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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.
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 Ridiculous Goal Total From the Highest-Scor...
What's the highest scoring game in NHL history?
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 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.
The Complete List of Stanley Cup Winners
Stanley Cup winners listed from from 1892 to the present, with pre-NHL champions included.
Ice Hockey 101
If you're new to the game, here is a brief and simple guide to the basic ice hockey rules.
Detroit Red Wings
Hockey answers: Why are they called the Detroit Red Wings and where did the
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 One Hockey Player Scored the Most Goals...
What's the highest scoring game by a player in NHL history?
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.
Who Were the NHL's Original 6 Teams?
Here are the teams that make up the NHL's Original Six.
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.
Miracle Men: The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team
Here are the young Americans behind the Miracle on Ice: the 1980 Olympic hockey team.
What is Corsi?
What is Corsi? Hockey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How are Hockey Goaltending Statistics Calculated?
Save percentage and goals-against average explained for hockey goalies.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Which Hockey Player Scored the Most Career...
Who has scored the most goals in an NHL career?
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 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.
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.
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.
Who was hockey's first million-dollar man?
NHL Salary history: Who was the first hockey player to sign a million dollar contract?
Olympic Hockey Medal Winners Since 1920
All of the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in men's Olympic hockey, dating back to 1920.
Ice Hockey Rink
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 2.
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL...
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL season?
Winning the Presidents' Trophy is not a bad thing
The Presidents' Trophy Curse: It does not exist.
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
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.
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?
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.
Ice Hockey Puck
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 3.
Gustav Nyquist: The young star leading Detroit...
Gustav Nyquist leading Detroit Red Wings playoff push.
Ice Hockey Rules
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick Marleau is not a playoff choker
Patrick Marleau is actually one of the most productive postseason performers in the NHL.
Empty Net Goal
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 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.
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 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.
History of Hockey Fights
A history of hockey fights and how fighting became an accepted part of the NHL game.
Ice Hockey Stick
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 4.
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.
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.
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 Most Valuable Player: List of Hart Trophy...
All the Hart Trophy winners as NHL Most Valuable Player.
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.
Ted Leonsis Greets the Savior
From junior days to his reign as the NHL's scoring champ, this gallery of Alexander Ovechkin pictures presents unforgettable images form his career. Page 7.
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.
The NHL Salary Cap Explained
How the NHL salary cap works according to rules set by the 2013 collective agreement.
Ice Hockey Faceoff
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 8.
Ice Hockey Net
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 5.
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.
Does Defense Really Rule the Day in Stanley Cup...
Defense wins championships, so they say. The NHL playoffs are full of good defensive teams, but the league's top offenses are still at work, too.
The most misleading hockey numbers
The worst hockey statistics.
What are rules governing junior hockey players...
What are rules governing the eligibility of junior hockey players in the NHL?
Winning Your Fantasy Hockey Playoff Pool
Winning the Stanley Cup fantasy hockey pool is even tougher than winning a regular season league. Not only do you have to pick the right players, you have to pick the right teams. Here's one method worth trying.
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.
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.
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.
NHL Video: Game Highlights from NHL.com
Online NHL video directory - NHL.com offers a free packages of NHL video highlights online.
Ice Hockey Skater
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 6.
Ice Hockey Rink Zones
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
Shortest Overtime Games in Stanley Cup History
Here are the five shortest overtime games in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Entry Level Player
How the NHL defines an entry-level player.
Ice Hockey Goaltender
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 7.
Edmonton Oilers
A profile of the Edmonton Oilers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without...
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without a goalie mask?
Penguins Sellout Streak Has to End If Team is...
The Penguins sold out on Win Now, and their next title suddenly seems to be further ahead of them than behind.
NHL in Las Vegas: Weighing the Pros and Cons
Las Vegas is an enticing location for NHL expansion, but can the league get around its built-in perils to build a proper product in the desert?
When did advertising first appear on NHL rink...
Hockey answers: When did rink board advertising first appear in the NHL?
With the Kane Trade, Jets' GM Cheveldayoff...
Evander Kane forced the Jets' hand. However, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff found a good trade partner in Buffalo and made the most of his first big move.
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.
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.
Playoffs, No Playoffs: Which Traditional NHL...
As always, NHL contenders are out of the playoff action earlier than expected. Which early exits could be looking at big change this offseason?
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.
Boston Bruins
A profile of the Boston Bruins. Hockey.
How did the Chicago Blackhawks blow the 1971...
The Chicago Blackhawks had the Stanley Cup in their grasp in 1971, until a long shot from center ice started a Montreal Canadiens comeback and began the Chicago Blackhawks decline.
What is the Difference Between a Forward and a...
Hockey for beginners: Understanding hockey player positions and line combinations.
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?
Stanley Cup Playoff Guide
Everything a fan needs, including the Stanley Cup game schedule, results, fantasy tips, and more.
Stanley Cup Playoffs Semifinals Preview:...
A look at the Semifinals series in the NHL's Eastern Conference playoffs, including a repeat match in Tampa Bay and Montreal.
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.
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.
Offensive 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.
Frequently Asked Hockey Questions
NHL answers: Questions about the NHL and the game of hockey answered here.
Stanley Cup MVPs
Complete list of winners of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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.
Stanley Cup Comebacks
Here are the all-time greatest comebacks in a series or single game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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.
Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
What's the Greatest Start to a Season in NHL...
The Chicago Blackhawks were virtually untouchable as they rolled over opponents at the beginning of the 2013 NHL season.
Rebound
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.
Winter Olympics vs. World Cup of Hockey: Which...
The NHL has plenty of reasons not to return to the Winter Olympics. Could the World Cup of Hockey be the alternative?
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 Red 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.
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.
World Ice Hockey Championship Winners
The World Ice Hockey Championship for men began in 1920. The first women's championship was held in 1990. Here's the complete list of medal winners.
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.
Mario Lemieux
A biography of Mario Lemieux, arguably the most dominant player in NHL history, including his career NHL statistics and international achievements.
Boarding
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.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
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.
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.
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.
NHL hockey news and analysis- full coverage of...
Your guide to NHL hockey on the Internet, including the latest hockey news, analysis, NHL trade rumors, media sites, hockey history and NHL stats. Your one-stop guide to NHL hockey.
Stanley Cup History
Our storehouse of history includes a list of every Stanley Cup, every playoff MVP, the origins of the Cup, and more.
Faceoff
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 Keeping the Puck Is the Best Defense in...
The best way to play defense in hockey is to play offense.
Tampa Bay Lightning
A profile of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Major Junior Hockey: The Canadian Hockey League
A look at the top level of junior hockey in Canada, from who the players are to how much the tickets cost.
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.
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
Can the goalie cross the centre line with the...
Hockey for beginners: Can the goalie cross the centre line with the puck? What restrictions are on goalies for puck handling?
New York Rangers Stanley Cup Final History
The New York Rangers Stanley Cup Final History
How important is goaltending in the NHL?
The Winnipeg Jets need goaltending help
NHL Draft Lottery Results
Here are the results of the NHL Draft Lottery since it was introduced by the National Hockey League in 1995.
Crossbar
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 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?
Delayed Offside
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 Wayne Gretzky File
Wayne Gretzky's career statistics, awards and a brief history of his NHL career. Part of our Gretzky File.
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.
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.
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.
Bench Minor
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.
Garbage Goal
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 NHL's longest current playoff droughts
The NHL's longest playoff droughts
Crashing the Net
The language of hockey and the NHL is explained in our hockey glossary
Center 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.
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.

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