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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.
The Ridiculous Goal Total From the Highest-Scor...
What's the highest scoring game in NHL history?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is Corsi?
What is Corsi? Hockey.
Miracle Men: The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team
Here are the young Americans behind the Miracle on Ice: the 1980 Olympic hockey team.
The Complete List of Stanley Cup Winners
Stanley Cup winners listed from from 1892 to the present, with pre-NHL champions included.
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.
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.
What One Hockey Player Scored the Most Goals...
What's the highest scoring game by a player in NHL history?
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.
How Did the Detroit Red Wings Get Their Name...
Hockey answers: Why are they called the Detroit Red Wings and where did the
How are Hockey Goaltending Statistics Calculated?
Save percentage and goals-against average explained for hockey goalies.
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.
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.
The NHL Salary Cap Explained
How the NHL salary cap works according to rules set by the 2013 collective agreement.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Ice Hockey Puck
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 3.
Ice Hockey Rink
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 2.
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.
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'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.
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.
Ice Hockey Rules
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
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.
Ice Hockey Faceoff
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 8.
Public Proposal
Olympic hockey fans show their true colors at the 2010 Olympic hockey tournament. Page 19.
Ice Hockey Stick
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 4.
The Five Players You Meet at the NHL Trade...
The NHL Trade Deadline is always exciting. While the actors change, the cast and characters stay the same.
Which Hockey Player Scored the Most Career...
Who has scored the most goals in an NHL career?
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL...
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL season?
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.
NHL Most Valuable Player: List of Hart Trophy...
All the Hart Trophy winners as NHL Most Valuable Player.
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 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?
Ice Hockey Net
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 5.
History of Hockey Fights
A history of hockey fights and how fighting became an accepted part of the NHL game.
Who was hockey's first million-dollar man?
NHL Salary history: Who was the first hockey player to sign a million dollar contract?
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.
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?
Gustav Nyquist: The young star leading Detroit...
Gustav Nyquist leading Detroit Red Wings playoff push.
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.
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.
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.
The most misleading hockey numbers
The worst hockey statistics.
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.
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.
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
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.
NHL Draft Lottery Results
Here are the results of the NHL Draft Lottery since it was introduced by the National Hockey League in 1995.
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.
Three NHL Clubs Making Late, Great Playoff Push
Overtime points and artificial parity make it tough for any NHL team to dig out of an early hole, but these three clubs are on their way to doing just that.
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
Latest NHL Trade Rumors
NHL trade rumors culled from media and online sources around the league
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without...
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without a goalie mask?
Taking It to the Streets
Olympic hockey fans show their true colors at the 2010 Olympic hockey tournament. Page 20.
NHL Video: Game Highlights from NHL.com
Online NHL video directory - NHL.com offers a free packages of NHL video highlights online.
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 Rink Zones
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
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.
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.
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 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 are rules governing junior hockey players...
What are rules governing the eligibility of junior hockey players in the NHL?
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.
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.
Here Come the Kings: LA Rolling With Six...
The L.A. Kings take their sweet time flipping the switch, this year more than any. But with six straight wins, they're back in the playoff field.
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?
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.
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?
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
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 Scoring Leaders Since 1918
Complete list of winners of the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer in the NHL.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the Difference Between a Forward and a...
Hockey for beginners: Understanding hockey player positions and line combinations.
Entry Level Player
How the NHL defines an entry-level player.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
Patrick Marleau is not a playoff choker
Patrick Marleau is actually one of the most productive postseason performers in the NHL.
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.
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.
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 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.
Stanley Cup Playoff Guide
Everything a fan needs, including the Stanley Cup game schedule, results, fantasy tips, and more.
Stanley Cup History
Our storehouse of history includes a list of every Stanley Cup, every playoff MVP, the origins of the Cup, and more.
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?
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.
Do NHL Teams Need to Make Big Trades to Capture...
Some recent Cup winners hit the NHL trade deadline guns blazing. Others, not so much. All told, there's no road map between the deadline and a Cup.
Frequently Asked Hockey Questions
NHL answers: Questions about the NHL and the game of hockey answered here.
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.
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.
Mike Richards and the Peril of Big NHL Contracts
The Kings didn't buy out Mike Richards' contract when they had the chance. Now, it may prevent them from signing other free agents beyond this season.
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.
Tim Horton: Hockey Legend and Fast Food Icon
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Why Keeping the Puck Is the Best Defense in...
The best way to play defense in hockey is to play offense.
NCAA Hockey and Canadian University Hockey
A primer on college hockey across North America,with a look at NCAA hockey and Canadian university leagues.
American Hockey League
AHL franchises, roster rules, and other info about the NHL's top developmental league.
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.
Mario Lemieux
A biography of Mario Lemieux, arguably the most dominant player in NHL history, including his career NHL statistics and international achievements.
NHL Trade Deadline: Five players potentially on...
NHL Trade Deadline: Five players that could be on the move.
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?
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?
When did advertising first appear on NHL rink...
Hockey answers: When did rink board advertising first appear in the NHL?
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.
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.
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.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs profile and history, including a list of Maple Leafs retired numbers and Hockey Hall of Fame members.
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.
Stanley Cup Playoffs: NHL's contenders and...
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Contenders and pretenders
Winning the Presidents' Trophy is not a bad thing
The Presidents' Trophy Curse: It does not exist.
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.
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.
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.
Hockey During Wartime
Like most pro sports leagues, the NHL has a history of playing through wars and other conflicts. But the biggest of those wars had a profound effect on hockey history.
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.
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.
Stanley Cup MVPs
Complete list of winners of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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?

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