The sport is played on a hockey rink. During normal play, there are six players, five positional players and one goaltender, per team on the ice at any time, each of whom is on ice skates. The objective of the game is to score goals by shooting a hard vulcanizedrubber disc, the puck, into the opponent's goal net, with the goal nets placed at opposite ends of the rink. The players may control the puck using a long stick with a blade that is commonly curved at one end. Players may also generally redirect the puck with any part of their bodies, but the kicking of the puck into the goal is prohibited.
Joe Sakic is a Canadian professional ice hockey center forward who has played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise. In his 18-year tenure, Sakic has won two Stanley Cups, various NHL trophies and has been voted into 13 NHL All-Star Games. He is regarded as one of the strongest team leaders to ever play in the league, and has been able to motivate his team throughout his entire career to play at a winning level. Over the course of his career, Sakic has been one of the most productive forwards in the game, having twice scored fifty goals and earning at least 100 points in six different seasons. His wrist shot, considered to be one of the best in the NHL, has been the source of much of his production. (more...)
... that Pete Muldoon(pictured), after he was fired after only one season in 1927 by the Chicago Blackhawks, supposedly placed an Irish curse that would prevent the Blackhawks from being first for the next 41 years?
...that the Los Angeles Kings have appeared three times in the Stanley Cup final during their 50-year existence, and won it in 2012 and 2014?
...that the Edmonton Oilers have appeared in the Stanley Cup final seven times since they joined the NHL in 1979, winning five times?