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Did ice-hockey players actually not wear helmets until the 1970s-1980s?

NHL players started wearing helmets for the most part after a player, Bill Masterson, died from a check that caused him to hit his head on the ice at speed. That occurred in 1968. The mandate was ...
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Has any NHL team ever won a game after being down 0-5?

This has happened six times in NHL history so is not as uncommon as you suspect: 1982-04-10, Edmonton vs Los Angeles (playoffs) 1987-01-26, Calgary vs Toronto 1999-03-03, Colorado vs Florida 2000-11-...
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Really Fat Hockey Goalies

Sports science actually "tested" this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP8ZVWiZUMA. They grabbed a professional sumo wrestler and dressed him up in goalie gear (even managing to put his leg pads on ...
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How is it decided in hockey which team wears white or colored jersey?

Before the 2003-2004 season, NHL teams usually wore their white jerseys at home and the colored jerseys on the road. Since 2003-2004, teams switched the two, and now wear colors at home and white on ...
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Why will the Knights not have any of their players picked by the Kraken?

It's because the Golden Knights are a recent expansion team themselves, and so they don't have to give up a player to Kraken, the newest expansion team. This is based on the agreement the Knights made ...
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How do players know when to sub in hockey?

The lines should be set and known before they get on the ice. The coach will have to do some shuffling during a game if a player becomes unavailable. But otherwise they can just call out a line and ...
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How much protection do NHL referees wear?

Referees and linesman are not obligated to wear any padding besides their helmet [1]. However, as you have noticed, often times officials either get hit by players, the puck, or they fall and hit the ...
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How much does an NHL power play improve chances of scoring?

For the 2017-18 NHL season, there were a total of 1561 goals scored during a total of 21972 minutes being on a power play, giving an average expectation of 14.1 minutes on power play to score one goal....
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Why does a player have to serve a Too Many Men on the Ice penalty?

If nobody would be sitting in the penalty box, the team would need to wait until the first whistle after the penalty time expiry and only then send the complete five-men squad, as it would be ...
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Is this a subtlety in the icing rule?

To be clear: player substitution does not affect any determination of icing. Neither does the location of the bench. In the situations you are describing, it is most likely that the official does ...
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Longest time between goals in NHL playoffs

The longest time between two consecutive NHL playoff goals for a player is 11 years, which has been done by 5 players: Craig Ludwig: 103 games apart, 4079 days 04/09/1988, Montreal @ Hartford 06/10/...
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Is there an objective reason for Scandinavian ice hockey ranking?

Based upon the IIHF's records of registered hockey players by country, Finland and Sweden have nearing 10 times as many people participating in organized hockey leagues compared to Norway. ...
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What was the worst result for a president's trophy winner in the playoffs?

There have been eight NHL teams thus far to win the President's Trophy but be eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The worst Stanley Cup finish by a President's Trophy winner was ...
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Game misconduct at the end of the NHL match

Effectively, no - the game is over, penalties will not affect the result of the game. The only slight caveat is that the NHL does enforce automatic suspensions for players with multiple game ...
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History of reverse sweeps in the Stanley cups finals?

The list of comebacks from 0-3 down in NHL playoffs (entirely, not just the Stanley Cup finals) is very short: 1942 Stanley Cup Finals (Leafs over Red Wings) 1975 quarterfinals (Islanders over ...
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What action was Logan Couture referring to when describing Sidney Crosby as cheating on faceoffs?

This appears to me as Logan Couture trying to cause the officials to keep a closer look on Crosby. Make them pay more attention to Sidney Crosby and possibly get him off the face offs if he twitches ...
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Empty net, attacker in the crease: should a goal be allowed or disallowed?

The goal may be disallowed in this case because as rule 78-b of the NHL’s playing rules states, Unless the puck is in the goal crease area, a player of the attacking side may not stand in the goal ...
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Can a penalty be declined in the NHL?

No. Penalties are awarded by the officials. Team preference is not a factor; they do not have any input on the decision. Rule 15.1, page 25 of the NHL rulebook makes clear that [if the offender's ...
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How far out of the net can a goalie freeze the puck in the NHL?

The answer to this deals with the flow of the game, and specifically rule 63 "delay of game penalty" The explanation starts on page 88 and describes that a goaltender may use his equipment in the ...
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What is the longest duration a team didn't register a shot on goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

I googled "NHL no shots in a period" and found this: Penguins recover to defeat Predators in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final (NHL website): Pittsburgh did not have a shot on goal in the second ...
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Why is fighting tolerated in ice hockey?

Firstly, note that the IIHF rules (on the left in your image) include "an Automatic Game Misconduct or a Match penalty". Both of those result in the player taking no further part in the match, so ...
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Did ice-hockey players actually not wear helmets until the 1970s-1980s?

Other answers cover a lot of ground, but I wanted to note that the game today is different than the game in the helmetless era. Consider: Bernie Geoffrion is given credit for inventing the slapshot, ...
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Ice-hockey penalty shot saves

Regardless of when they are made, saves in hockey are defined by shots on goal. A shot, on the other hand is any puck directed toward the net. If the shot would have gone in the net without a save, ...
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Why the CHC (Montreal Candiens) logo at an F1 Grand Prix race?

It won't be an official flag. I have no source but I'm 100% confident that even back then venues would only erect signage for sponsors or their own advertising. From first hand experience, back in ...
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How do you play for the AHL with an NHL contract if you're not playing for the NHL?

Under section 11 of the NHL Standard Player's Contract (exhibit 1 in the 2013 CBA, starting at page 310), It is mutually agreed that the Club shall have the right to Assign or to Loan this SPC [i.e. ...
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What action was Logan Couture referring to when describing Sidney Crosby as cheating on faceoffs?

Winning a face-off is to play the puck in the desired direction before the opponent can do so. It's a race to the touch from a stationary start. Being first over such a short distance with such high ...
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