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
Do you ever think about how sad Jack is that Pittsburgh tore down the Civic Arena and now he’ll never get to play a game in the same arena where his dad helped his team win two Stanley Cups? Cause I think about it a lot.
Pens vs Sharks: Post-Game 1 & Pre-Game 2 Fun Facts
Game 1 is over. Game 2 is set for tonight. Here are 20 Fun Facts that (in my opinion) make the series a hell of a lot more interesting.
*Disclaimer* These are facts that I found at NHL.com, TSN.ca and the Score app. If any of these are incorrect, I apologize.
First time in a decade that the Easter Conference Champs won Game 1 of a Stanley Cup Final
Since SCF became a best-of-seven series (1939), Game 1 winner has gone on to win the cup 77.6% of the time (59/76 series). Furthermore, Game 1 winner has won the series each of the past 4 years
The Pens top 3 lines all scored in Game 1
Both Matt Murray and Martin Jones have won 12 games in 2016 playoffs. Jones (19 games) has a SV% of 0.919 with GAA of 2.17. Murray (16 games) has a SV% of 0.924 and GAA of 2.20
Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary (both rookies) scored goals 62 seconds apart in the 1st period.
Rust and Sheary’s goals were the 2nd time in NHL history that the opening two goals of SCF were scored by rookies. Last time was 1924 MTL’s Howie Morenz scored the first 2 goals vs Calgary Tigers (WCHL)- (prior to the Cup only being for NHL teams).
Rust has scored in Pens last 3 games. Making a Pens’ record for most goals by a rookie in the post season. He has now 6 goals in the 2016 playoffs.
Nick Bonino got the GWG. His 2nd of 2016 playoffs. He is now tied for 3rd for most GWG’s in 2016 playoffs
First for GWG’s in 2016 playoffs: Pavelski with 4 GWG
Tied at 2nd for GWG’s in 2016 playoffs: Crosby with 3 GWG
Pens outshot Sharks 41-26. Game 1 winners have outshot their opponents for the 10th straight game
Game 1 was only the 2nd time in the entire 2015-2016 season (regular and playoffs) that Sharks allowed 40+ SOG
Matt Murray (22 years old btw) won his 12th game of the playoffs.
Murray is now tied for 2nd for M. Vernon (CGY) and K. Dryden (MTL) for most wins by a rookie in a playoff year.
If he wins the Cup (and starts for the Pens for the 3 Pens’ wins), he will be tied for 1st with C. Ward (CAR) with 15 wins by a rookie in a playoff year)
Nick Bonino (the GWG scorer) was drafted by the Sharks in 2007 but didn’t play in the NHL with them.
If the Sharks win the Cup and the Warriors win the NBA Champs it would be the first time a city or a region has both a Stanley Cup and NBA title in the same spring
Game 1 was Brent Burns’ 8th multi-point game of the 2016 playoffs
Burns now has 22 points in the post-season. He is now in 5th place all time for most points by a d-man in a single post season.
If the Pens win game 2, it will be very difficult for the Sharks to come back. The Sharks have never won a playoff series after being 0-2. (All of NHL history, teams that lose the first 2 games have lost the series 44/49 times.
There is a restaurant in Pittsburgh, the Conflict Kitchen, that only serves cuisines from countries that the US is in conflict with. When they started serving Palestinian food, they received death threats. -Source
A Pittsburgh Restaurant Owner did away with tipping, paid employees a base salary of at least $35k/year (plus bonuses), gave them health care from date of hire, 500 shares in the business and a paid vacation, the restaurant tripled its profits in 2 months. - Source
A man named Albert Lexie has shined shoes at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for 36 years. He donates everything over $5 per shine to the hospital. He has contributed over $200k during his time there. source