What do Hockey Players Sniff on the Bench? Smelling Salts

Ever wondered, “what exactly are those players sniffing on the bench? Are they doing drugs or what? It’s got to be legal… right? (It sure is). Those players are sniffing ammonia laced smelling salts. The theory is that they give increased alertness, energy levels, extra strength, speed, open nasal passages, elevated heart rate, increased brain […]

How Much Do Hockey Referees Make? More Than You Think

Every wondered how much money an NHL referee makes? For all that abuse and the high-stress that comes with the job, it must be worth it when payday comes, right? Well, yes the pay is pretty decent. NHL referees on average make between $165,000 and $360,000 per year, while linesmen make $110,000 to $235,000. While […]

What is a One-Timer? Hockey Shots Explained

Ever heard the phrase ‘one-timer’ or wondered exactly what the definition is in hockey? A one-timer in hockey is a when a player passses the puck to a player who then immediately fires a shot (usually a slapshot) into the net without stopping the puck. It’s a powerful quick-release shot.¬† It’s called a one-timer because […]

Why Do Hockey Players Switch (Get Kicked Out) at Faceoffs?

Every wonder why the referee kicks the player out of the face-off and ask for another team member to come forward? The reason referees switch the player taking the face-off is usually for a violation – typically when the player moves too soon before the puck is dropped to gain an advantage. The official will […]