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Stanley Cup Playoffs: NHL's contenders and...
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Contenders and pretenders
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.
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 Complete List of Stanley Cup Winners
Stanley Cup winners listed from from 1892 to the present, with pre-NHL champions included.
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 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.
The Ridiculous Goal Total From the Highest-Scor...
What's the highest scoring game in NHL history?
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.
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.
Stanley Cup Droughts: NHL Teams That Have Never...
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.
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.
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 is the "plus-minus" statistic and how is...
: What is the "plus-minus" statistic and how is it calculated? : When an even-strength or shorthanded
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.
Most Stanley Cup Wins by Players
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 Are the NHL's Original 6 Teams?
Here are the teams that make up the NHL's Original Six.
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?
NHL Free Agents Explained
Here's how the NHL free agent system works under the 2005 collective bargaining agreement. Page 2.
Hockey History: The Time Line, 1917-1945
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 did they get to be the Red Wings?
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How are Goaltending Statistics Calculated?
Save percentage and goals-against average explained for hockey goalies.
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.
NHL Draft Lottery Results
Here are the results of the NHL Draft Lottery since it was introduced by the National Hockey League in 1995.
Miracle Men: The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team
Here are the young Americans behind the Miracle on Ice: the 1980 Olympic hockey team.
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.
Miracle On Ice: American Hockey's Defining Moment
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.
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 Wayne Gretzky Record Book
Wayne Gretzky holds 61 NHL records. Here's a rundown of every makr in the incredible gretzky record book. Part of our Gretzky File.
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.
Why Olympic Hockey is Different From NHL Hockey
Olympic hockey rules and rules for other international hockey events differ from NHL in several key areas. Here's a look at where Olympic hockey rules and international rules depart from the NHL.
Play Hockey: A Guide for Beginners
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.
How Many NHL Draft Picks Make it to the NHL?
There are over 200 players selected at the NHL draft every year. How many of them go on to have NHL careers? What are the chances of a player selected in the first round of the NHL Draft compared to later rounds?
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.
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.
Stanley Cup Playoff Guide
Everything a fan needs, including the Stanley Cup game schedule, results, fantasy tips, and more.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About...
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 Corsi?
What is Corsi? Hockey.
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.
The NHL Salary Cap Explained
How the NHL salary cap works according to rules set by the 2013 collective agreement.
Power Play
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.
Building Your 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.
Top 10 Hockey Songs
Great hockey songs from Stompin' Tom to Warren Zevon to the Tragically Hip. The best hockey music and where to find it.
How to Buy Hockey Skates
Any hockey player needs the right pair of skates. Here's how to find, fit and buy hockey skates.
What's the story behind Brett Hull's famous "no...
: What's the story behind Brett Hull's famous "no goal" in Buffalo? I keep hearing that the Dallas Stars
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.
History of Hockey Fights
A history of hockey fights and how fighting became an accepted part of the NHL game.
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.
What Hockey Player Scored the Most Goals in One...
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL season?
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?
NHL Most Valuable Player: List of Hart Trophy...
All the Hart Trophy winners as NHL Most Valuable Player.
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.
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?
Toronto Maple Leafs Retired Numbers and Honored...
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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.
Which Hockey Player Scored the Most Career...
Who has scored the most goals in an NHL career?
Who was hockey's first million-dollar man?
NHL Salary history: Who was the first hockey player to sign a million dollar contract?
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.
NHL Realignment Gives the League a New Layout...
NHL realignment changes the layout, the standings, the schedule and the playoff race.
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 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.
Mario Lemieux
A brief biography of Mario Lemieux, arguably the most dominant player in NHL history, including his career NHL statistics and awards and his international achievements with Team Canada.
Miracle On Ice: The Legacy
The Miracle On Ice - the improbable gold medal run by the 1980 American Olympic hockey team - has achieved mythical status. It also represents the pinnacle for the country's hockey players who dream of their own miracle on ice.
NHL 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.
Ice Hockey Rules
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
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?
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 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.
Hockey History: The Time Line, 1946-1980
A quick look at ice hockey history and NHL history. Part two: From the first Olympics to the debut of Hockey Night in Canada. Page 2.
Women's Hockey: A Primer
A century of women's hockey: 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.
What are rules governing junior hockey players...
What are rules governing the eligibility of junior hockey players in the NHL?
Ice Hockey Puck
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 3.
Sidney Crosby Concussion History
A time line of Sidney Crosby's concussion and recovery since his first serious blow to the head on January 1, 2011.
Unlikely Stanley Cup Heroes
Stanley Cup Heroes nhl playoffs John Druce Chris Kontos Steve Penney
Ice Hockey Faceoff
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winning the Presidents' Trophy is not a bad thing
The Presidents' Trophy Curse: It does not exist.
Ice Hockey Goaltender
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 7.
Stanley Cup MVPs
Complete list of winners of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Ice Hockey Skater
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 6.
Stanley Cup History
Our storehouse of history includes a list of every Stanley Cup, every playoff MVP, the origins of the Cup, and more.
Ice Hockey Stick
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 4.
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 Wayne Gretzky Record Book (Continued)
Wayne Gretzky holds 61 NHL records. Here's a rundown of every makr in the incredible gretzky record book. Part of our Gretzky File. Page 2.
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 Salary Arbitration Explained
NHL Salary Arbitration Explained: A quick definition of which NHL players are eligible for salary arbitration and how the system works.
Ice Hockey Rink Zones
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
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.
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.
Tim Horton: Hockey Legend and Fast Food Icon
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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.
NHL Scoring Leaders Since 1918
Complete list of winners of the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer in the NHL.
Gustav Nyquist: The young star leading Detroit...
Gustav Nyquist leading Detroit Red Wings playoff push.
The most misleading hockey numbers
The worst hockey statistics.
Ice Hockey Net
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 5.
Hockey History: The Time Line, 1981-Present
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. Page 3.
NHL Video: Game Highlights from NHL.com
Online NHL video directory - NHL.com offers a free packages of NHL video highlights online.
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without...
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without a goalie mask?
What is the Difference Between a Forward and a...
Hockey for beginners: Understanding hockey player positions and line combinations.
American Hockey League
AHL franchises, roster rules, and other info about the NHL's top developmental league.
Entry Level Player
How the NHL defines an entry-level player.
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.
NCAA Hockey and Canadian University Hockey
A primer on college hockey across North America,with a look at NCAA hockey and Canadian university leagues.
A Better NHL Game: The Shanahan Planahan.
How to make NHL hockey a more exciting, entertaining game? That's the question Brendan Shanahan asked his peers. The Detroit Red Wings forward assembled a think tank of players, coaches, broadcasters and other hockey types, and came away with ten recommendations on how to achieve a better NHL game.
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 Draft: Complete List of Top Picks
Players selected first overall since the NHL Draft began in 1963.
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.
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.
Home Ice Advantage
The language of hockey and the NHL is explained in our hockey glossary.
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.
Edmonton Oilers
A profile of the Edmonton Oilers.
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.
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings profile and history.
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.
The Olympic Hockey Timeline
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.
Wayne Gretzky in his "Office"
Wayne Gretzky sets up behind the opposition net during a game in 1986-87. Page 3.
Stanley Cup Photo Gallery
From center ice to Red Square, from Wayne Gretzky to Arnold Schwarzenegger, we follow the trail of the Stanley Cup in this collection of photos.
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?
Cycling
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.
When did advertising first appear on NHL rink...
Hockey answers: When did rink board advertising first appear in the NHL?
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.
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.
Captain of the Kings
Wayne Gretzky pictured as captain of the Los Angeles Kings. Page 6.
Left Winger
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.
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.
Wayne Gretzky Picture Gallery
From Edmonton to Phoenix and all points in between, our gallery of Wayne Gretzky pictures traces his career as a hockey player, coach, and celebrity.
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.
Medal Winners in Olympic Women's Hockey
All of the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in Olympic women's hockey, dating back to 1998.
NHL Quick Fix: Daily NHL Scores, Schedules,...
Need essential info on last night's NHL action? From the NHL scoreboard and schedule to the injury list to the fantasy hockey numbers, we'll link you to all the NHL intelligence you need.
Mario Lemieux in Words
Here's how Mario Lemieux is remembered, in his own words and in quotes from around the hockey world.
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.
Patrick Marleau is not a playoff choker
Patrick Marleau is actually one of the most productive postseason performers in the NHL.
Forward
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.
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.
Stanley Cup Comebacks
Here are the all-time greatest comebacks in a series or single game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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.
Hockey Miscreants
From the worst owner to the most repugnant crook to the worst hockey dad ever, here is the dishonour roll of the most unpleasant men in the history of hockey and the NHL.
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.
Sidney Crosby Season-by-Season Highlights
Sidney Crosby has had a spectacular career since entering the NHL in 2005. Here's a look at the highlights and achievements of each season.
Sidney Crosby Pictures
Sidney Crosby pictures following his career from junior hockey to the NHL and the Olympics. Pictures of Sidney Crosby's first goal, his first game with the Pittsburgh Penguins, with Team Canada, at the NHL Awards, and more.
The Wayne Gretzky File
Wayne Gretzky's career statistics, awards and a brief history of his NHL career. Part of our Gretzky File.
The NHL's best under-20 rookies
NHL Top Rookies 2013-14 season. Hockey.
The best defense in hockey is keeping the puck
The best way to play defense in hockey is to play offense.
The 1972 Summit Series: Team Canada Player Stats
The 1972 Summit Series: Complete player stats from the historic Canada-USSR showdown. Here are the Team Canada stats.
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.

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