About Alain Vipers
- Year of foundation: 2009
- Colours: green, white, black
- Club status: active
- Youngest player: Michael Kowalczyk (28 years)
- Oldest player: Darryn Debruyn (46 years)
- Shortest player: Jarkko Lasanen (174 cm)
- Tallest player: Janne Lehtosalo (190 cm)
- Nationalities:Australia (1), Canada (3), Finland (2), USA (2)
Ice Hocky Facts
Ice Hocky... British soldiers and immigrants to Canada and the United States brought their stick-and-ball games with them and played them on the ice and snow of winter. In 1825, John Franklin wrote "The game of hockey played on the ice was the morning sport" on Great Bear Lake during one of his Arctic expeditions.
|Interesting Hockey Facts:|
|Despite all the variations of when hockey was first played, the first organized hockey game played indoors occurred in 1875, in Montreal, Canada.|
|The NHL (National Hockey League) was established in 1917.|
|Prior to the 1960s, hockey sticks were straight. Stan Mikita, a Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Famer is credited with introducing the curve to the stick in the 60s.|
|Hockey pucks have three-inch diameters. They are frozen before each game so that they don't bounce during the game.|
|The first puck used during outdoor hockey in the 1800s was made of frozen cow dung.|
|Bobby Hull shot the fastest puck in recorded history, at 118 miles per hour.|
|The Stanley Cup was created in 1893. It was named for Lord Stanley of Preston, a Canadian Governor General.|
|Originally, the Stanley Cup was only seven inches tall. Today it is more than 35 inches tall.|
|The Stanley Cup has been awarded each year since 1914. The only exceptions were in 1919 during the Spanish flu epidemic, and in 2005 because of a strike.|
|The Stanley Cup was once used as a cereal bowl. It was once left on the side of the road by mistake, and was even once lost on a flight.|
|Rinks in North America measure 85 feet wide by 200 feet long.|
|The team to win the most Stanley Cups in the league's history is the Montreal Canadiens.|
|The greatest player of all time, Wayne Gretzky, has 61 NHL records. Nobody else comes close to this many records.|
|The record for most points in a single game is held by Darryl Sittler. He had 10 points in a game in 1976 between his team, the Leafs, and the Bruins. The Leafs won. Maurice ‘Rocket' Richard previously set the record with eight points.|
|Joe Malone scored seven goals in a game in 1920. He still holds the record for most scored goals in a game.|
|The goaltender Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens created the modern goalie mask in 1959.|
|Manon Rheaume was the first woman to play in the NHL. She was the goalie for Tampa Bay Lightning.|
|The first NHL million dollar contract went to Bobby Orr in 1971. It was a $200,000, five year term contract.|
|The first goalie to score a goal in the other team's net was goalie Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers.|
|The Zamboni, the machine used on the ice to keep it properly maintained, was named after Frank Zamboni. He invented the machine in 1949.|
|The names of twelve women appear on the Stanley Cup. They were either team executives or owners.|
Why does Ice Hocky have 3 periods?
Before 1910, they used to play 2 halves of 30 minutes each. But at the end of each half, the ice was so rutted and covered with snow that it slowed the game way down. So they changed it to 3 periods of 20 minutes each to give them a chance to clean the ice one more time. It also gave the players more time to rest.
Intermission is a 15–20 minute break between periods in an ice hockey game. ...There are three permanent periods in hockey and between two permanent periods is an intermission, which is like halftime break of both NFL and NBA. But unlike both NFL and NBA, there are two intermissions in NHL.
Did you know.... 10 Fun Facts
- When hockey was played in its early days, a frozen patty of cow poop was used as a puck.
- Today, hockey pucks are frozen before a game to prevent them from bouncing during play.
Two American brothers started the tradition of “octopus throwing” during the 1952 playoff games. At that time, it took eight wins to claim the Stanley Cup. So Pete and Jerry Cusimano, who sold fish for a living, brought an octopus (with its eight tentacles) to the Detroit arena and tossed it onto the ice. The Detroit Red Wings won the Cup, and the octopus has been a good luck charm in Detroit ever since.
The Pittsburgh Penguins once had a live penguin as their mascot that was named Slapshot Pete.
After winning the Stanley Cup in 1924, Montreal Canadiens players drove to their victory party with the trophy in the trunk of the car. When the car got a flat, they removed the Cup to get the spare tire. Once they changed the tire, they forgot all about the Cup and left it behind in a snowbank. Later that night, they realized what they’d done and returned to get the trophy. Luckily, it was still where they left it!
6. Every member of a Stanley Cup winning team gets a personal day with the Cup. Many champs have taken part in the tradition of filling the Cup with food. Some of the items that have been eaten from the Cup include: cereal, meatballs, chicken wings, poutine, and ice cream.
- Before 1914, referees placed the puck on the ice between the players’ sticks for face-offs. Of course, they ended up with lots of cuts and bruises as players tried to get the puck. To prevent these injuries, rules were changed and refs were allowed to drop the puck instead.
It turns out the Stanley Cup is far from perfect. It has over 20 engraving errors on it, including the misspelling of Boston as “Bqstqn,” and the Toronto Maple Leafs as the “Leaes.”
If a team’s two goalies are injured during a game, the rules state that anybody can play the position — including a fan from inside the arena!
At one time, rules stated that the team captain had to be on the ice at all times.