Sometimes the sports world is full of wild and weird info, and facts that make you want to spit out your beer and go “What, wait! That can’t be right!” If esoteric hockey trivia is your thing, there’s a
Reddit asking for users for their “oh f*ck off, no way that’s true!” hockey fact.
The internet did not disappoint, such as this little nugget from user Table_Coaster; the 1956 Cup winning Montreal team had 12 hall of famers on it at once (Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard, Henri Richard, Doug Harvey, Dickie Moore, Bernie Geoffrion, Bert Olmsted, Tom Johnson, Emile Bouchard, and Jacques Plante, Frank Selke as the GM and Toe Blake as the head coach). That’s a dynasty!
Check them out!
Nathan Horton is officially credited as having scored a goal in a game that he didn’t play (polyphoniccrussader)
During a game with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Horton scored early against Dallas. Later in the period, Stars player Rich Peverley collapsed due to an irregular heartbeat. The game was stopped and postponed to a later date and all statistics except the goal were nullified. The makeup game started from the beginning with Columbus leading 1-0, however Horton missed the makeup game due to an injury.
Chris Neil has never been suspended or fined, but is at the top of the league for career penalty minutes among active players (beekermc)
Getting away with it since ’01
Former St. Louis Blues coaches have won the Stanley Cup 17 times (DiegoVonCosmo)
Of those coaches, one of them accounts for 9 (Scotty Bowman), while the remaining former coaches still have more Stanley cup wins, than all the other teams coaches in the post expansion era.
With all that coaching pedigree you’d think that they’d have a trophy by now, but they’re the oldest team to have never won a cup.
Over the course of 8 seasons, Glenn Hall played 502 consecutive complete games in goal for the Blackhawks, all without a mask (nahanahs)
That takes balls, although I’m sure he protected those.
The last tie in NHL history had the last name Domi (AdmiralFartmore)
In the 1988/89 season, Flyers goalie Ron Hextall had 113 penalty minutes. Only 11 total PLAYERS had more than that in the NHL last season (HandsLikeLuke)
I remember watching Hextall play growing up. He was a madman. I loved it!
In 1992-93, Mario Lemieux missed two months of play while receiving radiation treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. When he returned, he lit the scoreboards on fire (rsh412)
Coming back to the game, he was behind in the scoring race by 12 points. He went on to register 56 points in his final 20 games to win the scoring title by 12 points. He finished the season with 69 goals, 91 assists and 160 points in just 60 games.
Had he played a full season at that pace, he’d have finished with 94 goals (a record) and 214 points (1 shy of Gretzky’s record). Legend.
The New Jersey Devils paid Tuomo Ruutu 5 million for ONE point this year (NYDevilsFan)
It took him 82 games to get it.
The Slovakian women’s team qualified for the 2010 Olympics by beating Bulgaria 82-0 only to lose to Canada 18-0 (The_DairyLord)
The Bulgarian goalie had 52 saves on top of those 82 goals. That’s 134 total shots on net, and averaged to be a goal every 44 seconds. Wonder if the Bulgarian players accidentally unplugged their controllers.
Patrik Stefan’s breakaway miss had a butterfly effect on the NHL even today (wallawalla22)
You’d think missing the net like this (check out the video HERE), would just be highlight reel comedy, but it had far reaching implications. If the Stars hadn’t missed that goal, giving the Oilers the ‘loser point,” Chicago would not have gotten the first pick in the draft, not drafted Patrick Kane, thus with no partner for Toews, he may not have reached his potential and no Stanley Cups since 1961, keeping them with the longest Stanley Cup drought.
The Devils have made a trade with every team in the NHL… except the Rangers (gamesk8er)
They just won’t acknowledge their borough across the river.
SJ Sharks had the only rain out in NHL history (andresjsharks)
On March 10th, 1995 heavy rains caused flooding from the nearby Guadalupe River that made access to the arena both challenging and unsafe.
Steven Stamkos, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Chris Tanev, Cody Hodgson, Michael Del Zotto, Matt Duchene, John Tavares all played together on the same summer teams as kids (Chriscftb97)
Super tiny, superstars. Gotta start somewhere.
Goalie Abie Goldberry caught on fire when a puck hit his pack of matches (Chriscftb97)
He was a Quebec junior hockey player in 1930, and he caught on fire and was severely burned before they could put it out.
In 2013, Brodeur had more wins than 7 current NHL franchises (Clarkson23)
That year, he personally had more wins the the entire season history of each of these teams: Anaheim Ducks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Columbus Blue Jackets, Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators.
He also shut out every team except the Oilers.
If Wayne Gretzky had never scored a single goal in the NHL, he’d still be the all time leader in points (OzziePao13)
Gretz finished his career with 2,857 points, 894 of them goals. Next on the list is Mark Messier with 1,887. Gretzky would still win by 76 points.
Winner, winner, poutine dinner.
The Oilers swept the Bruins during the 1988 Cup Final in 5 games (lechuck333)
Yes, we know you know that it takes 4 games to sweep, but in 1988, during Game 4, there was a power outage and fog during the 2nd period and it caused the game to be cancelled. Score was 3-3, so they just started over in Game 5, and the Oilers won. Series was officially 4-0 Oilers after game 5.
On December 31 1998 Mario Lemieux scored 5 different ways in a single game (amnesiac2323>
He scored even-strength, on the Power Play, shorthanded, on a penalty shot, and an empty net goal. Never been done before, or since.
Pierre McGuire is a two- time Stanley Cup champion (Mew16)
Prominent hockey commentator, analyst and sometime blowhard for TSN and NBC, Pierre McGuire won two cups with the Penguins in ’91 and ’92, as an assistant coach.
So he might know a little bit about winning in hockey. A little bit.