10 Things about the NHL

    1. In 1892, Lord Stanley purchased a decorative bowl to be given as a championship trophy from a London silversmith for 10 guineas, which translates into $51.10 in today’s US dollars.
    2. In 1967, the NHL doubled in size from six to 12 teams. In each of the first three seasons after expansion, one of the new franchises, the St. Louis Blues, advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.
    3. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has an exclusive club for players that have won a World Championships gold medal, an Olympics gold medal and a Stanley Cup championship. Only 25 players have ever won all three in their careers.
    4. Hall of Famer Ed Belfour holds the distinction of losing the most postseason games in overtime in NHL history (20)
    5. Only one goalie in NHL history has won more than 100 postseason games (Patrick Roy, 151 wins).


    6. Only two players in NHL history have reached the 40-point plateau in a single postseason: Wayne Gretzky (three times) and Mario Lemieux. The last time the mark was achieved was by Gretzky in 1993.
    7. No player has ever scored 20 goals in a single postseason. The record, 19, has been hit twice: Jari Kurri (1985) and Reginald Leach (1976).
    8. The longest NHL playoff game happened on March 24, 1936, between the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Maroons. The game finished at 2:30 in the morning, when Martin “Mud” Bruteneau scored the winning goal for the Maroons after 116 minutes and 30 seconds of extra time—that’s nearly six periods of O.T.
    9. The fastest goal to start an NHL playoff game came on April 17, 1972. Don Kozak of the Los Angeles Kings didn’t waste any time, scoring just six seconds into a Stanley Cup playoff game against the Boston Bruins.
    10. The Stanley Cup itself has logged more than 400,000 travel miles during the past five seasons, according to nhl.com

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