Skates have been used since 1000bc. They used to be made of bones.
Hockey evolution started with the Irish field game of "Hurley." Hurley came to Canada specifically Nova Scotia, Hurley was an all around season but it bed American very difficult to play in the winter. Boys at "King College" in Nova Scotia thought of " Hurley on ice." This game stuck around in Nova Scotia for approximately 50 years.
Equipment was evolving with the sport at the beginning of hockey skates just strapped to your boots they were about 1$ for " Star Skates" and hockey sticks were 0.25$ . Not two sticks were ever the same. For jerseys a wool sweater was used
Hurley on ice started to move, it move from east to west across the country. Hurley on ice was also called "shinny" and/or "rickets". In the early 1870's an engineer named James Creighton taught his friends from McGill how to play this game called Hockey ( this name was given in the "Royal Canadian Rifles" officer) that he was taught in Nova Scotia. In 1870's the first organized hockey game was ready to be played in Montreal. James Creighton made the " Halifax Rules" these rules consisted of the rule 9 players on each team. Hockey became a very popular game in Montreal, James Creighton moved to Ottawa and started Ottawa's first hockey team called the "Rideau Hall Rebels" in about 1887. In about the same time kingston started their first amateur hockey team. Ontario finally had 4 hockey teams.
The first ever female hockey game was played in Barrie.
In 1892 Lord Stanley, Earl of Preston and Governor General of Canada gave the amateur hockey teams a cup to battle for. The first ever team to win the Stanley cup was the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association in 1893. The Stanley cup is still used to this date.
The first artificial ice rink was built in Baltimore.
The Montreal Victorias won the Stanley cup for 3 years straight.
The Winnipeg Victoria's were the first team from the western division to win the Stanley cup.
The first goal net was introduces shortly after the goal post were.
The NHL started with 5 team consisting of Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Toronto Arenas, Quebec Bulldogs and Ottawa Senators. The first NHL team to win the Stanley cup was the Toronto arenas. After a couple years in 1926 the NHL had then gained control over the Stanley cup and it could only be won by NHL teams.
The first NHL goal was scored by Dave Ritchie of the Montreal Wanderers against the Toronto Arenas.
Dave Ritchie scored the first goal in NHL history.
There was actually no Stanley cup winner in 1919!!
The last 7 on 7 game took place in 1922, Toronto st. Patrick's played the Vancouver millionaires and beat them 6-0. Each team had their 7th player, playing as a rover.
Ice hockey was official and Olympic sport!
Before this time forward passes were not allowed. You could only pass backwards
The offside rule was officially created.
The Maple Leaf Gardens was built during the Great Depression of Canada. That in itself is a huge accomplishment.
The Maple Leaf Gardens is the first arena to have a square clock.
When penalty shot were introduced they were very different from now. You took the shot from the red line (half).
Many teams came and left the NHL. They final came to the original six this consisted of Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks. These teams stayed until and passed the expansion of 1967.
Gordie Howe made a record in all sports for most seasons played! He played a total of 32 seasons! His said to be best seasons was when he was 48!! He played for two teams, the Detroit red wings and the Hartford whalers.
Referees began using hand signals to call penalties.
The first self propelling Zamboni was created in 1949 by Frank Zamboni.
In about 1958, the curved sticks were invented by Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. Sticks were before this time always straight. After Jacques Plante was hit in the face with a pick he decided the next season he would wear a goalie mask. Hockey were not a necessary until about the 1970's. They then became mandatory for the NHL in the season of 1979-80.
The first televised broadcast of hockey was Montreal vs. Detroit.
Don Cherry had a long minor league career but only actually played one NHL game. He laced up his skates for one playoff game for the Boston Bruins.
The Montreal Canadian team from 1956 had 12 hall of famers.
Willie O'Ree was the first black man to ever play in the NHL.
The only father son award to happen by chance is the MVP award, it was given to Bobby Hull the to his son.
Bobby Orr is said to be one of the best players to step foot on ice. He was first signed to the Boston Bruins in 1966 with a two year contract. Later that season he had missed 8 games due to his first knee injury. In 1967 he again hurt his knee and had it in a cast for 5 weeks. In 1968 he signed a 3 year contract with the bruins. At the age of 30 her retired from his professional hockey career.
In 1967 the NHL added six new teams, these were Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, California (Oakland) Seals, St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings. In 1970 an other two teams were added the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres.
Bobby Orr received the first million dollar contract in 1971 with the Boston Bruins.
The brawl of 1972, Billy Coutu was suspended from the NHL for life. This is because he punched a ref in the head.
The Buffalo Sabres are the only team to have record to kill an animal during a game.
OWHA (Ontario women's hockey assoiation was officially founded.
In some people's opinion the best player to ever step on the ice. His stats are mind blowing, he play 20 seasons of the NHL and won the Scoring Title 10 times, MVP 9 times, the Stanley Cup 4 times. He is the only player to have scored 200 goals in one seasons, not only did he do this but he did it 4 times.
Paul Coffey of the Edmonton Oilers set an NHL record for defencemen with 37 points in the playoffs.
Kris Drapper was trade from the Winnipeg jets to Detroit red wings for a single dollar. It was the best investment in NHL history.
Women ice hockey officially became an Olympic sport!
The number 00 was outlawed in the season 1998//99.
Getting hit with a puck can kill. March 2002 a girl was at Columbus blue jackets game when getting hit with the puck killed her.
Sidney Crosby plays for the pittsburgh penguins and has sinceBy the end of that season he was named as the leagues best young player. He scored 102 points in his first pro season. In 2007 he was named the leagues youngest captain. In 2009 he led his team to the first Stanley cup since 1992.
There are 64 goalies in the NHL.
Tuukka Rask is leading with save percentage with .928%.
Tuukka Rask has the most shutouts in round 3 with 2.
There are about 344 players in the NHL.
Anze Kopitar is leading with most points in round 3.
Tanner Pearson has the best plus minus in round 3 with 10.
Marian Gaborik is leadin with most goals in round 3.
San Jose Vs. Los Angeles played against each other in first round playoffs.
Chicago vs. Minnesota played against each other in second round playoffs.
Chicago and Los Angeles are playing round 3 now. Series at 1-3 for L.A
Colorado vs. Minnesota played against each other in first round playoffs.
St. Louis vs.Chicago played against each other in first round playoffs.
Dallas vs. Anaheim played against each other in first round playoffs.
Anaheim vs. Los Angeles played against each other in second round playoffs.
Boston vs. Detroit they played each other in first round playoffs.
Tampa Bay vs. Montreal they played each other in first round playoffs.
Pittsburgh vs. Columbus they played each other in first round playoffs.
New York vs. Philadelphia they played each other in first round playoffs.
Boston vs. Montreal played against each other in second round playoffs.
Pittsburgh vs. New York played against each other in second round playoffs.
Montreal vs. New York they are currently playing each other in third round playoffs the series is at 2-3 for New York.