Best of current crop of NHL Networks (Part 1)

In this article, let us list out the best NHL hockey players

10. Braden Holtby, G, Washington Capitals

Holtby contributed to win at least 41 games over each of the past three seasons and was 131-42-23 in that span. He got the Vezina Trophy in 2015-16, when he defeated Martin Brodeur for the NHL record with 48 wins (48-9-7) and had a result of a .922 save percentage, 2.20 goals-against average, and three shutouts. He then recorded 42-13-6 with a 2.07 GAA, a .925 save percentage and a League-high nine shutouts, and ended up second in Vezina voting.

He means everything to the Capitals, thank to his calm, cool, and collected. He’s exactly what you would expect from a goaltender. The 28-year-old achieved the NHL First All-Star Team in 2015-16 and the Second All-Star Team last season and at least 63 starts each of the past three seasons, one of which is 72 in 2014-15. Holtby leads the League to many wins (177) since the 2012-13 season.

9. Nikita Kucherov, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning

Kucherov, 24, had NHL career highs in goals record (40, tied for the second place in the League), assists (45), points (85, tied for fifth place), power-play goals (17, tied for first place), power-play points (32, third place), game-winning goals (seven place), shots on goal (246) and penalty minutes (38) over last season.

He was tremendous, particularly during competition in March [with] 22 points … 21 goals after the All-Star break, when it mattered most, as the team was trying to make a push for the playoffs, He was the guy that stepped up and he is recognized as the only player not on a playoff team.

He had over 29 goals, assists 36 goals and 65 points over each of the past three seasons. Kucherov has 234 points (108 goals, 126 points) and is plus-63 in 285 NHL events, and has 42 points (22 goals, assists 20 goals) in 45 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

BUDGET FOR ICE HOCKEY & BASKETBALL

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.

ICE HOCKEY VS. BASKETBALL: THE COMPLETE COMPARISON (PART 3)

Both sport require a lot of physical abilities. Running around while dodging opponents and concentrating on the goal is not a simple task. If you are physically inadequate to run for long periods of time or get exhausted easily, continuing can be a hard. And if you have a short stature, then you should try something else.

Besides, with ice hockey, a lot of technical skill in ice skating is necessary. Not everyone is able to master that. It’s about learning to master an entirely different sport just to be able to play it. If you cannot even stand on ice skates, then don’t even think about mastering it. Apart from that, most of the game requires skill and strategy.

Safety Measures

As mentioned earlier, basketball requires lesser safety precautions in comparison to ice hockey. It has nothing to do with the legs; hence, leg injuries and tripping over is uncommon. The most essential gear that a basketball player may wear is a knee or shoulder pad. But a helmet is not necessary..

Getting hit by a basketball can be pretty harsh, but it isn’t too serious. Moreover, the game can put pressure on the legs and the body, so you need to train for a good physique. But if you are capable of running a mile or two, the game shouldn’t be a problem.

In comparison to that, ice hockey requires the player to be fully equipped with protection gear such as padding, torso pads, helmets, and gloves. As slipping on annice floor is more than common and can cause a lot of injuries. In case, a player get run over by another player, both of them will need medical care. In addition to that, the puck is a solid hard rubber object which is being hit around the field at high velocities. If being hit, it could leave a bruise, break a bone or worse. The hockey sticks are also pretty hard, and a single hit can be devastating.

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.

Types of Hockey Players (Part 2)

6. The Competitor

This player is greatly competitive and is not shy of giving their opinion especially in the moment when they might get a lot of cards. Sometimes they get high temper and frustration coming out on the field and even occasionally shout at their own teammates. However, all comes out from the passion of winning.

7. The Trickster

This player will be the first one that spend hours practicing a new skill. No matter it’s spinning around in a circle, some fancy legs skill, freestyle tricks or scoring from an impossible angle, they are the first to know.

8. The Speedster 

Those players that puts on their roller skates and as soon as they change gears, everyone else is following.  They are wingers (or attacking mids) who can be very dangerous being the number 1 at defending short corners.

9. The Hockey Nerd

These players live for playing hockey, holding notepad in team talks, taking note of everything the coach says, always comes early for training and always know all the right answers. 

10. The Injured One

This person always has some kind of injury, from nasty ones like broken fingers, ankle injuries from stepping on the ball, to sprains, strains, bad back, sore knees, muscle cramps, and the like.

11. The Headless player

This type of player runs all over the field without having a clue about what they should do and often end up with unnecessary running. It’s just tiring.

12. The Rock

This is the super tough player, who is physically or mentally strong and difficult to get past. They are often a defender, goalkeeper or post player who performs unbelievable tackles or saves on corners.

13. The Leader

This is usually the captain who inspires others by encouraging talk in the huddle as well as the way they puts their body on the line for their team on the field. The leader plays with 100% energy, leaving nothing left in the tank.

Types of Hockey Players (Part 1)

In every field hockey team, there always seems to be similar types of hockey players, no matter what country or what level they are. 

In this article, we will attempt to breakdown different hockey player personalities in every team.

1. The Nutter

It can be the goalkeeper who is a bit crazy or it could also be the player that dives for everything, proud of their battle wounds such as bruises, grazes, scars and has the tendency to fly into tackles from every side, never afraid of being hurt. 

2. The Dribbler

This player has really excellent skills and is good at dribbling but tends to hold on to the ball too long because either they don’t trust their team mates or because they want to show off how good they can do with the ball.

3. The Joker 

In school they are the “class clown” which doesn’t change even they are off the hockey field. They like to joking around, playing pranks, doing silly dancing or tricks and making everyone laugh. Although they like messing around, using laughter as their way of focussing and staying relaxed, they can be good at the game.

4. The Poacher

This player is the one who always there to make the final touch and get credited with a goal even though others have done all the hard work. It’s good on them but with those understand that hockey was a team game, they are not fan of all attacking minded players who just want their name on the sheet for scoring.

5. Fitness Freak 

That player can run nonstop and always wants to do extra fitness and running. They tend to play in midfield because they get to do the most… RUNNING! Their legs keep running right to the end even when they haven’t been substituted!

Facts about Hockey (part 2)

The greatest hockey player of all time is Wayne Gretzky with 61 NHL records. Until now, nobody else even comes close to reach this many records.

The record for most points in a single game is achieved by Darryl Sittler with 10 points in a match  in 1976 between his team named the Leafs, and the Bruins. The final winning came to the Leafs. Before Darryl Sittler, Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard set the record with eight points.

Joe Malone holds the record for most scored goals in a game with seven goals in a game in 1920. 

The modern goalie mask was invented by the goaltender Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens in 1959.

Manon Rheaume was the first woman to play in the NHL as the goalie for Tampa Bay Lightning.

The first NHL million dollar contract belonged to Bobby Orr in 1971 which was worth $200,000 for five year term contract.

The first goalie to hit a goal in the other team’s net was Ron Hextall playing for the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Zamboni is the machine used on to keep the ice properly maintained which was named after Frank Zamboni – the inventor in 1949.

The names of twelve women appear on the Stanley Cup were either team executives or owners.

Each member of a Stanley Cup winning team will have a personal day with the Cup; in which, many of the champs have followed the tradition of filling the Cup with food such as: cereal, meatballs, soup, vegetable, milkshakes, fruits, chicken wings, poutine, and ice cream.

During a game, the goalies are not allowed to cross the centre-ice red line with or without the puck and in case, the goalies are injured during a game, anyone can fill the position — even a fan from inside the arena!

Best Hockey Players of All Time (part 2)

Terry Sawchuk

Many people believed that Terry Sawchuk is the greatest goalie in hockey. During a 21-year playing in the field, he won four Stanley Cups – three with the Red Wings (1952, 1954, 1955) and one with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1967); four Vezina Trophies and 447 career wins, which included an unprecedented 103 shutouts, a record that stood until 2009. He left his mark on hockey, and received 400 stitches before finally donning a face mask. All his facial injuries were recreated in 1966 Time magazine by a makeup artist. Unfortunately, Sawchuk died in 1970 at the age of 40 after a long time suffering from depression and alcoholism which caused him in a drunken fight with a teammate resulted in fatal internal injuries.

Jean Béliveau

Jean Béliveau is considered one of the game’s best centers with 10 Stanley Cups (1956–60, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1971) with the Montreal Canadiens and scored a record of 507 goals. In fact, Béliveau was so awesome that he didn’t even have to wait the customary three years after retiring to get into the Hockey Hall of Fame (1972).

Maurice Richard

Maurice Richard used to called “The Rocket” who rewrote the record books being the first right winger to score 500 goals, the first to light up the lamp 50 times in a single season and won eight Stanley Cups (1944, 1946, 1953, 1956–60) during his 18 years playing with the Montreal Canadiens. Maurice Richard is an idol among French Canadians, that’s why his suspension (for fighting) in 1955 caused fans to riot in Montreal.

Mario Lemieux

The 6 feet 4 inches (1.9 meters) tall Mario Lemieux has great speed and agility which help him won two Stanley Cups (1991–92) during his 17 years as a player with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored an impressive 690 career goals although he missed a number of seasons after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. In 1997 “The Magnificent One” retired, but then returned as a player for several seasons before his last retirement in 2006. Three years later Pittsburgh won another Stanley Cup in 2009, making Lemieux the first person to win the cup as both a player and an owner.

Best Hockey Players of All time

Hi hockey fan, you might wonder who are the best hockey players of all time. Each of you might have your own answers. Let’s cross check with our list to see if they match. The list is subjectively built to ensure fair and fun. 

Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin is not only a great hockey player but also “the world’s greatest human being.”After making his National Hockey League (NHL) debut in 2005 with the Washington Capitals, Ovechkin led the league in scoring, winning the Maurice Richard Trophy five times (2008–09, 2013–15) while he also won the Hart Memorial Trophy three times (2008–09, 2013) as the most valuable player in the NHL. Besides, he has an amazing personality, entertaining fans with amusing quotes “Russian machine never breaks” and stunts. 

Jacques Plante

The man literally changed the face of hockey in general and Canadian in particular. The Montreal Canadien goalie is credited with popularizing face masks after an incident in 1959 when he was hit by a slap shot and needed 21 facial stitches. Despite the injury, he returned to the game after getting sewn up, refused to take the ice unless he could wear a face mask. Plante was also a stellar goaltender, helping Montreal win five consecutive Stanley Cups (1956–60) while he was a seven-time winner of the Vezina Trophy (1956–60, 1962, 1969), as the league’s best goalie and the league’s most valuable player in 1962.

Steve Yzerman

Steve Yzerman helped transform the Dead Wings into one of the most-dominating successful teams, restoring Detroit as Hockeytown. He was one of the longest-serving captain in NHL history, brought three Stanley Cups (1997–98, 2002) to the city of Detroit. Additionally, he is one of the all-around players who could score and play defense, he earned respect for his class and talented leadership style.