The other day, as I slogged my way through the 30-question Stanley Cup Quiz at nhl.com, I realized something – as Judge Smails would say, “It s-s-s-s-s-s-s-ucked.”
Questions whose answers nobody would know. Nothing but years and numbers answers – a recipe for gawd awful trivia questions. And no learning component whatsoever – which is a great-quiz essential.
So, here’s my own 20-question (because 30 is stupid long) Stanley Cup Quiz. Have fun. Please learn something.
1. The Montréal Canadiens won five consecutive Stanley Cups between 1956-60. Name the netminder who played 49 Stanley Cup Playoff games for those Canadiens.
A) Gerry McNeil
B) Georges Vézina
C) Charlie Hodge
D) Jacques Plante
2. You likely know that the 1919 Stanley Cup was never awarded because several Montréal Canadiens players were under doctors’ care with flu and, after the Stanley Cup Final was already cancelled, Canadiens’ player Joe Hall died. Which team were Les Canadiens playing in that ill-fated series?
A) Victoria Cougars
B) Seattle Metropolitans
C) Portland Rosebuds
D) Ottawa Senators
3. In 2010, Patrick Kane scored a tough-to-see, Stanley Cup-winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers. It gave the Blackhawks their first Stanley Cup since 1961. On which Flyers’ netminder did Kane fire that winner?
A) Michael Leighton
B) Brian Boucher
C) Johan Backlund
D) Sergei Bobrovsky
4. When the Montréal Canadiens won the 1968 Stanley Cup, it was the eighth (and final) one for which legendary Canadiens’ bench boss?
A) Claude Ruel
B) Toe Blake
C) Punch Imlach
D) Scotty Bowman
5. There have been five winners of the Conn Smythe Trophy whose team did not win the Stanley Cup. Four were netminders – Roger Crozier DET, Glenn Hall STL, Ron Hextall PHI and Jean-Sébastien Giguère ANA. Name the only skater who fits the category.
A) Wayne Gretzky
B) Bobby Orr
C) Reg Leach
D) Jean Béliveau
6. On 7 April 1982, the Oilers helped set a Stanley Cup record for MOST GOALS, BOTH TEAMS, ONE GAME when they scored eight times. Edmonton didn’t win the game, however, as their visiting opposition scored ten times. What team was that?
A) Los Angeles Kings
B) Winnipeg Jets
C) Calgary Flames
D) Minnesota North Stars
7. Between 1931 and 1955, this man coached in 77 games over 13 Stanley Cup Finals – both records. Name him.
A) Hap Day
B) Jack Adams
C) Lester Patrick
D) Dick Irvin
8. On 5 June 2006, for the very first time, a player scored on a penalty shot in a Stanley Cup Final game. Who was that player…and on whom did he score?
A) Mark Recchi CAR on Jussi Markkanen EDM
B) Shawn Horcoff EDM on Martin Gerber CAR
C) Chris Pronger EDM on Cam Ward CAR
D) Ray Whitney CAR on Dwayne Roloson EDM
9. Only two NHL defencemen have ever scored more than ten goals in any single Stanley Cup Playoff year. Who are they?
A) Denis Potvin and Ray Bourque
B) Paul Coffey and Brian Leetch
C) Doug Harvey and Bill Gadsby
D) Bobby Orr and Brad Park
10. In the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, five players have scored over 200 career points. Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri and Glenn Anderson are the top four. Who sits in fifth place?
A) Brett Hull
B) Paul Coffey
C) Doug Gilmour
D) Jaromir Jagr
11. Only one man has ever competed in as many as 24 seasons of Stanley Cup Playoffs. Name him.
A) Raymond Bourque
B) Larry Robinson
C) Chris Chelios
D) Gordie Howe
12. Only once has a player scored as many as 12 goals in a single Stanley Cup Playoff series. He pumped those pucks past Black Hawks’ netminders Murray Bannerman and Warren Skorodenski in the 1985 Campbell Conference Final. Who was this sniper?
A) Jari Kurri
B) Glenn Anderson
C) Dino Ciccarelli
D) Neal Broten
13. Just two players have ever scored as many as eight points in a single Stanley Cup Playoff game. Who are this pair?
A) Bruins’ Phil Esposito and Canadiens’ Guy Lafleur
B) Canadiens’ Dickie Moore and Canadiens’ Maurice “Rocket” Richard
C) Oilers’ Wayne Gretzky and Oilers’ Jari Kurri
D) Devils’ Patrik Sundstrom and Penguins’ Mario Lemieux
14. In 1945, this Maple Leafs’ rookie netminder shut out the Detroit Red Wings in each of the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final. He won the NHL’s Calder Memorial Trophy. But the next season, he played just 22 games as ulcers brought about the end of his career. Who was he?
A) Frank McCool
B) Turk Broda
C) Terry Sawchuk
D) Harry Lumley
15. Almost every player who’s won a mittfull of Stanley Cups played for the Montréal Canadiens. Only one player has ever won as many as eight Cups without winning one of them with the bleu, blanc et rouge. Who is he?
A) Kevin Lowe
B) Dick Duff
C) Turk Broda
D) Red Kelly
16. In 1998, when the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, this player’s name was engraved on hockey’s holy grail – even though he did not play in a single game for the Red Wings that season. Who was he?
A) Vyacheslav Kozlov
B) Tim Taylor
C) Vladimir Konstantinov
D) Sergei Fedorov
17. Only three players who were chosen first overall in the NHL/Entry Draft have ever gone on to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. Mario Lemieux PIT (1991 and ’92 Conn Smythe) and Patrick Kane CHI (2013) are two of them. Who’s the third?
A) Guy Lafleur
B) Wayne Gretzky
C) Joe Sakic
D) Bobby Orr
18. In 1939, Boston Bruins’ forward Mel Hill scored three overtime goals in a seven-game series win over the New York Rangers. Hill’s OT scoring earned him a nickname. What was it?
A) “The Thrill”
B) “Give ‘Em Hell”
D) “Sudden Death”
19. One of the best things about long overtime games is that the media often gives them names. “The Easter Epic” was played on 18 April 1987 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Pat LaFontaine of the Islanders scored after 68:47 against Washington. Which Caps’ goaltender let in that series winner?
A) Al Jensen
B) Bob Mason
C) Pete Peeters
D) Clint Malarchuk
20. Only two players have ever scored as many as four goals in a single period of Stanley Cup Playoff hockey. One was Mario Lemieux. The other managed the feat on 13 April 1985 against New York Rangers’ netminder Glen Hanlon. Who scored those four?
A) Peter Zezel
B) Ilkka Sinisalo
C) Rick Tocchet
D) Tim Kerr
1. D) Jacques Plante backstopped those Canadiens to all five Cups. He won 40 of those 49 games, recording seven shutouts and, in 1960, running the table by winning all eight Stanley Cup games that spring. His back-up netminders, Gerry McNeil and Charlie Hodge (who just passed away in April 2016) never saw a minute of action over those five Cup runs.
2. B) The Seattle Metropolitans, coached by Pete Muldoon, had played five games of the Stanley Cup Final v. Montreal (with each team winning two and one tie) before the series was cancelled. Hall died five days after the series was called off.
3. A) Michael Leighton, from Petrolia, Ontario, played just 27 games for the Flyers in that 2009-10 season, but became their go-to guy late in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In that Flyers’ run to the finals, Leighton started 13 games and won eight of them.
4. B) Hector “Toe” Blake, from Victoria Mines, Ontario, won eight Cups coaching Montreal (1956-68). That came after a 13-year NHL playing career (all with Canadiens) in which Blake was a five-time NHL All Star and three-time Stanley Cup champion.
5. C) In the 1976 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Reg Leach scored 19 goals in 16 games for the Philadelphia Flyers. They were swept in the Stanley Cup Final by the Montréal Canadiens, but Leach won the Smythe.
6. A) That was Game One of a Smythe Division Semi-Final between the Oilers (111 regular-season points) and the Los Angeles Kings (63 pts). Two games later, the Kings executed the celebrated “Miracle on Manchester” en route to ousting the Oilers in five games.
7. D) Dick Irvin won four Stanley Cup championships as a head coach (TOR ’32, MTL ’44, ’46, ’53). His son, also named Dick Irvin, became a legend as a Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster alongside the great Danny Gallivan.
8. C) At 10:36 of the second period, in Game One, Hurricanes’ D Niclas Wallin decided he should cover the puck in Cam Ward’s crease. On the ensuing penalty shot, Oilers’ D Chris Pronger froze Ward, then snapped one low stick side.
9. B) The only two defencemen to ever score ten times in any postseason are Paul Coffey (who had 12 for the Edmonton Oilers in 1985) and Brian Leetch (who had 11 for the New York Rangers in 1994)
10. D) In 208 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Jaromir Jagr has 78-123-201
11. C) Beginning in 1984 with the Canadiens, Chris Chelios played on teams that made the postseason 24 times. In fact, Chelios only played on one team that did not reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs – the 1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks. Ray Bourque ranks second to Chelios with 21 SCP played.
12. A) Oilers’ RW Jari Kurri scored twelve times in that series, that saw the Oilers advance to the 1985 Stanley Cup Final
13. D) In 1988, Patrik Sundstrom had 3-5-8 in a Devils’ 10-4 victory over Washington. Just one year later, Mario Lemeiux had 5-3-8 as Pittsburgh clobbered the Flyers 10-7.
14. A) Frank McCool was 26 years old when he won his only Stanley Cup, as the Leafs held off the Red Wings in 1945 in seven games. Sadly, McCool was just 54 years old when he passed away in 1973.
15. D) Leonard “Red” Kelly, b. July 1927 in Simcoe, Ontario, won four Cups with the Detroit Red Wings’ dynasty from 1950-55, then another four with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ dynasty (yes, I wrote that) in the 1960s.
16. C) The Red Wings won the 1997 Stanley Cup…and Vladimir Konstantinov was a rock on their blueline. Sadly, just six days after that Wings’ Cup win, Konstantinov received life-long injuries in an automobile accident. He never played another game in the NHL, but the Wings asked the NHL to have his name stamped into the Cup after their 1998 win. The NHL agreed.
17. A) Guy Lafleur was chosen first overall by Les Canadiens in 1971 and he won the 1977 Conn Smythe for Montreal. Neither Bobby Orr nor Wayne Gretzky was ever chosen in the NHL Draft. Joe Sakic was chosen 15th overall by the Québec Nordiques in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft and won the 1996 Conn Smythe.
18. D) Glenboro, Manitoba’s Mel “Sudden Death” Hill helped the Bruins reach the 1939 Stanley Cup Final with his first-round, overtime heroics. He scored two more regulation-time goals in the SCF v. the Maple Leafs as the Bruins won their first of two Cups in three years.
19. B) The Capitals, in front of 25-year old, International Falls, Minnesota native Bob Mason, led that game 2-1 until New York’s Bryan Trottier scored with 5:23 remaining in the third. LaFontaine’s winner came on assists from Ken Leiter and current Toronto Marlies’ assistant coach Gord Dineen.
20. D) Windsor, Ontario’s Tim Kerr, aka “The Slot Machine”, scored at 10:06, 14:58, 16:42 and 18:22 of the second period at MSG that day. Three of those goals came on the power play. Unfortunately, Kerr injured his knee in the next round v. the Islanders and couldn’t help his Flyers much as they eventually lost the SCF to the Oilers in five games.