fun facts about hockey

Fun facts about hockey

*The Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Toronto, Ontario.

*The Stanley Cup is named after a former Canadian Governor General, Lord Stanley of Preston, who donated the trophy in 1893.
*The original Stanley cup was 7 inches.

*Twelve women have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup, either as owners or team executives.

* Regulation hockey nets are six feet wide and four feet tall.

*Wayne Gretzky won the scoring title 10 times.

*The first goalie to wear a mask regularly was Jacques Plante in 1959.

*Andy Brown was the last goaltender to play a game without a mask, doing so with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1974.

*The last player in the NHL to play without a helmet was Craig MacTavish, who retired in 1997.

*Toronto Maple Leaf Darryl Sittler scored 10 points in a game (6 goals, 4 assists).

*The Bruins won 6 Stanley cups, compared to the Montreal Canadiens 24.

*Hockey was made in Canada, but there are only 6 teams from Canada in the NHL.

*There was a woman in the NHL, her name was Manon Rheaume.

*Kris Draper was traded for one dollar!

*In USSR, bears were trained and forced to play hockey.

*The Buffalo Sabers hold the title for being the only team to have killed an animal (a bat) during an NHL game in 1974.

*Hockey hair, a.k.a "flow" defines a hockey player's personality.

*A hockey game has 3 periods, each lasting 20 minutes.

*November 26, 1917: The NHL was founded.

*The diameter of a hockey puck is three inches.

*The standard North American ice rink is 200 feet long and 85 feet wide.

*The layer of ice in a pro hockey rink is usually three-quarters of an inch thick and is kept at a temperature of -9 degrees Celsius.

*Frank Zamboni invented the first self-propelled ice-clearing machine, in 1949.

*A hat trick is 3 goals in a single game.

*A Gordie Howe hat trick is a fight, goal, and an assist in a single game.

*The fastest slapshot on record is Bobby Hull’s, which registered 118 miles per hour.

* Goalies cannot carry — or even touch — the puck on the opposite side of the centre line.