Hockey Fun Facts

Hockey Fun Facts

Fun NHL Facts

1) The NHL was founded on November 22nd, 1917

2) Wayne Gretzky holds 61 NHL records, the most of any player

3) Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins was the first NHL player to record 100 points in a season, in 1969

4) On February 22nd, 1980, team USA beat the Soviets at the Lake Placid Olympics 

5) The Anaheim Duck's team name was inspired by the 1992 Disney film, The Mighty Ducks

6) On March 10th 1970, Bobby Orr scored 40 seconds into overtime giving the Bruins their first Stanley Cup in 29 years.

7) Wayne Gretzky holds the most NHL goals at 894 goals

8) On the Montreal Canadiens team in 1956, 12 players would go to be Hall of Famers

9) In 1971, Bobby Orr became the first player to receive a million-dollar contract

10) Gordie Howe was the oldest player in NHL history, retiring at age 54

11) The NHL team to win the most Stanley Cups are the Montreal Canadiens

12) The first organized indoor hockey game was played in Montreal in 1875

13) Wayne Gretzky has the most points in NHL history with 2,857 points

14) Bobby Orr has 915 points in 657 games, the highest of any defenseman

15) In 1993, Kris Draper got his nickname of "One Dollar Man" because he was traded to the Red Wings for just 1 dollar

16) Even if Gretzky never scored a goal, he would still lead the NHL in all-time points

17) In 1954-55 Marguerite Norris was the first woman to have her name engraved on the cup

18) Bobby Hull holds the record for the fastest slap shot ever at 118 mph

19) On November 28th, 1979, Billy Smith for the Islanders became the first goalie to score a goal

20) Phil Kessel has played in over 1,000 consecutive games, not missing one since 2009

21) On average about 12 hockey pucks are used during an NHL game

22) Throwing an octopus on the ice after a home game playoff win is a lucky tradition for the Red Wings 

23) After a Stanley Cup win, each player gets to keep the cup for 24 hours 

24) In 2020, a 42 year old from the stands was pulled in as the hurricane's double backup goalie 

25) The Bruins set the NHL record for the most points in a season at 133 points

26) Through 81 games, the Bruins have won 64 games which is an NHL record

27) On January 18, 1958, Willie O'Ree became the first Black player in the NHL for the Boston Bruins

28) On April 14, 1960, the Canadians become the only team in NHL history to win 5 Stanley Cups in a row

29) On April 18, 1999, Wayne Gretzky played his final NHL game

30) Boston Bruins had the most wins and points in the 22/23 season


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