://twitter.com/TomasPleky14/status/1103306786965278721 Carey Price ...
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Where did the horn that's played after a goal by the home team come from?

In every hockey game in the NHL, immediately after the home team scores, a unique horn plays. Where did this come from? Why a horn ?
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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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How much protection do NHL referees wear?

I'm wondering how much protection NHL referees wear aside the helmet. I've seen referees that had to either leave game or where on ice for a long time after getting hit or falling awkwardly. Those ...
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Why are the Stanley Cup Finals on NBC Sports and not NBC?

Why is it that only games 1,2,5,6 & 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals are on NBC while games 3 & 4 are relegated to NBC Sports? I was wanting to watch the game tonight (6/9) and Wednesday (6/11) ...
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In which part of ice hockey game most goals are scored?

It is quite natural that various part of hockey game have different dynamics and also different likelihood of scoring a goal. There are several factors. Players get more tired with time. In second ...
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Greatest percentage of breakaway goals scored: location of goal

For all goals scored in the NHL of the one-on-none variety (whether in-game breakaways or shootout goals), what location of the goalie getting beaten is the highest occurence? I would think top ...
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Why don’t they scrape/clean the ice with a zamboni after the 3rd period during the playoffs?

During the playoffs of NHL hockey, after the 3rd period, they don’t scrape/clean the ice with a zamboni. I figure this would cause players to perform less efficiently and potentially be dangerous due ...
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How many NHL natural hat tricks in a single period have been scored?

How many natural hat tricks have been scored, with all of the goals occurring in the same single period, in NHL history?
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In NHL hockey games decided in regulation time, in which period are the most winning goals scored?

This is an old question, in my mind. I have always believed the answer is the third period, but others disagree.
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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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USA hockey rule - Cross Checking

Can a player get a 2 and 10 for cross checking? Or just a 2 or 5/10?0€
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Biggest opening game wins by Stanley Cup defending Champions

The Washington Capitals dominantly beat the Boston Bruins 7 to 0 on their opening game of 2018 season. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup the previous season for the first time in their team history. ...
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Why did the Philadelphia Flyers make Gritty their mascot?

Why did the Flyers change/upgrade their mascot to Gritty? I tried searching on many news websites, but they seem to focus on the responses that those on social media left, rather than why.
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Who comes out of the penalty box after goal?

Suppose that Team 1 has players Adam and Bob. Adam takes a double minor penalty, and during the powerplay, Bob takes a 2 minute minor. Then, on the 5-on-3 powerplay, Team 2 scores a goal. Assuming ...
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What proportion of NHL hat tricks are natural?

In sports such as football and hockey, a hat trick is an event where a player scores 3 goals in a game. In the NHL, a hat trick is said to be a natural hat trick, when a player scores 3 goals in a ...
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Is an NHL defender credited with a block if the puck still enters the goal?

If the puck hits a defender, but the puck proceeds to enter the goal they are defending anyway, is that defender still credited with a block (against that shot)?
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How many times the top 2 teams in the NHL have met in the playoffs?

The Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators have faced against each other in the second round of 2017-2018 season of NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Nashville finished the season with 117 points and won ...
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What is a healthy scratch?

NHL announcers constantly mention it, and I've seen some news articles online referring to players who used to be / are a healthy scratch. What is a healthy scratch? I didn't find anything on Google'...
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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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Is there an objective reason for Scandinavian ice hockey ranking?

From the international events, it is clear that ice hockey teams from Sweden and Finland are better than teams from Norway (both now and historically). It is visible for example on this historical ...
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Puck going out of bounds 'directly' off faceoff

"When the puck goes outside the playing area directly off the face- off, regardless as to which player may have last contacted the puck, the face-off shall remain in the same spot and no penalty will ...
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Why is fighting tolerated in ice hockey?

The rules by the International Ice Hockey Federation (for men at least) says this - Basically, there's a penalty for fighting. I think it's the same in the NHL and I'm unfamiliar with any other ...
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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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Worst shot differentials for a winning NHL team in the playoffs

The Winnipeg Jets were outshot 48 to 19 against the Nashville Predators in the series opener of the second round of the 2017-2018 NHL Stanly Cup playoffs. Despite the -29 shot differential, the jets ...
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Most distinct goal scorers in a team to start the NHL playoffs

The Las Vegas Golden Knights Swept the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the 2017-2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. In those 4 games, the Golden Knights scored 7 goals, by 7 different players. This ...
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Why do centres take face offs in hockey?

I almost always see the centres take the face offs in the NHL. Is this part of the rulebook? If not, why isn't more common to see other players take face offs. I can understand why defensemen don't ...
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What is the longest duration a team didn't register a shot on goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't have a shot on goal for about 37 minutes in game 1 of 2016-17 Stanley Cup finals. Although they fired a number of shots, they all either went wide or got blocked, and ...
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Longest time between goals in NHL playoffs

Eric Staal of the Minnesota Wild scored a goal against the Winnipeg Jets on April 15th of the 2017/18 NHL season. The last playoffs goal he had scored came 9 years before that for the Carolina ...
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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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Is there any rule forcing a team to try to win?

The Montreal Canadiens have been eliminated from the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoff contention, but now I cheer against them so they finish at the bottom of the standings, and might get first pick in the ...
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Why do some hockey players kneel as they take a shot?

I was watching the Rangers vs Islanders game, 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 players do ...
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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 ...