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Which Hockey Teams Have the Most Stanley Cup...
The Montreal Canadiens lead the way with 24 Stanley Cups. Here's the complete list of most Stanley Cup wins, ranked by team.
Ice Hockey 101: Learn the Basic Rules of the Game
If you're new to the game, here is a brief and simple guide to the basic ice hockey rules.
The Ridiculous Goal Total From the Highest-Scor...
What's the highest scoring game in NHL history?
The Complete List of Stanley Cup Winners
Stanley Cup winners listed from from 1892 to the present, with pre-NHL champions included.
Why the Montreal Canadiens Are Known as "the...
The most famous nickname in hockey might be the result of a mistake. The Montreal Canadiens are called the Habs because somebody misunderstood the Canadiens logo.
Miracle Men: The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team
Here are the young Americans behind the Miracle on Ice: the 1980 Olympic hockey team.
Understanding NHL and Other Hockey Statistics
Get a grip on NHL stats: A list of abbreviations and explanations to help you tell a SPCT from a SHG and sort out all the NHL stats.
What is Corsi?
What is Corsi? Hockey.
NHL Top 50 Players For 2014-15: The best of the...
The NHL's top-50 players for the 2014-15 season.
How to Build a Fantasy Hockey Dynasty
Fantasy hockey league players are obsessed with finding the winning edge. From The September Sensations to The 27 Rule, here are 12 factors to keep in mind when building a fantasy hockey league dynasty.
11 NHL Teams That Have Never Won a Stanley Cup
The Stanley Cup drought drags on and on for the teams on this list. Here are the NHL teams that have never won the Stanley Cup.
How are Hockey Goaltending Statistics Calculated?
Save percentage and goals-against average explained for hockey goalies.
Goalies that could surprise in 2014-15 NHL season
NHL goalies that could surprise during the 2014-15 season.
NHL Salary Cap: How much should teams pay their...
NHL Salary Cap: How much money should teams spend on their star players?
NHL Players with the Most Stanley Cup Wins
Henri Richard leads the way as the biggest winner in NHL history. Here are the players with the most Stanley Cup wins in their careers.
How to Buy Ice Hockey Skates
Any hockey player needs the right pair of skates. Here's how to find, fit and buy hockey skates.
How The 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Pulled...
You don't get a Miracle On Ice without hard work, meticulous preparation, a little luck and a little infighting. Here's how coach Herb Brooks and the US Olympic hockey team pulled off their Miracle On Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
How Absolute Beginners Can Learn to Play Hockey
Playing hockey is the greatest experience in sport. Whether you're strapping on the skates yourself or you're the parent of a new hockey player, here's a beginner's guide to getting started in world's greatest game.
How Did the Detroit Red Wings Get Their Name...
Hockey answers: Why are they called the Detroit Red Wings and where did the
NHL History From the First Games to the...
A quick look at ice hockey history and NHL history, from the first game to the first player's strike to the 2004 NHL lockout.
NHL Top 50 Players For 2014-15: Players 40-31
Continuing the NHL's top-50 players countdown for the 2014-15 season with players 40-31.
A fantasy hockey league format - How to run a...
Looking to set up a fantasy hockey league for your office or hockey fan friends? Here is a quick and easy format that will keep everyone entertained all season.
10 Great Songs For Hockey Fans
Great hockey songs from Stompin' Tom to Warren Zevon to the Tragically Hip. The best hockey music and where to find it.
Toronto Maple Leafs Retired Numbers and Honored...
Retired numbers by the Toronto Maple Leafs are rare. More players are remembered by having an. Page 3.
What's Up With the NHL Dress Code?
For over three decades, the NHL stuck to the same colors: the home team always wore white jerseys, the visitors always wore dark jerseys. Why change now? A brief history of the NHL color code.
Ice Hockey Rink
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 2.
Olympic Hockey Medal Winners Since 1920
All of the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in men's Olympic hockey, dating back to 1920.
How the NHL Draft Works
The NHL Entry Draft is how the league distributes the best 18-year-old hockey players in the world, along with a few late bloomers, long shots and older players. Here's a quick summary of how it works.
How the NHL's Free Agency System Works
Here's how the NHL free agent system works under the 2005 collective bargaining agreement. Page 2.
Mario Lemieux
A biography of Mario Lemieux, arguably the most dominant player in NHL history, including his career NHL statistics and international achievements.
Should Shootouts Be Used in the NHL to Break...
As of the 2005-06 season, the NHL has adopted the shootout to settle ties in regular season games. Here's how the shootout works, how it counts in the NHL standings and how it affects the statistics compiled for teams and individual players. Page 2.
Who Were the NHL's Original 6 Teams?
Here are the teams that make up the NHL's Original Six.
What One Hockey Player Scored the Most Goals...
What's the highest scoring game by a player in NHL history?
What is an Icing Penalty in Hockey?
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
Why Olympic Hockey is Different From NHL Hockey
Olympic hockey rules and rules for other international hockey events differ from the National Hockey League in several key areas. Here's how.
How to Read and Understand NHL Standings
It seems no two sources report NHL standings in exactly the same way. But reading the numbers is fairly easy once you get the hang of it.
How To Properly Fit a Hockey Skate
Here's how to try on a hockey skate in the store, to ensure the best possible fit.
Are NHL Players Greedy, Spoiled Brats? And...
As the 2012 NHL lockout threatens the entire season, helpless hockey fans are fed up with the bickering. Let's look at a few common fan complaints.
Ice Hockey Puck
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 3.
What Constitutes an Offside Penalty in Ice...
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
How Many NHL Records Does Wayne Gretzky Hold?
Wayne Gretzky holds 61 NHL records. Here's a rundown of every makr in the incredible gretzky record book. Part of our Gretzky File.
The NHL's most important offensive players
The players that were relied on most by their team for offense
Ice Hockey Stick
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 4.
Gustav Nyquist: The young star leading Detroit...
Gustav Nyquist leading Detroit Red Wings playoff push.
NHL Rule Changes For The 2014-15 Season
NHL rule changes for the 2014-15 season.
Top 9 Hockey Movies on Video and DVD
The Hanson Brothers, the Miracle On Ice and more: The best hockey movies available on video and DVD.
The most misleading hockey numbers
The worst hockey statistics.
Ice Hockey Skater
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 6.
Ice Hockey Goaltender
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 7.
Do You Know the Origin of Hockey's Stanley Cup?
In 1893 the Canadian governor-general, Lord Stanley, purchased a silver bowl for $50 and naming it the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup. Hockey folks prefered a less formal designation: the Stanley Cup.
NHL Top 50 players For 2014-15: Players 50-41
Counting down the NHL's top-50 players for the 2014-15 NHL season.
How Many NHL Draft Picks Make it to the NHL?
There are over 200 players selected at the NHL draft every year. Here is a look at how many wind up having solid careers in the National Hockey League.
5 breakout candidates for the 2014-15 NHL season
5 young NHL players ready for a breakout season offensively
The Longest Games in NHL History
Here's a list of the longest NHL games ever played, all of them going into multiple overtime to settle a tie in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
What is a Power Play in Hockey?
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
NHL Restricted Free Agents
What defines an NHL restricted free agent? What rights does the player have? What happens if he signs an offer sheet with another NHL team?
Ice Hockey Net
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 5.
Ice Hockey Rink Zones
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
Ice Hockey Faceoff
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 8.
History of Hockey Fights
A history of hockey fights and how fighting became an accepted part of the NHL game.
Your Guide to Understanding NHL Salary...
NHL Salary Arbitration Explained: A quick definition of which NHL players are eligible for salary arbitration and how the system works.
What is the criteria for a player to get his...
An NHL team might use plenty of players over the course of a season, due to trades, injuries, minor-league recalls, etc. So when they win the Stanley Cup, which players are eligible to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup itself?
The Longest NHL Suspensions
At 25 games, Raffi Torres' suspension in April of 2012 is longer than those served by Todd Bertuzzi or Marty McSorley. Here's a list of the longest NHL suspensions ever.
Who was hockey's first million-dollar man?
NHL Salary history: Who was the first hockey player to sign a million dollar contract?
Top 6 Hockey Movies for Children
Not all hockey movies are what you would call "fun for the whole family." Some parents surely do not
What is "the neutral zone trap" and how do...
A simple explanation of the neutral zone trap. Here's how to recognize one of hockey's most despised defensive systems.
Junior Hockey in the United States
Junior hockey players are developed for the NHL and NCAA by the United States Hockey League and North American Hockey League, with franchises across the country.
Where did Red Wings' octopus tradition come from?
What's the origin of the Detroit Red Wings octopus? The Motor City's proud tradition of saluting the Detroit Red Wings with slimy creatures of the deep dates back half a century.
NHL Draft Lottery Explained
Here's how the NHL Draft Lottery works and how it changes the order of selection in the annual NHL Entry Draft.
Will Nail Yakupov start to produce like a top...
Nail Yakupov may be entering a make-or-break season for the Edmonton Oilers.
Top 10 Essential Hockey Books
From novels to memoirs to books that probe the culture of the game, here's our pick of the top hockey books.
The NHL Salary Cap Explained
How the NHL salary cap works according to rules set by the 2013 collective agreement.
What Hockey Player Scored the Most Goals in One...
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL season?
Miracle On Ice: The Legacy
The Miracle On Ice - the improbable gold medal run by the 1980 American Olympic hockey team - has achieved mythical status. It also represents the pinnacle for the country's hockey players who dream of their own miracle on ice.
Tim Horton: Hockey Legend and Fast Food Icon
tim horton toronto maple leafs nhl hockey history
Ice Hockey Rules
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
What is a Hat Trick in Hockey and What Are the...
How did a three-goal performance by a hockey player called a hat trick?
Which Hockey Player Scored the Most Career...
Who has scored the most goals in an NHL career?
NHL Most Valuable Player: List of Hart Trophy...
All the Hart Trophy winners as NHL Most Valuable Player.
Rick Nash goal drought
Rick Nash can't seem to score a goal right now for the New York Rangers. When will he find the back of the net again?
NHL Rookie of the Year: List of Calder Trophy...
All the Calder Trophy winners as NHL Rookie of the Year, with team, age, and rookie-year statistics included.
What's the Longest Unbeaten Streak in NHL...
The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers played 35 game without a loss, an unbeaten streak that has never been matched in any pro sport.
NHL playoffs: 5 teams that could get back in...
Which NHL teams that missed the playoffs can return in 2014-15?
NHL Lockouts and Strikes: A History
An NHL lockout or strike has interrupted play three times since 1992. Here's a look at each dispute and how it was resolved.
NCAA Hockey and Canadian University Hockey
A primer on college hockey across North America,with a look at NCAA hockey and Canadian university leagues.
How Does the NHL Break a Tie in the NHL...
If two or more NHL teams are tied in total points, the tie is broken and the NHL standings are set using the following criteria.
NHL 2014-15 milestones
Individual milestones that could be reached during the 2014-15 NHL regular season.
What are rules governing junior hockey players...
What are rules governing the eligibility of junior hockey players in the NHL?
Backchecking
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni.
Latest NHL Trade Rumors
NHL trade rumors culled from media and online sources around the league
What's the story behind Brett Hull's famous "no...
Hockey answers: Did the Dallas Stars steal the 1999 Stanley Cup? Sizing up the Buffalo Sabres, the Dallas Stars and the famous
NHL Trades - Alexei Kovalev - New York Rangers...
Call it an NHL trade, but don't call it a hockey trade. The New York Rangers acquire Alexei Kovalev from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a few nobodies and a wad of cash.
What is the Difference Between a Forward and a...
Hockey for beginners: Understanding hockey player positions and line combinations.
Crease
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Hall of Fame Members
Toronto Maple Leafs in the Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as members from earlier versions of the team: the Blueshirts, St. Pat's, and Arenas. Page 2.
Why Hockey Fans Should Visit TSN.ca if They...
Online NHL video directory - TSN.ca offers a wide selection of online NHL video highlights, features and NHL news.
How the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup
How the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup
The Detroit Red Wings' next star
Gustav Nyquist Detroit Red Wings Playoff Race
The "Miracle on Ice" Photo Gallery
Sports Illustrated called it “the single most indelible moment in all of U.S. sports history." Team USA's
How do teams win the Stanley Cup?
How do teams win the Stanley Cup?
How Far Women's Ice Hockey Has Come Since 1892
A brief look at the rich heritage and current boom in women's hockey and girl's hockey. They are taking to the ice as never before.
Fight the Power: Make Your Voice Heard in the...
The time for taking sides is over. The NHL lockout is an insult to the game and its fans. How do we respond?
Did the Montreal Canadiens ever have exclusive...
Hockey FAQ: Is it true the Montreal Canadiens used to have exclusive rights to hockey players from Quebec?
Forechecking
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
Sidney Crosby Concussion History
A timeline of Sidney Crosby's concussion and recovery since his first serious blow to the head on January 1, 2011.
A Complete List of Women's Olympic Hockey Medal...
All of the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in Olympic women's hockey, dating back to 1998.
How to Play Rec Hockey
Rec hockey - or recreational hockey - is the game played for the sake of fun, exercise, and healthy competition. No league, No permanent teams, No referees or linesmen.
The NHL's best under-20 rookies
NHL Top Rookies 2013-14 season. Hockey.
Frequently Asked Hockey Questions
NHL answers: Questions about the NHL and the game of hockey answered here.
Fantasy Hockey: Choosing Your League
It's time to get ready for another fantasy hockey season! The first order of business is to choose a league that is perfect for you.
Harold Ballard
With his cantankerous, eccentric ways, his talent for alienating players, and general contempt for the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans, Harold Ballard goes down as the worst NHL owner of all time.
The best defense in hockey is keeping the puck
The best way to play defense in hockey is to play offense.
Olympic Hockey History in Brief
A quick look at the history of Olympic hockey, from the first Olympic hockey tournament in 1920 to Canada's golden anniversary win in 2002 and beyond.
How does the NHL rank teams for each round of...
We explains how the teams are ranked and matchups decided for each round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
When will Rick Nash score again?
Rick Nash Playoff Goal Drought
NHL Draft Guide
A primer on the NHL draft, including the history, how the draft works, how many draft picks make it to the NHL, and more.
Neutral Zone
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
The Lost Hockey Movies
A handful of hockey movies are worth a night in. But many of the puck flicks we really want to see are rarities. Here are five classic hockey movies that are very hard to find these days.
What's the average NHL salary?
What's the average NHL salary and how quickly has it risen in recent years? Has it gone down since the 2003-04 NHL lockout?
What is the Left-Wing Lock?
Hockey for beginners: Why do NHL teams play the left-wing lock and not the right-wing lock?
Forward
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
Cycling
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
Save This Game! An Index of Ideas for NHL Rule...
Everyone seems to agree that the NHL needs more - more speed, more excitement, more goals. Here's a comprehensive look at the ideas currently under debate for NHL rule changes. Bigger nets? Smaller goalies? No more blue lines? It's open season on the NHL rule book.
Entry Level Player
How the NHL defines an entry-level player.
Alternate Captain
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
Graham James: Hockey Coach and Sex Offender
Graham James is one of Canada's most infamous sex offenders, a prominent hockey coach convicted of sexual abuse of teenaged players.
How do I recognize an elite hockey player?
Hockey for beginners: How can a hockey spectator detect when a player has exceptional hockey skills? What should we be looking for?
The NHL's longest current playoff droughts
The NHL's longest playoff droughts
Blue Line
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without...
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without a goalie mask?
Pull the Goalie
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Zamboni, we explain it all.
Hockey Violence and the NHL's "Image Problem"
Fairly or not, the issue of hockey violence continues to define the NHL's public image. To many North Americans, hockey is seen as little more than roller derby on skates. That's a problem for the NHL. But should hockey fans care? How much does hockey violence matter?
NHL Ticket Prices And The Average Fan
There has been a good deal written and said about the state of the current NHL “product.” But just about all of it comes from sports writers, not fans. Hockey fans would rather see something done about NHL ticket prices.
NHL Rules Changes: Probing The Brave New Hockey...
With the NHL rule changes adopted for the 2005-06 season, life will be very different for goaltenders and defensemen. Here's a look at the NHL rule changes approved by the NHL board of governors.
Dump and Chase
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
Top 7 Hockey Jerseys
A selection of ice hockey jerseys - Current NHL jerseys from Reebok and CCM, vintage and practice jerseys, and other hockey jerseys.
Stanley Cup Playoffs: NHL's contenders and...
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Contenders and pretenders
When did advertising first appear on NHL rink...
Hockey answers: When did rink board advertising first appear in the NHL?
NHL Goalie Pads: Size Matters
A new NHL rule is aimed at reducing the overstuffed, Michelin Man look favored by NHL goalies. In its latest effort to give shooters a chance, NHL rules now include a limit on the height of leg pads worn by NHL goalies.
Stanley Cup MVPs
Complete list of winners of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The 1972 Summit Series: Team Canada Player Stats
The 1972 Summit Series: Complete player stats from the historic Canada-USSR showdown. Here are the Team Canada stats.
NHL Realignment Gives the League a New Layout...
NHL realignment changes the layout, the standings, the schedule and the playoff race.
Between the Pipes
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
NHL 2014-15: How much teams need to improve
How much teams need to improve to make the playoffs during the 2014-15 NHL season.
Allan Cup
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
Mistakes on the Stanley Cup
The Stanley Cup is the only trophy in pro sport that bears the name of everyone on every winning team. How often have mistakes been made and names misspelled?
Defensive Zone
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
Revisiting the NHL trade deadline: The moves...
Ales Hemsky trade Ottawa Senators
Messier and Gretzky Together Again
Wayne Gretzky and mark Messier try to recapture the old Oiler magic in New York. Page 11.
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