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I'm almost positive that this team (in red) are the Spokane Chiefs from the WHL. The jerseys match exactly along with the pants. I looked through the leagues of CHL, WHL, QMJHL and AHL and these were the only jerseys that match. As you can see by the first picture below, the stripes on the jersey match up exactly. If you look in the original photo (with the ...


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After the realignment, the league now consists of 2 conferences with 2 divisions in each conference. NHL playoffs consist of 16 teams fighting for the last two spots to compete in the Stanley Cup Final The way the new playoff structure works is as follows... The top three teams in each division will make-up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining ...


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The captain and (during his absence on ice) alternate captains (not “assistant”) are players designated to be the point of contact between the referee and the team. Only these players are allowed to discuss with the Referee any questions relating to the interpretation of rules. This privilege applies only to the respective captain/alternate captain who is ...


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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 of 20 minutes each to give them a chance to clean the ice one more time. It also gave the players more time to rest. They get two 18 minute (as of 2013) ...


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Here's a timeline of some of the notable milestones: 1948: Larry Kwong appears for the New York Rangers; he was the son of Chinese immigrants to Canada. 1958: Willie O'Ree, playing for the Boston Bruins, is the first black player to play in the NHL. He has been called the Jackie Robinson of the NHL. 1989: Robin Bawa, the first Indian player, joins the ...


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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 take up 50% of the goal compared to 25% of a normal human (given that the person isn't morbidly obese and bed ridden). But they won't be able to move at all. If ...


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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 puck in the offensive zone. Why you need control of the puck is I hope obvious, why only in the offensive zone: because there's too much risk of losing the puck ...


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You can calculate a player's plus/minus using the following rules. If a player is on the ice for a(n): even-strength goal for: +1 even-strength goal against: -1 powerplay goal for: 0 powerplay goal against: -1 penalty kill (short handed) goal for: +1 penalty kill (short handed) goal against: 0 Plus/Minus is not awarded for penalty shots and goals scored ...


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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 hockey, a penalty shot has a conversion rate of around about 30% (source: official NHL stats, via this excellent answer). However, I'm not sure this is really ...


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I find it interesting you can slide/stop on quad roller skates. In fact, I think that might be the problem. If you tried a proper hockey stop in quad roller skates (lifting the angle of your foot to only engage the corners of the 2 inside wheels) I'd bet you'd fall. Which means you've learned to apply your weight in the exact wrong way... and worse, it's ...


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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 that. It seems like the primary concerns would be (a) safety of the goalie, (b) the ability of that goalie to pass a physical, and (c) a sense of fair play. ...


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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 push off the back skate can be stronger when going down to a knee, and some of that is transferred into your lower stick arm (the right arm in the above picture). ...


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Usually after a hockey game, a third party names the "Three Stars" of the game. This is based on the player's performance during the hockey game. These "Stars" come out one at a time and acknowledge the fans by either taking a lap or just raising their stick. After a little digging, I found that in the NHL, the three stars was first awarded in the 1936–37 ...


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The New Jersey Devils used a similar setup back in the mid 90's. It was so revolutionary that it knocked fans out of their seats -- and into their beds ;) The 1-3-1 is a type of neutral zone trap, which many teams will employ situationally at different points in the game. It is a natural evolution of the single forechecker on a penalty kill, and is often ...


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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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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 performances or as a wake-up call.


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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 the wrong legs). They had NHL player George Parros shoot on him; they note in the video that Parros is not really known for scoring. This is true, and any average ...


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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, and the play shall not be stopped unless, in the opinion of the Referee, he has deliberately directed the puck to a teammate in any zone other than the ...


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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 Leafs 1947 Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 1951 Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 1959 Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs ...


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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 inch grind is optimum for hockey skates. The rate at which you can stop depends on how steeply you point the skates to the oncoming ice. At 70 degrees from the ...


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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 any form. Penalties are never reviewable, unless the timing relates to a goal. All goals are reviewed (at least cursorily) by the Video Goal Judge, and further ...


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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 season). He began as a Defenseman, switched to Forward in 2008, won a cup with Chicago on offense; then was traded to Atlanta, went back to defenseman. He then ...


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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 on how many away fans are at the arena, you may see some of them throw hats on the ice. Normally the hats are scraped off and donated.


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Don't forget cone work. A hockey stop is an exaggerated cut. Cone work helps build the fundamentals of cutting which then builds to a hockey stop.


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Each team must have either 1 Captain and 2 Assistant Captains OR 3 Assistant Captains (One extra Assistant Captain to make up for the vacancy of the Captain's spot.) The role of the players with the "Letters" on their sweater is to get information from the referee. When a penalty is called, usually the Captain of each team meets with the referee in the ...


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