Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Ice HockeyBy Samuel E
Here are surprising facts that you never knew about ice hockey; however, if you already knew these, it probably means that you are either a huge fan or that you’ve got too much time on your hands. Yeah right!
- The first NHL goal was scored by Dave Ritchie of the Montreal Wanderers in a game against the Toronto Arenas on the 19th of December 1917.
- The first self – propelled ice – clearing machine was invented in 1949 by Frank Zamboni.
- Forward were never allowed in the game of hockey before the 1927 – 1928 seasons.
- Bobby Hull holds the fastest slapshot in history, and it was registered at 118 miles per hour.
- Paul Coffey of the Edmonton Oilers set the record for defencemen, and it was set at 37 points in the playoffs of 1985.
- The Boston Bruins signed Bobby Orr in a five-year contract worth $200, 000 per season in 1971, and this was the first million-dollar contract in the history of the NHL.
- Referees are known to place the puck on the ice between the players’ sticks for face-offs before the 1914 NHL season. However, this led to several kinds of injuries for the referees.
- Hall of Famer Mikita Stan of the Chicago Blackhawks is credited with creating the curved stick blade during the 1960s season. Before then, all blades were straight.
- The former home to the Toronto maple leafs, the maple leaf garden became the first hockey arena to initiate the four-sided game clock in 1932.
- The record for the most points in a single game was ten and was set by Darryl Sittler.
There you have it, at least you now can boast to have a bit of hockey knowledge than the casual hockey fan.