The NHL was formed in November of 1917, over a hundred years ago. Since that time, a lot of players and teams have come and gone, a lot of odd records set, and fascinating history made.  We’ve compiled a list of these “fun facts” that aren’t very well known.

  • In 1950, Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull of the Chicago Black Hawks and Andy Bathgate of the New York Rangers were the first players to discover curved stick blades. They realized their broken blades were more effective and had their equipment staff alter their blades to be curved.
  • Gordie Howe was the oldest person to play a game in the NHL. He was 52 years old when he played his last game in the league on April 6, 1980. He played a few seasons with his sons, Marty and Mark Howe, in the WHA with the Houston Aeros. Alternatively, Bep Guidolin was the youngest player to play a game in the NHL. He was 16 at the time of his first game on November 12, 1942.
  • Henri Richard of the Montreal Canadiens has won 11 Stanley Cups, which is the most by any player (1956, 57, 58, 59, 60, 65, 66, 68, 69, 71, 73).
  • In the 1992-1993 season, Teemu Selanne scored 76 goals, the most scored by a rookie.
  • Matt Martin holds the record for most hits in one season in 2014-2015 wit 382 hits.
  • Dan Girardi has the most blocked shots in the league with 1,846.
  • A game between the Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers resulted in the most penalty minutes with 419 (67 penalties) on March 5, 2004. Both teams played each other a week before this game where Flyers player, Mark Recchi, hooked Martin Havlat who then slashed Recchi in the face. The all out brawl that happened majorly in the final minutes of the game (including most of the team and goalies) stemmed from revenge for the previous game incidents.

  • The record for most time on ice by a forward is credited to Jaromir Jagr who played 59:08 minutes in a playoff game on May 4, 2000.
  • Craig Anderson has the highest save percentage in a regular season with a .941 in 2013.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins hold the record for the longest winning streak with 17 games in the 1992-93 season. The 1974-75 Washington Capitals and 1992-93 San Jose Sharks also share the record for the longest losing streak with 17 games.
  • The record for most shootout rounds in one game belongs to the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers with 20 rounds in 2014.
  • The longest playoff game went to six overtimes in the 1936 Stanley Cup Final between the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Maroons. The game was scoreless until rookie Mud Bruneteau scored the game winning goal, 116:30 after the end of regulation. The game began at 8:30 p.m. on a Tuesday and ended at 2:25 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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