10 Interesting Facts About Ice Hockey

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When a sport has been around as long as hockey, there are bound to be plenty of interesting facts, legends and stories surrounding it. Here are just a few interesting facts and figures about the game we love.


1
Kris Draper was traded for just $1 in 1993 to Detroit Red Wings. Thus, he began his reputation as the “One Dollar Man” and went on to win four Stanley Cups for Detroit.

2
Jarome Iginla donates $2,000 to the children’s charity Kidsport for every goal he scores. Since 2000, he has added more than $700,000.

3
In 1930 World Ice Hockey Championship, the Canadian team was considered so dominant that it did not participate in the knock-out tournament. Canada was right away put into the final game and the tournament was played to determine an opponent. Canada won.

4
Even if Wayne Gretzky had never scored a single goal, he would still have more points than any other past or present hockey player. He had more career assists than any other player has total points.

5
The Slovakian women’s hockey team qualified for the 2010 Olympics by beating Bulgaria 82-0. They later lost to team Canada in Vancouver 18-0.

6
In USSR, bears were trained and forced to play ice hockey as part of circus performance.

7
Two of the greatest hockey players of all time, Mario Lemieux and Patrick Roy were born on the same day only 124 miles apart.

8
Doctors in British Columbia are banned from talking about hockey during surgery.

9
NHL does not own the Stanley Cup and any hockey team could potentially challenge for the trophy in the event of a season-long lockout.

10
If both NHL goalies are injured, the team can literally choose any available goalie to suit up and play and this includes fans.