Hockey Masterpost!

Whether you are new to hockey, you want to get into it or you need to brush up on the game hopefully this can help you out! :)

This post mainly consists of NHL Rules!


Here’s an overview of the positions

  • Left Wing ( LW )
  • Center ( C )
  • Right Wing ( RW )
  • Defensemen ( D )
  • Goalie ( G )

Popular Leagues:

  • NHL (National Hockey League)
  • NWHL (National Women’s Hockey League)
  • CWHL (Canadian Women’s Hockey League)
  • KHL (Kontinental Hockey League)
  • WHL (Western Hockey League)
  • AHL (American Hockey League)
  • College Hockey


  • The size of an international rink is 200 ft by 100 ft (61m by 30.5m)
  • The size of a NHL rink is 200 ft by 85 ft (61m by 26m)
  • There are three periods in a game
  • Each period lasts for 20 minutes with a 17 minute period break in between
  • “In the National Hockey League, between stoppages of play, teams have 18 seconds (five seconds for the visiting team, eight seconds for the home team, five seconds to line up at the faceoff location) to substitute their players, except during TV timeouts.” [x]
  • TV Time outs are 2 minutes long and occur 3 times per period (In the NHL)
  • There are 6 players allowed on the ice per team at one time (1 LW, 1 Center, 1 RW, 2 D-men and 1 goalie)
  • A shutout is when a goalie doesn’t allow any goals in during a game. For example the score could be 3-0
  • A shootout is a way to break the tie after 5 minutes of overtime.  Each team names three shooters. If the game remains tied after the three shooters are done, teams continue shooting in “sudden death” mode. The game cannot end until each team has taken the same number of shots. [x]
  • Fighting is common, here’s an article explaining the rules 

Here’s this handy comparison chart with the NHL and the IIHF [x]

What do the lines on the ice mean?:



Here’s a handy chart that helps with the penalties

Understanding the Cup:

Here is what our playoff bracket looks like:

  • Each matchup can play a minimum of four games or a maximum of seven games. (Best out of seven)
  • The post season ranges from April to June
  • There cannot be two teams from the Eastern Conference in the final (same with the Western Conference)
  • The top 16 teams go to the playoffs
  • If a player touches the Stanley Cup before they have won it is bad luck!
  • Here’s some cup traditions

Understanding Stats:

Player Stats [x]-

  • POS = Player Position
  • NO = Player jersey number
  • GP = Games Played
  • G = Goals. A goal is awarded to the last player on the scoring team to touch the puck prior to the puck entering the net.
    Note: Goals scored during a shootout do not count towards a player’s goal total.
  • A = Assists. An assist is awarded to the player or players (maximum of two) who touch the puck prior to the goal, provided no defender plays or possesses the puck in between.
  • P or PTS = Points. The sum total of goals and assists.
  • +/- = Plus-Minus
  • PIM = Penalty minutes.
  • PP = Power play goals
  • SH = Short-handed goals.
  • GW = Game-winning goals. After the final score has been determined, the goal which leaves the winning team one goal ahead of its opponent is the game-winning goal (example: if Team A beats Team B 8-3, the player scoring the fourth goal for Team A receives credit for the game-winning goal). Note: Goals scored during a shootout are not credited as game-winning goals.
  • W = Wins.A goaltender receives a win if he is on the ice when his team scores the game-winning goal.
  • L = Losses. A goaltender receives a loss if he is on the ice when the opposing team scores the game-winning goal.
  • OT = Overtime or shootout losses. As of the 2005-06 NHL season, a goalie is credited with an “OT” if he is on the ice when the opposing team scores the game-winning goal in overtime or during a shootout.
  • GA = Goals against. Empty net goals do not count towards a goaltender’s goals against. Goals scored during a shootout do not count towards a goaltender’s goals against.
  • GAA = Goals-against average. (Find out how goals-against average is calculated.)
  • S = Saves.
  • SV PCT or SV% = Save percentage. (Find out how save percentage is calculated.)
  • SO = Shutouts. If two goaltenders combine for a shutout, neither receives credit for the shutout. Instead it is recorded as a team shutout.
    If a regular season game is tied 0-0 at the end of overtime, both goaltenders are credited with a shutout, regardless of how many goals are scored in the shootout. 

Team/League Stats:

  • A team’s stats are determined by their Win-Loss-Loss in Overtime record. For example: a team could be 12-5-4. That team would have 12 wins, 5 losses and 4 losses in overtime.
  • A team’s points are determined by their Win-Loss-Loss in Overtime record. Continuing on with the previous example, the team would have 28 points. Multiply the team’s winning record by 2 and add it to their OT loss record. (one point awarded for a loss in overtime) 24+4=28

Here is an example [x]

Misc. Rules/Facts:

  • An empty net goal occurs when a team scores a goal into a net with no goaltender present. This usually occurs in one of two different occasions:Usually in about the last two minutes of a game, if a team is within two goals, they will often pull the goalie, leaving the net defenseless, for an extra attacker, in order to have a better chance of scoring to either tie or get within one goal. If the team with the lead gets control of the puck they will often shoot at the net after clearing center ice. It is less common for a team to shoot from their own zone at an empty net because icing could occur if the shooter misses the net. Sometimes a team will pull their goalie when they are on a two-man advantage, even if not nearing the end of the game. With the team then gaining an advantage of six skaters to three, this will increase even further the chances of the team scoring. [x]
  • A goal is scored when the puck passes entirely across the red line painted between the goal posts and below the crossbar. A goal may be disallowed under the following circumstances:
  1. the scoring team takes a penalty (except if the other team accidentally puts the puck into its own net untouched by the team to be penalized);
  2. the puck is directed in by an attacker’s high stick (above the crossbar), or when the puck has been directed, batted, thrown or kicked into the net by an attacking player other than with a stick (angling one’s skate so the puck deflects off it into the goal is allowed).
  3. goaltender interference (which can also result in a penalty)
  4. the puck goes in after the Referee intends to stop play (e.g. the net has been dislodged)
  5. the puck deflects off a referee or linesman and goes directly into the goal (exception to the rule that a puck hitting a referee or a linesman is still live)
  6. a goal was allowed at the other end (this can happen if a video review clarifies a goal scored prior)
  7. if a linesman reports to the referee (a) a double-minor for high-sticking, (b) a major penalty, or © a match penalty against the scoring team [x]
  • The maximum number of players on an NHL roster is 23.
  • The diameter of a hockey puck is three inches (ooh fun fact :D )
  • Regulation hockey nets are six feet wide and four feet tall.
  • 82 games are played per team in one season (NHL)
  • There are 30 teams in the NHL and they are divided into two conferences: The Eastern and Western Conferences
  • There are 16 teams in the Eastern Conference
  • There are 14 teams in the Western Conference
  • The NHL regular season starts in October and ends in early April

I know it’s a lot to take in, but hopefully you learned a little something about the sport. Remember: everyone has to start somewhere, you’ll catch on soon! Please feel free to add on to this list as I might have forgotten something!

NHL Jerseys, 2013-14

Get this drawing on a t-shirt, why not!


Hockey Is Back!

To celebrate, here are all my team mascots.  Some old ones. Some new ones. Some revamped ones. I’m happy with the majority, but a few I may rework in the future.  These have been featured (by divisions) on TSN’s blog, BarDown, so maybe you’ve come across them there.  Enjoy! 

Official Petition to Have Steve Dangle Host the 2016 NHL Awards.

No really this time. Here’s the petition.

 Please sign and reblog, this needs to be a thing.

Originally posted by we-came-as-leafs-nation

  • Anaheim Ducks:Your mom made you play with them when you were in kindergarten and now, after several years, they won't leave you alone no matter how much you beg them
  • Arizona Coyotes:The friend who posts YouTube videos that no one watches
  • Boston Bruins:The friend who won't stop hitting you on the arm, and when you tell them to stop they threaten to punch you some more
  • Buffalo Sabres:The talkative friend who never makes any sense
  • Calgary Flames:The friend with a height complex
  • Carolina Hurricanes:The friend who drinks juice to every meal and claims that ‘it’s healthy’
  • Chicago Blackhawks:The friend who likes to scare you and when they take it too far they blame you for being too sensitive and a wuss
  • Colorado Avalanche:The happy-go-lucky and kind friend who always looks great
  • Columbus Blue Jackets:The loud and annoying friend on Twitter whom everyone thinks is hilarious except from you
  • Dallas Stars:The friend who thinks they're really hot when they're actually mediocre looking
  • Detroit Red Wings:The friend who punches/smacks you with your own hand and asks 'Why are you punching yourself' with a grin
  • Edmonton Oilers:The eternally optimistic friend, even when their life is falling apart
  • Florida Panthers:The friend who doesn't want to be friends with you, they'd rather hang with their hotter and cooler friend, Jaromir Jagr
  • Los Angeles Kings:The imaginary friend that is a talking trash-can
  • Minnesota Wild:The friend who laughs hardest at their own jokes
  • Montreal Canadiens:The friend who sends you dirty messages in French using Google Translate
  • Nashville Predators:The friend who loves dogs more than anything
  • New Jersey Devils:The friend you keep forgetting that you have
  • New York Islanders:The friend who never seems to think anything is funny
  • New York Rangers:The friend who always looks at their reflection when passing a window/mirror to "check how they look" and then they stand there for 5 minutes
  • Philadelphia Flyers:The friend whose house smells like cheese for some reason
  • Pittsburgh Penguins:The friend who always works their hardest, but never achieves much
  • Ottawa Senators:The friend who wants to "hang" at McDonald's every day
  • San Jose Sharks:The friend who's always willing to get stoned with you
  • St Louis Blues:The friend who yells at their parents and treats them like crap
  • Tampa Bay Lightning:The friend who trips on air and have dirty pants
  • Toronto Maple Leafs:The friend who shrugs/sighs at every bad thing that happens to them and says "this is my life"
  • Vancouver Canucks:You can't remember how you became friends with them, they don't say anything either - just looks at you with an eerie smile
  • Washington Capitals:The asshole friend who’s not really an assshole, but is actually a very sensitive and emotional person who just needs someone to hold them
  • Winnipeg Jets:The friend other people tend to ignore

I love watching hockey.

But I also love the sound.

The sound of skates slicing across the ice, the sound of two sticks slapping together, the sound of the boards shaking with the force of a hit.

I love the crispness of the announcers voices and the emotions of the fans.

And I love that the sound lets you feel the energy of the greatest game on earth.

Only one team can win it all, but that hardly means 29 others failed.

2013-2014 Goalies

Normal Person:“What’s your favorite season?”

Me:*stares intensely at them for a second*

Me: “Hockey season”