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While hockey is a popular sport, especially in Northern countries, many people don't know that much about it. Those that do are either real hardcore hockey fans or like investing their time in random subjects. Here are some little known facts that will surprise most of us.
Some talented sportsmen can be easy to recruit – in 1993 Kris Draper cost only $1 for Detroit Red Wings. This fee gave a nickname One Dollar man. At the end he proved to be a really great investment for the club, as he played 17 seasons, scored 158 goals, and helped Detroit Red Wings win 4 Stanley Cups.
Even those not interested in hockey might know that Wayne Gretzky is the most famous point scorer in NHL. However, even if he would have never scored a single point in his career, he would still possess this record because he made so many assists. So many assists in fact, that just their number would make him an all-time best scorer.
Dave Ritchie is considered the author of the very first hockey goal. It happened in 1917 during a game between Montreal Wanderers and Toronto Arenas – Canada all the way.
A great proof that stuff was cheaper back in a day, Boston Bruins scored Bobby Off for 5 years for $200,000 each year. It was the first Million dollar contract in the sport's history. The player was well worth the money and scored 181 goals.
Roy Worters is quite short – he measures only 5'3", but size doesn't really matter. He played for Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Americans, and Montreal Canadiens. He played 484 games.
On the other hand, Slovak Zdeno Chara palys for Boston Bruins and is the tallest ever player at 6'9" and is also doing very well.
It might be a rumor, but is said the first hockey pucks were made from frozen cow dung. Players today are sure happy that things had changed. The current 1 inch thick puck is made of vulcanized rubber with a total weight of about 6 oz.
Lord Stanley of Preston was a Canadian governor-general at the time of the cup initiation. The trophy itself was only 7” tall and was awarded to the best amateur Canadian team. The cup today is a lot taller and stands at 35”. It is still given for the best Canadian team.
Of all 12 women marked in Stanley Cup, none of them were players. They are all team and owners and executives. The first female to get her name on the Cup was Marguerite Norris of Detroit Red Wings.
Sonia Scurfield is the only woman to have her name recorded on the silver chalice of Lord Stanley. She is the partial owner of the Calgary Flames team.
Bobby Hull is the creator of the speediest slapshot in history – 118 MPH. This shot earned him a nickname of Golden Jet and allowed him to spend 23 seasons in NHL playing for Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, and Hartford Whalers.
In November of 1979 Billy Smith scored first ever goal by a goaltender. Michael Plasse also scored such goal even earlier – in February of 1971, but he belonged to a different CHL league. Ron Hextall, a Phipadelphia Flyears goaler also scored a goaltender score, but it was the first by making a shot of his own. The total number of scoring goaltenders is 11, so it is a pretty rare event.
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