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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Complete List of Stanley Cup Winners
Stanley Cup winners listed from from 1892 to the present, with pre-NHL champions included.
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.
Entry Level Player
How the NHL defines an entry-level player.
Ice Hockey 101
If you're new to the game, here is a brief and simple guide to the basic ice hockey rules.
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 NHL Salary Cap Explained
How the NHL salary cap works according to rules set by the 2013 collective agreement.
Miracle Men: The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team
Here are the young Americans behind the Miracle on Ice: the 1980 Olympic hockey team.
Olympic Hockey Medal Winners Since 1920
All of the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in men's Olympic hockey, dating back to 1920.
Detroit Red Wings
Hockey answers: Why are they called the Detroit Red Wings and where did the
What is Corsi?
What is Corsi? Hockey.
What One Hockey Player Scored the Most Goals...
What's the highest scoring game by a player in NHL history?
Who Were the NHL's Original 6 Teams?
Here are the teams that make up the NHL's Original Six.
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 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.
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.
Gustav Nyquist: The young star leading Detroit...
Gustav Nyquist leading Detroit Red Wings playoff push.
Who was hockey's first million-dollar man?
NHL Salary history: Who was the first hockey player to sign a million dollar contract?
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 are Hockey Goaltending Statistics Calculated?
Save percentage and goals-against average explained for hockey goalies.
Vermette, Timonen Costly, but Blackhawks Have...
The Blackhawks have a wealth of assets, but it took Patrick Kane's injury to give them the cap space to pull off deals for Vermette and Timonen.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
What are rules governing junior hockey players...
What are rules governing the eligibility of junior hockey players in the NHL?
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.
Which Hockey Player Scored the Most Career...
Who has scored the most goals in an NHL career?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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. Page 2.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Ice Hockey Rules
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
NHL Offseason Calendar: A Complete List of 2015...
Wednesday's NHL Awards show was the cap on the 2014-15 season. Here's a look at the awards that were up for grabs and the big winners in Las Vegas.
Ice Hockey Rink
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 2.
Ice Hockey Puck
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 3.
NHL Most Valuable Player: List of Hart Trophy...
All the Hart Trophy winners as NHL Most Valuable Player.
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.
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?
Frequently Asked Hockey Questions
NHL answers: Questions about the NHL and the game of hockey answered here.
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
Patrick Marleau is not a playoff choker
Patrick Marleau is actually one of the most productive postseason performers in the NHL.
Stanley Cup History
Our storehouse of history includes a list of every Stanley Cup, every playoff MVP, the origins of the Cup, and more.
Edmonton Oilers
A profile of the Edmonton Oilers.
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.
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.
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.
What is the Difference Between a Forward and a...
Hockey for beginners: Understanding hockey player positions and line combinations.
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.
Ice Hockey Faceoff
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 8.
Ice Hockey Stick
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 4.
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without...
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without a goalie mask?
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.
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.
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.
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL...
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL season?
Nick Leddy Contract Extension: Are the...
After signing Nick Leddy to a max-term contract extension, the Islanders' organizational success is graduating from novelty to identity.
Ice Hockey Skater
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 6.
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.
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.
Ice Hockey Net
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 5.
Extra Attacker
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.
Latest NHL Trade Rumors
NHL trade rumors culled from media and online sources around the league
Ice Hockey Rink Zones
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
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.
The most misleading hockey numbers
The worst hockey statistics.
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?
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.
History of Hockey Fights
A history of hockey fights and how fighting became an accepted part of the NHL game.
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.
NHL Top 50 Players For 2014-15: The best of the...
The NHL's top-50 players for the 2014-15 season.
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.
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.
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.
Tim Horton: Hockey Legend and Fast Food Icon
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The First NHL Goal
In Pittsburgh's third game of the 2005-06 season, Sidney Crosby scored his first NHL goal. 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.
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.
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 important is goaltending in the NHL?
The Winnipeg Jets need goaltending help
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.
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?
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.
2014 NHL salary arbitration schedule
2014 NHL salary arbitration schedule.
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?
Stanley Cup Contenders for the 2014-15 NHL season
Which teams are the top contenders for the Stanley Cup during the 2014-15 NHL season?
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.
The NHL's best under-20 rookies
NHL Top Rookies 2013-14 season. Hockey.
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 Offseason Calendar: A Complete Guide to...
From mid-July to training camp, the NHL offseason earns its name. Until then, the real work of building an NHL product gets underway.
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.
Shortest Overtime Games in Stanley Cup History
Here are the five shortest overtime games in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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
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.
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.
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.
NHL Outstanding Defenseman: List of Norris...
Complete list of Norris Trophy winners as the NHL's outstanding defenseman.
A Pair of Legends
Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux played together at the beginning Crosby's rookie season, before Lemieux retired in January of 2006. Page 8.
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.
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.
World Junior Hockey Gold, Silver and Bronze...
Going back to 1974, a list of all medal winners at the annual World Junior Hockey Championship.
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 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?
Stanley Cup Comebacks
Here are the all-time greatest comebacks in a series or single game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the NHL's...
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the NHL's highest paid players.
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?
NCAA Hockey and Canadian University Hockey
A primer on college hockey across North America,with a look at NCAA hockey and Canadian university leagues.
Enforcer
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 Draft Busts
Every player on this list was a top-six pick. Not one of them played more than 200 NHL games. That makes each of them a true NHL draft bust.
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.
5 NHL players ready to bounce back
5 NHL players ready for a bounce back season.
NHL Salary Cap: How much should teams pay their...
NHL Salary Cap: How much money should teams spend on their star players?
NHL Predictions 2014-15
The Anaheim Ducks as Stanley Cup champions and the Detroit Red Wings on the outside of the playoffs.
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.
The NHL's longest current playoff droughts
The NHL's longest playoff droughts
Fantasy Hockey Update: Three Players to Watch
Fantasy hockey owners should read about these three players who could help improve their teams. Find out the reasons why these players could be valuable additions on most fantasy hockey rosters.
Olympic Hockey History
Olympic hockey history in brief, from its debut at the 1920 Olympics up to the current day, with all medal winner sincluded.

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