New Look NHL Jerseys: Metropolitan Division

NHL Jerseys Metropolitan Division

Metropolitan Modifications

The NHL, partnered with Adidas and Fanatics, have finally revealed the new look for all 31 NHL teams, with changes in design ranging from minor modifications to complete overhauls. Fanatics Branded – the company’s merchandise division – has signed on to be the exclusive manufacturer of all replica adult NHL jerseys.

Read on to learn more about the modifications made to the eight teams competing in the Metropolitan Division.

Carolina Hurricanes




The Carolina Hurricanes ushered in a new wave of #Redvolution by debuting a striking red and black jersey design. The team’s iconic circle hurricane logo is situated in the center of the sweater with the classic NHL badge placed at the collar base.

In synchrony with the Canes’ 20th anniversary season, the original warning flag pattern returns on the waistline of the jersey and features another red hue. Black has also been more prominent in the jersey’s design, with the inclusion of black stripes surrounding the existing white stripes on the waistline and sleeves.

Columbus Blue Jackets





Minimal changes are made to the new rendition of the Columbus Blue Jackets jersey. Fans will notice modifications made to the collar – now featuring the NHL logo at the collar base – as well as a new accent along the neckline. The shoulders welcome a new look with a dotted pattern fill.

New York Rangers




The Broadway Blueshirts stick to their moniker with a patriotic red, white, and blue colorway. The “Rangers” wordmark slants diagonally down the chest of the jersey in a red font. This iteration of the New York Rangers’ outfit is predominantly blue, but features red and white stripes on the sleeves and waistline.

New York Islanders




Minimal changes were made to the New York Islanders’ home uniforms. If anything, the Isle’s road white jersey embraces change by incorporating a blue ring around the team’s primary logo.

New Jersey Devils




The New Jersey Devils’ brand-new sweater symbolizes the team’s history. The red collar is a nod to the Kansas City Scouts, while the three equal-width red, white, and black sleeve stripes pay tribute to the former Colorado Rockies (both the Scouts and the Rockies were previous teams in the franchise’s history). One notable addition to the jersey is the championship collar – you can find the Devils’ three Stanley Cup championship seasons embedded within the collar.

Pittsburgh Penguins




The reigning Stanley Cup champions receive minor modifications to their jerseys. The Pens ditch the V-neckline and add more yellow to the collar. All in all, the Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys have subtle changes that make bold statements.

Philadelphia Flyers




The Philadelphia Flyers’ new sweater almost identically resembles their classic look used last season, except for some changes to the white striping on the sleeves.

Washington Capitals




Not much has changed over in the nation’s capital. The Washington Capitals’ “Weagle” logo now sits higher on the shoulders. The most notable change comes from modifications to the blue piping and collar. The new threads display a more “boxy” look as the piping adopted a new position on the jersey.

It’s Time to Gear Up

Well there you have it, folks – the brand-new Fanatics Breakaway jerseys showcased for the Metropolitan Division. Excited for next season? Continue the hype surrounding each team’s fresh gear by heading over to today, and purchase a replica jersey for yourself!


Best Places to Watch The Stanley Cup Finals

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Watching The Stanley Cup Finals

Of the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins, who will lift Lord Stanley’s trophy at the end of the Stanley Cup Finals? Fans of these two teams may choose to watch the action from somewhere other than their couch. But where should you go to take in the game with fellow fans?

Here are some of the best recommendations for each of the two cities, helping to ensure you’ll find a perfect spot to watch the last bit of hockey before “offseason” is muttered. From local bars to barbeque joints and quaint gastropubs, keep reading to see where you should go – especially if you can’t get a ticket to the game!

Nashville, Home of the Nashville Predators

Having made the playoffs nine of their 18 seasons as an NHL franchise, the Nashville Predators will take their first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals this year. They managed to take a fourth-place regular season finish and make it past the Chicago Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blues, and the Anaheim Ducks on their quest for the cup. Here are a couple of great places to watch this underdog team play in Nashville.

Benchmark Bar & Grill

Great drink deals, delicious food, and an official watch location? The Benchmark Bar and Grill in downtown Nashville checks off all the boxes when it comes to being a preferred venue. They are also known for their live music as well.

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Fleet Street Pub

There’s actually a British pub that’s a great place to watch hockey? That’s right – even though the Fleet Street Pub is typically the go-to spot for soccer, they’re another official watch location to #StandWithUs and cheer on the Predators! Here you’ll be able to enjoy your hockey with typical English pub food choices like bangers and mash, fish and chips, and savory pies.

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Rippy’s Bar & Grill

Nashville is known for country music and barbecue, so look no further than Rippy’s if you want a real Southern experience. Located right near the Bridgestone Arena, this place will be hopping on game day! Expect a loud crowd and a ton of delicious smoked meats if you choose Rippy’s to be your home during the Stanley Cup Finals.

Pittsburgh, Home of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Been there, done that, got the T-shirt … but it doesn’t get old, does it, Pens fans? Their second trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in two years – don’t forget, the Penguins won it all last year – has citizens of the Steel City thinking about the “D” word: Dynasty. Such an amazing team deserves a great location to cheer.

The Souper Bowl

Located right near PPG Paints Arena, The Souper Bowl is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars in over 250 reviews. Here you’ll find an army of black-and-gold clad Penguins fans ready to cheer the team on to another victory. There’s pub food like burgers and an ample beverage selection that should make any die-hard fan happy!

Dahn Souper Bowl #pregame #letsgopens

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Bigham Tavern

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With a special game day menu for when the Penguins take the ice, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Bigham Tavern! Previous specials have included a mac and cheese with a Philly cheesesteak filling. So not only will you get a chance to take in the game, but also you’ll go home with a full stomach – and maybe some leftovers.

Excuses Bar & Grill

You’ll find friendly faces and quite the crowd, according to Penguins fans who’ve been to the Excuses Bar & Grill when a game is taking place. Die-hard Penguins fans frequent this place. You couldn’t find a better company to take in a game if you tried. Some citizens of Pittsburgh even think they have the best chicken wings in the city!

Hands down best wings in the Burgh' #excusespgh #wings #pittsburgh #foodporn #gimmedat

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Cool Champions

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NHL Trade Deadline Analysis


Trades and trade rumors were exciting in the final hours and minutes before the NHL trade deadline came and went. Once the clock hit 12 a.m. on March 2, 2017, team rosters were frozen – no more moves could be made. Some franchises were able to upgrade, while others … not so much.

Is your team fielding a better lineup now than they did in December or January? How were these trades graded, and did your team’s general manager come out looking like the star pupil or class clown? We took a look at some of the biggest trades that occurred right up until the NHL trade deadline window closed to see which teams came out looking the best.

Power Plays

Here are the biggest deals, broken down by days, that occurred before the NHL trade deadline expired.


Sunday, February 26

The Los Angeles Kings trade G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick, and a conditional pick in the 2017 Draft to the Tampa Bay Lightning for G Ben Bishop and fifth-round pick in the 2017 Draft.

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Ben Bishop may not have been a Lighting player at the end of the season, so the team’s general manager Steve Yzerman found a way to get some value for the established goalkeeper. However, the quality of this trade depends on how the conditional pick pans out, as it may be tied to how deep into the playoffs the Kings go. The Kings gave up a lot for Bishop, especially since one of their goalies, Jonathan Quick, returned from injury in fine form. It’s an expensive insurance policy.

The Arizona Coyotes trade F Martin Hanzal, F Ryan White, and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 Draft to the Minnesota Wild for F Grayson Downing, a first-round pick in the 2017 Draft, a second-round pick in 2018, and a conditional pick in 2019.

Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher wants to win the Western Conference, and this move brings his organization closer to doing that. While he had to use draft picks as collateral, he also helped the Wild keep prospects such as Kirill Kaprizov, Jordan Greenway, and Joel Eriksson Ek. The Coyotes and general manager John Chayka, however, managed to get a high return for a player who could be on a different team next season. Both the Coyotes and Wild earned high marks for their trade deadline execution, each received an A- from SBNation.

Monday, February 27

The St. Louis Blues trade D Kevin Shattenkirk and G Pheonix Copley to the Washington Capitals for F Brad Malone, F Zach Sanford, a 2017 Draft first-round pick, and conditional draft picks.

👋 @shattdeuces! Kevin meets the media. #RockTheRed

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How do you set up your team as Stanley Cup favorites? If you’re Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan, you go out and upgrade in an area where you’re already dominant. Adding Shattenkirk to his team’s defense, even if it is just until the end of the season, helps to strengthen their power plays. On the other side of the puck, the Blues were in a no-win scenario. Last year, they let David Backes and Troy Brouwer leave as free agents without capitalizing. The Blues didn’t make the same mistake this time, but they’ll need the Capitals to advance deep into the playoffs for those conditional picks to come good.

The Tampa Bay Lightning trade F Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs for F Byron Froese and a conditional second-round pick in the 2017 Draft.

Did the Toronto Maple Leafs want an extended trial of Brian Boyle before he hits free agency at the end of the season? Perhaps! Their cupboard was stocked with second-round picks, so they didn’t give up too much to see if Boyle fits in well with the Leafs. Meanwhile, the Lighting may end up with 10 picks in the 2017 NHL Draft, giving them extended flexibility as they look to negotiate trades or acquire new talent after the season ends.

Tuesday, February 28

The Detroit Red Wings trade D Brendan Smith to the New York Rangers for a 2017 Draft third-round pick and a 2018 Draft second-round pick.

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Most analysts were not a fan of the Rangers’ decision to sell off tomorrow for Brendan Smith, who is a strong defender but not on the level of a player like Shattenkirk, who went to the Washington Capitals. The New York Rangers earned C+ grades from CBS Sports and SBNation for this trade, both being very critical of how much they gave away to acquire the “more-than-viable fill-in” Smith. Meanwhile, Detroit earned A grades for a team that typically is buying, not selling, before the deadline.

Wednesday, March 1

The Tampa Bay Lightning trade F Valtteri Filppula, a fourth-round pick, and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 Draft to the Philadelphia Flyers for D Mark Streit; the Tampa Bay Lightning trade D Mark Streit to Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2018 Draft fourth-round pick.

A busy #NHLTrade Deadline for Mark Streit, who ends the day as a member of the @penguins.

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This three-team trade may end up getting counted as a win for each of the three teams involved, even if the Tampa Bay Lightning just worked their magic as a middleman. While the Lightning did manage to add to their draft pick total and free up some cap space, the other two teams found ways to add players in positions of need. The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking for Streit to provide quality help on defense while the Flyers, in Filppula, get a playmaking center who still has a year remaining on his existing contract. If he doesn’t pan out, the Flyers would be able to ship him off next season without too much lost.

The Detroit Red Wings trade F Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for D Dylan McIlrath and a conditional third-round pick in the 2017 Draft.

Welcome to the squad, Thomas Vanek! 👊

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As a team looking to push for a wild-card spot, the Florida Panthers needed to do something. What they did was add Thomas Vanek to their side, in the hopes he can add the same attacking threat he provided the Detroit Red Wings. Vanek has scored 15 goals for Detroit this season, which is more impressive when you consider he missed nearly a month of games due to injury. The Red Wings continue to stockpile assets they can either use in the draft or include in trades after the end of the current season.

Face Off

Your team may have been one of the many teams wheeling and dealing before the close of the NHL trade deadline. Did they give up more than you thought they should? Do you believe they did enough to make a legitimate push into the Stanley Cup Finals this year? Or are they already scheming for what happens at the end of the season? No matter how your team ended up, make sure you sport their colors at the game or out-and-about by getting the best officially licensed NHL team merchandise and apparel at


The Evolution of the Pittsburgh Penguins Jersey


Pittsburgh isn’t a natural habitat for penguins, but thanks to “The Igloo” – the nickname of the Civic Arena where the NHL team got its start – they’ve come to thrive in the city. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been able to bring home four Stanley Cup titles (1991, 1992, 2009, and 2016) across five total appearances since they joined the league in 1967.

Penguins Greats

Even though the team may not be a member of the Original Six, the Penguins have been solid playoff contenders throughout their history, as a result of having some of the game’s best players. It’s hard not to think, first, about former Penguin, Mario Lemieux. A transcendent player, Lemieux was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame after his first retirement in 1996 (they waved the three-year waiting period because he was just that good). Jaromir Jagr and Sidney Crosby are two more game-changing players who have donned a Penguins jersey.

Let’s take a look at the Penguins on the ice and see how their visual identity has evolved over the years.

Notable Jersey Changes



1967: For their inaugural season, the Pittsburgh Penguins play in a powder blue uniform similar in layout to the New York Rangers – in that they spell out “Pittsburgh” diagonally across the front.

1968: It doesn’t take long for the Penguins to come up with a team crest. The famous skating penguin makes his first appearance on the team’s jersey. The logo consists of a penguin in front of a triangle that was meant to represent the “Golden Triangle” of downtown Pittsburgh. The team also adds names to the back of the jersey in 1971.

1972: The penguin stages a breakout and earns a larger spot in the center of the jersey. The team also darkens the blue on the jersey in 1973.

1977: Dark blue becomes the dominant color on the jersey.

1979: The Penguins wave goodbye to the blue and adopt the colors of their town – black and gold. They align with the Steelers in the NFL and the Pirates in MLB with their new jerseys and complete the change halfway through the 1979 season. They also introduce a gold jersey, which ends up being used as the primary home uniform for the 1983–1984 season.

1984: The white home jersey returns, and the gold jersey is retired. This template is used for the next several seasons, with only minor adjustments. Whether it is the sleeve stripe changing, the collar changing from black to gold, or the TV numbers moving from the shoulders to the sleeves, this jersey evolves into a classic.

1992: The Penguins upgrade their logo with a more modern penguin and bring back the “Pittsburgh” text on the black away jersey.

2002: For this season, the team utilizes a new jersey theme that was introduced in 2001 as an alternate. The yellow color is exchanged for “Vegas Gold”.

2007: After the 2006 season Reebok adjusts the stripes and color placement on the jerseys, adjusting the template set over the past five years.

2008: The Penguins still use the Reebok uniforms from their prior seasons, but they add a new alternate jersey. It’s a throwback to their second set of uniforms – powder blue as the primary color and the classic penguin logo.

2016: The Penguins make two throwback uniforms their official home and away jerseys. They also add a Stanley Cup title patch on the chest to highlight their success in the 2015–2016 season.

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The Evolution of the Pittsburgh Penguins Logo


Pittsburgh Welcomes Hockey

The Pittsburgh Penguins first took to the ice in 1967. It was more than three decades after the city’s first NHL team, the Pirates, folded during the Great Depression. The new Pittsburgh team was part of a six-team influx of new hockey clubs and a contest that tasked the public with choosing a new club name.

But Jack McGregor, who was part owner of the new team, found inspiration for a name from within his own home. His wife, Carol, was inspired by the team’s future home, which was nicknamed “The Big Igloo,” and she thought “Penguins” would be a perfect name. It’s possible word of their idea leaked, and more than 700 entries in the contest featured the same moniker; they made it official on February 10, 1967.

The Penguins currently play in the Metropolitan Division and have enjoyed quite a few historic seasons, including four Stanley Cup wins over five appearances (the most recent of which being the 2015-16 season). They are also regular playoff contenders and can count 31 postseason appearances over 49 seasons, including 10 straight playoff appearances over the last 10 seasons.

Several notable players have hit the rink for the Pens, including “The Magnificent One” Mario Lemieux, who holds four major all-time Penguin records (games, goals, assists, and points); Jaromír Jágr, who spent his first 11 NHL seasons in Pittsburgh; and Marc-André Fleury, who was the overall No. 1 selection in the 2003 NHL Draft.

The Penguin and the Golden Triangle

Once the team was established and its name chosen, the next step was finding the right logo. The original logo featured a skating penguin, stick in hand within a golden triangle, which represented the “Golden Triangle” of downtown Pittsburgh. This logo, however, did not appear on team uniforms when they first took to the ice.

The logo didn’t stay this way for long; it underwent several changes over the last 40-plus seasons. Let’s look at how each one changed over the years.


1967/1968: The first Pittsburgh Penguins logo features a penguin wearing a scarf and skates while brandishing a hockey stick. He’s imposed over a golden triangle; “Pittsburgh Penguins” appears in a circle around the penguin.

1969–1972: For the 1968 to 1969 season, the penguin loses his scarf and takes on a fiercer visage; the team name appears within a navy blue circle with no outlines.

1973–1992: When the season arrives, a new logo is unveiled. This penguin appears much the same as his predecessor, but the circle and team name within the design vanish.

1993–1999: With the 1992–1993 season, the Penguins logo gets a bold new look. The penguin and golden triangle are still present, but they take on a more streamlined, modern style; they’re blended into one picture.

2000–2002: Not much changed with this logo, except the shade of gold features a slight adjustment.

2003–2016: The more modern penguin logo, despite lasting for over a decade, never really caught on with faithful Penguins fans. Mario Lemieux, who purchased the team in 1999, expressed a desire to return to the skating penguin. In the 2002 to 2003 season, this became a reality, and the old-school skating penguin and his trusty triangle return to the Penguins, although instead of the traditional Pittsburgh gold, they opt for another shade.

2016/2017: For the 2016-17 season, the triangle features the original Pittsburgh gold.


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Mapping NHL Teams: Metropolitan Division



Like other professional sports, the National Hockey League (NHL) includes conferences and divisions. Its most recent shakeup, however, was not too long ago. Before the first puck hit the ice for the 2013-14 season, teams were shuffled around and came to rest in divisions that made the most sense geographically. The Columbus Blue Jackets, now in the Eastern Conference in the Metropolitan Division, were affected by this change; they spent the first years of their young franchise in the Western Conference.

The rest of the Metropolitan Division consists of the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington Capitals. The most recent Stanley Cup winner of the bunch, the Penguins, just happened to win it all in the 2015-2016 season. Let’s consider the teams’ rosters to see who hails from where as well as which countries, provinces, and states produced some of the world’s best hockey players.

The Big Three and Beyond


As with many NHL teams, Canada is the origin of nearly half of the players that hit the ice for the Metropolitan Division. Out of 192 total players, 86 come from Canada. Another large chunk (over 27 percent) of players come from the U.S. Other countries represented in this NHL division are Sweden with just under 9 percent, Russia with a bit over 5 percent, the Czech Republic with over 4 percent, and Finland with five players, making up almost 3 percent.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending champs, have a couple notable Canadians on their roster. Sidney Crosby hails from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, and Matt Murray comes from Thunder Bay, Ontario. In addition to last season’s win, the Penguins have brought home the Stanley Cup three other times since becoming a franchise in 1967.

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Washington Capitals feature Swedish players in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2005-06, but they haven’t enjoyed much success in recent years – they’ve only made the playoffs once since their Cup win. And the Capitals have had quite a bit of postseason appearances (26 times in 42 seasons), but they’ve yet to win a Stanley Cup.

Divisions, by States and Provinces


Breaking down the division’s rosters even further, we can see which Canadian provinces and U.S. states grew professional hockey players. Ontario, Canada, owns the biggest piece of the Metropolitan Division pie, offering up 48 players. Saskatchewan is the home of 10 players, followed by Alberta (seven players), and Quebec, British Columbia, and Manitoba, which can each claim six home-province players.

South of the Canadian border, the U.S. states represented in this division tend to be mostly northern (Minnesota tops the list with 11 players). Other northern states are Massachusetts (nine players), New York (eight players), Michigan (five players), and Connecticut (three players). There are several other states, though, that contributed to the Metropolitan Division, including Illinois and California (two each); a slew contributed one, including Texas, Florida, and Indiana.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a couple notable chaps from the U.S. on their team, including Nick Foligno who hails from Buffalo, N.Y., and Seth Jones, the Arlington, Texas native. Until Las Vegas makes its team debut next season, the Blue Jackets remain one of the league’s newest teams and have only made the playoffs twice over their 16 seasons.

The Philadelphia Flyers have players from many different areas, but Claude Giroux, who comes from Hearst, Ontario, and Shayne Gostisbehere, from Pembroke Pines, Fla., are a couple prominent players. The Flyers have been a successful team over the last 49 years, having reached the postseason 38 times. They have also won the Stanley Cup twice.

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When you compare the teams with one another, it becomes evident that the New York Islanders have the most Canadians on their team, including John Tavares from Mississauga, Ontario, and Johnny Boychuk, from Edmonton, Alberta. The Islanders had an extremely successful spell a few decades ago when they won the Stanley Cup four times in a row from 1980 to 1983.

On the other side, the New Jersey Devils have the most Americans. The team enjoyed a spate of Stanley Cup success, bringing it home in 1995, 2000, and 2003. The New York Rangers have more Americans than Canadians (the only team in the Metropolitan Division with this stat). The Rangers are an Original Six team that has won the Stanley Cup four times (the last win was in 1994).

The Wide World of the NHL

The Metropolitan Division hosts a ton of players who come from around the globe. From Canada and the U.S. to Sweden, the Czech Republic, and beyond, they’ve all come together to pound the ice for their team.

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The Beginners Guide to #NHL: Become a Fanatic Overnight: National Hockey League

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Not only is it cold in the arena where athletes play ice hockey games, but if you’re unfamiliar with the rules, you might get a chilly response from a fan if you ask them to run you through the basics midgame.

Instead of earning a cold stare that sends shivers down your spine, it’s time to learn all the necessary details to start enjoying the NHL (National Hockey League). So lace up your skates and read our Guide to Becoming an NHL Fanatic. This will take you out of the penalty box and put you on the ice!

Puck Drop

Even though it’s called the National Hockey League, it is actually an organization that contains 30 teams located in the U.S. and Canada. There are seven teams in Canada, the most in any of the four major sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL). The 30 teams are broken up into two conferences – Eastern and Western.

The Eastern Conference is made up of 16 teams across two divisions of equal size, the Atlantic and Metropolitan. The Western Conference is made up of 14 teams also in two divisions of equal size: the Central and Pacific.

These teams must win enough games in the regular season to make the playoffs (16 teams progress), with the goal of taking home the Stanley Cup. It is awarded to the final winner at the conclusions of the playoffs.

Center Ice

Hockey is a fast sport. While three 20-minute periods sound like a long time, minimal stops of play and quick transitions between offense and defense means there is no time to change the channel or leave your seat. In fact, the only times that the clock stops are when there is a penalty (rules infraction), the puck leaves a play, or a goalie secures it (known as “freezing”).

Each team tries to score more goals than the other, scoring when the puck moves into the goalie’s net. If there is a tie at the end of regulation (three periods), the game shifts to a five minute, three-on-three overtime. If they’re still deadlocked, the game goes to a best-of-five penalty shootout. If there’s still a draw, then the shootout continues as sudden-death penalty shots, where the next team that misses loses. Hockey isn’t short on action.

The last rule to keep in mind is the power play. Resulting from a player breaking the rules, and subsequently being forced into the “penalty box” for a period of time, this leaves another team with a man advantage on the ice. This is a great chance for a team to score and usually forces the disadvantaged team to become defensive with their play.


The Lineup

Each team lines up with six players on the ice, going head-to-head in the pursuit of a win.

  • Goalie: As men responsible for protecting the net, they’re the ones with the crazy cage masks protecting their faces. Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins are two of the best in this position. And they’re worth watching for the amazing saves they pull off!
  • Defensemen: Defensemen, charged with protecting the goalie and initiating the counter, play a dual role. With two on the ice, one is responsible for the left side of the ice and the other the right. Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings are two to keep an eye on in this position.
  • Forwards: Playing either on the left or right wings, or as a center, these athletes score goals. Or at least that’s the plan. They generate the attack and put the defense on their heels. Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks are offensive players that light up the arena with their shooting skills.

Who is Icy-Hot?

Here are a few hot teams in the coolest professional sport that you should be watching:

  • Florida Panthers: Yes, they play ice hockey in Florida, and this team is really good! They set multiple franchise records this season – including sending four players to the All-Star game! And the future looks bright for the Sunshine State’s youngest NHL team.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Even though this franchise has only been around since the 1960s, they’ve won four Stanley Cup titles in that time, including the 2015-2016 series. They play with finesse, favoring speed and skill over brutal defense. If you’re looking for a team that’s set up for future success, look no further than the “Pens.”
  • Washington Capitals: Suffering an early exit from the 2015-2016 postseason, their captain Alex Ovechkin looks to lead them back to the playoffs next season. The three-time league MVP gives everything for his team. Will they be able to help him finally win the elusive Stanley Cup?

Play On!

You might not be ready to throw on some pads, lace up a pair of skates, or start body-checking other players into the boards, but you’re now ready to watch NHL games like a true fan.

You know the fundamentals, which teams to watch out for, and even the names of the different positions. Don’t forget – as you get ready to take in a game or root for your new team – to pick up officially licensed NHL merchandise or apparel from the best place to find them,