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The Ridiculous Goal Total From the Highest-Scor...
What's the highest scoring game in NHL history?
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.
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.
Counting down the legendary Martin Brodeur's...
Goaltender Martin Brodeur will have his number retired by the New Jersey Devils on February 9 2016 so let's count down Brodeur's best career moments
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.
Ice Hockey 101
If you're new to the game, here is a brief and simple guide to the basic ice hockey rules.
What One Hockey Player Scored the Most Goals...
What's the highest scoring game by a player 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 Montreal Canadiens
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.
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.
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.
The Complete List of Stanley Cup Winners
Stanley Cup winners listed from from 1892 to the present, with pre-NHL champions included.
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.
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.
Detroit Red Wings
Hockey answers: Why are they called the Detroit Red Wings and where did the
Miracle Men: The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team
Here are the young Americans behind the Miracle on Ice: the 1980 Olympic hockey team.
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 is Corsi?
What is Corsi? NHL.
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?
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.
Which Hockey Player Scored the Most Career...
Who has scored the most goals in an NHL career?
How are Hockey Goaltending Statistics Calculated?
Save percentage and goals-against average explained for hockey goalies.
Will the Boston Bruins make the playoffs in 2016?
Five reasons why the Boston Bruins of the Atlantic Division will make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2016
NHL Scoring Leaders Since 1918
Complete list of winners of the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer in the NHL.
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.
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.
Who Were the NHL's Original 6 Teams?
Here are the teams that make up the NHL's Original Six.
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.
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL...
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL season?
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.
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.
NHL Most Valuable Player: List of Hart Trophy...
All the Hart Trophy winners as NHL Most Valuable Player.
NHL Video: Game Highlights from NHL.com
Online NHL video directory - NHL.com offers a free packages of NHL video highlights online.
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.
Find out if the Florida Panthers will make a...
The Florida Panthers currently sit atop of the Atlantic Division but find out if the Panthers will make a deep run into the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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 Buy Ice Hockey Skates
Any hockey player needs the right pair of skates. Here's how to find, fit and buy hockey skates.
Have your NHL related question featured in...
Test and pick our NHL Expert's hockey knowledge for the 2015-2016 season as the second mailbag session of McKenna's Digest takes to About Sports
A Gary Bettman speech parody, by Paul Campbell
A speech parody for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman by Paul Campbell
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
Stanley Cup History
Our storehouse of history includes a list of every Stanley Cup, every playoff MVP, the origins of the Cup, and more.
What Constitutes an Offside Penalty in Hockey?
Use our hockey glossary to learn the meaning of Offside.
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 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.
A look back at Jaromir Jagr's top 10 moments
Florida Panthers Jaromir Jagr passed Marcel Dionne for fourth all-time on the NHL's goal scoring list so here are Jagr's top 10 career highlights
The Rat Trick, why Panthers fans threw rats...
A look back at the story behind the Florida Panthers Rat Trick and why their fans threw rats onto the ice during the 1995-1996 season
How the NHL's Free Agency System Works
Here's how the NHL free agent system works under the 2005 collective bargaining agreement.
Find out what the longest unbeaten streak is in...
The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers played 35 game without a loss, an unbeaten streak that has never been matched in any pro sport.
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.
Ice Hockey Rink
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 2.
NHL Realignment Gives the League a New Layout...
NHL realignment changes the layout, the standings, the schedule and the playoff race.
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.
Your latest NHL questions answered here
Test and pick our NHL Expert's hockey knowledge for the 2015-2016 season as the third mailbag edition of McKenna's Digest takes to About Sports
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.
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.
What are rules governing junior hockey players...
What are rules governing the eligibility of junior hockey players in the NHL?
Who was hockey's first million-dollar man?
NHL Salary history: Who was the first hockey player to sign a million dollar contract?
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.
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
Ice Hockey Puck
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 3.
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.
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?
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.
History of Hockey Fights
A history of hockey fights and how fighting became an accepted part of the NHL game.
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.
The Crease
Use our hockey glossary to learn the meaning of the Crease.
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 Rules
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
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.
Why Keeping the Puck Is the Best Defense in...
The best way to play defense in hockey is to play offense.
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without...
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without a goalie mask?
Should the Toronto Maple Leafs get new uniforms...
The Toronto Maple Leafs will unveil a new logo and uniforms for the team's 100 year anniversary in 2016-2017
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.
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.
Bench Minor - The Hockey Glossary
Use our hockey glossary to learn the meaning of the phrase Bench Minor.
NHL Rule Changes For The 2014-15 Season
NHL rule changes for the 2014-15 season.
Martin Brodeur adds another honor to his resume
Martin Brodeur and five other NHL greats honored by Canada Post with new postage stamp
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.
Ice Hockey Faceoff
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 8.
Ice Hockey Rink Zones
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating 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?
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.
Tim Horton: Hockey Legend and Fast Food Icon
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Mario Lemieux
A biography of Mario Lemieux, arguably the most dominant player in NHL history, including his career NHL statistics and international achievements.
What is the Difference Between a Forward and a...
Hockey for beginners: Understanding hockey player positions and line combinations.
Why there's only two jersey designs for the...
Find out the logic behind why the 2016 NHL All-Star Game only has two jerseys considering there are four teams playing in the 3-on-3 tournament format
Ice Hockey Stick
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 4.
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.
Frequently Asked Hockey Questions
NHL answers: Questions about the NHL and the game of hockey answered here.
Leading the Oilers Dynasty
Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers during the 1984-85 NHL season.
Hockey Movies for Children
Not all hockey movies are what you would call "fun for the whole family." Some parents surely do not
Should shorthanded teams be allowed to ice the...
The USHL is experimenting with a new rule that make it so teams could no longer ice the puck when shorthanded. The NHL should pay attention.
American Hockey League
AHL franchises, roster rules, and other info about the NHL's top developmental league.
Meaning of Forechecking - The Hockey Glossary
Use our hockey glossary to learn the meaning of Forechecking.
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.
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?
NCAA Hockey and Canadian University Hockey
A primer on college hockey across North America,with a look at NCAA hockey and Canadian university leagues.
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.
The most misleading hockey numbers
The worst hockey statistics.
Five of the NHL's best current alternate...
Which NHL teams have the best alternate jerseys? About Sports ranks their top five.
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.
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?
Ice Hockey Goaltender
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 7.
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.
Ice Hockey Skater
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 6.
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 Lottery Explained
Here's how the NHL Draft Lottery works and how it changes the order of selection in the annual NHL Entry Draft.
Too soon? Stamkos Maple Leafs jersey sighting
Fan plays a prank by hanging up a Steven Stamkos Jersey in Toronto Maple Leafs locker room
NHL Outstanding Defenseman: List of Norris...
Complete list of Norris Trophy winners as the NHL's outstanding defenseman.
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.
Ice Hockey Net
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 5.
Winning the Presidents' Trophy is not a bad thing
The Presidents' Trophy Curse: It does not exist.
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.
2016 NBC Sports NHL schedule released.
The NBC Sports Group has released its 2015-2016 NHL televised schedule.
What are your thoughts on the 2016 NHL All-Star...
About Sports takes to the NHL Roundtable to discuss and review the 2016 NHL All-Star Game jerseys which will be worn in Nashville, Tennessee
Why the Washington Capitals will go to the...
The Washington Capitals currently have the best record in the NHL but find out why the Capitals will end up playing in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals
Where Byfuglien will land next.
It may be in the Winnipeg Jets best interest to deal Dustin Byfuglien sooner than later.
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.
Pascal Dupuis' medical condition will end his...
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will end his hockey career due to medical reasons
Empty Net Goal - The Hockey Glossary
Use our hockey glossary to learn the meaning of Empty Net Goal.
The NHL will miss Martin St. Louis after he...
Martin St. Louis & the New York Rangers addressed the media yesterday for the first time since officially announcing his retirement on July 2.
Find out if there's a 24/7 series for the NHL's...
The NHL's 24/7 Road To The Winter Classic in 2015-2016 will air on EPIX December 16 featuring the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins
Captain of the Kings
Wayne Gretzky pictured as captain of the Los Angeles Kings. Page 6.
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'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.
Stanley Cup Comebacks
Here are the all-time greatest comebacks in a series or single game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Hand Pass - The Hockey Glossary
Use our hockey glossary to learn the meaning of Hand Pass.
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.
It's rumored a number of teams are interested...
Teams are interested in acquiring Toronto Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk. The New Jersey native may just be in a Devils uniform this 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.
Messier and Gretzky Together Again
Wayne Gretzky and mark Messier try to recapture the old Oiler magic in New York. Page 11.
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.
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.
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.
Delayed Offside - The Hockey Glossary
Use our hockey glossary to learn the meaning of Delayed Offside.
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.
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?
The NHL Salary Cap Explained
How the NHL salary cap works according to rules set by the 2013 collective agreement.
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.
Find out why the Ducks wont make the 2016...
The Anaheim Ducks are in a race to clinch a spot for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs but find out why the Ducks wont make playoffs
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?
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
Familiar faces who ended up in unexpected...
NHL superstars who laced up for teams you forgot about.
NHL Predictions 2014-15
The Anaheim Ducks as Stanley Cup champions and the Detroit Red Wings on the outside of the playoffs.
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.
Why Kane leading the NHL in scoring is a good...
Patrick Kane had sexual assault charges against him dropped and the Chicago Blackhawks right winger now leads the NHL in scoring
The Blue Line
Use our hockey glossary to learn the meaning of Blue Line.
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.

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