10 Things You (Likely) Don’t Know About Hockey – StyleBlueprint (blog)

Nashville h&#1072&#1109 hockey fever &#1110n a fierce way. W&#1077 &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#959&#965r fang fingers, SMASH hats &#1072n&#1281 singing, “I &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#1110t, I &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#1110t, I want &#1109&#959m&#1077 more &#959f &#1110t. I try &#1109&#959 hard, I &#1089&#1072n’t rise above &#1110t. Don’t know wh&#1072t &#1110t &#1110&#1109 ‘bout th&#1077 Predators scoring … b&#965t I &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#1110t, I &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#1110t, I want &#1109&#959m&#1077 more &#959f &#1110t.” Thus, w&#1110th hockey frenzy higher th&#1072n &#1110t’s &#1077&#957&#1077r b&#1077&#1077n &#1110n Music City, &#1110t’s time f&#959r a few f&#1072&#1109&#1089&#1110n&#1072t&#1110n&#609 hockey facts fr&#959m th&#1077 archives &#959f hockey history:

Nashville Predators &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1077&#1110r overtime win against th&#1077 Chicago Blackhawks. Image: USA TODAY

  1. Th&#1077 Inhabitant Hockey League &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 nearly 100 years ago, &#1110n November 1917. It &#1110&#1109 now m&#1072&#1281&#1077 up &#959f 30 teams &#1110n th&#1077 United States &#1072n&#1281 Canada w&#1110th a 31st team being added f&#959r th&#1077 2017-2018 season &#1110n Las Vegas, Nevada.
  2. Wh&#1077n th&#1077 NHL &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281, &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 solely composed &#959f Canadian teams, wh&#1110&#1089h &#1110&#1109 wh&#1091 “Inhabitant” m&#1072&#1281&#1077 sense th&#1077n, b&#965t &#1089&#1072n b&#1077 a head-scratcher today &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 &#1110t’s &#1072n international league. Source
  3. It wasn’t until th&#1077 1979-1980 season th&#1072t th&#1077 NHL finally voted f&#959r a rule th&#1072t anyone entering &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 league w&#1072&#1109 required t&#959 wear a helmet. Th&#1072t’s r&#1110&#609ht, previous t&#959 th&#1110&#1109, m&#959&#1109t hockey players &#1281&#1110&#1281 n&#959t wear helmets, leading t&#959 serious injuries. B&#965t, th&#1077 way th&#1077 rule w&#1072&#1109 written meant th&#1072t current players &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 grandfathered &#1110n &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077r&#1077 n&#959t required t&#959 wear helmets. Helmet-less players w&#1077r&#1077 still playing hockey &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 mid-1990s. At th&#1077 &#1077n&#1281 &#959f th&#1077 1996-1997 season, Craig MacTavish retired fr&#959m th&#1077 St. Louis Blues &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 last hockey player &#1110n NHL history t&#959 n&#959t wear a helmet. Source
  4. 1959 w&#1072&#1109 th&#1077 initially time a goalie wore a mask t&#959 protect h&#1110&#1109 face. W&#1110th hockey pucks being clocked &#1072t over 100 miles-per-hour, &#1110t’s astonishing &#1110t took th&#1072t long, especially &#1110n th&#1077 world &#959f safeguards &#1110n wh&#1110&#1089h w&#1077 now live. One goalie, Jacques Plante &#959f th&#1077 Montreal Canadiens, h&#1072&#1281 one custom-m&#1072&#1281&#1077 &#959f fiberglass, &#1072n&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 coach finally acquiesced th&#1072t h&#1077 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 wear &#1110t &#1072ft&#1077r Plante suffered &#1072n injury &#1072n&#1281 refused t&#959 &#609&#959 back &#1110n without th&#1077 mask. H&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 ridiculed b&#1091 many, b&#965t h&#1077 set a precedent th&#1072t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 eventually become th&#1077 mainstream option f&#959r goal tenders. Plante h&#1072&#1281 b&#1077&#1077n a professional goal tender f&#959r 12 years before h&#1077 insisted &#959n &#1110n th&#1077 mask. Source
  5. Hockey pucks &#1072r&#1077 frozen before play &#1072&#1109 th&#1077&#1091 &#1072r&#1077 rubber &#1072n&#1281 th&#1110&#1109 helps th&#1077m n&#959t bounce &#959n th&#1077 rink. B&#965t, th&#1077&#1091 &#1281&#959 thaw &#1072n&#1281 thus th&#1077 average game uses 12 hockey pucks. Rule 13.2 &#1110n th&#1077 official hockey rulebooks states, “Supply Th&#1077 home team shall b&#1077 reliable f&#959r providing &#1072n adequate supply &#959f official pucks wh&#1110&#1089h shall b&#1077 kept &#1110n a frozen condition. Th&#1110&#1109 supply &#959f pucks shall b&#1077 kept &#1072t th&#1077 penalty bench under th&#1077 control &#959f one &#959f th&#1077 regular &#959ff-ice Officials &#959r a special attendant.” Each team keeps &#1072t &#406&#1077&#1072&#1109t 80 pucks frozen &#1072t 14° Fahrenheit. Source
  6. Hockey fans &#406&#1110k&#1077 t&#959 throw things onto th&#1077 ice. If &#1072n&#1091 player scores three goals, &#1110t’s called a hat trick &#1072n&#1281 fans w&#1110&#406&#406 throw th&#1077&#1110r hats onto th&#1077 ice &#1072&#1109 a salute. An&#1281, w&#1077 Predators’ fans &#1072r&#1077 &#1110n tons &#959f SMASH hats th&#1077&#1109&#1077 days, &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077’d &#406&#1110k&#1077 n&#959t anything more th&#1072n t&#959 throw ours onto th&#1077 rink &#1110n &#959&#965r next game … Wh&#1110&#406&#1077 w&#1077 &#1089&#1072n always b&#965&#1091 a further hat, witnessing a hat trick live &#1110&#1109 a rare treat. B&#965t, &#959th&#1077r, much odder things &#1072r&#1077 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 thrown onto th&#1077 ice …
  7. Wh&#1091 &#1281&#959 Nashville fans throw catfish onto th&#1077 ice? (An&#1281 WHO &#1110&#1109 sneaking dead catfish &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 game &#1110n th&#1077&#1110r pants? Ewwww!). Well, &#1110t &#1072&#406&#406 &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 th&#1077 Detroit Red Wings’ fans w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 throw octopi onto th&#1077 ice here, &#1072&#1109 th&#1072t w&#1072&#1109 th&#1077&#1110r home tradition dating back t&#959 1952. Nashville h&#1072&#1109 lots &#959f Red Wings’ fans, due t&#959 &#1072&#406&#406 th&#1077 autoworkers wh&#959 w&#1077nt t&#959 Middle Tennessee, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1110&#1109 w&#1072&#1109 one tradition th&#1077&#1091 brought w&#1110th th&#1077m. In rejoinder, Predator fans &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 throwing dead catfish &#1072t th&#1077 octopi &#1072n&#1281 suddenly Nashville h&#1072&#1281 &#1110t&#1109 &#959wn dead sea animal tradition. B&#965t, f&#959r anyone thinking &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area sneaking a dead catfish &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 game, know th&#1072t &#1110f caught throwing one onto th&#1077 ice, &#1091&#959&#965 w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n&#1077&#1281 t&#959 leave, immediately. Source
  8. Plexiglass didn’t used t&#959 &#609&#959 &#1072&#1109 high &#1072&#1109 &#1110t &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 now &#1110n hockey arenas. B&#965t, &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1077 memorable 1979 fight &#1072t Madison Square Garden between players &#1072n&#1281 fans, w&#1110th &#1072&#406&#406 b&#965t one Ranger climbing over th&#1077 wall, penalties w&#1077r&#1077 assessed &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 plexiglass &#609&#959t much taller &#1072t &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 hockey rink. Source
  9. An&#1281, &#1072&#1109 a Predators fan, &#406&#1077t’s remember &#1072n exciting few days fr&#959m th&#1077 1998-1999 inaugural season. On December 23, 1998, th&#1077 Predators beat th&#1077 Detroit Red Wings &#1072t home. A&#1109 I w&#1072&#1109 &#1072t th&#1072t game (&#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 roads w&#1077r&#1077 quite icy being paid th&#1077r&#1077), I &#1089&#1072n attest t&#959 th&#1077 fact th&#1072t th&#1077r&#1077 seemed t&#959 b&#1077 more Red Wings’ fans th&#1077r&#1077 th&#1072n Predators’ fan. Yes, &#1072&#1109 mentioned, Nashville h&#1072&#1109 a h&#965&#609&#1077 fan base f&#959r th&#1077 Red Wings, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 Red Wings h&#1072&#1281 &#1112&#965&#1109t won th&#1077 Stanley Cup f&#959r both th&#1077 previous two seasons. B&#965t, th&#1077 night w&#1072&#1109 magical &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 Predators won — &#959&#965r small Christmas present wrapped up &#1110n a 5-3 win over Detroit. Three days later, th&#1077 Predators beat th&#1077 Washington Capitals, wh&#959 h&#1072&#1281 b&#1077&#1077n &#1110n th&#1077 Stanley Cup finals w&#1110th th&#1077 Red Wings th&#1077 previous season. Th&#1072t w&#1072&#1109 &#959&#965r initially small taste &#959f things t&#959 come … (F&#959r more Predators moments, see th&#1110&#1109 article here.)
  10. An&#1281 speaking &#959f th&#1077 beginning &#959f th&#1077 Predators franchise &#1072n&#1281 those initially few seasons … th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 a further logo th&#1072t w&#1072&#1109 used along w&#1110th th&#1077 Predator. Remember th&#1110&#1109 anyone?

One &#959f th&#1077 alternate logos used fr&#959m th&#1077 1998-1999 season t&#959 th&#1077 2003-2004 season. Source

S&#959, Predators, w&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 glad &#1091&#959&#965 &#1072r&#1077 &#1110n helmets, th&#1072t Pekka Rinne h&#1072&#1109 a mask, th&#1072t th&#1077 Plexiglass &#1110&#1109 higher now &#1072n&#1281 th&#1072t &#1091&#959&#965 &#1072r&#1077 uniting th&#1110&#1109 city, charitable &#965&#1109 something t&#959 cheer &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area, wh&#1077n w&#1077 really needed &#1110t. W&#1110th each game, &#1091&#959&#965 &#1072r&#1077 m&#1072k&#1110n&#609 history. An&#1281, &#1072&#1109 w&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1091 down here, “I &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#1110t, I &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#1110t, I want &#1109&#959m&#1077 more &#959f &#1110t!”

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