Can You Get 29/35 on This Hockey Knowledge Quiz?


By: Kale Havervold

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About This Quiz

Hockey is one of the most popular sports on the planet and is played around the world. The sport has ties to Ancient Egypt and Greece as these cultures played games with curved sticks and balls on the ground. In the modern-day world, the game is most commonly played on ice.

Whether you are in a small town in Russia or a small town in Canada, there is a good chance you'll see some shinny being played. Hockey has many fans, and many people claim to be experts and know all there is to know about the sport. Do you think you're one of those experts?

Do you know how long an NHL-regulation ice rink is? How about which country sees hockey as its only national sport? If you know the answers to these questions, or if you simply want to learn more about the greatest game on ice, this is the quiz for you. It will look at the history of the game, its rules, and it will even take a look at the NHL, where the best in the world skate, shoot and score.

So lace up your skates, adjust your helmet, and prepare yourself to take on our challenging hockey quiz. How many can you answer correctly?

What is the trophy given to the winner of the NHL Finals?

Every year, one team makes it through a grueling 82-game season, wins 16 games in the playoffs and is awarded the Stanley Cup. It is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, a former Governor General of Canada.


Who has scored the most NHL points during their career?

Wayne Gretzky is generally considered to be the best NHL player of all time, and it is easy to see why. During his career, Gretzky scored 2,857 points, which is nearly 1,000 more than the next closest player.


What year was the first indoor ice hockey game played?

The first official and organized indoor ice hockey game in the world was played on March 3, 1875, in Montreal. Two teams of nine players each played on the rink, and they used a wooden puck.


Was it is called when a player is all alone, rushing the net to score with no defense in their way?

If a player is all alone in the attacking zone of their opponent with no defensemen in their way, they are on a breakaway. This lapse in defense often makes it easier for the player on the breakaway to score.


What is it called when a player scores three goals in a single game?

If a hockey player scores three goals in a game, it is called scoring a hat trick. Fans will often throw hats onto the ice after a hat trick is scored, a tradition which dates back many decades.


In what year did the NHL officially begin?

While hockey had already been around for decades, the NHL officially began play in 1917. The league began with only four teams and has now grown to more than 30 teams across the USA and Canada.


Of the mentioned teams, which was the very first to win the Stanley Cup?

The first-ever Stanley Cup was awarded in 1893 to the Montreal Hockey Club. Early on, the Stanley Cup was only awarded to amateur teams. In 1906, professional teams were allowed to win it.


How long is a minor penalty?

In hockey, a minor penalty is 2 minutes long, and the offender must sit in the penalty box for that amount of time. There are a number of different types of minor penalties, including tripping, roughing and interference.


If a player jabs his stick at an opponent, what penalty is likely to be called?

When a player jabs his stick (either the blade or the butt-end) at an opposing player, it is a spearing penalty. It is often done in the stomach or chest region and can be incredibly painful.


How many players (not counting goalies) are on the ice for each team during even-strength play?

During even-strength play, there are five players and one goalie on the ice for each team. There are two defensemen, a center, a right winger and a left winger. This, of course, can change during penalties or when a goalie is pulled.


Which NHL goalie helped to introduce a goalie mask as a piece of everyday equipment for the position?

While Jacques Plante was not the first-ever goalie to wear a mask, he was the one who first wore one on a regular basis. He first wore one during practice in 1956, before ultimately using it in games in 1959.


What color helmet are hockey referees required to wear?

Teams often wear a variety of colored uniforms, and their helmets normally match their uniform. In order to remain consistent and be able to easily be identified, all hockey referees wear a black helmet.


In a standard 82-game NHL season, what is the most number of games that a team has won?

The most games ever won in an NHL season is 62, and it has been done twice — by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1995-96 season and then again by the Tampa Bay Lightning, just recently, in the 2018-19 season.


No one has won more Stanley Cups as a player than Henri Richard. How many did he win?

Many players have won multiple Stanley Cups, but no one has won as many as Henri Richard. He won a total of 11 in his playing career with the Montreal Canadiens, which is incredibly impressive since only a few teams have won more Stanley Cups than that.


Which of the following teams was not a part of the "Original Six"?

All of the aforementioned teams were a part of the NHL's "Original Six," except for the Vancouver Canucks. They officially joined the NHL in 1970, along with the Buffalo Sabres.


What is the attacking zone?

The attacking zone is a name given for the area beyond your opponent's blue line. It is where nearly all scoring chances develop and where most goals are scored in a hockey game.


Of all the teams to win the Stanley Cup, which team has won it the most?

There have been many successful franchises in the history of the NHL, but none have been more successful than the Montreal Canadiens. In their rich history, they have won 24 Stanley Cups.


When was the first time that ice hockey was played at the Olympics?

The very first time that ice hockey was played as an Olympic sport was at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. But in an interesting twist, this was at the Summer Olympics, not the winter.


In an NHL game, how long are each of the three periods?

In an NHL game, each period is 20 minutes long. This is actual game time, and most periods actually come in at about 45 minutes or so of real time. Other hockey leagues and tournaments have different time lengths for periods or halves.


To whom is the Art Ross Trophy awarded?

The Art Ross Trophy is given to the player who scores the most points in a single NHL season. The player who has won the award the most times is Wayne Gretzky, who won it 10 times in his career. The award was first presented after the 1947-1948 NHL season. Art Ross was a former player, general manager and head coach.


Thousands of goals are scored in the NHL every season, but what is the all-time record for goals scored in a season by a single player?

The most goals by a single player in an NHL season is 92, and it was scored by Wayne Gretzky in the 1981-198282 season. What is even more impressive is that he was only 21 years old when he accomplished the feat.


How wide are international ice hockey rinks?

While NHL rinks are 85 feet wide, all international rinks are much wider at 98.4 feet. This provides a much different game flow and allows for much more space for players to work.


If a player is given a major penalty, how long will they be penalized?

In ice hockey, a major penalty is worth 5 minutes in the penalty box. While fighting might be the most common major penalty, there are other examples such as boarding and cross-checking. Some minor penalties can also be upgraded to major penalty status if they are serious enough.


What is a saucer pass?

A saucer pass is when a player passes the puck to another by lifting it into the air, making it harder to stop. The reason it is called a saucer pass is that it resembles a flying saucer as the puck sails through the air.


How many times has Canadian women's national ice hockey team won a gold medal at the Olympics?

The Canadian women's national ice hockey team is one of the most dominant in the sport and has consistently won many of the major tournaments they have entered. The team has won four gold medals and two silver medals in six trips to the Olympics.


What is the record for most points scored in an NHL game by a single player?

The most points ever scored in a single NHL hockey game is 10. In 1976, as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Darryl Sittler scored six goals and got four assists in a single game.


In hockey, what is a "five-hole"?

The five-hole is the space in between a goalie's leg pads. It is a common place for goals to be scored as the pads the goalies wear don't cover the five-hole, so they must use their stick to block pucks shot in that area.


If a player is tripped by an opponent on a breakaway, what happens next?

If a player is tripped or taken down during a breakaway, a penalty shot is often awarded. This gives the player who got tripped a chance to take a free hot on the goalie without any defensemen present.


How is it decided which team begins with possession of the puck in a hockey game?

To begin a hockey game, both teams will go up to center ice and participate in a face-off. The ref will drop the puck between the two centers, and each will try to pass the puck back to their team.


What is the length of the ice in an NHL rink?

While some junior and international ice rinks vary when it comes to size, the official length of the ice rink in the NHL is 200 feet. This allows a lot of room for players to skate and show off their speed and skills.


Face-offs can happen all over the ice in a hockey game, but how many designated spots are there for face-offs?

While the start of each period begins with a face-off at center ice, there are nine different places where face-offs can happen on a standard NHL rink. There are four on each side of the the rink and the one at center ice.


What letter does the leader of a particular team wear on their jersey?

The leader of a hockey team will have a jersey with a "C" on the chest. This means they are the captain and considered the leader of the team. Most teams also have a few alternate captains. These players have an "A" on their jersey.


Of the following countries, which has ice hockey as its sole national sport?

Despite the fact that hockey is very popular in Canada, it is not the country's only national sport. Of the countries listed, hockey is the sole national sport for Latvia. This small nation has been playing hockey since the 1930s.


Which referee system is currently used in the NHL?

Most of the high-level hockey leagues on the planet, including the NHL, use the four-official system. This means that every game will have two referees and two linesmen on the ice at all times.


What is a match penalty?

A player is assessed a match penalty when they deliberately try to hurt another player or succeed in hurting another player. They are kicked out of the game and will often have to pay a fine and could also face suspension.


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