The defensemen, while a key position in hockey, are often overlooked. Unless they can score goals, of course.
Hockey teams are divvied up into three categories: forwards, defense, and goaltending. Let's start with the forwards.
Hockey is actually a pretty simple game, once you get used to it. But there are still some terms that are a bit unusual that aren't so easy to figure out.
Fighting in hockey is part of its appeal to some - and also a turnoff to others. However, it's been a part of the game since it started.
Every sports league has its playoff traditions - things they do, what they wear, et cetera. Here are some of the NHL's.
Watching a hockey game is a bit different because of how an ice rink is set up. It's not rocket science, but typical sports logic doesn't always apply, either.
Depending on what you find important in a sport, the criteria for "who's the best" is subject to opinion. And NHL fans are no different.
If you pick an NHL team to cheer on, don't get too comfortable if they're good right now. Because in five years, chances are decent that they won't be anymore.
How any league is set up will play directly into how the playoffs are set up - and playoffs are what a sport is all about. So here's how the NHL does it.