11 Things You Didn’t Know About Hockey

1. Hockey pucks are chilled before puck drop so they don’t bounce.

2. Plexiglass was first put around the rink after 1974 when a large brawl occurred between players and fans.

3. If a player high sticks another player (raises their stick above the other player’s shoulders), it is a minor two-minute penalty; however, if blood is spilled, it is a double penalty with four minutes in the box.

4.  Although hockey began in Canada, they currently only have six teams in the National Hockey League.

5.  The Tampa Bay Lightning had a woman player in the 1992 and 1993 exhibition season. Her name was Manon Rheaume.

6. The original Stanley Cup was only seven inches tall.

7. The reason pucks come off a hockey stick so fast is that the stick flexes and throws the puck with a bow-and-arrow effect.

8. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim were founded in 1993 by the Walt Disney Company after the successful release of the 1992 film “The Mighty Ducks.” The opening night included a large ice show lead by Lumiere, the candlestick from “Beauty and the Beast.”

9. Fighting started in hockey as protection. Skilled players were defended by bigger teammates or “enforcers” so they would not get injured.

10. Zambonis at a National Hockey League rink average 2,000 miles a year.

11. The Stanley Cup has been: lost, mistaken, used for a flowerpot, kicked across a water canal, set on fire and peed on to put out the fire, stolen in pieces which later randomly turned up, fixed at an automotive body shop and licked by actress Hayden Panettiere.

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