The great game of hockey: fun facts
Hockey – all the same, first of all the game. So in it there is a place not only serious and selfless, but also funny and funny. This section is devoted to hockey, which we look at in earnest, and in jest: the daily “fun-facts” from the “Big Game” and AllHockey.ru.
Fact 28. DO NOT SHEAR IN THE PLAY-OFF THEY WERE CREATED “ILLANDERS”
The fact that hockey players, and even coaches, categorically do not shave in the playoffs – perhaps the most famous and most massively performed hockey sign. Brutal bristles and luxurious beards – if you watch them in the Enkhaelovsky, Kahala, or any European championship, then do not doubt: it’s time for the playoffs. Well, and then – from whom as much as what grows. In the photo, for example, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin in the midst of the Cup confrontation of “Pittsburgh” with “Washington.” Crosby does not shave either …
There is even an idiom “Please come and shave!”. In the sense that we beat you, you fly out of the playoffs – well, you can with a clear conscience return a smooth state to your chins.
But not everyone knows that this eternal, seemingly hockey customs is not so much time. No, no, you can meet unshaven players and photos and newsreels of the 60’s and 70’s. But as such, the “unshaven signature” in the playoffs was introduced to hockey only in 1980, and the hockey players of the NHL “New York Islanders” did it. After that they won four Stanley Cups in a row, entering the history of the National Hockey League as another “dynasty”.
Fact 27. THE COMPOSITION OF IIHF INCLUDES 70 COUNTRIES. There are still 6 cadets
And in how many countries in the world are playing hockey? In a literal sense, it is difficult to answer this question – is it not enough where, is not it enough for one’s own pleasure. But what can be said definitely, is how many countries are members of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IHF) (International Ice Hockey Federation) – 70.
At the same time, 49 national ice hockey federations take part in men’s competitions, 33 – in women’s competitions. And in the IIHF membership there are three categories: the first – full members (have their own independent hockey federations (associations, unions), separate from the federation of winter sports, regularly participate in the IIHF championships) – 51 countries, including Russia; the second – associate members (either do not have fully independent national associations, or have, but do not participate in all IIHF championships) – 17 countries; the third – affiliated members (participate only in ice hockey competitions in the framework of the IIHF partnership program) – two countries, Namibia and Chile.
Six other countries are currently candidates for joining the IIHF: Algeria, Bahrain, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
Fact 26. CUP OF THE SPENGLER – THE OLDEST IN EUROPE
The oldest of the current European club hockey tournaments is the Swiss Cup Spengler Cup (Spengler Cup). It has been held in Davos since 1923 and is named after Karl Spengler, a doctor who dedicated his life to fighting tuberculosis, which was one of the founders. It is traditionally held in late December, after the Catholic Christmas and before the New Year.
As a rule, there are five clubs in the Spengler Cup: Davos, and four foreign clubs, including Canada. Tournament formula: one round, since 1986, after the end of the round-robin tournament, the final match is held between the teams that took the first and second place in the group.
The winner is given a cup only for half an hour, after which they take it away, leaving a copy of the prize for the team’s memory. The exception is only if the team wins the tournament three times in five years.
Since 1969, the Soviet and then Russian clubs have repeatedly participated in the tournament, and more than once became its winners. This is the Moscow “Locomotive”, Leningrad SKA, “Wings of the Soviets”, “Spartacus”, CSKA, Magnitogorsk “Metallurg”, Moscow “Dynamo” and Minsk “Dynamo”. The last owner of the Spengler Cup was SKA St. Petersburg in 2010, and the Riga Dynamo played in the final of the Spengler Cup 2011, and conceded there to Davos.
Fact 25. 55000 ON TRIBUNES – RECORD OF OUR HOCKEY
The match between the teams of the Higher League “Sokol” and “Lokomotiv”, which took place on February 17, 2012 in Krasnoyarsk on the site established on the football stadium of the central city stadium, was announced record for attendance in Russian hockey – 16100 spectators.
This event was prepared by the Higher League specifically and received the name “Russian Classics” – in the manner of the already become tradition of the North American “Winter Classic”. “Winter Classic”, in which every year there are Enkhaelov teams in the regular season.
And what hockey match was the most visited in the history of domestic hockey in general? Really before the “Russian Classics” there was nothing like this? Of course, it was.
Most spectators at the hockey match in our country visited the World Cup in 1957, which was held in Moscow. USSR – Sweden played on the site set on the field of the Central Lenin Stadium (the current Great Sports Arena Luzhniki), and the spectators were at this game 55,000.
For a long time this result was a record in the world – while in America did not play student matches in the open air in the stadiums for American football. December 11, 2010 at the “Michigan Stadium” was a record match between the “Michigan Vugvarinz” and “Michigan State Spartans”, gathered in the stands for more than one hundred thousand – 104173 spectators!
Well, in our country since 1957 the record remains that match of the USSR – Sweden. He ended in a draw, 4: 4, and the Swedes became world champions, and the Soviet team took second place – then no playoffs at the World Cup was not yet, and the winner was determined on the basis of the round tournament.
Fact 24. HARA’S HALL IS THE MOST HIGH HOCKEIST IN THE WORLD
The highest hockey player in the world is the Slovak defender and captain of the Enkhalovski “Boston Bruins” Zdeno Chára. In any case, in the NHL – exactly (not only at the current moment, but in general in history), but about the guys higher than the Hara, playing at least somewhere at a sufficiently high level, while nothing was audible. The height of the Hara is 206 cm.
Of course, the nicknames of Hara are related to his growth: “Big Z”, “Big Chara”, “The Beast”, “Lurch”.
In addition to growth, Jara owns the strongest cast in the history of the NHL, and at the corresponding competition within the framework of “All Star Weekend” he beats his own records. Now it is 175.09 km / h. The defender of the Chelyabinsk “Tractor” Alexander Ryazantsev, however, at the last “Match of the Stars” of the KHL in Riga, Hary’s record was blocked, as was his Kahalaov colleague in the role of Denis Kulyash a year earlier at the “Star Match” in St. Petersburg. But the NHL does not recognize these records.
It remains to add that Khara is a true polyglot. In addition to his native Slovak, he speaks six other languages (English, German, Polish, Russian, Czech, Swedish) and studies the seventh – Italian.
Fact 23. Who killed the most? “GREAT” GREETSKY
Which player scored the most goals? Of course, Canadian striker Wayne “Great” Gretzky (Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky). On his account 1071 goals in professional hockey. We think: for two decades of the career of the Enkhaelov career, from 1979 to 1999, Gretzky scored 894 goals in regular championships and 122 goals in the playoffs of the Stanley Cup. Add to this another 56 goals in the HHL games in the 1978/79 season.
The nickname “Great” Gretzky deserved: the day he spent his last match (it was April 18, 1999, speaking for the “New York Rangers” Gretzky went on the ice against the “Pittsburgh”), he was listed neither more nor less 61 record in the NHL (we will not list here). And shortly after that, on March 29, in a match with the “New York Islanders” Gretzky scored his 1072th career goal in a puck, more than one goal surpassed the record of Gordy “Mister Hockey” Hou. Now it was possible to finish your career.
It remains, perhaps, to bring the main regalia of the “Great”: four Stanley Cups in the “Edmonton” (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988); nine “Hart Trophy”, prizes to the most valuable player of the NHL season (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989); ten “Art Ross Trophy”, prizes to the best scorer of the regular NHL championship (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994); three Canadian Cup in the national team of Canada, of course (1984, 1987, 1991).
Fact 22. GORDY HOW – RECORDSMAN ON MATCH NUMBERS
Who from the hockey players spent the most matches in history? The answer to this question is included in the Guinness Book – a list of world records: Gordie Howe
(Gordon “Gordie” Howe
). On his account a whole, – just imagine! – 2421 game. Hou – not a legend even, but a real legend of North American hockey. No wonder he wears a simple and capacious nickname – “Mr. Hockey.” Here and so it is simple – “Mr. Hockey”, and all.
Suffice it to say that Hou spent 35 (!) Professional seasons in the NHL and WXA. In the NHL, he played from 1946 to 1971 – for the “Detroit”, and also in the 1979/80 season for “Hartford” (who then moved to Raleigh and became “Carolina”). In total in the NHL – 26 seasons, 1,767 matches of regular championships and 157 play-off matches. In 1972 – 1979, Howe played in the VAA, for “Houston” and “New England” – another 419 regular matches and 78 cups. All together and gives a record figure of 2421.
In 1974, as part of the WXA team, Hou went on the ice … along with his two sons, Marty and Mark. And when on October 3, 1997 he played a regular match for “Detroit Vipers” in the current championship of the missing minor IHL, he put another world record – after all, at that moment, Hou was already over 60.
Fact 21. 92: 0 !!! THE LARGEST ACCOUNT IN THE HOCKEY HISTORY
Fact 21. 92: 0 !!! THE LARGEST ACCOUNT IN THE HOCKEY HISTORY
Yes, imagine. 92: 0 – the largest in the history of world hockey account in the match, officially registered by the International Ice Hockey Federation. Just think about it – the net time of the hockey match is 60 minutes, which means that at 92: 0, the average was thrown on the puck in 39.13 seconds.
This record was set in a match between the national team of South Korea and the national team of Thailand. South Korean striker Donghwan Song scored in this game 31 (!!!) goal, that is – made ten hat-tricks plus one more goal.
Before that, the biggest score was 58: 0 in the match between the national teams of Australia and New Zealand.
Fact 20. “TRUS NOT PLAYING IN HOCKEY” – ON CANADIAN
“… The ice squad is leading a hard fight, we believe in the courage of desperate guys, real men play hockey.” Coward does not play hockey! ”
Who is unfamiliar with these lines? Who will not drink this motive? There are no such! This is our legendary hockey song, our, we can say, “hockey anthem”. A musical symbol of domestic hockey.
In Canada, in the homeland of hockey, there is, of course, its own similar song. It’s called simply: “The Good Old Hockey Game” – “Good old hockey”. It is also often called simply “Hockey song” – “The Hockey Song”. Also a simple, easy-to-remember motive, simple words. True, its popularity and fame, this “Hockey song” has reached relatively recently.
For the first time this song was performed by the author, Thomas “Thomas Stomper” Connors (Thomas “Stompin” Tom Connors) in 1973. But the cult status was acquired only in 1997, when it began to be performed at the matches of “Ottawa Senators.” The then head coach of Toronto, Pat Burns, overheard her in the Canadian capital, and wished that she also played at Maple Leafs games. Well, and, as they say, raced – for all the Enkhaelov, and not only, the arena of North America. Then it became the title song of the most famous hockey show in America and Canada – “The Hockey Night In Canada”.
The main lines of the song are a kind of chorus performed at the end of each of the couplets, which is, like in a hockey game, a period – and the whole song is a hockey game: “The good old hockey game is the best game you can, and the best game you can name is the good old hockey game “. “Good old hockey is the best game, and the best game is good old hockey.”
Fact 19. MOST OF ALL “GOLD” – WE. MORE MEDALS – CANADA
Teams of the USSR / Russia and Canada, top pair of rivals in the entire history of world hockey, are the most titled and deserved teams at the world championships.
How to determine who is the most-most? Take the Olympic system of counting, according to which the first one who has more gold medals – more champion titles. This is the USSR / Russia national team – 25! Canada has one medal less – 24.
If you count by the number of medals in general, then the first ones are the Canadians: 46 (24 gold, 13 silver and 9 bronze). The USSR / Russia has 41 (25 + 9 + 7).
It is interesting that for the entire period of the world championships, which is almost a hundred years since 1920, only eight countries became champions: Russia (25 times), Canada (24), Czechoslovakia / Czechia (12), Sweden (8), United States (2), Finland (2), United Kingdom (1) and Slovakia (1). If you consider the medalists of the world championships in general, then only three more will be added: Germany (2 “silver” and 2 “bronze”), Switzerland (1 and 8) and Austria (2 “bronze”). Most of all silver medals from Sweden – 19, and bronze – from Czechoslovakia / Czechia – 20.
Fact 18. The fastest goal in the history of HOCKEY – FOR 5 SECONDS!
When they talk about the fastest abandoned puck, they immediately remember our striker Alexander Mogilny, who in 1991, when he played for the “Buffalo” in the NHL, opened the scoring at the 5th second of the match.
However, in reality, the outstanding, no doubt, the achievement of Mogilnoy – a repeat of the record of Canadian striker Brian Trottee in the match of his “New York Aidenders” against “Boston” in 1984. He, perhaps, should be called a record holder.
Record KHL and in general championships of our country belongs to the attacker “Salavat Yulaev” Alexander Radulov, who in 2010 struck the gate “Ugra” in the sixth second of the meeting.
Prior to Radulov, the record was owned by the striker of Severstal Andrei Pchelyakov
– In 1998 he opened the gates of the Samara CSK VVS in 7 seconds.
In just five seconds, the national team of Belarus scored the national team of Finland at the World Cup – the washer Sergey Demagin was the author of that puck, and it was at the 2009 World Cup. This is the world championships record.
It seems that a 5-second line can be considered almost absolute for hockey. Although there is information that, de, a hockey player named Olsen scored just two (!!!) seconds after the start of the meeting, that is – a direct throw from the starting face-off, but how else is it? And it was in 1990 in the championship of Denmark.
Fact 17. THREE VERSIONS OF THE ORIGIN OF THE WORD “HOCKEY”
And where did the word “hockey” come from – “hockey”, if in English? About this single version there. Versions three – British and two Canadian.
According to the British, the origin of the word “hockey” is linked with the words “hawks”
“or” hoki ”
“So in the middle of the Middle Ages, harvest holidays were called in England, and there’s hockey here, you ask.” While there was an amusing competition during these holidays, two teams played ball with curved sticks. “In support of this version, Now in the US, in the southern states, a kind of chopper is used to loosen the earth, and this hoe is called “hockey”.
The Canadians recognized by the ancestors of hockey have their own version of the origin of the name of their national sport, and even two.
On the first, the word “hockey” was borrowed from the language of the Indian tribe Mozauk (in the picture just a portrait of the representative of this tribe). The Indians played a game similar to the British game on the grass, and called it “hoggy”, which means “painful”: the award to the winners was, they say, corporal punishment of the defeated.
And the second Canadian version of the origin of the concept of “hockey” is the most common. It can be said – canonical. According to her, “hockey” comes from the old French “hockey
“, that is – a curved stick, a bent shepherd’s staff, similar in shape to a hockey stick.
Well, you choose a version for your taste. Which is more like, which seems more believable.
Fact 16. VOISTIN IS A GREAT PIANO AND THE VOTER
When in 2008 the international ice hockey federation celebrated its 100th anniversary, it was decided to determine the “best players of all time”, the symbolic five and the goalkeeper in the history of world hockey. Neither more nor less 56 experts from 16 hockey countries questioned the results. And they found out that “all-old time” of this world championship is one hundred years longer than half of our Soviet players.
Goalkeeper: Vladislav Tretyak.
Defenders: Vyacheslav Fetisov
and Berie Salming
(Sweden). Forwards: Valery Kharlamov
, Sergey Makarov
and Wayne Gretzky
And if you take the “general set-off,” Fetisov won with almost absolute majority of votes – 54 out of 56 experts registered his “magnificent five and goalkeeper”. 38 included in the Canadian “Great” Gretzky, 30 – Tretyak, 21 – Kharlamov, 18 – Makarova and 17 – Salming.
Fact 15. SIX OF OURS – IN THE “TRILY GOLD CLUB”
How to determine who are the greatest hockey players in the history of world hockey? What are the criteria for this, and what can be neglected? The NHL has its own glorious history, but does the number of Stanley Cups won in us, in the Old World, the same as there in the New? No. Great is the history of our, domestic hockey. But how to measure the achievements of its heroes with the achievements of the heroes of North American hockey?
The International Hockey Federation has established its “golden hockey standard”, according to which the most significant achievements in hockey are the victory at the Olympic Games, the victory at the World Cup, and the win of the Stanley Cup. So was formed the “Triple Gold Club” (Triple Gold Club).
In 1994, Sweden won the “gold” of Lillehammer, and the “triple club” had the first three members – Thomas Jonsson, Mats Naslund and Håkan Loob. And when, in 2002, Canada won the “gold” of Salt Lake City, the promotion of the “club” has already gone full. The opening of the “club” was officially announced in 2007.
At present, the “Triple Golden Club” consists of 26 people of four nationalities: 9 Swedes, 9 Canadians, 6 Russians and 2 Czechs. 25 players and one coach.
The full list of “club” is as follows:
1-3. Hokan Loob, Mats Naslund, Thomas Jonsson (all – Sweden) – 1994: after the Swedish team won the Olympics;
4-6. Alexei Gusarov, Valery Kamensky (both – Russia), Peter Forsberg (Sweden) – 1996: after the victory of “Colorado” in the Stanley Cup;
7-8. Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav Fetisov (both – Russia) – 1997: after the victory of “Detroit” in the Stanley Cup;
9-10. Vladimir Malakhov, Alexander Mogilny (both – Russia) – 2000: after the victory of “New Jersey” in the Stanley Cup;
11-13. Rob Blake, Joe Sakic, Brendan Shanehan (all – Canada) – 2002: after the victory of the national team of Canada in the Olympics;
14. Scott Niedermayer (Canada) – 2004: after the Canadian team won the World Cup;
15-16. Jiri Schlegr, Jaromir Jagr – 2005: after the victory of the Czech team at the World Cup;
17-18. Niklas Lidström, Fredrik Modin – 2006: after the Swedish team won the Olympics;
19. Chris Pronger (Canada) – 2007: after the victory of “Anaheim” in the Stanley Cup;
20-22. Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronvall, Mikael Samuelsson (all – Sweden) – 2008: after the victory of “Detroit” in the Stanley Cup;
23-24. Mike Baeckock, Eric Staal (both Canada) – 2010: after the victory of the national team of Canada in the Olympics;
25. Jonathan Taves (Canada) – 2010: after the victory of “Chicago” in the Stanley Cup;
26. Patrice Bergeron (Canada) – 2011: after the victory of “Boston” in the Stanley Cup.
Fact 14. HOCKEY ON MAILS – since 1913
Fact 14. HOCKEY ON MAILS – since 1913
This postage stamp was released in Finland after the 2011 World Cup, in which the national team of Suomi became the champion. The brightest moment – the Finnish young star Mikael Granlund throws his “fake” puck into the goal of the Russian national team in the semifinals. The score is 1: 0, and the result of the match is 3: 0. This moment has bypassed all TV channels, and the puck Granlunda entered the history of world hockey.
Of course, hockey has long served as a postal theme in all countries, which we call hockey. Hockey philately is rich and diverse. But when the world first saw hockey players on postal items?
This was in 1913. To the European Championships, which took place in German Munich, six vignettes of different colors with the image of playing moments were released. The next case had to wait more than ten years – in 1928 hockey was part of the Olympics in the Swiss St. Moritz, and in honor of this was released a separate hockey mark. And a year later, in 1929, at the European Championships in Hungary for the first time the first hockey stamp was used – it depicted a player. And – went went.
In the Soviet Union in different years was issued a lot of brands dedicated to hockey. In fact, every international tournament – the Olympics, the World and European Championships, the European Champions Cup and so on – found its philatelic reflection. And this is not to mention a lot of other topics for the series of postage stamps: winter Universiades, winter sports days of friendly armies, sports days of the peoples of the USSR, tournaments for prizes of the club “Golden Puck”. Of course, the “Prize of Izvestia.” And other competitions.
The Russian Post continued the hockey traditions of the Soviet post. Here, for example, the brand dedicated to the first 15-year victory of our team at the world championship – Quebec 2008.
Fact 13. “HIT” SVITOVA – FIRST IN THE TEN KHL
Hockey, as is known, is not figure skating, not only accurate transfer to the club and killer throws under the crossbar, but, above all, the struggle of teams and single combat of players. Effective and beautiful, and most importantly – competently, according to the rules carried out, – the power reception – is also the best that is worth highlighting in the season. And now – a dozen of the most “hits” of the regular season KHL-2011/12.
Chic – brilliance – beauty! Is not it? Although, of course, you can argue with Salavat Yulaev’s first place as a hitter: Cyril Lyamin’s “hit” from “Vanguard” is very good too, as the helmet flew off the rival, and the real “classic of the genre” from Yevgeny Nurislamov from Neftekhimik.