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10 NHL Trivia FAQs A Hockey Fan Should Know

Hockey fans enjoy hockey trivia among other things (their team winning, beer, boo-ing Bettman, etc).

So do you know all the answers to these frequently asked hockey questions below?

See how you do (no cheating!).
Answers are listed further below.

Question 1: Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL season?

Question 2: Who has scored the most goals in an NHL career?

Question 3: What’s the highest scoring game in NHL history?

Question 4: What’s the highest-scoring game by a single player in NHL history?

Question 5: Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without a goalie mask?

Question 6: Who was hockey’s first million-dollar man?

Question 7: Who holds the record for the most points scored in one NHL game?

Question 8: When did advertising first appear on NHL rink boards?

Question 9: Where did Red Wings’ octopus tradition come from?

Question 10: How many Stanley Cups are there?

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Alright, scroll on down and check out the answers for yourself:

Question 1: Who holds the record for most goals in one NHL season?
Answer 1: Wayne Gretzky with 92 goals for the Edmonton Oilers during the 1981-82 NHL Season.

Question 2: Who has scored the most goals in an NHL career?
Answer 2: Wayne Gretzky with 894 career NHL goals.

Question 3: What’s the highest scoring game in NHL history?
Answer 3: On January 10th, 1920 a total of 21 goals combined between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto St. Pats in a 14-7 final.

Question 4: What’s the highest-scoring game by a single player in NHL history?
Answer 4: On January 31st, 1920 Quebec Bulldogs’ forward Joe Malone scored 7 goals against the Toronto St. Pats.

Question 5: Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without a goalie mask?
Answer 5: On April 7th, 1974, Andy Brown netminded for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Flames, which marked the final appearance by a bare-faced goaltender in the NHL.

Question 6: Who was hockey’s first million-dollar man?
Answer 6: In 1972 Bobby Hull left the NHL and joined the WHA’s Winnipeg Jets. He signed a $2.75 million dollar contract spanning over ten years with $1 million of that paid up front.

Question 7: Who holds the record for the most points scored in one NHL game?
Answer 7: On February 7th, 1976, Darryl Sittler of the Toronto Maple Leafs scored 6 goals and notched 4 assists against the Boston Bruins. He is the only player in league history to record double digits in points in a single game.

Question 8: When did advertising first appear on NHL rink boards?
Answer 8: Rights were granted for ads to be placed on boards at the beginning of the 1978-79 season but the first ads didn’t appear until 1980.

Question 9: Where did Red Wings’ octopus tradition come from?
Answer 9: During the 1952 Stanley Cup run by the Red Wings, brothers Pete and Jerry Cusimano (whom owned a fish market) were the first to land an octopus on the ice. Back then it only took eight playoff wins to claim the cup and since an octopus has eight tentacles the symbolism of the gesture caught on. The Red Wings went a perfect 8-0 those playoffs to claim the cup which made the octopus a good luck charm ever since.

Question 10: How many Stanley Cups are there?
Answer 10: There are three “official” Stanley Cups. The original Stanley Cup bowl as retired in 1970 and can be viewed at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Since then, it was replaced by a replica that gets awarded to the winning team every spring and goes on tour with all of that team’s players. In 1993 an additional replica of the “new” Cup was made due to the fact the first replica was on tour so much. It is on permanent display at the Hockey Hall of Fame as well.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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