Stick handlers without helmets rushing goaltenders without masks on rinks lacking side boards gives way to a faster game with bigger players and overtime shootouts. The National Hockey League goes from a Canadian and regional sport to one that is watched by more fans throughout North America than ever. Hockey may have changed, but its essence and appeal remain. The Handy Hockey Answer Book, written by hockey historian, broadcaster, author and self-professed Hockey Maven, Stan Fischler, brings the game to life through exciting game action, vital stats, players, rules, and more. It traces the early spread of hockey, Lord Stanley's involvement, and the birth of the cup, then explains the rules, the equipment, strategies, and positioning, before following the ups and downs of the National Hockey League and its teams and players. From the traditions, all-time cup- and award-winners and record-breakers to the modern game, The Handy Hockey Answer Book answers more than 800 questions on the game, greats, goals, and growing popularity of hockey, including... Where does hockey come from? What was the Stanley Cup first called? Where did the name "Patrick Division" come from and why are the Patrick brothers important? When was six-man hockey invented and who was its creator? What is a "Zamboni" and after whom was it named? What was the Gretzky Rule? How did the hockey puck develop its present shape? Which is the oldest current NHL team? Why is the term "Original Six" a misnomer? Which Hall of Famer trained on champagne? Who holds the Montreal Canadien's franchise record for career goals? Who centered Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsey on Detroit's legendary "Production Line." Which team was the first to come back from being down 3-0 in a series. Who played right wing on a line with Phil Esposito for the Bruins in the late 60s and 70s? Who was the first European player to lead the league in scoring? What NHL team won and loss the Stanley Cup on the same day? Which hockey player was supposed to be "kidnapped" as part of a scheme to increase attendance at New York Rangers games? Did an NHL club ever play all its "home" games of the Stanley Cup finals on the road? A glossary of terms and a bibliography for further reading round out this helpful primer on the sport.