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NHL 2014-15: How much teams need to improve
How much teams need to improve to make the playoffs during the 2014-15 NHL season.
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.
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.
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.
The Ridiculous Goal Total From the Highest-Scor...
What's the highest scoring game in NHL history?
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 to Buy Ice Hockey Skates
Any hockey player needs the right pair of skates. Here's how to find, fit and buy hockey skates.
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 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 is Corsi?
What is Corsi? Hockey.
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.
How Did the Detroit Red Wings Get Their Name...
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.
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 are Hockey Goaltending Statistics Calculated?
Save percentage and goals-against average explained for hockey goalies.
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.
NHL Salary Cap: How much should teams pay their...
NHL Salary Cap: How much money should teams spend on their star players?
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.
Olympic Hockey Medal Winners Since 1920
All of the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in men's Olympic hockey, dating back to 1920.
NHL Top 50 players For 2014-15
Counting down the NHL's top-50 players for the 2014-15 NHL season.
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.
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.
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.
NHL 2014-15 milestones
Individual milestones that could be reached during the 2014-15 NHL regular season.
The Longest NHL Suspensions
At 25 games, Raffi Torres' suspension in April of 2012 is longer than those served by Todd Bertuzzi or Marty McSorley. Here's a list of the longest NHL suspensions ever.
NHL playoffs: 5 teams that could get back in...
Which NHL teams that missed the playoffs can return in 2014-15?
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.
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.
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 One Hockey Player Scored the Most Goals...
What's the highest scoring game by a player in NHL history?
Tim Horton: Hockey Legend and Fast Food Icon
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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.
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.
Ice Hockey Rink
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
The NHL's longest current playoff droughts
The NHL's longest playoff droughts
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.
Who was hockey's first million-dollar man?
NHL Salary history: Who was the first hockey player to sign a million dollar contract?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 most misleading hockey numbers
The worst hockey statistics.
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 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?
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.
The NHL Salary Cap Explained
How the NHL salary cap works according to rules set by the 2013 collective agreement.
Ice Hockey Rules
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules.
NHL offseason progress report: Pacific Division
Which teams in the NHL's Pacific Division were able to get better during the offseason?
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.
NHL offseason progress report: Metropolitan...
Which teams in the NHL's Metropolitan Division were able to get better over the summer? And which teams got worse?
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.
Steve Moore Speaks: “I can't explain how...
Steve Moore makes his first public statement since the assault by Todd Bertuzzi that ended his 2004 NHL season. What Moore did not say is as significant as any of his quotes from the press conference.
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?
Ice Hockey Rink Zones
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?
NHL Most Valuable Player: List of Hart Trophy...
All the Hart Trophy winners as NHL Most Valuable Player.
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 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.
Ice Hockey Skater
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 6.
Ice Hockey Puck
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 3.
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.
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.
NCAA Hockey and Canadian University Hockey
A primer on college hockey across North America,with a look at NCAA hockey and Canadian university leagues.
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
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.
History of Hockey Fights
A history of hockey fights and how fighting became an accepted part of the NHL game.
Which Hockey Player Scored the Most Career...
Who has scored the most goals in an NHL career?
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Hockey Player Scored the Most Goals in One...
Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL season?
Ice Hockey Stick
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 4.
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?
Ice Hockey Net
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 5.
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 Goaltender
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 7.
5 NHL players ready to bounce back
5 NHL players ready for a bounce back season.
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.
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 Offseason progress report: Central Division
Which teams improved or got worse in the NHL's Central Division.
Ice Hockey Faceoff
A collection of pictures and rink diagrams illustrating basic ice hockey rules. Page 8.
Frequently Asked Hockey Questions
NHL answers: Questions about the NHL and the game of hockey answered here.
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 Todd Bertuzzi Reader
Getting a handle on the Todd Bertuzzi incident: From the background to the ugly moment to the suspension and its aftermath, a summary of the firestorm that erupted when Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks took down Steve Moore of the Colorado Avalanche.
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.
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.
What is the Difference Between a Forward and a...
Hockey for beginners: Understanding hockey player positions and line combinations.
What are rules governing junior hockey players...
What are rules governing the eligibility of junior hockey players in the NHL?
The best defense in hockey is keeping the puck
The best way to play defense in hockey is to play offense.
American Hockey League
AHL franchises, roster rules, and other info about the NHL's top developmental league.
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without...
Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without a goalie mask?
NHL Offseason Progress Report: Atlantic Division
Checking in on the teams in NHL's Atlantic Division and how they did during the offseason.
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.
How do teams win the Stanley Cup?
How do teams win the Stanley Cup?
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.
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?
Stanley Cup Playoff Guide
Everything a fan needs, including the Stanley Cup game schedule, results, fantasy tips, and more.
Latest NHL Trade Rumors
NHL trade rumors culled from media and online sources around the league
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?
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs profile and history, including a list of Maple Leafs retired numbers and Hockey Hall of Fame members.
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.
Wayne Gretzky in his "Office"
Wayne Gretzky sets up behind the opposition net during a game in 1986-87. Page 3.
How the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup
How the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup
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.
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.
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.
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.
Major Junior 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.
Islanders sign Jaroslav Halak
Islanders Sign Jaroslav Halak. Hockey.
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.
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 NHL's best under-20 rookies
NHL Top Rookies 2013-14 season. Hockey.
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.
When did advertising first appear on NHL rink...
Hockey answers: When did rink board advertising first appear in the NHL?
How do I recognize an elite hockey player?
Hockey for beginners: How can a hockey spectator detect when a player has exceptional hockey skills? What should we be looking for?
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the NHL's...
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the NHL's highest paid players.
Entry Level Player
How the NHL defines an entry-level player.
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.
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.
Fantasy Hockey: Choosing Your League
It's time to get ready for another fantasy hockey season! The first order of business is to choose a league that is perfect for you.
What is the Left-Wing Lock?
Hockey for beginners: Why do NHL teams play the left-wing lock and not the right-wing lock?
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.
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.
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.
Canadian Junior Hockey: A Teenage Sweatshop?
Does the Canadian junior hockey system exploit and mistreat its young players? Player agent Gilles Lupien thinks so, and he is not the first to attack the culture of Canadian junior hockey.
NHL Trade Deadline Trade Rumors
NHL Trade rumors: Which teams need an upgrade before the trade deadline?
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.
NHL Realignment Gives the League a New Layout...
NHL realignment changes the layout, the standings, the schedule and the playoff race.
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.
Mario Lemieux
A biography of Mario Lemieux, arguably the most dominant player in NHL history, including his career NHL statistics and international achievements.
Edmonton Oilers
A profile of the Edmonton Oilers.
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.
P.K. Subban analysis
P.K. Subban analysis. Few defensemen in the NHL can match his level of production, and he's about to become one of the highest paid players in the NHL
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.
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.
How did the Chicago Blackhawks blow the 1971...
The Chicago Blackhawks had the Stanley Cup in their grasp in 1971, until a long shot from center ice started a Montreal Canadiens comeback and began the Chicago Blackhawks decline.
NHL Draft Lottery Results
Here are the results of the NHL Draft Lottery since it was introduced by the National Hockey League in 1995.
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