Some Fun Hockey Facts
  • Canadians make up over half of the National Hockey League (50.5%)
  • the Los Angeles Kings roster is exactly 50% Canadian 
  • the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs have the most Canadian skaters on their roster with 17 apiece 
  • similarly, the Detroit Red Wings have the fewest with only 4 Canadians
  • the Arizona Coyotes have the largest roster with 28 active skaters; the fewest skaters on a roster is 22, which belongs to the Washington Capitals, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild
  • the total of active skaters in the NHL is 719
  • the Philadelphia Flyers have the most currently active Team Canada World Junior Champions alumni with 9. the next closest team is the New York Islanders with 7 (since 2005)
  • current captains of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Dallas Stars (two thirds of the National Hockey League) are all World Junior Championship alumni for their respective countries 
If Anaheim is hard minutes physically, Chicago is hard minutes mentally. You have to constantly be tracking the movements of Kane and Toews because you’re paranoid that Kane is going to float back door and Toews is going to know he’s there without even looking up. And I think that’s why hockey is such an interesting game to break down. Most people think of hockey as this brutal game (and it definitely can feel that way when you get hit with a Shea Weber slap shot below the belt) but it’s really a mental game more than anything.
—  Fascinating quote from Jonathan Quick’s Players’ Tribune piece!
If you ever get sad when people underestimate you, just remember that Luc Robitaille was drafted in the 9th round of the 1984 draft, 171st overall.

People thought he’d never make it in the NHL.

He won the Calder trophy in ‘86-’87, was nominated for the next 6 consecutive All-Star Games, and started his career with 8 straight 40-goal seasons.  He is the highest-scoring left winger of all time.

If people underestimate you, forget them, and go be the Luc Robitaille of whatever you do.