NHL Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

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1: What year was the National Hockey League (NHL) founded?

A: 1920

B: 1930

C: 1917

D: 1940

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 1917

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL was founded on November 26, 1917, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

2: How many active teams are there in the NHL as of 2024?

A: 28

B: 30

C: 32

D: 33

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer text: 32

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL comprises 33 teams, but only 32 are active as of 2024 due to the Arizona Coyotes’ deactivation.

3: Which team has won the most Stanley Cup titles?

A: Toronto Maple Leafs

B: Detroit Red Wings

C: Montreal Canadiens

D: Boston Bruins

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Montreal Canadiens

Correct Answer explanation: The Montreal Canadiens have won the most Stanley Cup titles, with a total of 25 championships.

4: Where is the headquarters of the NHL located?

A: Toronto

B: Los Angeles

C: Montreal

D: New York City

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: New York City

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL’s headquarters are located at One Manhattan West in New York City.

5: Who is the current Commissioner of the NHL?

A: Roger Goodell

B: Gary Bettman

C: Adam Silver

D: Rob Manfred

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Gary Bettman

Correct Answer explanation: Gary Bettman has served as the NHL Commissioner since 1993.

6: What is the name of the trophy awarded annually to the NHL playoff champion?

A: World Series Trophy

B: Larry O’Brien Trophy

C: Stanley Cup

D: Vince Lombardi Trophy

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Stanley Cup

Correct Answer explanation: The Stanley Cup is awarded annually to the NHL playoff champion, making it the oldest professional sports trophy in North America.

7: Which NHL team’s operations were suspended in 2024 leading to a new team in Salt Lake City?

A: Boston Bruins

B: Arizona Coyotes

C: Seattle Kraken

D: Vegas Golden Knights

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Arizona Coyotes

Correct Answer explanation: The Arizona Coyotes suspended operations in 2024, leading to a new team being established in Salt Lake City, Utah.

8: When did the NHL first expand into the United States?

A: 1920

B: 1924

C: 1930

D: 1942

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: 1924

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL expanded into the United States in 1924 when the Boston Bruins joined the league.

9: What event led to the creation of the NHL in 1917?

A: A player’s strike

B: The founding of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association

C: The suspension of the National Hockey Association (NHA)

D: The entry of Russian players into the league

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: The suspension of the National Hockey Association (NHA)

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL was created following the suspension of the National Hockey Association (NHA) in 1917.

10: Which NHL team moved based on the assets from the defunct Western Canada Hockey League?

A: Detroit Red Wings

B: Chicago Blackhawks

C: New York Rangers

D: Boston Bruins

Correct Answer: A

Correct Answer Text: Detroit Red Wings

Correct Answer explanation: The Detroit Red Wings were formed from the assets of the defunct Western Canada Hockey League.

11: What marked the first appearance of non-white players in the NHL?

A: 1954

B: 1963

C: 1926

D: 1971

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 1926

Correct Answer explanation: Taffy Abel became the first non-white player in the NHL in 1926, playing for the New York Rangers.

12: Where and when was the first NHL All-Star Game held?

A: Montreal, 1947

B: Toronto, 1934

C: Boston, 1950

D: New York, 1940

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Toronto, 1934

Correct Answer explanation: The first NHL All-Star Game was held in Toronto in 1934 to benefit player Ace Bailey.

13: What was the primary reason for the NHL’s expansion in the 1960s?

A: Increased revenue from ticket sales

B: A television contract in the United States

C: Decline in European hockey leagues

D: Rising prominence of the Soviet Championship League

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: A television contract in the United States

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL expanded in the 1960s in part due to the desire for a network television contract in the United States.

14: Who was the first black player in the NHL?

A: Jackie Robinson

B: Willio Lamar

C: Willie O’Ree

D: Grant Fuhr

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Willie O’Ree

Correct Answer explanation: Willie O’Ree became the first black player in NHL history when he played for the Boston Bruins in 1958.

15: In which year did the NHL first see major expansion since the 1920s?

A: 1945

B: 1950

C: 1967

D: 1980

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 1967

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL underwent a major expansion during the 1967–68 season, doubling in size from six to twelve teams.

16: What did Wayne Gretzky accomplish in the 1981-82 season that remains a record?

A: Most consecutive shutouts

B: Highest plus-minus rating

C: Most goals in a single season

D: Most games played in a season

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Most goals in a single season

Correct Answer explanation: Wayne Gretzky scored 92 goals in the 1981–82 season, a record that still stands.

17: Which team won the first NHL title and also the 1918 Stanley Cup?

A: Montreal Canadiens

B: Ottawa Senators

C: Toronto Arenas

D: Vancouver Millionaires

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Toronto Arenas

Correct Answer explanation: The Toronto Arenas won the first NHL title and defeated the Vancouver Millionaires for the 1918 Stanley Cup.

18: How many Stanley Cups did the Edmonton Oilers win with Wayne Gretzky?

A: 3

B: 4

C: 5

D: 6

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: 4

Correct Answer explanation: With Wayne Gretzky, the Edmonton Oilers won four Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s.

19: Who was the first Canadian woman to hold an executive position in the NHL?

A: Marguerite Norris

B: Manon Rhéaume

C: Dawn Braid

D: Kendall Coyne Schofield

Correct Answer: A

Correct Answer Text: Marguerite Norris

Correct Answer explanation: Marguerite Norris served as president of the Detroit Red Wings from 1952 to 1955, being the first female NHL executive.

20: Who is the longest-serving current NHL head coach?

A: Mike Babcock

B: Joel Quenneville

C: John Tortorella

D: Barry Trotz

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: Barry Trotz

Correct Answer explanation: Barry Trotz has served as an NHL head coach for the longest continuous period in the league as of 2024.

21: When was Brendan Shanahan hired to enforce player safety in the NHL?

A: 2008

B: 2009

C: 2010

D: 2013

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: 2013

Correct Answer explanation: Brendan Shanahan was appointed to his role focusing on player safety in December 2013.

22: Which NHL player holds the record for most career goals?

A: Bobby Orr

B: Wayne Gretzky

C: Gordie Howe

D: Maurice Richard

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Wayne Gretzky

Correct Answer explanation: Wayne Gretzky holds the record for most career goals in the NHL with 894 goals.

23: What city was the NHL-founded Windsor Hotel located in when the league was created?

A: Quebec City

B: Montreal

C: Toronto

D: Ottawa

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Montreal

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL was created at a meeting in the Windsor Hotel in Montreal.

24: How long is the NHL regular season?

A: 64 games

B: 72 games

C: 82 games

D: 90 games

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 82 games

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL regular season consists of 82 games, with each team playing 41 home games and 41 away games.

25: Which teams competed in the first NHL Winter Classic?

A: Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

B: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings

C: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Buffalo Sabres

D: New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Buffalo Sabres

Correct Answer explanation: The first NHL Winter Classic took place on January 1, 2008, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres.

26: As of 2024, which NHL team has the highest franchise value?

A: Boston Bruins

B: New York Rangers

C: Montreal Canadiens

D: Toronto Maple Leafs

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: Toronto Maple Leafs

Correct Answer explanation: The Toronto Maple Leafs are the highest valued NHL team at an estimated US$2.8 billion.

27: When were the NHL’s first games played?

A: December 19, 1919

B: December 19, 1917

C: January 2, 1920

D: February 14, 1918

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: December 19, 1917

Correct Answer explanation: The first NHL games were played on December 19, 1917.

28: Where do the headquarters of the NHL network reside?

A: Toronto, Ontario

B: Winnipeg, Manitoba

C: Stamford, Connecticut

D: New York, New York

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Stamford, Connecticut

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL Network’s headquarters are located in Stamford, Connecticut.

29: When did the NHL first introduce the penalty shot rule?

A: 1925

B: 1938

C: 1962

D: 2005

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: 1938

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL adopted the penalty shot rule from the Pacific Coast Hockey Association in 1938.

30: Which team was awarded the Stanley Cup the last time it was won by a non-NHL team?

A: Seattle Metropolitans

B: Vancouver Millionaires

C: Ottawa Senators

D: Victoria Cougars

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: Victoria Cougars

Correct Answer explanation: The Victoria Cougars of the Western Canada Hockey League won the Stanley Cup in 1925, the last non-NHL team to do so.

31: What is significant about the 1958 NHL season concerning racial barriers?

A: First Asian player in NHL

B: First black player in NHL

C: First European player in NHL

D: First Latin American player in NHL

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: First black player in NHL

Correct Answer explanation: 1958 marked the debut of Willie O’Ree, the first black player in NHL history.

32: What is the primary reason for the Stanley Cup’s annual engraving?

A: Tradition

B: Elite craftsmanship

C: Player recognition

D: Prevent counterfeits

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Player recognition

Correct Answer explanation: The Stanley Cup is unique in that it’s reused and engraved each year with the names of players and teams who have won it.

33: Who was the NHL’s first president?

A: Frank Calder

B: Gary Bettman

C: Conn Smythe

D: John Ziegler

Correct Answer: A

Correct Answer Text: Frank Calder

Correct Answer explanation: Frank Calder was the first president of the NHL, serving from its inception in 1917 until his death in 1943.

34: What prompted the creation of the “Martin Brodeur rule”?

A: Excessive penalties in the neutral zone

B: Frequent fights behind the net

C: Goalies playing too often behind the goal line

D: Fans’ demand for more scoring opportunities

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Goalies playing too often behind the goal line

Correct Answer explanation: The “Martin Brodeur rule” limits the goalie’s ability to handle the puck behind the goal to reduce injury risks from high-speed collisions.

35: Which NHL franchise is known for moving its head office to Manhattan in 1989?

A: Los Angeles Kings

B: Boston Bruins

C: Montreal Canadiens

D: National Hockey League

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: National Hockey League

Correct Answer explanation: In 1989, the NHL moved its headquarters from Montreal to Manhattan, New York.

36: Which team holds the distinction of being the first to play outdoors in the NHL Winter Classic?

A: Chicago Blackhawks

B: Boston Bruins

C: Buffalo Sabres

D: Pittsburgh Penguins

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: Pittsburgh Penguins

Correct Answer explanation: The Pittsburgh Penguins were one of the first teams to play in the NHL Winter Classic in 2008.

37: Who received the first NHL suspension under Brendan Shanahan’s rule enforcement?

A: Raffi Torres

B: Dustin Byfuglien

C: Brad Marchand

D: Evander Kane

Correct Answer: A

Correct Answer Text: Raffi Torres

Correct Answer explanation: Raffi Torres received a 25-game suspension for a dangerous hit on Marian Hossa under Shanahan’s rule enforcement.

38: In what year did the NHL lockout cause the loss of an entire season?

A: 1994-95

B: 2004-05

C: 2012-13

D: 1992-93

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: 2004-05

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL lost its entire 2004-05 season due to a lockout over a labor dispute.

39: Who led the Montreal Canadiens to five consecutive titles in the 1950s?

A: Gordie Howe

B: Jean Beliveau

C: Maurice “Rocket” Richard

D: Henri Richard

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Maurice “Rocket” Richard

Correct Answer explanation: Maurice “Rocket” Richard led the Canadiens to five consecutive titles from 1956 to 1960, a record no team has matched.

40: How many conferences did the NHL reconstitute after the absorption of WHA teams in 1979?

A: Two

B: Three

C: Four

D: One

Correct Answer: A

Correct Answer Text: Two

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL reconstituted into two conferences after absorbing WHA teams in 1979.

41: Which major broadcast network in the U.S. dropped NHL coverage post-2005 lockout?

A: NBC

B: CBS

C: ESPN

D: ABC

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: ESPN

Correct Answer explanation: ESPN dropped its NHL coverage following the 2005 lockout.

42: What unique aspect does the Stanley Cup have among major sports trophies?

A: It is made entirely of silver.

B: It is engraved each year with winning teams and players.

C: New trophies are made each year.

D: It is awarded only in Canada.

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: It is engraved each year with winning teams and players.

Correct Answer explanation: The same Stanley Cup trophy is reused and engraved every year with the new winners’ names, a unique tradition among major sports trophies.

43: How many games are played in each NHL team’s regular-season schedule?

A: 64

B: 72

C: 70

D: 82

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: 82

Correct Answer explanation: Each NHL team plays an 82-game regular-season schedule, with 41 home games and 41 away games.

44: When did the NHL hold its first entry draft?

A: 1938

B: 1957

C: 1963

D: 1949

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 1963

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL held its first entry draft in 1963 to give each team a chance to acquire young talent.

45: As of 2024, who are the reigning Stanley Cup champions?

A: Florida Panthers

B: Vegas Golden Knights

C: Tampa Bay Lightning

D: Toronto Maple Leafs

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Vegas Golden Knights

Correct Answer explanation: The Vegas Golden Knights are the reigning champions, having won their first Stanley Cup title in the 2022-2023 season.

46: In which city was the NHL’s first U.S.-based team added?

A: New York

B: Chicago

C: Boston

D: Detroit

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Boston

Correct Answer explanation: The Boston Bruins became the first U.S.-based team in the NHL when they joined the league in 1924.

47: Which NHL player holds the single-season record for assists?

A: Wayne Gretzky

B: Bobby Orr

C: Mario Lemieux

D: Sidney Crosby

Correct Answer: A

Correct Answer Text: Wayne Gretzky

Correct Answer explanation: Wayne Gretzky holds the single-season record for assists, with 163 assists during the 1985-86 season.

48: What annual event determines the NHL team’s draft order for non-playoff teams?

A: Free agency

B: Trade deadline

C: Draft lottery

D: Player arbitration

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Draft lottery

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL draft lottery determines the draft order for teams that did not make the playoffs.

49: Who was the first woman to play in an NHL game?

A: Kendall Coyne Schofield

B: Manon Rhéaume

C: Marguerite Norris

D: Jen Botterill

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Manon Rhéaume

Correct Answer explanation: Manon Rhéaume became the first woman to play in an NHL game when she played for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a pre-season game in 1992.

50: Who currently has the highest number of Stanley Cup wins with a single NHL team?

A: Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers

B: Sidney Crosby with the Pittsburgh Penguins

C: Henri Richard with the Montreal Canadiens

D: Gordie Howe with the Detroit Red Wings

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Henri Richard with the Montreal Canadiens

Correct Answer explanation: Henri Richard won 11 Stanley Cup championships with the Montreal Canadiens, the most with a single team.

51: What year did the NHL add its 31st franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights?

A: 2008

B: 2010

C: 2017

D: 2020

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 2017

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL added the Vegas Golden Knights as its 31st franchise in the 2017–18 season.

52: Which NHL team holds the record for the longest streak of consecutive Stanley Cup wins?

A: Boston Bruins

B: Detroit Red Wings

C: New York Islanders

D: Montreal Canadiens

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: Montreal Canadiens

Correct Answer explanation: The Montreal Canadiens hold the record for the longest streak of consecutive Stanley Cup wins with five, from 1956 to 1960.

53: How many teams did the NHL consist of during the “Original Six” era?

A: Four

B: Six

C: Eight

D: Ten

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Six

Correct Answer explanation: The “Original Six” era of the NHL consisted of six teams: Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs, from 1942 to 1967.

54: What is remarkable about the NHL’s 2004–05 season?

A: Shortened season

B: Highest number of goals scored

C: Entire season canceled due to a lockout

D: Introduction of shootouts

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Entire season canceled due to a lockout

Correct Answer explanation: The 2004–05 NHL season was remarkable because it was completely canceled due to a lockout, making it the longest work stoppage in sports history at that time.

55: How many countries had players represented in the NHL during the 2023–24 season?

A: 10

B: 15

C: 17

D: 20

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 17

Correct Answer explanation: As of the 2023–24 season, the NHL had players from 17 different countries.

56: Which NHL team won its first Stanley Cup title in the 2022–23 season?

A: Florida Panthers

B: Seattle Kraken

C: Vegas Golden Knights

D: Dallas Stars

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Vegas Golden Knights

Correct Answer explanation: The Vegas Golden Knights won their first Stanley Cup title during the 2022–23 season.

57: What was the original name of the NHL predecessor league?

A: American Hockey League

B: Pacific Coast Hockey Association

C: National Hockey Association

D: Western Canada Hockey League

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: National Hockey Association

Correct Answer explanation: The NHL succeeded the National Hockey Association (NHA), which was founded in 1909 and suspended in 1917.

58: What rule was introduced in the 2013–14 season to address high-speed collisions on icing?

A: Two-line pass rule

B: Hybrid no-touch icing

C: Increased goal size

D: Penalty shot for tripping

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Hybrid no-touch icing

Correct Answer explanation: Hybrid no-touch icing was introduced in the 2013–14 NHL season to reduce injuries from high-speed collisions during icing plays.

59: Who was the first Asian-Canadian player to play in the NHL?

A: Manon Rhéaume

B: Taro Tsujimoto

C: Larry Kwong

D: Ralph Intranuovo

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Larry Kwong

Correct Answer explanation: Larry Kwong became the first Asian-Canadian player in the NHL when he played for the New York Rangers in 1948.

60: Who scored the first 50 goals in 50 games in the NHL?

A: Wayne Gretzky

B: Bobby Hull

C: Maurice Richard

D: Mario Lemieux

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Maurice Richard

Correct Answer explanation: Maurice “Rocket” Richard was the first NHL player to score 50 goals in 50 games during the 1944-45 season.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Hockey_League

https://www.nhl.com/

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