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.

Best Ice Hockey Leagues (Part 3)

Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL)

The DEL was established in 1994-1995 and was consisted of teams from the Ice Hockey Bundesliga’s first and second division. In the early day, the league received controversies as many teams were heavily in debt and some clubs were required to fold. Furthermore, rulings by the European Court of Justice allowed players to move quite frequently between teams and attendance numbers declined sharply at the turn of the new millennium.

However, the league regained its popularity as it got an influx of NHL players during the 2004-2005 and re-applied the use of the relegation system to put more emphasis on plays in the second division of the Ice Hockey’s Bundesliga. Since the 2001-2002 season, championship play has been under controlled by Eisbaren Berlin as they achieved 5 championships in 10 years. In recent years, the EHC Red Bull Munchen have fought their way to the top of the league, achieving three straight championships.

While the DEL is still working on marking its footprint in the hockey landscape, it’s difficult not to like German hockey. As we found in their unexpected turn to the Silver Medal in the 2018 Olympics, Germany is developing a strong and passionate fan base with the ability of competing with the best teams in the world.

National League A (NLA)

The National League A (NLA) is based in Switzerland It is the top tier of the Swiss hockey league, with the best attendance figures for European hockey clubs in 2016-17, thanks to its spacious (17,131 capacity) stadium with the capacity of averaged 16,399 spectators each game.

The NLA has 12 teams that make up a total of 50 games in a season, after which the top eight teams are selected for the playoffs. The bottom four teams are set into a consolation bracket of sorts and the leading team from the National League B is given an opportunity to vie for NLA inclusion.

Best Ice Hockey Leagues (Part 2)

NCAA

Over the last decade, NCAA hockey has become a top choice development path for hockey players to take to the NHL. 

A record of over 300 former college players skated in the NHL in 2016-17, accounted for 32% of the league increased from just 20% at the turn of the century.

This significant growth represents a change in how both players and teams are perceived and utilizing the NCAA as a pathway to get to the NHL. For teams, they can grant a promise but somewhat each player who is wishing to head to the NCAA receiving up to four years of essentially free growth. For players, they can learn to got degree and master their game before reaching the AHL or NHL with a physical and maturity level of advantages over their counterparts. Given its advantages, it’s no surprise that so many players from all over the global prefer utilizing the NCAA as their route to become professional hockey players.

NCAA Frozen Four

The Frozen Four is not only the NCAA championship game, but also the stage for many future NHL players to show off their excellent skills. 

There are countless number of former NCAA players currently in the NHL, but here are a few honorable mention just to give you an idea of how impactful the league has been over the last few years. They are Jack Eichel, Jonathan Toews, Nick Bjugstad, Johnny Gaudreau and Duncan Keith. This impressive list of alumni is growing, proving that the future of hockey in the NCAA is bright than ever, with both players and the NHL loving the results.

American Hockey League (AHL)

The American Hockey League is considered as the last stop for a developing talent before being call-up by an NHL.

Oftentimes, NHL teams will make the decision whether or not a prospect is ready for the big leagues after they have competed in a certain amount of international play or within a North American league. This allows many AHL teams to become host to some of the most talented young players of the world who are dreaming of breaking into the NHL.