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There are a few differences between American Football and other sports that lead to this: particularly, the length of playing careers (shortest by far), and the cost of running a team (largest by far). NFL teams are very large, with 53 players active of whom 46 play on any given Sunday, and every single one is typically utilized except perhaps a backup QB ...


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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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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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Baseball There is a long history of college teams playing against MLB teams in spring exhibition games. This WSJ article has a good description of it: Such was the unusual spectacle of the Phillies’ 6-2 loss to the University of Tampa, a Division II school. It was a sight only possible in Major League Baseball, the lone major U.S. sport with a long-...


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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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According to this article: Prior to 1977 only players who had completed the Stanley Cup playoffs were eligible. Today, players appearing in 41 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup Final game for the championship team have their names engraved on the Cup. The NHL makes exceptions for players who do not meet the standard because of injury or ...


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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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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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A double minor counts as two separate penalties, one after the other. When keeping the game statistics, therefore, you count them separately as well. This leads to the situation where a four-minute double minor counts as two power-plays but a five minute major penalty counts as just a single power-play.


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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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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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Money. If the NFL wants a farm system and there is a good chance they will in the future they will end up footing the bill for a lot of the infrastructure/costs. I have had offers to play in an older version of arena football and that included a per diem and $250 a game. I am not sure most current arena league players get paid more than 20-30K a year if ...


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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 ...


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It's not exactly the problem you pointed out in your OP, but the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL team) have an ongoing dispute with one of their players from 1960-1975. The leafs have a policy of honouring jersey numbers rather than retiring them, where a banner is raised to the rafters in honour of the player, but future players can still wear the number. Given ...


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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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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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As stated in the Official NHL (National Hockey League) Rulebook in rule 76.6, players must comply by the following standards, otherwise it will result in a face-off violation: i) Encroachment by any player other than the center into the face-off area prior to the puck being dropped. ii) Encroachment by any player into the area between the hash ...


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The NFL used to operate its own developmental league in the USA and Europe between 1991 and 2007. It was initially called the World League of American Football with teams in both the USA (including non-NFL cities like Sacramento and San Antonio) and in Europe. After a few years during which the league was on hiatus, it returned in 1995 as an all-Europe ...


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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 goalkeeper who is eligible. In order to make Robb Tallas an "eligible" player, the Panthers will almost certainly have had him sign a one-day contract. At that ...


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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: 1986, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2014 and 2015. So we see that the both SC finalists needed 7 games in conference finals only in 2000 and 2015.1,2 In 2000 Dallas ...


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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 ice hard. Almost all (if not all) officials therefore do wear padding under their uniform. Per the National Hockey League Official's Association website: ...


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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 06/10/1999, Dallas vs Buffalo James Patrick, 72 games apart, 4027 days 04/21/1990, NY Rangers vs Washington 04/30/2001, Buffalo vs Pittsburgh Bob Goldham: 20 games ...


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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 was in 2018-19 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, who were eliminated in the first round by the Columbus Blue Jackets, in a 4-0 series. Other President's Trophy ...


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They no longer throw guys out of the face off circle. The face off will get waived off after the first infraction and after the second the player goes to the box. This is to mainly stop players from intentionally getting thrown out to let players get a short rest. "76.6 Violations – If a center should move prematurely prior to the face-off, or if the ...


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Briefly, the tie-breaking criteria in the NHL are (at least for this season): The most important is, of course, number of points. The second tie-breaker is number of wins in the games, which were decided in regular time or overtime. (I.e., the wins after shootouts are excluded.) The third tie-breaker is number of points that tied teams have in their games ...


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