How fast does the puck travel?
Some slapshooters propell the puck
between 90 - 100 mph. Speeds up to 120 mph have been recorded by some of
the hardest shooters. Compounding the problem for the goal-tender,
frequently the puck will curve in flight, much like a baseball.
How thick is the ice?
The best ice for pro-hockey is usually
held at 16 degrees fahrenheit for proper hardness and is approximatley
3/4" thick. The thicker the sheet of ice becomes, the softer and
slower it is.
How are the markings, lines and circles applied to the ice?
The ice is built up to half-ince
thickness by spraying water over the concrete floor which has the freezing
pipes imbedded underneath. The markings are then painted on, after which
additional water is sprayed on the "coat" the markings and build
the ice to prescribed thickness.
Who gets credit for an assist?
The last player, or players (not more
than two) who touch the puck prior to the scoring of a goal. As an
example, player A passes to B who passes to C who passes to D who scores
the goal. Players C and B are credited with "assists"
What is the Zamboni?
Zamboni is a highly specialized machine that cleans the ice between periods. In its travel across the ice, it scrapes the loose shavings off and lays down a layer of hot water. The water must
be hot to melt the upper ice surface and weld a smooth sheet. It takes
just minutes to freeze.
Can the puck be kicked into net for a score?
Not kicked intentionally, but a puck
can be deflected off a skate, or off a player's body if no overt attempt
is made to throw it in or kick it in.
Are all hockey sticks alike?
Far from it. Just as baseball players
have their individually personalized bats, so to do hockey players have
their "patterned" sticks. Flexibility, lie (angle of the blade),
weight, etc. vary from player to player.
Can a goalie score a goal?
While it is not unusual for a goalie to
be credited with an assist, only a hand full of goalies have been a goal
scorer in pro hockey history. Admirals Goalie Corwin Saurdiff became
the 4th goalie in pro hockey history to score a goal on March 18, 1995.
What if the puck is stopped or stops on the goal line?
There is no score. The puck must
completely cross the goal line between the posts to be counted as a score.