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Building a Stanley Cup winner through free...
NHL free agents cost a lot of money, but they rarely result in a Stanley Cup win.
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.
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.
2014 NHL salary arbitration schedule
2014 NHL salary arbitration schedule.
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.
The Complete List of Stanley Cup Winners
Stanley Cup winners listed from from 1892 to the present, with pre-NHL champions included.
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.
The Ridiculous Goal Total From the Highest-Scor...
What's the highest scoring game in NHL history?
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.
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.
NHL Salary Cap: How much should teams pay their...
NHL Salary Cap: How much money should teams spend on their star players?
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.
Miracle Men: The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team
Here are the young Americans behind the Miracle on Ice: the 1980 Olympic hockey 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.
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 Free Agency: When little mistakes turn into...
In NHL free agency, little mistakes may not mean much on their own, but when you add a bunch of them together they turn into big mistakes.
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.
Olympic Hockey Medal Winners Since 1920
All of the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in men's Olympic hockey, dating back to 1920.
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.
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 Were the NHL's Original 6 Teams?
Here are the teams that make up the NHL's Original Six.
How Did the Detroit Red Wings Get Their Name...
Hockey answers: Why are they called the Detroit Red Wings and where did the
What One Hockey Player Scored the Most Goals...
What's the highest scoring game by a player in NHL history?
How are Hockey Goaltending Statistics Calculated?
Save percentage and goals-against average explained for hockey goalies.
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.
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?
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 NHL Salary Cap Explained
How the NHL salary cap works according to rules set by the 2013 collective agreement.
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.
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.
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 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's Up With the NHL Dress Code?
For over three decades, the NHL stuck to the same colors: the home team always wore white jerseys, the visitors always wore dark jerseys. Why change now? A brief history of the NHL color code.
What is Corsi?
What is Corsi? Hockey.
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the NHL's...
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the NHL's highest paid players.
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 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.
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?
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 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.
Who was hockey's first million-dollar man?
NHL Salary history: Who was the first hockey player to sign a million dollar contract?
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 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.
Latest NHL Trade Rumors
NHL trade rumors culled from media and online sources around the league
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.
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 Rink
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 2.
NHL Free Agency: Which expensive gamble has...
These teams are taking some very expensive gambles in NHL free agency. Will they get the big reward?
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.
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.
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.
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 Free Agency: The best signings
Not every team overpaid players in free agency. Some teams were able to get bargains. These were some of the best.
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
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.
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.
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 Most Valuable Player: List of Hart Trophy...
All the Hart Trophy winners as NHL Most Valuable Player.
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
Entry Level Player
How the NHL defines an entry-level player.
Stanley Cup MVPs
Complete list of winners of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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 Hockey Player Scored the Most Goals in One...
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL season?
History of Hockey Fights
A history of hockey fights and how fighting became an accepted part of the NHL game.
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.
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 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.
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.
Frequently Asked Hockey Questions
NHL answers: Questions about the NHL and the game of hockey answered here.
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.
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.
Ice Hockey Puck
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 3.
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.
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.
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without...
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without a goalie mask?
NHL Trades - Alexei Kovalev - New York Rangers...
Call it an NHL trade, but don't call it a hockey trade. The New York Rangers acquire Alexei Kovalev from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a few nobodies and a wad of cash.
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.
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.
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.
What are rules governing junior hockey players...
What are rules governing the eligibility of junior hockey players in the NHL?
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.
NHL Goalie Pads: Size Matters
A new NHL rule is aimed at reducing the overstuffed, Michelin Man look favored by NHL goalies. In its latest effort to give shooters a chance, NHL rules now include a limit on the height of leg pads worn by NHL goalies.
Which Hockey Player Scored the Most Career...
Who has scored the most goals in an NHL career?
Ice Hockey Faceoff
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 8.
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.
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 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.
Ice Hockey Rink Zones
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
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.
NHL Free Agency: 5 players worth signing
Which players in NHL free agency will be worth signing?
World Junior Hockey Gold, Silver and Bronze...
Going back to 1974, a list of all medal winners at the annual World Junior Hockey Championship.
Ice Hockey Goaltender
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 7.
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?
Save This Game! An Index of Ideas for NHL Rule...
Everyone seems to agree that the NHL needs more - more speed, more excitement, more goals. Here's a comprehensive look at the ideas currently under debate for NHL rule changes. Bigger nets? Smaller goalies? No more blue lines? It's open season on the NHL rule book.
The NHL Goalie Scam
With their huge pads, specialized coaching and special protection under the rules, goaltenders have stolen the NHL game. It's time for the the NHL to steal it back.
Ice Hockey Stick
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 4.
How do teams win the Stanley Cup?
How do teams win the Stanley Cup?
Ice Hockey Rules
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
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.
Tim Horton: Hockey Legend and Fast Food Icon
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San Jose Sharks
A profile of the San Jose Sharks.
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.
The most misleading hockey numbers
The worst hockey statistics.
Ice Hockey Skater
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 6.
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.
How the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup
How the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup
NCAA Hockey and Canadian University Hockey
A primer on college hockey across North America,with a look at NCAA hockey and Canadian university leagues.
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.
NHL All-Star Game MVPs
Winners of the NHL All Star Game Most Valuable Player award, dating back to 1962.
The best defense in hockey is keeping the puck
The best way to play defense in hockey is to play offense.
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.
Marian Gaborik and The NHL's Foolish Spenders
In many ways, Marian Gaborik's contract dispute with the Minnesota Wild illustrates why NHL teams hate the current collective bargaining agreement.
What is the Difference Between a Forward and a...
Hockey for beginners: Understanding hockey player positions and line combinations.
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?
Ice Hockey Net
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 5.
Stanley Cup History
Our storehouse of history includes a list of every Stanley Cup, every playoff MVP, the origins of the Cup, and more.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Red Wings Stanley Cup Gear
Celebrate Detroit's third championship in six years with caps, shirts and jackets marking the Red Wings' Stanley Cup victory of 2002.
Stanley Cup Playoff Guide
Everything a fan needs, including the Stanley Cup game schedule, results, fantasy tips, and more.
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.
American Hockey League
AHL franchises, roster rules, and other info about the NHL's top developmental league.
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.
Mario Lemieux
A biography of Mario Lemieux, arguably the most dominant player in NHL history, including his career NHL statistics and international achievements.
NHL Season Preview: The Eastern Conference
Our NHL Season Preview provides a one-paragraph forecast for each team, posing the biggest questions going into the NHL season.
Graham James: Hockey Coach and Sex Offender
Graham James is one of Canada's most infamous sex offenders, a prominent hockey coach convicted of sexual abuse of teenaged players.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs profile and history, including a list of Maple Leafs retired numbers and Hockey Hall of Fame members.
The NHL's best under-20 rookies
NHL Top Rookies 2013-14 season. Hockey.
Garbage Goal
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni, we explain it all in our hockey glossary.
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.
Worst Air Disasters in Sports History
The Russian plane crash that killed almost every player of the Lokomotiv hockey team is one of the worst air disasters in the history of sport.
Backchecking
Our hockey glossary helps you understand the colorful language of the world's greatest game. From the Allan Cup to the Gordie Howe Hat Trick to the Zamboni.
The Futility of "All Time" NHL Records
It won't be long before almost every NHL record belongs to a player who began his career no later than the 1970s. At that point, the record-keeping becomes a disservice to history.
World Ice Hockey Championship Winners
The World Ice Hockey Championship for men began in 1920. The first women's championship was held in 1990. Here's the complete list of medal winners.
Unlikely Stanley Cup Heroes
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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.
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.
Joe Thornton Trade Rumors
Joe Thornton Trade Rumors: Why the San Jose Sharks shouldn't even think about trading him.
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.
Linesman
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.
When did advertising first appear on NHL rink...
Hockey answers: When did rink board advertising first appear in the NHL?
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.
Goal 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.
In Bronze
Our Wayne Gretzky photo gallery covers the career of hockey's greatest player in a series of Wayne Gretzky pictures. Page 24.
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