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.

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.

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.

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.

Best Ice Hockey Leagues (Part 1)

Do you know if there are hockey leagues that dominated the NHL in terms of talent, viewership, and fan-base? Well, if you do, then this sport should be just for you.

It is commonly known that players from around the world gather to the NHL for a chance to get the Lord Stanley’s Cup and play to shine on the biggest possibly hockey leagues around North America. However, hockey is not a single event that is exclusive solely to North America as there are many European leagues such as the SEL, KHL, and SM-liiga proves that they are quite advanced at developing talented hockey players that can play successfully at any level.

In this post, you might find a breakdown of the top best hockey leagues around the world:

Ontario Hockey League (OHL)

The Ontario Hockey League is popular, much like the QL and WHL, for nurturing some amazing talent that has a enormous impact at the NHL level. Players such as Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, and John Tavares have all played in the OHL stage and made their reputations in the NHL.

Robert Thomas played for the Hamilton Bulldogs as he got the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the MVP of the OHL playoffs. While the OHL has 68 games scheduled for 20 teams, the league has done a wonderful job of scheduling games that compete mostly from Thursday till weekend. Since the majority of hockey players taking part in the OHL are aged 15-20, there are possibilities of some scheduling conflicts with ones are in school. However, don’t even think that some of these teenage players still have to attend school, they have clear schedule to make room to constantly improve their hockey game.

The OHL consistently nurtures players that are all-around skilled and level players. While leagues such as the QMJHL is well-known for producing offensive superstars, the OHL seems to produce players that are completely well-rounded. Even though the three major junior hockey leagues is not similar in terms of their respective styles, each has consistently nurtured a plethora of talent for NHL teams around North America.

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!

Interesting Facts about Hockey

Hockey has been popular around 1363, when King Edward III of England banned the sport in a royal proclamation; however the histories of the game playing with curved sticks, could date as far back as 4,000 years ago to ancient Egyptian times. People believed that the word hockey was taken from the Middle French word ‘hoquet’, which means shepherd’s stave. Nowadays, there are many new types of hockey, including ice hockey, field hockey, roller hockey, sledge hockey, and even street hockey which is children’s favorite.
In this post, let’s look at some interesting facts of hockey.

  • The first indoor hockey game was played in 1875, in Montreal, Canada before the NHL (National Hockey League) was even founded in 1917.
  • At its early days, hockey sticks were straight until Stan Mikita, a Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Famer introduced the curve stick in the 60s.
  • Ice Hockey pucks have three-inch diameters which must be frozen before each game so that they don’t bounce during the game.
  • The first outdoor puck used on outdoor ice hockey in the 1800s was made of frozen cow dung.
  • The fastest puck recorded in history, at 118 miles per hour was hit by Bobby Hull.
  • The Stanley Cup was created in 1893 after the name of Lord Stanley of Preston, a Canadian Governor General which originally was only seven inches tall while It is more than 35 inches tall today.
  • The Stanley Cup has been organized and awarded annually since 1914 with the only exceptions in 1919 when there was a Spanish flu epidemic, and in 2005 due to a strike.
  • The Stanley Cup was once used as a cereal bowl being left on the side of the road by mistake, and was even once lost on a flight.
  • The measurement of competition rinks in North America is 85 feet wide by 200 feet long.
  • Montreal Canadiens is the team to win the most Stanley Cups in the league’s history.