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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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Why does Ice Hockey have 3 periods?

Before 1910, they used to play 2 halves of 30 minutes each. But at the end of each half, the ice was so rutted and covered with snow that it slowed the game way down. So they changed it to 3 periods ...
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Really Fat Hockey Goalies

First goalies must be able to skate outside of the net to control the puck for their team 10-20 times a game. Can you imagine putting in a player that led to 10 less possessions? Second they may ...
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Why do ice hockey teams usually replace their goalie after an empty net goal?

they usually pull the goalie with about 2-3 minutes remaining. This is correct, but only half the story. They pull the goalie when a small amount of time is remaining and the team has control of the ...
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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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Penalty conversion rates: Football (soccer) vs Hockey

It's way higher in soccer than ice hockey. In soccer, a penalty kick is quite close to an automatic goal, averaging around 85% in the English Premier League (source: My Football Facts), whereas in ice ...
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What is a healthy scratch?

Good try, but that's not what it means. It means that the player is healthy and eligible to play, but the coach has decided not to use him. Players usually become a healthy scratch after poor ...
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Really Fat Hockey Goalies

The subject of really fat hockey goalies was actually covered in the book "Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan" by Todd Gallagher, which answered a lot of drunken-bar-discussion type questions like ...
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Why do some hockey players kneel as they take a shot?

I asked my friend, who played hockey in college, and she said that it is a combination of a few things: You turn some of your momentum into shot speed/power, if you do it in a single motion. Your ...
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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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LA Kings' "That 70's line"

It was called the "70's line" because of the jersey numbers Jeff Carter is 77 Tyler Tiffoli is 73 Tanner Pearson is 70
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What determines if a hand pass is legal in the NHL?

This is covered under rule 67 in the NHL rule book. 67.1 Handling Puck - A player shall be permitted to stop or “bat” a puck in the air with his open hand, or push it along the ice with his hand, ...
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How many times have the Stanley Cup Finals featured two Canadian teams?

Since 1927, when the NHL assumed possession of the Stanley Cup, there have been 8 instances of the Stanley Cup Finals consisting of 2 Canadian Teams. 1935 Montreal Maroons beat the Toronto Maple ...
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How do you correctly learn how to hockey stop

Your skates are likely too sharp for your confidence level, or too deep of a hollow (probably both). Like said above ... 1/2 inch hollow I find to be too grippy to shave ice very well. For me a 3/4 ...
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Are you allowed unlimited challenges in a hockey game?

There are no challenges in the NHL. All replays are automatic: goals are reviewed by the video judge, with help from the war room in Toronto. Coaches do not have the ability to initiate replays in ...
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Did some ice-hockey players change their position during their career?

Sure, this happens from time to time. The most recent case I know of is Dustin Byfuglien, who has switched back and forth between Defenseman and Forward during his career (sometimes within one ...
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What happens when a member of the away team scores a hat trick in NHL?

It depends on circumstances. The general rule is a fan will not throw a hat should a player from the opposing team score a hat trick. So, for the most part, nothing will happen. However, depending ...
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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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What is meant by a natural hat trick in hockey?

A natural hat trick is when the three goals are scored consecutively. That is, nobody else from either team scores in between the goals.
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Why are coaches potentially allowed to play as goalies in the NHL?

This is covered by Rule 5.3 of the NHL rulebook In regular League and Playoff games, if both listed goalkeepers are incapacitated, that team shall be entitled to dress and play any available ...
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Stanley Cup Finals matchup where both finalists needed 7 games in conference finals

According to the list of conference finals on Wikipedia: Eastern conference final had 7 games in: 1988, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011 and 2015. Western conference final had 7 games in: ...
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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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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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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 seven 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 ...
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