MacHall's Bleacher Creature Trivia, Part Two: The NHL Draft

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MacHall's Bleacher Creature Trivia, Part Two: The NHL Draft

Welcome to the Hockey Quiz series.  The best, most diverse hockey info money can't buy; trivia to end all trivia, exclusive to Bleacher Report.

Every week this summer, find new hockey trivia - and answers - here, up to three times a week. Test yourself and your friends, and take credit as the King or Queen of hockey knowledge. Covering various topics chapter to chapter, it’s a fun and easy way to get into the game over the hot summer months. Take a journey with your fellow Bleacher Creatures and discover the stories which make up over a hundred years of ice time.

Think you can handle it? Want to prove your hockey-smarts? Grab a pen and paper, or simply type your solutions on your own Bleacher Report profile and play along. Answers for today’s questions will be listed in Friday’s edition.

In honour of last weekend’s NHL Draft in Ottawa, Part Two of the quiz will centre mainly around the draft, past and present.  Questions are accurate as of the end of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

1.  In which year was the first NHL Draft?

2.  Detroit draft-pick Henrik Zetterberg has long been considered a diamond-in-the-rough find, having been chosen 210th overall in 1999. How many (if any) picks had Detroit made that year by the time they chose the eventual 2008 Conn Smythe winner?

3.  The NHL prospect selection was once called the Amateur Draft, but was renamed the Entry Draft in 1979. What was the specific reason for the switch?

4.  In 1974, Buffalo Sabres GM Punch Imlach drafted Taro Tsujimoto, a star centre for the Tokyo Kanatas of the JIHL. Tsujimoto, chosen 183rd overall, did not play in the NHL for a very specific reason. What was it?

5.  In 2003, the Florida Panthers attempted to draft Alex Ovechkin but were not allowed. In a last ditch effort, the Panthers came up with an innovative reason they believed the selection was valid. What stopped them from calling dibs on Alexander the Great, and what fantastic “reasoning” did the NHL disagree with?

6.  Which player was the Edmonton Oilers’ first ever NHL Draft pick?

7.  According to NHL draft records, two different players with the same name were drafted in consecutive years, 1992 and 1993. Other than having the same name, the two men’s vital statistics were nearly identical. Give the name and list the other similarities.

8.  Of all the players drafted first overall into the NHL, how many have NOT been from Canada?

9.  The 1990 Draft featured an array of now well-known names and has been remembered as a deep draft year. The Calgary Flames made a point to trade for an earlier draft spot (12th overall from 20th) than they were originally allotted, with which they chose goaltender Trevor Kidd. The highly rated backstop turned out to be an NHL nightmare, and the Flames’ 1990 choice has gone down in franchise history as “the dud”. Hindsight proves that there were not one, but two star goaltenders in-the-making further down the draft list which Calgary could have taken instead. Which two goalies did the Flames pass up in the first two rounds?

10.  Which player became the first ever goaltender to be chosen number one overall at the NHL Entry Draft?

Bonus Question:  Only six Americans have been chosen first overall at the NHL Draft, all-time. Most are spread out over time, but for two years in a row the number one choice at the Entry Draft was an American. Which two US-born players were drafted first overall in consecutive years?

Photo Question:  He was the first European to be chosen first overall at any NHL draft when he was taken by the Quebec Nordiques. Proving to be one of the most enduring picks/players of his time, this man has tallied 1321 points in 1305 NHL games as of the end of 2008. Which player is shown in the photo (top of the article), and in which year was he drafted?

Answers - MacHall Test Part One: The Basics

* Note: These are the solutions to the previous quiz. Try your hand at the questions here if you want to test yourself from the beginning.

1.1 ~ Canada, Finland, Switzerland, Latvia and Slovakia.  As a note, however, lacrosse is actually Canada's original official sport.  In 1994, the federal government included hockey and now considers lacrosse and hockey to be the "official pastimes" of Summer and Winter, respectively.  The change was due in part to the fact that hockeyis the most common sport in Canada, yet lacrosse, with it's strong following, has the long and significant cultural history.

1.2 ~ A goal, an assist and a fight within the same contest by the same player. It is not a universally recognised statistic, and only six NHL teams record their club’s Gordie Howe hat-tricks. Howe, known for his scoring ability as well as his aggressive play. Though named after Mr Hockey, the big man would only ever tally one “Gordie Howe hat-trick” himself, on 22 December 1955. In fact, the first goal-assist-fight-trick in the NHL was recorded by Harry Cameron of the Toronto Arenas on 26 December 1917. It was the NHL’s inaugural season, almost forty-eight years to the day from Gordie’s own lone Howe-trick in 1955. Brendan Shanahan holds the unofficial record for most Gordie Howe hat-tricks, having completed nine so far in his career.

1.3 ~ Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Chicago Black Hawks (now spelt Blackhawks), Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings

1.4 ~ He was between ten and eleven years old when he posted 517 points in 85 games 1971-72 for the Brantford Nadrofsky Steelers. His exploits made the local papers, and he was criticised for being a “puck-hog”. 139 assists is less than half the number of goals he had scored, and I suppose they wanted balance!

1.5 ~ Maurice Richard

1.6 ~ Mike Modano now holds BOTH records. He broke Joe Mullen’s record of 502 goals 17 March 2007 in a game against Nashville, and on 21 November 2007, he passed Phil Housley’s 1232 career points. Modano, born in Livonia Michigan, has spent his entire career as a Star, drafted by the Minnesota Northstars 1st overall in 1988 and relocating with the team when it moved to Dallas, Texas.

1.7 ~ The six-inch disc of vulcanised rubber is naturally resilient. Freezing the puck helps make it more bounce-resistant; otherwise, it tends to carom wildly off every surface.

1.8 ~ The Montreal Canadiens won the Cup in 1993, the most recent win for a Canadian club. Since then the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators have all made the Stanley Cup Finals, each eventually coming second.

1.9 ~ The New Jersey Devils. Though the general idea was possibly practised to some degree prior to the Devils, Jacques Lemaire - as well as his 1995 Cup-winning squad - are given credit to bring the technique into prominence. Lemaire, one of the more defensively-minded NHL coaches, is generally given specific recognition for having perfected and [relatively] popularised the trap variation. The trap is a strategy in which the opposition is prevented from making progress through the neutral zone (and towards danger) by forcing turnovers mid-ice.

1.10 ~ The space left between a goalie’s leg pads is commonly known as the five-hole. When a player is poised in net, he creates a star-like shape with five main openings: by each side (2), over each shoulder (2), and through the legs; a total of five main apertures.

(Bonus Question) Daniel Cleary. The 2008 Red Wing Cup victory saw a few “firsts”, including the inclusion of a Newfoundlander on the Cup-winning team. Dan Cleary is originally from Carbonear, Newfoundland. He is one of only 24 men from Newfoundland and Labrador to play in the NHL. Michael Ryder and Ryane Clowe are also from Newfoundland and played in the 2008 NHL post-season.

(Photo Question) Jacques Plante. He won the Stanley Cup six times within an eight year span, five times in a row between 1956 and 1960. Each time his name was engraved it was spelled a different way. Jac, Jacq, Jaques, Jocko, Jack, Jacques Plant.

Check back Friday for more hockey trivia, as well as the answers to this edition’s draft questions.

 Other Trivia in this series:

Part One - MacHall's Bleacher Creature Trivia: Hockey's "Third Season" Basics

Part Three - MacHall's Bleacher Creature Trivia: Stanley Cup Sampler

Part Four - MacHall's Bleacher Creature Trivia: International and Olympic Hockey

Part Five - MacHall's Bleacher Creature Trivia: NHL Awards and the Stanley Cup

Part Six - MacHall's Bleacher Creature Trivia: Classic Hockey Hodgepodge

Part Seven - MacHall's Bleacher Creature Trivia: NHL Rules, Refs, and Regulations

Part Eight - MacHall's Bleacher Creature Trivia: Great NHL Lines and Nicknames


M MacDonald Hall is the Bleacher Report Calgary Flames Community Leader, and will be adding to the NHL department over the summer. Future Flames articles include a breakdown of Calgary’s playoff performance in the 21st Century, roster changes and information, Flames-specific trivia, and more. M’s Bleacher Report archive includes an assortment of Flames/NHL articles.

M also writes on various other topics, sport and non-sport related. Enquiries regarding NHL writing or other subjects may be directed to
M’s Bleacher Report profile or via email.

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