Hey bloggees and bloggettes! Just some more fun-filled facts for you all to read, this time however, it's hockey we're dealing with! Well, let's get started, shall we? This time, I've even bulleted each point to make it easier to read!
* The H on the Habs sweater stands for "Hockey", not "habitant", as is commonly rumoured. Montreal is technically the “Club de Hockey Canadien”, and were once the "Club Athletique Canadien"...hence the "A" that once sat in place of the modern "H". Habitant is a nickname, but is not the reason for the letter. (No way!)
* Hockey pucks are frozen before being used in play, because the RUBBER with which they are made is too bouncy otherwise. (Did NOT know!)
* Most fans know about Canada's lucky loonie at centre ice, but did you know a dime was buried in the ice BEFORE the dollar coin, just underneath it? (SO awesome!)
* Legendary goalie Jacques Plante loved to knit! (Wow, cool!)
* NHL overtime was eliminated during WWII, because there were restrictions on train travel, so they couldn't risk going long and missing the one and only train that night. It was only reinstated in 1983-84. (Interesting!)
* The great Howie Morenz was rumoured to have died of a broken heart after being told he would never play hockey again. (The man was a legend!)
* Don Kowharski was the first Canadian referee EVER requested by the Soviets in an international Canada-USSR match, Game One of the 1987 Canada Cup Final. Before that there were numerous controversies concerning Russians and their tactics surrounding officiating. (Amazing!)