Monday, July 21, 2008

Did You Know?

by Anne

  • Of all NHL players born in the United States, the majority (just over 40) come from Minnesota, followed by New York, Massachusetts and Michigan which all claim around 30 players.
  • The first hockey puck ever used was a frozen piece of cow poop. Previously, a ball was used.
  • Wayne Gretzky scored his record breaking goal (77) in 1982 against the Buffalo Sabres. The same year he went on to set the record of 92.
  • Bill Masterton died of a head injury in 1968. A helmet would've saved his life, but helmets were not mandated in the NHL until 11 years later.
  • Wayne Gretzky played on a 10 year old hockey team when he was 6.
  • Despite being considered "highly dangerous" ice hockey ranks 3rd in injuries to children behind basketball and baseball, and 4th among hospitalizations related to sports injuries.
  • Exhibition and preseason games boast roughly 3 times as many injuries per game as the regular and post season.
  • The St. Louis Blues appeared in three straight Stanley Cup Finals ('68, '69, '70). All three times they were swept and all three times their head coach was Scotty Bowman. OUCH.
  • In the 23 seasons the President's Trophy has been awarded, only 7 times has that team won the President's Trophy also won the Stanley cup, and only 9 times has the President's Trophy team made it to the cup finals.
  • The first version of ice hockey was invented in Canada, but by British soldiers. The rules were created by students at McGill University.

These are your random hockey facts for the day, some of which you might've already known. I left out most of the like "hockey is named for" and "the first hockey game was played on..." facts because those aren't entertaining.


  1. They are fascinating facts. These are things I want to know about hockey and I will probably remember. I will NOT remember who did what and when. The only room left in my head are for senseless trivia.

  2. I will NOT remember who did what and when.

    I agree. I was super bored and decided I wanted to know more random unnecessary crap about hockey. Its way more interesting to spout off that they used to use frozen cow poop for a puck than to spout off a player's entire statistics for a given season.

  3. Undoubtably, I will remember the frozen cow poop. Those kind of gross facts stick with me. Eeeuuwww.


Glossary... Sort of

  • "Ryan Miller" Shutout - A 58 minute multi-goal shutout lead that is blown by Miller allowing one meaningless goal
  • Britney or SabreBritney - Thomas Vanek
  • Butter Snaps - Carolina Hurricanes
  • Craigory - Craig Rivet
  • Full Monty - Steve Montador
  • Greener - MATT Greene (LAK)
  • JBG - Jolly Blonde Giant - Tyler Myers
  • Little Foot - Drew Stafford
  • MK - Anne's sister; often leaves nonsensical comments under her Twitter name Mmmkizzle
  • Noodles - Derek Whitmore
  • Oscar - Anne's cat and STH's unofficial mascot
  • Parsley - Jimmy Bonneau
  • Sir Christopher - Chris Butler
  • Sissy - Jaroslav Spacek
  • Telly Monster - Mikael Tellqvist

Because It's Never not Funny

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