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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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NHL goalies with back to back 50 save regular season games

Henrik Lundqvist of New York Rangers made back to back 50 saves in wins against the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames in the 2017-18 season of the NHL. 50 save games are impressive feats for ...
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What resets the counter for a hockey assist?

When I was listening to a Sirius NHL broadcast this morning, as they were going through the recap and highlights, they mentioned that a player had gotten a goal that was marked unassisted, as he got ...
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Power Plays in the Final Period

After watching the US-Canada Women's gold medal match, where the Canadian's had 30 seconds remaining in a power play following the end of the last period, I have to ask a question. If you know that a ...
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Is a hand pass cancelled if it touches the other team?

Is a hand pass washed out if it's deflected by a player of the opposing team? It happened here: 2/2/18 - Capitals @ Penguins - Period 2 - 8:06.
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Is offside called when a defender plays the puck into an attacker from a delayed offside?

Suppose a delayed offside is in effect, and a member of the defending team who gains control of the puck attempts to clear it. The puck inadvertently strikes an attacker when the attacker is still ...
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Why might a defenceman not be penalised for interference, if they knock down or push opponents who are in or near the crease?

Interference is generally any kind of action that prevents an opponent from being able to play hockey "properly". However, sometimes a defenceman seems to interfere with an opponent near the goal ...
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Consecutive goals scored by one player for a team

What is the NHL record for most consecutive goals scored by one player for a team? Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild has just scored 6 straight for them, over 3 games.
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Covering Puck in Crease

I know that it is a penalty shot if you conceal/cover/fall on the puck while it's in the crease ("No defending player, except the goalkeeper, will be permitted to fall on the puck, hold the puck, pick ...
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Is Sher-Wood T90 considered a pro stock hockey stick?

Is Sher-Wood T90 considered a pro stock hockey stick? Do some NHL players use it?
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Are my Hockey skates sharp or dull?

I have recently purchased a pair of Bauer Hockey skates and I am not sure if they are dull or sharp. I looked up a comparison on YouTube, Google, etc. and yet I still have trouble determining if my ...
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What's the English term for this double-elimination tournament variant?

I was looking at rules for a double-elimination tournament but it seems that I growned up where double-elimination tournaments are totally different from the rest of the planet. The double-...
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What is a “college free agent” in the NHL?

On 27th June 2017, Spencer Foo signed with the Calgary Flames as a "college free agent". My naive understanding of the NHL was that entry-level players came in via two routes: Either they are drafted,...
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What would happen if a team would let the draft timer run out?

Watching the NHL draft and teams are 'on the clock'... They only have a few minutes to announce their pick. But what would happen if a team, by inadvertance, let that timer run out?
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How frequent is high sticking in Ice Hockey?

Are there any statistics for how frequently a specific penalty occurs in Ice Hockey? (any League?) I am specifically interested in high sticks.
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What happens if an own-goal is scored during a delayed penalty shot (ice hockey)?

The NHL rules are contradictory in this circumstance, and do not specify what course of action is to be taken. I know this is a little contrived, but is not a long-shot to occur. Relevant rules, ...
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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 the 2016-17 Stanley Cup finals. Although the Penguins fired a number of shots, they all either went wide or got ...
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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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How exactly are two teams to be relegated from IIHF World Championships decided?

In the Wikipedia article 2017 IIHF World Championship I read that: The rules state that "the bottom ranked two teams will be relegated" and the 2018 hosts (Denmark) cannot be relegated by rule. The ...
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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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How far out of the net can a goalie freeze the puck in the NHL?

Hockey goalies wear glove on one hand to catch the puck. I've seen the goalies freeze the puck by putting their glove on the puck when it's on ice feet outside of the crease. What are the goalie ...
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Whats the rule with broken stick / Object in play for ice hockey?

Rule 10 of the NHL rule book defines sticks and can be found Here I do not see an outline or ruling on what the proper course of play is when a player's broken stick is on the ice. Sometimes ...
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Why do ice hockey players tape their sticks?

I'm assuming it gives the players better puck handling abilities, but how? Wouldn't tape overlaps effect the handling? Also why don't the manufacturers add similar material to the blade of sticks?
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Rate of NHL playoffs going to the overtime

It feels like over the last few years and specially this season (16-17) more games are going to overtime. So I'm wondering what has been the trend of Stanley Cup playoffs games that go to overtime in ...
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What is the difference between illegal substitution and too many men on ice in the NHL?

During the Montreal Canadiens vs New York Rangers game on April 16 2017, the referees called an illegal substitution on the Rangers, but strangely not too many men on ice. This happened during the ...
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Can a penalty be declined in the NHL?

The Edmonton Oilers scored 2 short-handed goals on San Jose Sharks during the 2nd game of the first round 16-17 playoffs. Even though a team on a powerplay has one more skater than the other team, if ...
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Has any player on the Edmonton Oilers roster (16-17 season) played a postseason game as an Oiler before this season?

The Edmonton Oilers advanced the NHL playoffs this season (2016-17) for the first time since the 05-06 season when they reached the Stanley Cup Final. So given the 11 year hiatus, I'm wondering if ...
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Why does NHL award assists to 2 players?

In most team sports, only 1 player is awarded an assist for a score. However in hockey up to two players are awarded with an assist per goal. What is the reasoning behind this?
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What decides if a faceoff is Won or Lost?

How is a Faceoff decided as a won faceoff, or a lost faceoff? Is it all which center get the puck where he wants, or is it decided by another factor?
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At the end of the season, what decides tiebreakers in the NHL? [duplicate]

If at the end of an NHL seasons if 2 teams tie in points, who gets the higher seed? What break ties? And if that thing is tied too, what further breaks the tie? And what would a perfect tie be?
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Boarding, NHL vs USA Hockey

in the USA Hockey casebook, I came across an interesting little nugget. "Player A1 pushes teammate A2 into an opponent who is thrown against the boards violently enough to warrant a boarding penalty. ...
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Do minor penalties become penalty shots when there is “insufficient playing time”?

A couple of situations that call for minor penalties in the rulebook become penalty shots if they are committed when there is "insufficient playing time" to serve them (applies to regulation and ...
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For a goal while there's a change of players, who gets the +1/-1?

In hockey, there is a stat where players get +1 when their team scores while they are on the ice, and -1 when the opposite team scores when they are on the ice. (Cant remember the exact name of the ...
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Illegal Substitution and Awarded Goal

This is about an awarded goal on an illegal substitution in NHL hockey, or what I think would make for one. This has to do with an illegal substitute trying to stop disaster from occuring. Call it a ...
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Delayed Offside Question (faceoff location, puck out of bounds)

Just FYI, I've delved into detail with this question, but for good reason. I have found it next to impossible to get this answered accurately, so I try and describe it best as I can. Thanks for ...
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Puck completely crossing the goal line for a legal goal - does it need to be placed to settle beyond the line too?

The puck has to entirely cross the goal line in the net to count as a goal. Does that ​include a case where the puck is standing vertically on end parallel to the goal line but just a sliver beyond it,...
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Why did the NHL move to the current playoff format?

16 teams make it to the playoffs each season, 8 from each conference. Until a few years ago, within a conference the number 1 seed would face the number 8, number 2 would face number 7, 6 vs 3, and 4 ...
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NHL Trades: Can one find the exact language of every trade?

The question says it all, but to be more specific, I've scoured the internet for the specifics of the conditional pick traded from the Wild to the Coyotes in the Hanzal-White trade. Neither team's ...
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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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Is this a subtlety in the icing rule?

I feel like I have a good grasp of hybrid icing in the NHL, but every couple of games I notice what looks to be a missed icing call. The defensive team gains possession of the puck in their own zone. ...
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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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Empty net, attacker in the crease: should a goal be allowed or disallowed?

If a team has substituted the goalkeeper for a sixth skating player, and the opponent team has scored on the empty net while an opponent attacker was in the crease, should the goal be disallowed? The ...
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Why are shootouts used in the World Junior Hockey Championships?

A simple enough question, but I'm having trouble finding a clear answer. I'm interested to know why the shootout is used in the World Junior Championships. I'm assuming it's either because: The ...
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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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Stick flex in ice hockey

I am 5 feet 6 inches tall and only weigh around 111 pounds, currently I use a Nexus 1N with 77 flex, I wouldn't say I struggle to flex it, it's just hard to flex it while in motion. Should I be in and ...
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What is a single powerplay in ice hockey? [duplicate]

This is a question only about the statistical representation of power plays. When looking at team statistics (example), there are numbers that describe teams efficiency in power plays and penalty ...
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Vegas NHL team and trades

If I remember correctly, the new Las Vegas NHL team will be picking third in each round of the 2017 Entry Draft and will be subject to the draft lottery as well. I have a question: Are the existing ...
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Who was the youngest winner of Gagarin Cup?

Gagarin Cup is the name for KHL playoffs. (KHL is widely considered the second best ice hockey league in the world, after NHL.) In the last season, 20-years old Ilya Sorokin and 19 years old Ilya ...
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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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When did cross-checking become illegal in the NHL?

Does anybody know when the NHL prohibited cross-checking? Cross-checking occurs when a player checks an opponent by using the shaft of his or her stick with both hands [See Rule 59.1 of the NHL ...