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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 ...
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NHL players making less than NHL minimum?

I have looked up a few currently inactive NHL players, but who played at least 30 or more career games in the NHL. I am familiar with the hockey term "duster" and I've heard it thrown around, but I ...
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How do you play for the AHL with an NHL contract if you're not playing for the NHL?

The AHL's website states that most players are signed with NHL contracts, but the AHL and NHL are not the same. Given so, how does it make sense that a non-NHL AHL player would normally have to be ...
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Do Stanley Cup Champions get a replica of the cup?

In most sports the champions of a cup get to keep it. For example NFL champions keep the Lombardi Trophy. However, the Stanley Cup is unique and NHL champions don't get to keep it forever. But do they ...
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What action was Logan Couture referring to when describing Sidney Crosby as cheating on faceoffs?

I am a huge hockey fan but I am not 100% clear on the rules.. This has to do with the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. So after last night's overtime victory, goal scored by Conor Sheary.. Crosby was ...
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Why does a player have to serve a Too Many Men on the Ice penalty?

When an ice-hockey team has too many players on the ice, it is given a "Too Many Men on the Ice" penalty. The rules recognize that this is not the fault of any individual player, and so assign a ...
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How are shorter power-plays counted in power play percentage?

One of the team statics in ice-hockey is power play percentage. From example, you can see it here for the currently played World Chapmionship or here for this year's NHL season. I understand that ...
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NHL Playoffs format

The NHL has been working around its overtime format. It used to be a 5 minutes 5 on 5 frame. It then got changed to 4 on 4 for a while and latter to 3 on 3 for the regular season. But watching the ...
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Draft Pick Trading in NHL

When trading picks (1st round, etc...) Do you essentially give up your spot, or do you give an extra pick to the other team? For example, the Leafs won the draft lottery so they get to pick first. If ...
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NHL Playoff Clean Sweep

After reading How many times has a 4 game sweep occurred during the Stanley Cup finals?, I was curious if there has ever been a team who has not lost a game during the NHL playoff to win the cup.
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Can you kick a stick in NHL?

If a player drops his stick and a player of the opposing team kicks it away from him as he tries to reach for it, will the opposing player get penalized? A common situation would be when the goalie ...
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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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Have the top two teams in the NHL ever met in the Stanley Cup Finals?

For example, the Stars and the Caps for this year. Edit: This is modern era, where we've had full 4-tier playoffs.
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Illegal Stick Rule In NHL

The illegal stick rule has cobwebs on it. When was the last time a team was penalized for it, due to its blade being curved too much? Who were the teams? Back in the day some teams had a great eye for ...
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Reason behind curved hockey stick?

What is the reason behind curved hockey sticks? I would like to know about it's history, reason of curve, benefits and science.
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USAHockey registration purpose?

So I've been just recently mastering ice skating and I'm getting pretty good at hockey from practice and I'm considering vouching for a small team to join soon. I gave a few proposals, but was asked ...
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With different versions of skates, is it worth getting a better one for an extra 20 dollars? [closed]

When I go and buy skates, lets say Bauer supreme there are usually different versions like *Bauer supreme*140 or Bauer supreme 150, 160 etc. The man helping me with my skates said that each one is a ...
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Hockey offsides: reconciling the definition of the zone with the tagging up rule

When a player is offsides in ice hockey, they can tag up by skating back to the blue line and having at least one skate in contact with the blue line, and then return back into the zone to continue ...
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Reason for skates sputtering along ice instead of stopping?

I recently got my skates sharpened at SportChek and a couple days later I played hockey however whenever i tried to stop my skates would sputter along the ice and wouldnt dig in and spray up snow. I ...
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What happens when a member of the away team scores a hat trick in NHL?

When a member of the home team scores a hat trick, it is normal for fans to throw their hats on the ice (usually causing a delay). Does the same apply for when a member of the away team scores a hat ...
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Did some ice-hockey players change their position during their career?

Does it happen often that an ice-hockey player changes during their career the position? For example, somebody who plays for some years as a left or right wing then becomes a centre. Or that somebody ...
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How does a ice-hockey team's strategy differ playing 3-on-3 rather than 5-on-5?

In 2015, the NHL Board of Governors approved having overtime periods played in a 3-on-3 format (as opposed to 5-on-5 during regulation), which has led to a noticeable scoring boost (due to the ...
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On-the-fly changes in ice hockey

During an on-the-fly player change, it is generally acceptable for the replacement player to step on the ice a second or two before the player he is replacing steps off the ice, if such a change doesn'...