Top Eight Countries That Comprise the Best Hockey Talents (part 3)

8. Russia

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia has seen a surge of great NHL players and have established themselves as one of the best countries in producing hockey players. The best active players in the league from Russia include Alexander Ovechkin and Pavel Datsyuk, and some notable superstars from the past are Alexander Mogilny, Sergei Fedorov, and Pavel Bure.

Although Russia has only won a silver and bronze medal since the breakup of the USSR, they still remain great in international play thanks to their previous success.

9. Sweden

Since players started to make their way across the Atlantic in the 1970s, Sweden has provided the NHL with several star players like Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund, Mats Sundin, the Sedin twins, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Henrik Zetterberg. Other current Swedish hockey stars include Alexander Steen, Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Lundqvist, and Nicklas Backstrom.

The country has earned two gold medals, three silver medals, and four bronze medals at the Olympic Games.

10. Canada

Canada is the undisputed king of comprising NHL players with many of the greatest NHL players having come from Canada. Wayne Gretzky who hails from the Great White North is commonly considered to be the greatest hockey player of all time. The only ones that may challenge Gretzky for that position are also Canadian players, including Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr. Other notable players are Steve Yzerman, Gordie Howe, Joe Sakic, and Mark Messier.

Some of current Canadian NHL stars include Drew Doughty, Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby, Shea Weber, P.K. Subban, Duncan Keith, John Tavares, Carey Price, Corey Perry, and Ryan Getzlaf.

Canada also has been dominant at the Olympic Games by winning three of the last four gold medals. All in all, the country has earned impressive nine gold medals, four silver medals, and two bronze medals.

Top Eight Countries That Comprise the Best Hockey Talents (part 2)

4. Finland

Finland has finished multiple times with the silver and bronze medals in the Olympics competition but never won the gold. However, the country has produced some NHL talent over the past four decades with the best player to come from the country being Teemu Selanne, arguably.

Tthe other players that come from Finland include Olli Jokinen, Tomas Sandstrom, Jari Kurri, and Saku Koivu. Finland has also developed some fine goaltenders, such as Miikka Kiprusoff, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, and Antti Niemi.

5. The United States

Even though the NHL is based out of the United States, there are tons of American players in the league with some very talented players having come out of the last quarter century.

Some of the best American players of all time include Phil Housley, Keith Tkachuk, Mike Modano, Chris Chelios, and Jeremy Roenick. The US also has many current talents such as Jonathan Quick, Patrick Kane, Zack Parise, Max Pacioretty, Ryan Suter, Joe Pavelski, and Phil Kessel.

In Olympics competition, the US has won two gold medals and one bronze medal and have had to settle for silver up to eight times.

6. Slovakia

Originally a part of the Czech Republic, Slovakia has produced some hockey stars including Marian Gaborik and Marian Hossa. Gaborik is on high pace with 751 points in his first 14 seasons. Meanwhile, the Senators has seen Hossa, whose career that started in 1997, score 1,056 points, as well as five All Star Games and two Stanley Cups. Former Norris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara also comes to mind.

There are some legends from Slovakia as well, with Blackhawks’s Stan Mikita, who scored nine times All Star, two times Lady Byng Trophy winner, and four times Art Ross Trophy winner, and Peter Stastny are much favorite by their home country, while players like Peter Bondra and Pavol Demitra were no slouches.

Top Eight Countries That Comprise the Best Hockey Talents (part 1)

Hockey is one of the most favorite sports in some countries such as the United Stated or Canada. But which countries have been producing the best NHL players. Now let’s count down on the list of top eight countries that comprises the best hockey talents.

8. Switzerland

The last decade has propelled the Swiss into this list. For a long period of time, Mark Hardy was the only notable Swiss player but that was until 2006 when Mark Streit appeared. Having got into the league a little late at the age of 28, Streit has been a solid defenseman at each stop. He has played with the Islanders, Canadians, and Flyers in his career with three All Star Game appearances.

Now, there are only a few Swiss solid players in the NHL, including Jonas Hiller (one time All-Star), Yannick Weber, Roman Josi, and Nino Niederreiter. It seems that the Swiss has been far from done in making history. They haven’t reached the podium at the Olympic Games since they won bronze in 1948, although they have made so much noise recently.

7. Czech Republic

It is no doubt that the best cricket player from the Czech Republic is Jaromir Jagr. It’s not easy to believe that Jagr has been in the NHL since he debuted in 1991 as a mulleted teenager for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jagr has been named to nine All Star Games with more than 1,800 points in his career and has led the league in points five times.

Meanwhile, for Devils fans, Patrik Elias may be the best player from the Czech Republic. His 19 year career has accounted for four All Star Games and 1,017 points. Some other greats from the Czech Republic include Milan Hejduk, Peter Sykora, Bobby Holik, Martin Straka, and goaltender Dominik Hasek.


Many amateur players have to invest in their own equipment, and for many middle and lower class citizens, this is bad news in terms of finance.

In basketball, the first thing players need is a decent court. The ideal floor is made of concrete and is polished, but if you’re short on a budget then any type of floor will work. Even a grass field can be acceptable, although traction is inhibited. A decent basketball can cost approximately $10 to $60. You can choose to spending at $40 on the ball at the beginning. The basketball hoops cost a maximum of $40 as well, though any decent price would be $35 or lower. Apart from that, additional safety pads cost under $15 per player, though if you’re short on budget this can easily be eliminated. The most important thing you need is a decent pair of outdoor basketball shoes, which costs from $60.

For ice hockey, the budget is a bit higher. For one thing, this game cannot be played on any common field like grass or concrete. Players need a special polished and closely monitored pristine ice surface to play. Naturally, these surfaces can be found over water surfaces such as lakes and pounds, but we are strongly opposed playing there. The thin sheet of ice makes it too dangerous. Renting an arena is the best choice, which it can cost a fortune. Hockey sticks cost about $25, while a single puck is usually as cheap as a dollar or two. But the expensive part is the pads to protect chest, torso, knees, elbows, etc.

Payment and Success

If you choose to take the sport seriously and professionally, you should understand about the scope and payment that you’ll be getting.

The starting salary for the NBA is around $500,000 per season. Amateur leagues can pay as much as $2,500, and even some official high school and college leagues pay based on short-term contract.

For ice hockey, the scope is even less. The NHL and Olympics are the most important events, but it takes a lot of skill and strategy to qualify. The money paid out is also a bit less. The minimum income of an NHL player is somewhere close to $50,000 or $60,000, although the highest paid can get up to $2.5 million per season. Many high school associations also pay based on stipends.

Talbot and Lucic will help Flames win the trophy

Over the past July, the Calgary Flames Club has taken steps to replenish its team to get closer to winning the Stanley Cup. With two valid contracts.

First, sign a one-year contract with free goalkeeper Cam Talbot after he left the Flyers club, worth up to $2.75 million on July 1. The second was on July 19 Calgary Flames has signed another contract with the Edmonton Oilers club in exchange for 32-year-old James Neal for Milan winger Lucic.

Johnny Gaudreau of Calgary Flames winger, he shared about the team adding two new players. He said that it was clear that their team had certain difficulties and confirmed that Lucic could help them solve that problem. Gaudreau also added, “When participating in a charity match at the Flyers skating rink, I heard Lucic’s teammates at Edmonton Oilers say that he was very hard-working and was a great teammate, I am looking forward to this”.

As for Talbot, the two players met in the 2017-2018 season. Gaudreau said that Talbot is a great goalkeeper, who made it difficult for him to reach the goal, definitely scoring goals in the face. Gaudreau also said that: “When you play against such a squad and you have a player who can go in the corner, your big body in front of your net, he really helps your team. I think that’s what we were looking for. He will help us overcome everything to win the No. 1 position”.

Known last season, the combined trio on the left is Gaudreau on the left, Sean Monahan in the center and the right is Elias Lindhilm, helping them score 259 points (97 goals and 162 assists). In which Gaudreau scored 99 points (36 goals and 63 assists) ranked 7th in the tournament. After the addition of forces, hopefully Calgary Flames will become stronger to reach the Stanley Cup this year.


Time Parameters

One of the biggest factors to consider which sport to play is the timing. While the timing can be applied to anywhere within an hour, most professional and amateur players have set timings for the games.

In basketball, the match lasts around 48 minutes, divided into four games of 12-minute periods. Between the periods, there is a total 15-minute short break. Professional leagues such as the NBA and NWBL and many amateur leagues apply the time parameters mentioned above. However, due to stoppages include fouls and out-of-bounds, the game may last up to approximately 2.5 hours. High school basketball matches usually last up to 1.5 hours.

The same cannot be applied to ice hockey. While the actual play time is 60 minutes, two 15-minute breaks and multiple stoppages for score counting and umpiring increase the length of the game to up to 2 hours. The game is divided into three 20-minute intervals, with two breaks in between.

Most leagues typically organize this game anywhere between September and April. However, the joy of ice skating can still be enjoyed even in the summertime.


Although comprehending the rules can be easy, actually playing the game is a lot more difficult. In this aspect, we find basketball is easier, though both have their challenges.

In basketball, the players may or may not wear special knee and elbow pads for protection. Tripping in the court is a bit uncommon, as the game is usually played by hands. But some players prefer to get extra safety measures. The game itself is pretty easy with every player run while holding a ball in their hands, trying to throw in opponents’ goal. But that doesn’t mean that the game doesn’t need strategy and hard work. Still, we agree that basketball is a bit less challenging.


If you have spent most of your childhood outdoors, you’ll understand that selecting the right sports to play is an art of its own. Should you choose to embark on playing football, basketball, hockey, table tennis, or have a decent game of chess? The question is just hard to answer.

Ice hockey and skating are excellent winter sports that can become a habit, even when winter has ended. But what happens when you have to select between hockey and basketball?

Whether it’s for taking part in a professional league or spending time with your friends, the question always comes down to which one is better. Normally, people would prefer basketball as the game is more popular and people are more familiar with the concepts. But they completely miss out on the excitement in playing ice hockey. So we’re here to lay down the basics on pros and cons of both sport.

Easy To Understand Rules

The first and most important thing about any sport is how to play it. While many children have had the liberty to play basketball at school, some children are left out. Which is why learning to play a new sport can be really hard.

In basketball, there are ten main basic rules that every player must follow. Besides, there are hundreds of complementary subsections and articles about rules of the game which can be pretty hard to grasp.

Nevertheless, they can easily be understood through careful reading and practice. The main goal of the game is to put the ball into the basket as many times as possible during 30 minutes of the match. It is critical to make sure that the ball is held within the hands.

Regarding ice hockey, the main goal is to shoot the puck past the goal line. The game usually lasts approximately 60 minutes, divided into 20-minute periods. Different from basketball, physically pushing and touching the opponent players is allowed to some extent in hockey.

In fact, both the sports are easy to understand and the level of complexity is the same.

Interesting facts of Hockey

Stanley’s original Cup was given to winner until 1970, and is now displayed in the Vault Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Canada.

In 1963, the “Presentation Cup” was created and is the famous trophy awarded today. The replica of the Presentation Cup was designed in 1993, is the third cup and is used as a stand-in at the Hall of Fame when the Presentation Cup is vacant.

It’s one of a kind.

Different from other major league sports trophies when a new Cup is made every year. With hockey there isn’t a new Cup made every year, instead, after each championship, the names of the players, coaches, management team, and staff of the winning team are written to the Cup. The first team to have their name written inner bowl of the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup was the 1906-07 Montreal Wanderers. The only other team names appeared on the inner bowl are the 1914-15 Vancouver Millionaires.

It’s always changing

More and more teams wished to be immortalized, so the final decision was made that put a separate ring underneath the original Cup in which each new winning roster would be written on. Between 1927 and 1947, a new, more streamlined and vertical incarnation version of the Cup called Stovepipe Cup was used. The name was given due to its cylindrical shape. However, by 1948, the trophy became too tall and big to hold or even put on exhibition, so the shape was altered to the tiered version used currently.

Its rings are detachable.

Since 1958, five bands of championship names are written around the base of the Cup. When the rings were full, the oldest team is removed and written in Lord Stanley’s Vault at the Great Esso Hall in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A blank replacement band was then placed in its position to be filled with the new names of the following champions. No championship team names during the 1928-29 to the 1953-54 season are currently written on the Cup.

Interesting facts of ice hockey (Part 3)

The original Stanley Cup was initially over 20 cm high with names of winning team players written on the base of the cup. That’s why there was a need for lot bigger cup, making the current base approximately 80 cm high.
The team who has won Stanley Cups the most is Montreal Canadians with 23 Stanley Cups. The second team is Toronto Maple Leafs with only 13 cups. Until 1959, goalie doesn’t wear any face mask for the protection until flying puck broke the nose of the goalie of Montreal Canadians, Jacques Plante. Since then; he began to wear the mask and made it as a tradition. Nowadays the face mask become a vital part of goalies uniform.
Two ice hockey players who are believed to be the greatest of all time – Mario Lemieux and Patrick Roy were born on the same day despite their birthplaces were situated about 200 km apart. Such an odd coincidence.
There are twelve woman name written on the Stanley Cup, but none of them were players but team owners and executives.

The Stanley Cup is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, Canada. He was the 1892 Governor General who purchased the decorative cup in London then donated it to award Canada’s top amateur hockey club. Thanks to this action, he and his family became infatuated with the sport at Montreal’s Winter Carnival. The cup was first awarded to the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association in 1893.

Interesting facts of ice hockey (Part 1)

Ice hockey is a very ancient and famous sport, it is obvious there are some interesting facts and legends accompany this game and its players. This article contains the most interesting facts about the game of ice hockey.

The origins of ice hockey is unclear until this day. Different from other popular sports, there are various versions and assumption of origins of ice hockey and history of modern ice hockey. There are people believes that it origins from Europe; however others believes that Europeans were inspired by Native Americans. Also there is version claimed that as none of the games played before 1800s; hence, it can’t be considered as the ancestor of modern ice hockey.
The first game of ice hockey was organized  in 1875 in Montreal, Canada with only two teams of nine players each taking part in this competition and they were students from the same university.
Until today, Canada is regarded as the birthplace and home of ice hockey. The Hockey Hall of Fame is situated in Toronto, Canada. Also many world famous hockey players come from Canada. Although nowadays many other countries have improved their ranking and their ability in ice hockey, Canada is still the world leader.
Since 1914 the most prestigious achievement in professional hockey game is the Stanly Cup which has been organized and awarded every year, except two years of 1919 and 2005. In 1919 it was cancelled due to the epidemic of Spanish flu, which also affected the players of Montreal Canadian team. In 2005 the season was simply cancelled.

There are lots of accidents in Stanly Cup such as one time, the cup was accidentally left by the side of the road or being thrown into a swimming pool and even being lost in an airport. Despite all of that, the cup is still honored as a prestigious award of the best hockey team.