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  1. DP

    DP He shoots, he scores!

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    National Hockey League

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    The National Hockey League, also know as the NHL, is a North American league. Less popular of the major sports in North America, but still carries a large population of fans. The leagues Commissioner is Gary Bettman. There are 30 teams, 6 of which are from Canada and the remaining 24 are from the United States.

    History
    The league began in 1917 and lasted untill 1942 as the NHA. in 1942 after the Great Depression the NHA changed to the NHL and the Original Six teams were founded. The Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks. The expansion era occurred between 1967 and 1992. The southward expansion started in 1992. The 2004-2005 season lockout brought change to the league, and dropped popularity. The Winter Classic started in 2008 where the game takes place outside in a football or baseball stadium.

    Teams
    Eastern Conference

    Atlantic
    New Jersey Devils Official Website
    New York Islanders Official Website
    New York Rangers Official Website
    Philadelphia Flyers Official Website
    Pittsburgh Penguins Official Website

    Northeast
    Boston Bruins Official Website
    Buffalo Sabres Official Website
    Montreal Canadiens Official Website
    Ottawa Senators Official Website
    Toronto Maple Leafs Official Website

    Southeast
    Carolina Hurricanes Official Website
    Florida Panthers Official Website
    Tampa Bay Lightning Official Website
    Washington Capitals Official Website
    Winnipeg Jets Official Website

    Western Conference

    Central
    Chicago Blackhawks Official Website
    Columbus Blue Jackets Official Website
    Detroit Red Wings Official Website
    Nashville Predators Official Website
    St. Louis Blues Official Website

    Northwest
    Calgary Flames Official Website
    Colorado Avalanche Official Website
    Edmonton Oilers Official Website
    Minnesota Wild Official Website
    Vancouver Canucks Official Website

    Pacific
    Anaheim Ducks Official Website
    Dallas Stars Official Website
    Los Angeles Kings Official Website
    Phoenix Coyotes Official Website
    San Jose Sharks Official Website

    Rules
    Offical NHL Rules Book PDF Rink Dimensions Goal Crease Dimensions

    The size of the rink is 200 feet long and 85 feet wide. The corners are rounded with a radius of 28 feet. White boards with a yellow stripe line the rink with a 5 foot tall glass protector. The endboards are higher at 8 feet. A netting is also at the endboards to keep the puck from going out of player and injuring a fan.

    Faceoffs start the game and intermissions, start play after the puck goes out of play and when a penalty occurs. The game is 2 intermissions and 20 minutes long with a 17 minute break. Goals are when a player useis his stick to get the puck into the opponents net. Throwing the puck, and kicking the puck in the net is not counted. There are more than 10 other ways a goal will not count. There are video reviews on each goal. Players can NOT throw a puck, they can catch it if it goes over their head and must instantly hit it to the ice and use his stick or skate. Icing is when a player shots the puck from their blue line and it reaches the opponents end and is touched by your opponents player, not Goalkeeper. Goalkeepers can touch the puck if they do not want icing to occur, but only if its in their play area. Players of the attacking team must not precede the puck into the attacking zone, a pass must occur. Overtime is played for 5 minutes with 4 players and 1 goalkeeper per team. First goal to win, if not the game goes into a shootout. During a shootout one offensive player must try to put the goal in the net against the opponents goalkeeper. There are no defensive players on the ice, unless they are the one shooting. The minimum number of rounds is 3. If Team A scores first, and Team B misses the score is 1-0. The next round occurs and Team A scores and Team B scores then the score is 2-1. In the next round Team A scores and Team B scores, Team A wins. If Team A misses, the game is tied 2-2 and continues on with more rounds.

    There is a large list of different penalties. Some categories are Minor Penalties, penalties that last 2 minutes and are most common. There are also Bench Minor Penalties, Double-minor Penalties, Coincidental Penalties, Major Penalties, Match Penalties, Misconduct Penalties, Game Misconduct Penalties, Delayed Penalties, and Goalkeeper's Penalties. Boarding, Charging, Checking from Behind, Clipping, Elbowing, Fighting, Head-butting, Kicking, Kneeing, Roughing, Slew-footing and Throwing Equipment are considered physical fouls. Fouls are called on Holding, Hooking, Interference and Tripping. Fouls can be called on stick usage, like Butt-ending, Cross-checking, High-sticking, Slashing and Spearing. Some other fouls are, Delay of Game, Diving, Equipment fouls, Forfeit of Game, Handling the Puck, Illegal Substitution, Interference on the Goalkeeper, Leaving the Bench, Premature Substitution, Refusing to Play the Puck, Refusing to Start Play, Too Many Men on the Ice, and Unsportsmanlike Conduct. (Check the PDF for more details on these penalties and fouls.)

    The different officiating positions are Referees and Linesman, both wear the black and white, but the Referees have an orange patch on their sleeve. Some other positions are Official Scorer, Game Timekeeper, Penalty Timekeeper, Goal Judge, and Video Goal Judge.

    Minor Leagues of the NHL

    American Hockey League (AHL)
    AHL Teams w/ NHL Affiliate Team.NHL/AHL Affiliate Teams. created by Chutney.​
    The AHL is the primary development league for the NHL. NHL teams can send players to their Affiliate Team in the AHL and can be re-called back to play in the NHL. Two-way contracts exist between players. These players can go back and forth from the AHL to the NHL. Players can also be sent down the the ECHL and called back up to the AHL if necessary. There are thirty teams in the AHL, each having an affiliate to an NHL team.

    ECHL (ECHL)
    ECHL Teams w/ NHL Affiliate Team.​
    The ECHL, formerly known as the East Coast Hockey League, which now has West Coast teams changed their name to their abbreviation, ECHL. This league is under the AHL, and the third highest hockey league in the Americas.
     
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  2. Celtic Fan

    Celtic Fan Active Member

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    as for the Rules, this is all you need to know

    [video=youtube;n_w4MV_LwMw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_w4MV_LwMw[/video]
     
  3. DP

    DP He shoots, he scores!

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    Nice video, but I warn everyone, do not turn this into a joke. Keep it all on topic, questions can be asked, information you have about the NHL can be added, and any suggestion you have can be added.
     
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    I usually don't watch much hockey until playoffs, since Sharks make it every year it seems like, but I get confused on offsides. It's much different than soccer, but can you clarify it? Like do they have to dribble the puck over the blue line before anyone can cross it?
     
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    DP He shoots, he scores!

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    So basically, your side of the rink is your defensive zone, with your goalie, and the attacking zone is the opponents goalie. Your attacking from your defensive zone towards the attacking zone. The puck must cross the blue line first before proceeding into the opponents side/attacking zone.
     
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    Chutney MON-STRAWRRR!!1!

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    So all your hockey watching is tainted with failed expectations, right?

    Offsides in the NHL is similar in concept to soccer, but with one major difference. In soccer, the "offsides line" varies based on where the last opposition defender is. In hockey, the line is fixed at the blue line. So say an opposition defender moves up to the red line: a skater can cherrypick behind him and before the blue line without being offsides.
     
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    speeds Resident Waffler Staff Member Administrator

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    Most of my youth was spent playing hockey and quoting Slapshot.

    "Blouse"
    "Shirt"
    "Shit"
     
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    Chutney MON-STRAWRRR!!1!

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    I created a small image to help you with NHL-AHL affiliations. Anaheim's affiliate, the Iowa Chop, were temporarily suspended by the AHL for using the franchise as collateral to obtain a loan (which they intended to use to cover operating costs). The Ducks have sent their prospects and demoted players to any AHL teams with available spots for the time being:

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    lol, the Peoria Rivermen mascot looks like Quagmire.
     
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  9. DP

    DP He shoots, he scores!

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    Chutney, you forgot one team. The Ducks. They share the San Antonio Rampage with the Phoenix Coyotes, due to what happened to the Iowa Chop.
     
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    Big Frame Well-Known Member

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    What US based team has won the most Stanley Cups?
     
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    Not the Blackhawks. :p
     
  12. DP

    DP He shoots, he scores!

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    Or the Flyers. =P
     

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