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.

The Philippines wishes to achieve a gold medal in water hockey at SEA Games 30

The 30th SEA Games in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11 last year saw athletes compete in a rather underwater sport with extremely difficult challenges for the athletes, when they have to transform into mermaids fighting under the lake.

As usual, the Philippines has put on the list of competing sports quite unique.

Hockey is one of the world’s favorite sports with interesting antagonism. This subject has 2 teams fighting with the goal of bringing the hockey ball into the opponent’s net to score many goals.

But the two teams will have to use the sticks to hit the ball into the opponent’s goal. This game requires good technical players and excellent visibility and determination to win the team.

Hockey is played on many different terrains, most commonly on ice rinks, but it is also played underwater.

It is underwater hockey, one of the strange competitions that the Philippines – the host country of the 30-year SEA Games this year has tried to mobilize members of the underwater hockey federation in Southeast Asia to attend to organize and win gold in this subject.

So, what is underwater hockey? This subject was born very accidentally in a situation unrelated to sports. In the 1950s, the British Navy often devised ways to practice and play in a manner similar to ice hockey in the water to help divers improve their ability.

In 1954, Underwater hockey (also known as Octopus – Octopus) was officially considered a sport after Alan Blake founded the first club, Southsea Sub-Aqua in England.

Underwater hockey is a very difficult subject because the athlete needs to be a good swimmer, able to dive deep and keep a good breath for as long as possible. Therefore, besides competing to score on the opponent’s goal, this is also a swimming game with deep diving, who has the ability to dive longer can bring victory for their team.

The ball used in water hockey is of normal size, round and flat but it is important that it has enough weight to sink to the bottom. Usually, an orb to play in this interesting match weighs between 1.3 – 1.5kg.

Each member of the match may use a hockey stick about 30cm long, not too long for the athlete to move easily and use a stick to hit the opponent’s net.

Each team participates in water hockey including 10 athletes, of which 6 players compete and the remaining 4 will be in reserve. This sport does not distinguish between men and women, as long as you have good health, you can play it.

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.

Chelsea legend Petr Cech debuted as a hockey goalie

Now no one can say that you didn’t catch golf without a hat!

At 37, the time for Cech has ended. He lost his place to Bernd Leno at Arsenal earlier this season and could only enjoy time in the Europa League.

But when he said goodbye to football, Cech still deserves to be one of the most respected watchmen, not only because of the talent that has been confirmed in Chelsea and Arsenal shirts, but also for his courage and perseverance with professionalism.

Recently, our former goalkeeper and current technical adviser Petr Cech announced he would compete in an official hockey tournament.

The 37-year-old former goalkeeper will compete as a netminder for the Guildford team based near Cech’s residence. When not at Chelsea, he will play with them. “I am very happy to have the opportunity to play for Phoenix to have a real experience”,  Cech said.

Guildford head coach Milos Melicherik added: “We are delighted that Petr joined Phoenix and we are looking forward to meeting him this weekend”.

Cech will feature in the first match against Swindon Wildcats 2. He is of course the most successful goalkeeper in Chelsea Football Club history, including keeping our record of the number of clean sheets.

After retiring from football after the Europa League final in May when he played for Arsenal against Chelsea, Cech returned to Stamford Bridge in a new role in June.

At the age of 13, Cech had to make a decision between pursuing the future in hockey or in soccer, because he simply did not have time to practice both.

Back in 1998, the 16-year-old Cech was captivated by the achievement of his own country, the Czech Republic, with a dramatic victory at the Winter Olympics that year in Japan.

‘When I was in Nagano, the quarterfinals, semi-finals and ice hockey finals all took place in the morning, so I didn’t go to school. We all tried to find ways to not miss it”, he added.

How to Prolong the Life of Your Hockey Gear

With the holidays are coming, new hockey equipment is a must-have on many players’ gift lists. Although it is great to test brand new hockey gear, it’s even better to keep it “new” as long as possible. So, we’ve gathered some tips and tricks to keep your hockey gear in the best possible shape…

Dry the Funky Gear

Hockey players understand that, after a competition or practice, hockey equipment get sweaty, damp and smelly. Leaving the gear wet in a hockey bag would ruin then as it never really dries out properly allowing bacteria to grow and  damage the equipment as well as expose players to skin infections and rashes.

So, try to dry the gear after every game simply by laying out the gear or, investing in a hockey equipment drying rack or even building your own with some plastic pipe. Learn How to Make a Hockey Gear Stand on YouTube. If you want to speed up the process, add a fan or dehumidifier.

Cleaning and Deodorizing Your Hockey Equipment

Pro Hockey Players have cleaning systems that really do a great job of reducing bacteria and odour. If you are playing a few times a week, it is best to invest in a cleaning treatment. In case you don’t play often, get in the habit of doing a deep clean twice a season.

In between cleaning treatments, use a deodorizing spray to kill the bacteria.

Don’t Let Your Hockey Skates Lose Their Edge

Hockey skates are one of the most expensive and hard to preserve equipment so it’s critical to protect them with proper skate maintenance kit as it require careful maintenance to ensure maximum performance. A skate sharpening facility will make sure you get the right cut.

Now you know how to protect your gear without much effort and big investment. We hope you enjoy diving in the world of hockey playing.

Jacques Plante: The greatest NHL goalkeeper in history

There was a time when Google Doodle replaced the avatar in honor of Jacques Plante. So, who is Jacques Plante?

Jacques Plante, full name is Joseph Jacques Omer Plante, born January 17, 1929 – died February 27, 1986. He is a goalkeeper of professional ice hockey.

In a career spanning 28 years, from 1947 to 1975, Joseph Jacques Omer Plante is recognized as one of the most important revolution in ice hockey.

The Canadian goalkeeper played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1953 to 1963, during which time his team won the Stanley Cup six times, including five consecutive victories.

Despite retiring in 1965 but because of his talents and endless dedication to Canadian hockey, he was persuaded to return to the National Hockey League to play for the St. Petersburg Open Louis Blues in 1968.

He later joined the World Hockey Association in North America as a coach and general manager for the Quebec Nordiques team in 1973. He then played for the Edmonton team in 1974, and officially retired from professional hockey career with this team in 1975.

The reason why people call Joseph Jacques Omer Plante one of the revolutionaries of ice hockey is because he has made many improvements in his favorite sport here.

Joseph Jacques Omer Plante is the first NHL goalkeeper to wear a goalkeeper mask in a play that is regulated by the normal rules. Not only that, he also developed and tested many different types of masks (including the precursors of today’s head-mounted helmet masks) with the help of other hockey experts.

He was also the first hockey goalkeeper to regularly guide and encourage teammates to attack while he was on duty to defend the goal. During 10 years of playing for Montreal Canadiens, he and his teammates earned Montreal Canadiens the “Dream Team” in 1985.

With a total of 437 matches played during his 28-year career as an ice hockey goalkeeper, Joseph Jacques Omer Plante ranked 7th among the NHL goalkeepers in history.

Best Ice Hockey Leagues (part 3)

5.) Czech Extraliga (Tipsport Extraliga)

The Czech Extraliga is one of the most fierceful professional ice hockey leagues in Europe and is currently rated by the IIHF as the third strongest and popular ice hockey league in Europe. The league was also established in 1993 and the Czech’s have a lot to offer for in terms of talent contributed to the NHL.

Players from the Czech Republic work their way to the NHL every year and many of those players have had opportunity at playing in the Czech Extraliga. There are currently 50-plus Czech players in the National Hockey League including Thomas Hertl, Vladimir Sobotka and Pavel Zacha playing for NHL rosters, it is obvious that the Czech Republic and the Czech Extraliga is home for nurturing talented all-around hockey players.

4.) SM-liiga

Finland’s top professional ice-hockey league is SM-liiga, and considered by the IIHF as the second popular league in Europe. Hockey’s popularity in Finland has rapidly growth at the international level with viewership, support, and the level of hockey play. In the 2014 Olympic games in Soichi, Russia, Finland won the bronze medal, defeated the US squad with the final result 5-0.

The SM-liiga has been growing since it took over hockey responsibilities in Finland from the SM-sarja in 1975 by churning out NHL-caliber talent. The Finnish league is consists of 14 teams that compete for one of ten playoff position in a span of 60 regular season games, with the best six teams entering the quarter-final stage. The Czech Extraliga and SM-liiga use the same format as the 7th-10th teams compete with each other for an opportunity to compete with one of the 6 quarter-final contestants.

The SM-liiga also contributes a considerable number of stars players to the NHL and some of Finland’s most highly talents such as Mikael Granlund and Teemu Pulkkinen. Talented NHLers such as Aleksander Barkov, Sami Vatanen and Rasmus Ristolainen are all nurtured by the SM-liiga and the future of the league is as bright as ever since it keeps nurturing such amazing stars.

Putin’s hockey team wins big on Red Square

The hockey team of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu won 8-5 in a match on Wednesday night, December 25, on Red Square (Moscow).

Putin’s teammates are Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, veterans and former athletes who participated in the North American National Hockey League (NHL) such as Pavel Bure, Valeri Kamensky, Sergei Fedorov, Alexei Kasatonov.

Putin’s opponents are dressed in white, including Governor Tula – Alexei Dyumin, businessman Gennady Timchenko, Vladimir Potanin, Roman Rotenberg, jazz saxophonist Igor Butman, Governor of Moscow – Andrei Vorobyev.

At the end of the match, Putin’s team won an overwhelming 8-5 victory. In particular, more than half of the goals scored by the Russian President.

During the half-time break, Putin leisurely drank tea. At the end of the match, he took a souvenir photo with the players on both teams.

Night hockey was established a few years ago on the initiative of Russian President Putin.

Accordingly, hockey enthusiasts will gather at the ice rink in their free time, usually late at night, to relieve stress.

The Russian leader first appeared in an ice hockey match in 2012, just hours after taking office.

Since then, Putin has participated in the tournament every year. The most recent match of the Russian President took place on December 29, 2018, on Red Square. In it, Putin scored an opening goal to help his team win 14-10 before the opponent.

In an interview with American director Oliver Stone in 2017, President Putin joked that he wanted to become an ice hockey player after the end of his term.

The 65-year-old president said he started to learn to skate five years ago and was able to play hockey. However, the beginning time was very difficult because he could not even stand on skates.

“I want to participate in a professional hockey tournament when I am less responsible for the current affairs,” Putin said during a meeting with some famous people in Kazan, the capital of The Republic of Tatarstan belongs to Russia.

The Russian leader also admitted that he had a lot of work to do, so he could not wholeheartedly pursue his passion for the sport.

President Putin has long admired many people not only as a talented politician but also as a person who is very good at sports and the only president in the world who has the title and rank of all three leading martial arts.

Explore some interesting things about hockey

The sport of rollerblading has been present in the world for a long time and became a favorite passion for many young people.

Especially among the types of rollerblading, Hockey is a genre that attracts a lot of people because it shows the fighting ability and teamwork when participating.

Hokey is a fighting sport that not only requires players to have ingenuity and perseverance when practicing but also requires teamwork and tactics during competition.

You can imagine that Hokey is similar to football, there will be 2 teams using sticks to hit the ball into the opponent’s goal but all members must wear skates to move. Hokey is very similar to hockey, but Hokey’s terrain is not ice skating rinks but wide, flat playgrounds and roller skates.

Participants must ensure full protection on their faces: Helmets with face-shields, full-body protective gear, clothing, canes, balls, and subjects. When participating in this game, you will have your own unique techniques and tactics.

First of all, as you know to play any type of rollerblading we need a pair of quality shoes as well as suitable for the type we have chosen. On the market today, there are many reputable and quality roller skate companies you should consider and learn carefully before buying to own a sturdy pair of shoes, providing safety and efficiency when playing.

After choosing a quality shoe, you must pay attention to safety when playing patin. Make sure before joining Hokey training or competition you must have a full helmet with a face shield to avoid sticks or balls hit the face, body protection kit, pads, hands, feet, gloves, elbow.

Not anyone who is proficient in patin can join the hokey genre right away because this is the type that needs quick movement, accurate polishing and sharp eyes to pass the ball to teammates. It’s not just the use of a foot like regular rollerblading, it also has to be combined with both hands and eyes so you need to practice patience, careful if you want to participate and play this genre professionally.

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.