Ed Belfour makes a kick-save during Game 4 of the Campbell Conference Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers on May 22, 1992. The fiery goaltender known as “The Eagle” won the 1991 Calder Trophy and went on to become a two-time Vezina Trophy-winner who posted 484 wins — third all-time — including 76 shutouts during his 17-year career. The Hall of Fame goalie, who backstopped the Dallas Stars to a Stanley Cup victory in 1999, turned 50 years old today. (Richard Mackson/SI)

Women’s Hockey vs. Men’s Hockey

I’ve heard this come up a lot with talk about the NWHL and that women’s hockey is not as good as men’s. The problem with saying women’s hockey isn’t as good as men’s hockey is that it’s not an even playing field. At all. Boys have everything rooting for them. They can play competitive, get a scholarship and go pro if they’re good enough. It can be a career for them. For girls it’s seen as a hobby. Once you get through high school there are scholarships for both sure, but after college or university, the boys at least the opportunity to try and make hockey their career. For women, there is no money in it. Even at the highest level and they have to provide their own equipment. And now, while the NWHL will pay the players and provide equipment (which I think is awesome and a huge step for women’s hockey) it’s still not anywhere close to a living wage. The salary minimum is $10,000, and the highest payed player, Kelli Stack, is only getting paid $25,000. In comparison, the minimum salary for the NHL is $575,000, double the Boston Pride’s entire salary cap.

So when people say “why aren’t there as many female players if they’re just as good?” It’s because there is no future in hockey for them. They can’t afford to play the sport and pay the bills at the same time. Until now, or, slightly off in the future when they get living wages for playing.

Also, to put the skill levels of the players into perspective. The women of the NWHL have practices at 10:00 PM at night twice a week. Plus day jobs. Do people really expect them to be as good as NHL players who train nearly everyday and have access to an enormous amount of resources? Janine Weber was asked to give her stick to the hockey hall of fame, but she almost didn’t because she couldn’t afford another.

Would that ever happen to an NHL player? So the argument over which is better, and really it shouldn’t matter because both play beautiful hockey, has to wait until women’s hockey is given the same chance to shine. Judging by the NHL’s treatment of the CWHL, that wasn’t going to change, hopefully the NWHL can be more successful and show people just how great women’s hockey is, with players actually getting paid for their efforts.  

Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom plays the puck against the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 17, 2008 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees were announced on Monday, with Lidstrom headlining the seven people making up the class. Lidstrom won the Norris Trophy seven times over his 20-year-career, which was entirely spent with Detroit. The 12-time All-Star won the Stanley Cup four times and recorded 1,142 career points. (David E. Klutho for SI)


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Stan Mikita

Position: Center
Teams: Chicago Blackhawks
Number: 21
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 169 lbs
Shoots: Right
Born: May 20th, 1940 in Sokolce, Czechoslovakia

Honors and Awards

1983 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
1x Stanley Cup Champion
4x Art Ross Trophy winner
2x Hart Memorial Trophy winner
2x Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner
3x NHL assists leader
6x NHL First All-Star Team
3x NHL Second All-Star Team
1x Lester Patrick Trophy winner
9x NHL All-Star

Career Statistics - Regular Season

Games Played: 1,394
Goals: 541                                                   Goals/Game: 0.388
Assists: 926                                                 Assists/Game: 0.664
Points: 1,467                                                Points/Game: 1.052

Career Statistics - Playoffs

Games Played: 155
Goals: 59                                                      Goals/Game: 0.381
Assists: 91                                                    Assists/Game: 0.587
Points: 150                                                    Points/Game: 0.968

The national anthem heard at Madison Square Garden in Miracle is performed by Lauren Hart, who began singing the anthem on a regular basis at Philadelphia Flyers home games in 1997. Hart is also the daughter of late NHL Hall of Fame announcer Gene Hart, who broadcast for the Flyers from 1967-1995.

Three-time Vezina Trophy winner and Hall of Fame goalie Glenn Hall, seen here between the pipes for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1964, turned 85 years old on Oct. 3, 2016. For seven complete seasons—two with Detroit and five with Chicago—the maskless Hall, who became known as Mr. Goalie, never missed a start. His 502 consecutive games in goal is perhaps the safest record in all of sports. (Tony Triolo)

Bryan Trottier

Position: Center
Teams: New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins
Number: 19
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 195 lbs
Shoots: Left
Born: July 17th, 1956 in Val Marie, Saskatchewan

Honors and Awards

1997 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
6x Stanley Cup Champion
1x Conn Smythe Trophy winner
1x Art Ross Trophy winner
1x Hart Memorial Trophy winner
1x King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner
1975-76 Calder Memorial Trophy winner
2x NHL assists leader
2x NHL First All-Star Team
2x NHL Second All-Star Team
8x NHL All-Star

Career Statistics - Regular Season

Games Played: 1,279
Goals: 524                                                    Goals/Game: 0.410
Assists: 901                                                  Assists/Game: 0.704
Points: 1,425                                                 Points/Game: 1.114

Career Statistics - Playoffs

Games Played: 221
Goals: 71                                                      Goals/Game: 0.321
Assists: 113                                                  Assists/Game: 0.511
Points: 184                                                    Points/Game: 0.832

Paul Coffey

Position: Defense
Teams: Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes, Boston Bruins
Number: 7, 74, 77
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 205 lbs
Shoots: Left
Born: June 1st, 1961 in Weston, Ontario

Honors and Awards

2004 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
4x Stanley Cup Champion
3x James Norris Memorial Trophy winner
4x NHL First All-Star Team
4x NHL Second All-Star Team
14x NHL All-Star

Career Statistics - Regular Season

Games Played: 1,409
Goals: 396                                                    Goals/Game: 0.281
Assists: 1,135                                               Assists/Game: 0.806
Points: 1,531                                                 Points/Game: 1.087

Career Statistics - Playoffs

Games Played: 194
Goals: 59                                                       Goals/Game: 0.304
Assists: 137                                                   Assists/Game: 0.706
Points: 196                                                     Points/Game: 1.010

Doug Gilmour

Position: Center
Teams: St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens
Number: 9, 18, 39, 93
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 177 lbs
Shoots: Left
Born: June 25th, 1963 in Kingston, Ontario

Honors and Awards

2011 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
1x Stanley Cup Champion
1x Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy winner
2x NHL All-Star

Career Statistics - Regular Season

Games Played: 1474
Goals: 450                                                    Goals/Game: 0.305
Assists: 964                                                  Assists/Game: 0.654
Points: 1,414                                                 Points/Game: 0.959

Career Statistics - Playoffs

Games Played: 182
Goals: 60                                                      Goals/Game: 0.330
Assists: 128                                                  Assists/Game: 0.703
Points: 188                                                    Points/Game: 1.033

Adam Oates

Position: Center
Teams: Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Edmonton Oilers
Number: 12, 21, 34, 77
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 190 lbs
Shoots: Right
Born: August 27th, 1962 in Weston, Ontario

Honors and Awards

2012 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
3x NHL assists leader
1x NHL Second All-Star Team
5x NHL All-Star

Career Statistics - Regular Season

Games Played: 1,337
Goals: 341                                                       Goals/Game: 0.255
Assists: 1,079                                                  Assists/Game: 0.807
Points: 1,420                                                    Points/Game: 1.062

Career Statistics - Playoffs

Games Played: 163
Goals: 42                                                       Game: 0.258
Assists: 114                                                    Assists/Game: 0.699
Points: 156                                                     Points/Game: 0.957