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Should the Rangers bring back the Statue of...
It's been 10 years since the New York Rangers last wore the Statue of Liberty alternate jerseys. Should New York re-introduce the jerseys this season?
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.
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.
The NHL will miss Martin St. Louis after he...
Martin St. Louis officially addressed the media yesterday for the first time since officially announcing his retirement on July 2.
Miracle Men: The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team
Here are the young Americans behind the Miracle on Ice: the 1980 Olympic hockey team.
The Ridiculous Goal Total From the Highest-Scor...
What's the highest scoring game in NHL history?
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.
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.
The Montreal Canadiens Are Known as "the Habs"
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.
The time is now for Adam Larsson
Adam Larsson and the New Jersey Devils agree to a six-year deal.
Offseason additions will help Stars shine...
The Dallas Stars are on the rise after adding more offensive and defensive talent with Patrick Sharp and Stephen Johns during the offseason.
Deja vu, Ducks to make Stanley Cup Finals...
After the Anaheim Ducks ended their 2015 season losing in the Conference Finals expect them to be playing in the Stanley Cup Finals this season.
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.
Ice Hockey 101
If you're new to the game, here is a brief and simple guide to the basic ice hockey rules.
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.
2016 NBC Sports NHL schedule released.
The NBC Sports Group has released its 2015-2016 NHL televised schedule.
The Complete List of Stanley Cup Winners
Stanley Cup winners listed from from 1892 to the present, with pre-NHL champions included.
Stepan and Rangers to meet in Toronto for...
The New York Rangers and center Derek Stepan will head to Toronto tomorrow for their arbitration hearing. Is the center's asking price too high?
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.
Superstars and added depth will benefit the...
The Pittsburgh Penguins 2015 offseason transactions, superstars and depth will make them Stanley Cup Contenders this season from the East.
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.
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?
Detroit Red Wings
Hockey answers: Why are they called the Detroit Red Wings and where did the
Olympic Hockey Medal Winners Since 1920
All of the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in men's Olympic hockey, dating back to 1920.
What is Corsi?
What is Corsi? Hockey.
Who Were the NHL's Original 6 Teams?
Here are the teams that make up the NHL's Original Six.
Quebec and Las Vegas have the odds in their...
The odds are in Quebec City and Las Vegas' favor to host an NHL expansion franchise, but can the high rollers proceed forward with the NHL?
What One Hockey Player Scored the Most Goals...
What's the highest scoring game by a player in NHL history?
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.
Jim Craig Stands Tall
Goalie Jim Craig and his teammate Mike Ramsey of the United States protect the goal during the Olympic hockey game against the Soviet Union on February 22, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. The United States won 4-3. Page 2.
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 are Hockey Goaltending Statistics Calculated?
Save percentage and goals-against average explained for hockey goalies.
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 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.
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.
Sophomore slump-and-slide over for Colorado...
After experiencing an inevitable sophomore slump head coach Patrick Roy and the Colorado Avalanche will be the team to watch this season in the West.
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.
"Mr. Devil" joins Brendan Shanahan's staff in...
Lou Lamoriello signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs as their new general manager after winning three Stanley Cups with New Jersey in 28 years.
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.
Who was hockey's first million-dollar man?
NHL Salary history: Who was the first hockey player to sign a million dollar contract?
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.
The NHL Salary Cap Explained
How the NHL salary cap works according to rules set by the 2013 collective agreement.
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.
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?
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.
NHL Most Valuable Player: List of Hart Trophy...
All the Hart Trophy winners as NHL Most Valuable Player.
Who has been named MVP of the Stanley Cup Finals?
Complete list of winners of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the MVP in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Entry Level Player
How the NHL defines an entry-level player.
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.
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.
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.
The NHL's longest current playoff droughts
The NHL's longest playoff droughts
Which Hockey Player Scored the Most Career...
Who has scored the most goals in an NHL career?
One Game to Go
Team USA celebrates their 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union in the semi-final Men's Ice Hockey event at the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York on February 22, 1980. The game was dubbed 'the Miracle on Ice'. The USA went on to win the gold medal by defeating Finland 4-2 in the gold medal game. Page 7.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Handshake
Teams from the United States and the Soviet Union shake hands after their game at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. The United States won the game 4-3. The game was dubbed The Miracle On Ice. Page 5.
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
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.
The NHL Salary Cap: Trades, Contract Buyouts...
Further details of the NHL salary cap as negotiated under the 2013 collective agreement, including how teams can retain salary in player trades.
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?
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.
Frequently Asked Hockey Questions
NHL answers: Questions about the NHL and the game of hockey answered here.
What are rules governing junior hockey players...
What are rules governing the eligibility of junior hockey players in the NHL?
Ice Hockey Rules
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NHL Offseason Calendar: GM Meetings & NHL...
The NHL offseason kicks off with GM and Board of Governors meetings that could approve new rules as well as a possible vote on league expansion.
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.
What Constitutes an Offside 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.
For the First Time Ever, Selling the Penguins...
Owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are exploring a sale of the Penguins. Unlike the last time this team changed hands, a deal isn't a sign of trouble
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.
Hand Pass
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 Predictions 2014-15
The Anaheim Ducks as Stanley Cup champions and the Detroit Red Wings on the outside of the playoffs.
Eddie Shore
One of the great defensemen of the 1930s, and of all time, Eddie Shore has also been called one of hockey's most vicious and vindictive men.
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?
How Many Starts is Too Many for an NHL Goalie?
NHL goalies can gather quite a workload during a regular season, but should their teams drive their starters into the ground before the playoffs?
NHL Scoring Leaders Since 1918
Complete list of winners of the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer in the NHL.
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL...
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL season?
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.
Stepan and Rangers weren't really that far...
It appeared the New York Rangers and free agent Derek Stepan were far apart in terms of getting a deal done, but the reality was they never were.
Key Points in the NHL Collective Agreement
Here's a look at the NHL salary cap, new free agency rules and other key points in the new collective agreement signed in July of 2005.
The most misleading hockey numbers
The worst hockey statistics.
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.
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.
NHL Free Agent Center
This page lists current NHL free agents, with links to all current NHL salaries and an explanation of how the NHL free agent system works.
Should NHL Teams Play Their Best Forwards on...
Not every penalty kill in the league deploys its team's best forwards, but those who do are showing that maybe everyone should.
What are the some of the other issues between...
In an effort to help you understand the NHL lockout, we cut through the numbers and the jargon with our quick and easy NHL Lockout Basics. Today's issue: After players' salaries, what are the other bargaining issues between the NHL and the players?
Stanley Cup Trivia and Oddities
Who is Stanley and why is his name on the Cup? How many Stanley Cups are there? How was a champion decided in the days before the NHL was formed? Plus much more about the greatest trophy in sport.
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.
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.
What is junior ice hockey in the United States
What is junior ice hockey? Where is it played in the United States? Here's everything you'll need to know about junior ice hockey.
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.
Explaining the new NHL playoff format
Which teams will make the NHL playoffs?
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.
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without...
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without a goalie mask?
Tim Horton: Hockey Legend and Fast Food Icon
tim horton toronto maple leafs nhl hockey history
Wayne Gretzky in his "Office"
Wayne Gretzky sets up behind the opposition net during a game in 1986-87. Page 3.
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.
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.
Ice Hockey Rink
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 2.
Ice Hockey Skater
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 6.
Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove
Online NHL video directory - Hockey Night in Canada assembles NHL insiders for the Hotstove panel every Saturday. The feature is archived at CBC.ca.
The 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.
Gretzky's Final Skate
Our Wayne Gretzky photo gallery covers the career of hockey's greatest player in a series of Wayne Gretzky pictures. Page 15.
Mario Lemieux
A biography of Mario Lemieux, arguably the most dominant player in NHL history, including his career NHL statistics and international achievements.
Ice Hockey Puck
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 3.
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?
Would a salary cap result in a more competitive...
In an effort to help you understand the NHL lockout, we cut through the numbers and the jargon with our quick and easy NHL Lockout Basics. Today's issue: Would an NHL Salary Cap Result in a More Competitive League?
NHL Realignment Gives the League a New Layout...
NHL realignment changes the layout, the standings, the schedule and the playoff race.
The Last Stanley Cup
Wayne Gretzky's last Stanley Cup Win. Page 4.
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?
1972 Summit Series: Game Summaries
Here's the summary for every game of the historic 1972 Summit Series between Canada and Russia.
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
Who holds the record for the most points scored...
The record for most points in one NHL game belongs to Toronto Maple Leafs' legend Darryl Sittler. His astonishing night in 1976 has yet to be equaled.
Ice Hockey Faceoff
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 8.
Blackhawks Make It Three, Stanley's Cup Rally...
The NHL playoffs began two months ago with a host of new faces but ended with a familiar champion. Attention now turns to an uncertain offseason.
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.
Ice Hockey Stick
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 4.
Stanley Cup Playoffs: NHL's contenders and...
Stanley Cup Playoffs: NHL Stanley Cup pretenders
Ice Hockey Rink Zones
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
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.
Opening Night
Sidney Crosby made his NHL debut when the Pittsburgh Penguins played the New Jersey Devils to open the 2005-06 NHL season. Page 6.
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.
In Bronze
Our Wayne Gretzky photo gallery covers the career of hockey's greatest player in a series of Wayne Gretzky pictures. Page 24.
The Trade
Wayne Gretzky addresses the media following his trade to the L.A. Kings. Page 5.
NCAA Hockey and Canadian University Hockey
A primer on college hockey across North America,with a look at NCAA hockey and Canadian university leagues.
Stanley Cup History
Our storehouse of history includes a list of every Stanley Cup, every playoff MVP, the origins of the Cup, and more.
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.
Ice Hockey Goaltender
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 7.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs profile and history, including a list of Maple Leafs retired numbers and Hockey Hall of Fame members.
Edmonton Oilers
A profile of the Edmonton Oilers.
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.
The 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.
Falling Short in Nagano
Wayne Gretzky congratulates winning goaltender Dominik Hasek following Canada's shootout loss to the Czech Republic at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Page 13.
NHL Top 50 Players For 2014-15: The best of the...
The NHL's top-50 players for the 2014-15 season.
Captain of the Kings
Wayne Gretzky pictured as captain of the Los Angeles Kings. Page 6.
History of Hockey Fights
A history of hockey fights and how fighting became an accepted part of the NHL game.

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