The dynamics of what makes a winning team has changed since I’ve been a hockey fan. From slapshot, “put on the foil” 70’s of bench clearing brawls, to the explosive Oilers dynasties, to the “clutch and grab” trap defense of the New Jersey Devil Cup wins.
After the lockout, the NHL introduced several key rule changes that have changed the face of hockey. The league removed the "offside pass" or "two-line pass" rule, and implemented the instigator rule as well as creating the salary cap.
Average fights per game was up last year at 0.6 fights per game on average. The Anaheim Ducks led the league in the fighting major penalties last year at 82, with the Philadelphia Flyers at a distant second with 74.
Went to a fight and a hockey game broke out, we’ve all heard that one before. Each team in the NHL employs heavyweights "enforcers" to protect and give space to the stars on their team, as well as to add a dimension of entertainment to the evening’s festivities .
Who is the 2010 heavyweight champion in the NHL?