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

M MacDonald Hall@@DocMacHallSenior Analyst IJuly 4, 2008

Welcome to Part Five of the Quiz! Every week this summer, find new hockey triviaand answershere, 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 (and miscellany) 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 the subsequent edition, and links to other chapters are at the bottom of the page.

Although we’ve already had a batch of Stanley Cup oriented questions and I don’t want to be repetitive, these items are slightly different. This edition focuses on the trophies and awards themselves, and tests your knowledge of hockey hardware.

I’ve just dusted the surface of the NHL silverware drawer for a few of the stories, facts, and quirks associated with the numerous awards and accolades presented to our favourite players.  There are many more still to come.

The people who earn these prizes have embarked on an incredible journey, and very often, the trophies themselves have been heroes in their own adventures.  Hockey's bowls and cups may be highly coveted, but their winners have never wrapped them in cotton wool! 

Next year, when you are watching the NHL Awards on television, remember historic hands which have made their mark on the gilded metal and the game, and stun your friends with strange and random tales about hockey’s highest honours.

1.  In 2007, a Stanley Cup ring was found in Florida waters and returned to its original owner. Which Cup year and team was the ring from, and who was the player it was returned to?

2.  Over the years, the Stanley Cup has been engraved with the names of the teams and players which have won it. Various errors have been noticed, but no corrections were made to the Cup until the late 1990‘s. What word/name was the first correction on the holy grail of hockey?

3.  When Mark Messier was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1990, he [obviously] came first in the balloting in order to affect the win. Which player was edged out (came second in voting) that year, and by what margin of votes?

4.  Believe it or not, a mother-son combination have had their names engraved (separately) on the Stanley Cup. Who and how?

5.  Who is the only goaltender to win the Hart Memorial Trophy, yet never earn a Vezina?

6.  In 2007, the Stanley Cup made its first trip into a live combat zone, visiting Canadian and NATO troops and even coming under missile attack on May 3rd. Which country was the Cup visiting?

7.  Who has had his name inscribed the most number of times on the Stanley Cup, all-time?

8.  The Conn Smythe Trophy, given to the post-season MVP, is usually awarded to a player from the Cup-winning team. Now and then, it goes the other way. How many times has someone from the runner-up team won the Conn Smythe, and which is the only non-goalie?

9.  In 2004, the NHL brought out a new peripheral award and duly presented it to the winner, a Western Conference team captain. The prize, making its debut with this presentation, has not been given out since. What was the award called, who was the recipient, and for what reason was it awarded?

10.  Named for the wife of a former Governor General of Canada, the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is awarded to the most gentlemanly player during the NHL season. Who selected the very first recipient of the Lady Byng, who was that first well-mannered winner, and who makes the decision as to who wins these days?

Bonus Question:  Though the first Lady Byng Trophy was donated in 1925, it was replaced as early as 1935-36. Why?

Photo Question:  Retired in 1950, this former NHL Award has been around the block. Entering existence in 1910, it would serve the NHA before making the move to the NHL in 1917, where it would perform many functions. At one point it was given almost like a President’s Trophy, given to the Canadian team with most points. What is the name of this award, what prestigious role did it play in the early days of the NHL, and what was it awarded for at the end of its career?

Answers - MacHall Test Part Four: International and Olympic Hockey 

* Note: These are the solutions to the previous quiz. Try your hand at the questions here. Answers to the trivia above will be posted in the near future.

4.1 ~ Ken Morrow, in 1980. He was part of the US team at Lake Placid (aka Miracle on Ice), and played for the New York Islanders as they won their first of four straight Stanley Cup Championships.

4.2 ~ Canada received thirteen minor penalties, twelve of which were handed out by American ref Stacey Livingston. Team USA received four penalties. Many of the calls were seen as biased, and Canada’s Geraldine Heaney was quoted as saying, “She might as well put on their jersey!”

4.3 ~ The gold went to the Unified Team, which was made up of various non-Baltic states from the former Soviet Union. Given permission to use the neutral Olympic flag in place of a national banner, the Unified team made appearances in numerous sporting events in the 1992 Summer and Winter Olympics.

4.4 ~ Sergei Makarov. In fact, though he was drafted in 1983, he did not play in the NHL until after his Olympic appearance. He went on to win the Calder Memorial Trophy for the League’s best rookie in 1990, and would score seven points in one game against Edmonton that year.

4.5 ~ Canada vs Sweden, 1996 World Cup of Hockey. Theoren Fleury scored the winner.

4.6 ~ Finland lost 4-2 in the Final, and ended up finishing 4th overall even though they came second to the first place team. The Soviet Union, the team most feared in the competition, beat Sweden in their final to take silver. The Swedes earned the bronze medal, which left the Finns medal-less in 4th. 

4.7 ~ Dion Phaneuf, when he took two players off their stride in one blow in the gold medal final. The name has stuck, and he is known as “Double D”… what an interesting development!

4.8 ~ Last Winter Olympics, 2006. In fact, the question could have been which year without either Canada or USSR/Russia (without the USA), and it would still stand true. Sweden won gold, Finland landed silver and the Czech Republic took bronze. Every other year, one of the big countries has won a medal.

4.9 ~ Great Britain, when they won a surprise ice hockey gold at the 1936 Winter Olympics. Legend has it that the team was made up primarily of Canadian players, which explained the win. However, it was not that they were Canadian at all.

In fact, there was only one Canadian-born player on the team. The myth undoubtedly stems from the fact that eleven of the thirteen men involved at had at some point trained and/or played in Canada, though they were actually born in the UK.  Many of them even grew up in Canada, so they were indeed Canadian, but at the same time they were quite correctly British.

4.10 ~ A Loonie, the gold Canadian one dollar coin. A Canadian ice-maker named Trent Evans, who was working at the events surreptitiously encased it in the surface as he was doing his job. Various players on both teams were aware of the fact, and photos can be seen of many great players bent over centre ice, trying to catch a glimpse.

After the Games were over, Team Canada executive director Wayne Gretzky dug the loonie out of the ice and presented it to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

4.11 ~ (Bonus Question) When Evans was setting up the ice for hockey, he used it as a target for the centre-ice puck-drop. The design the Salt Lake Olympics were using did not have the customary dot target at centre, so Evans needed something unobtrusive for the referees to use as a bull’s-eye.

4.12 ~ (Photo Question) All-Stars: Goaltender - Marek Schwarz (CZE); Defence - Dion Phaneuf (CDN) and Ryan Suter (USA); Forwards - Alexander Ovechkin (RUS), Patrice Bergeron (CDN), and Jeff Carter (CDN). Patrice Bergeron was also the MVP. Ovechkin scored seven goals to Crosby’s six.

4.13 ~ (Technical Question) The torpedo system, widely known as the Swedish torpedo. It relies on just one lone defenseman (aka libero) back, with two “torpedoes” up front and two “halfbacks” in between. The formation looks like a “V” with the open mouth facing the opposing goal. The forward torpedoes are responsible for forechecking, offensive puck containment, and stay at the top of the neutral zone to await forward passes.

The halfbacks play a jack-of-all-trades role, who play the puck forward off faceoffs, progress neutral zone play and provide back-up for the defender, who always stays back.

This system was only properly seen in international hockey before the elimination of the red line in 2005, as the two-line pass rule prevented the system’s typical reaching lobs. In case the name wasn’t a giveaway, it was the Swedes gave Team Canada temporary fits at the 2002 Olympics.

Check here for the next instalment of the quiz, plus answers to the trophies and awards questions.

New quiz questions (and solutions to the previous edition) will be published Mondays and Fridays through much of the summer. Let me know you have posted answers on your profile, and I will let you know just how well you did on the quiz.

Other trivia in this series:

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

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

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/Hockey Lines and Nicknames

...Or check out the author's archive for links and articles (see below).

M MacDonald Hall is the Bleacher Report Calgary Flames Community Leader, and will be adding to the NHL department over the summer. Future articles include a breakdown of Calgary Flames playoff performance in the 21st Century, roster changes and bios, and additional trivia. 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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