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The Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League are rooted in a lineage that includes the Estevan Bruins and New Westminster Bruins. The franchise has won the Memorial Cup five times, two with New Westminster and three with the Blazers. Included on the rosters of the three Blazers Mem Cup wins were such NHL greats as Rob Niedermayer, Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan.
Published by Tom Samworth 72 months ago in Hockey | +0 votes | 0 comments
The Max Kaminsky Trophy and the Eddie Shore Award are both similar in that they are awarded to the top defenseman in a hockey league. The Max Kaminsky Trophy is awarded in the Ontario Hockey League and the Eddie Shore Award is honoured in the American Hockey League. Since the Max Kaminsky was first awarded in 1969-70, just three different players have won both trophies.
Published by Tom Samworth 72 months ago in Hockey | +5 votes | 1 comments
On just four occasions in the history of the National Hockey League, a player has accumulated 400 or more minutes in penalties. Two of the four were Dave Schultz of the Philadelphia Flyers / Los Angeles Kings / Pittsburgh Penguins. Schultz is still the NHL record holder for the most penalty minutes in a single season with 472 with the 1974-75 Stanley Cup winning Flyers team.
Published by Tom Samworth 72 months ago in Hockey | +4 votes | 0 comments
There hasn't been a sweep in the Stanley Cup finals since 1997-98. That National Hockey League season capped a string of four sweeps in a row to decide the Stanley Cup champion. No other time in NHL history has their been four consecutive sweeps in the playoff finals. Only one other time, in the first three years of expansion, has there been three sweeps in a row, all with the St. Louis Blues as the victim.
Published by Tom Samworth 72 months ago in Hockey | +4 votes | 1 comments
Although the Stanley Cup existed before, it has been solely competed for by National Hockey League teams since 1926. To date, the Stanley Cup has been won three or more times consecutively on five occasions. Only three different teams have accomplished this with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens both doing it twice.
Published by Tom Samworth 72 months ago in Hockey | +2 votes | 0 comments
Despite the Hockey Hall of Fame's failure to honour Fred Shero, he goes down as one of the most successful pro hockey coaches of all-time. Shero went from league to league, winning playoff championships along the way. He was behind the bench when the Philadelphia Flyers became the first 1967 expansion team to capture the Stanley Cup in 1974.
Published by Tom Samworth 72 months ago in Hockey | +1 votes | 1 comments
Although a member of the Boston Bruins hasn't won the Hart Memorial Trophy in the National Hockey League since 1974, the NHL team boasts five players throughout league history that have been named most valuable player. Eddie Shore is one of just three players in NHL history to win the Hart four or more times. Milt Schmidt is the only one of the five to win just once.
Published by Tom Samworth 72 months ago in Hockey | +5 votes | 0 comments
The Boston Bruins had a gap from 1971-72 to 2010-11 where they went without a Stanley Cup victory. In that time, the team had three head coaches worth of the Jack Adams Award. The Jack Adams has been given out each National Hockey League season since 1973-74.
Published by Tom Samworth 73 months ago in Hockey | +6 votes | 0 comments
The Jack Adams Award is handed out each season to the top coach in the National Hockey League. The award was introduced for the 1973-74 NHL season and the first winner was Fred Shero of the Philadelphia Flyers. On four occasions, the most times by an NHL club, the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings has been awarded the Jack Adams.
Published by Tom Samworth 73 months ago in Hockey | +8 votes | 0 comments
The Buffalo Bisons existed in the American Hockey League from 1940-41 to 1969-70. The team produced many great hockey players and were able to hoist the Calder Cup as AHL playoff champions on five occasions. The Bisons hockey stay at Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium came to an end as the Buffalo Sabres entered the National Hockey League for the 1970-71 season.
Published by Tom Samworth 73 months ago in Hockey | +2 votes | 0 comments
The East Coast Hockey League has existed in the hockey world since 1988-89 as a second level feeder to the National Hockey League. Originally, the Riley Cup was awarded to the ECHL's playoff champion but was replaced by the Kelly Cup in 1996-97. In the over twenty years of the ECHL's existence, the Riley / Kelly Cup final series has been decided over just four games on just three occasions.
Published by Tom Samworth 73 months ago in Hockey | +4 votes | 0 comments
The ECHL has been a tier 3 professional hockey league in North America since 1988. The ECHL is an affiliate league of the American Hockey League. The AHL, in turn, is a direct affiliate of the National Hockey League. With stricter rules and a push away from fighting in recent years, the penalty minute totals have come in much lower than they did in the 1990's. Three players during the mid 1990's accumulated over 500 minutes in a single season in the ECHL. The leader in 2010-11 had less than half...
Published by Tom Samworth 73 months ago in Hockey | +3 votes | 0 comments
The New York Rangers have been around the National Hockey League since 1926. In that time, the Rangers have been crowned Stanley Cup champions on four occasions and have had four players selected as recipients of the Hart Memorial Trophy. The Hart Trophy is awarded each year to the NHL's most valuable player. Mark Messier was the most recent Rangers player to win the Hart, doing so in 1991-92.
Published by Tom Samworth 73 months ago in Hockey | +3 votes | 0 comments
The London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League have produced several 50 goal scorers. Three of these 50 goal scorers have advanced to the professional hockey ranks and repeated the accomplishment. Two of the three scored 50 or more at the National Hockey League level while the third player did it in the American Hockey League. One of the three players still holds the single season goal scoring record for the London Knights, as well as, the Dallas Stars of the NHL.
Published by Tom Samworth 73 months ago in Hockey | +3 votes | 0 comments
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