The National Hockey League (NHL) is undoubtedly the most prestigious in the entire world. Ever since its initial establishment in 1917, this professional ice hockey league has treated fans to some spectacular events. In this article, we have shared three interesting facts about the NHL.
The Longest Playoffs Game
The playoffs are the biggest stage in the regular NHL season. While most of the playoffs are decided in regulation time, some go to overtime. But then, the 1936 Stanley Cup Final was an extraordinary one. Pitting Detroit Red Wings vs Montreal Maroons, the game went to six overtimes until it was decided by a rookie 116 minutes and 30 seconds after regulation time ended. The game started at 8:30 pm on a Tuesday and ended on Wednesday, 2:25 am.
The Discovery of Curved Stick Blades
Did you know that ice hockey stick blades were not curved initially? Yes, until 1950, when Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita of the Chicago Black Hawks and Andy Bathgate of the New York Rangers discovered that curved blades worked better. This is something they found from their broken blades. Tests were done, and the changes were effected, and later on, adopted by the entire industry.
Most Penalty Minutes
Match penalties are common, but then, in the Philadelphia Flyers vs Ottawa Senators match in 2004, new records were set. The match went down into the history books as it ended with 419 penalty minutes after 67 penalties. What started as a simple fight between Mark Recchi and Martin Havlat quickly escalated into one of the biggest brawls in hockey.
The above are some of the interesting facts about the NHL. Have you also heard of Gordie Howe, the oldest person to play in the NHL, at 52 years, and Henry Richard, who boasts 11 Stanley Cups?