130+ NHL Trivia Questions (And Answers): That Are Seriously Cool

Martha Martins
Mar 01, 2024 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Jan 19, 2021
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Ready to test your NHL smarts with a good old-fashioned trivia showdown? This trivia isn't just a regular test of your hockey know-how. It's a full-blown adventure through the storied halls of NHL history.

NHL isn't just a sport, it's a way of life for many North Americans, steeped in tradition and unforgettable moments. You can use this trivia as a friendly competition among your fellow hockey enthusiasts. Some answers might pop right off your tongue while others might leave you scrabbling through your memory banks. Whoever gets the most answers right also gets the ultimate bragging rights - until the next gathering, that is! But remember, these trivia tidbits are just the tip of the iceberg. There's always more to learn and more to discover.

NHL Team Trivia

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins playing NHL game

From the iconic original six to the latest expansions, this quiz is your chance to dive into the history of NHL teams. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a curious newcomer, here we have many fascinating facts about the National Hockey League for everyone to know.

1. Question: How many playing members are part of each NHL team in a game?

Answer: 20-23.

2. Question: As of 2023, how many teams play in the NHL?

Answer: 32.

3. Question: What is the highest-scoring playoff game in NHL history as of 2022?

Answer: Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers (April 1982).

4. Question: Which team did the Minnesota North Stars eventually become?

Answer: Dallas Stars.

5. Question: Which team relocated from Atlanta to become the Winnipeg Jets in 2011?

Answer: Atlanta Thrashers.

6. Question: Which NHL team's mascot is named Stanley Panther?

Answer: Florida Panthers.

7. Question: Which team holds the record for the most consecutive wins in a single NHL season, as of 2022?

Answer: Pittsburgh Penguins.

8. Question: Which team's home arena was known as the BB&T Center?

Answer: Florida Panthers.

9. Question: Name a team that joined the NHL as an expansion franchise in 2000.

Answer: Columbus Blue Jackets.

10. Question: Which team returned to the NHL as an expansion franchise in 1992?

Answer: Ottawa Senators.

11. Question: Name each NHL team that was part of the Original Six.

Answer: Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, and Toronto Maple Leafs.

12. Question: Which NHL team had the longest undefeated streak in a single season?

Answer: Philadelphia Flyers.

13. Question: Which team became the NHL's 22nd franchise in 1991?

Answer: San Jose Sharks.

14. Question: Which team holds the record for having the highest score in a single NHL game, as of 2022?

Answer: Montreal Canadiens vs. Quebec Bulldogs.

15. Question: Which two NHL teams hold the record for the most consecutive losses in a single season, as of 2022?

Answer: San Jose Sharks.

16. Question: In which NHL season did the Columbus Blue Jackets make their first appearance in a playoff game?

Answer: 2008-2009.

17. Question: Which NHL team was Wayne Gretzky a part owner of during the early 2000s?

Answer: Phoenix Coyotes.

18. Question: Name the first team that was part of the NHL, established in 1917.

Answer: Montreal Canadiens.

19. Question: Which NHL team won the first-ever Winter Classic outdoor game?

Answer: Pittsburgh Penguins.

20. Question: Which NHL expansion team reached the Stanley Cup finals during the 1967-1968 season?

Answer: St. Louis Blues.

21. Question: Which NHL team has won the most President's Trophies for the best regular-season record?

Answer: Detroit Red Wings.

22. Question: Which NHL team was the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup?

Answer: Philadelphia Flyers.

23. Question: Which team holds the NHL record for the longest Stanley Cup championship drought, as of 2022?

Answer: Toronto Maple Leafs.

24. Question: Name the NHL teams with the most road wins in a season, as of 2022.

Answer: Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins.

25. Question: Which NHL team holds the record for the longest consecutive playoff appearance streak?

Answer: Boston Bruins.

26. Question: Which NHL team has won the most division titles in NHL history?

Answer: Boston Bruins.

27. Question: Which team did the Toronto Arenas eventually become?

Answer: Toronto Maple Leafs.

28. Question: In the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, which team selected Russian superstar forward Pavel Bure with the 113th overall pick?

Answer: Vancouver Canucks.

29. Question: Which team had a live penguin as their mascot?

Answer: Pittsburgh Penguins.

30. Question: Which team did Wayne Gretzky play for when he broke Gordie Howe's all-time points record?

Answer: Los Angeles Kings.

National Hockey League Trivia

It's your turn to test your knowledge about the ice hockey superstars known for their amazing goals, unbelievable saves, and mesmerizing moments that have made hockey history. It's also a chance to brush up on the basic rules of the game and learn other interesting NHL facts. Let's see how many of these trivia questions you can answer.

31. Question: Who won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Rookie Of The Year in his rookie season?

Answer: Mario Lemieux.

32. Question: In which city is the Hockey Hall Of Fame located?

Answer: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

33. Question: Which NHL player is known for achieving the feat of scoring 50 goals in 50 games or less during the 1988-89 season?

Answer: Mario Lemieux.

34. Question: Who is the captain of the Boston Bruins as of 2022?

Answer: Patrice Bergeron.

35. Question: Who became the highest-paid NHL player for the 2022-2023 season, after signing his contract with the Colorado Avalanche?

Answer: Nathan MacKinnon.

36. Question: For a major penalty, how long should a player be in the penalty box?

Answer: Five minutes.

37. Question: Who is the all-time leading scorer for the Chicago Blackhawks, as of 2022?

Answer: Stan Mikita.

38. Question: As of 2022, which NHL player holds the record for the most assists in a single season?

Answer: Wayne Gretzky.

39. Question: Name the player holding the record for most career penalty minutes in NHL history, as of 2022.

Answer: Dave Williams.

40. Question: Which team did Mario Lemieux play for during his entire NHL career?

Answer: Pittsburgh Penguins.

41. Question: How many times did Patrick Roy win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender?

Answer: Three.

42. Question: How many seasons did Wayne Gretzky play?

Answer: 20.

43. Question: How many players can be removed from the ice field due to penalties?

Answer: Two.

44. Question: In which NHL game did Mario Lemieux score five goals in a single game in five different ways?

Answer: Against the New Jersey Devils (December 1988).

45. Question: How many times did Wayne Gretzky win the Hart Trophy as NHL's Most Valuable Player?

Answer: Nine.

46. Question: What is the overtime period in a regular season?

Answer: Five minutes.

47. Question: Which Philadelphia Flyers player holds the franchise record for the most career goals as of 2022?

Answer: Bill Barber.

48. Question: Who holds the record for the most career points in a single season, as of 2022?

Answer: Wayne Gretzky.

49. Question: How long is the intermission for in one game?

Answer: 15 minutes.

50. Question: Who is the all-time leading scorer for the Buffalo Sabres, as of 2022?

Answer: Gilbert Perreault.

51. Question: Which Detroit Red Wings player won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs when the team won the Stanley Cup in 2002?

Answer: Nicklas Lidstrom.

52. Question: Who is the captain of the Edmonton Oilers as of 2022?

Answer: Connor McDavid.

53. Question: Who is the all-time leading scorer for the Toronto Maple Leafs as of 2022?

Answer: Mats Sundin.

54. Question: Patrick Roy won which trophy three times during his career, as the Most Valuable Player in the NHL playoffs?

Answer: Conn Smythe Trophy.

55. Question: Name the highest-scoring goalie in NHL history as of 2022.

Answer: Tom Barrasso.

56. Question: Who is the captain of the Buffalo Sabres as of 2022?

Answer: Jack Eichel.

57. Question: Which Edmonton Oilers goaltender won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player twice during his career?

Answer: Grant Fuhr.

58. Question: Who is the all-time leading scorer for the Detroit Red Wings as of 2022?

Answer: Gordie Howe.

59. Question: The goalkeeper can hold the puck for three seconds. True or false?

Answer: True.

60. Question: Who is the all-time leading scorer for the Boston Bruins as of 2022?

Answer: Raymond Bourque.

61. Question: Who was the first Detroit Red Wings player to score 50 goals in a single season?

Answer: Mickey Redmond.

62. Question: Which Detroit Red Wings goaltender holds the franchise record for the most career wins as of 2022?

Answer: Terry Sawchuk.

63. Question: How many face-off spots are there in the ice hockey rink?

Answer: Nine.

64. Question: Which defenseman won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman multiple times while playing for the Ottawa Senators?

Answer: Erik Karlsson.

65. Question: Name the New York Islanders player holding the franchise record for all-time points leader, as of 2022.

Answer: Bryan Trottier.

Hockey Trivia On NHL History

Ready to score some serious knowledge points with our NHL history trivia? These trivia questions will take you through the epic events that have defined the NHL. From jaw-dropping records set by legendary players to mind-blowing performances that left everyone in awe, you'll uncover fascinating facts that'll make you the ultimate hockey guru.

66. Question: Who holds the record for the most career shutouts in the history of the NHL, as of 2022?

Answer: Martin Brodeur.

67. Question: Who was the first NHL player to reach 1000 career points?

Answer: Gordie Howe.

68. Question: Which ice hockey player in the NHL became the first to score 50 goals in 50 games?

Answer: Maurice Richard.

69. Question: Name the first ice hockey player to score more than 50 goals in one season of the NHL.

Answer: Bobby Hull.

70. Question: Who was the first European-born ice hockey player to be selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft?

Answer: Mats Sundin.

71. Question: In which year was the NHL established?

Answer: 1917.

72. Question: In which year did the NHL expand from six teams to 12 teams?

Answer: 1967.

73. Question: As of 2022, how many NHL teams are from Canada?

Answer: Seven.

74. Question: Which event showcases the best NHL players in an annual exhibition game?

Answer: NHL All-Star Game.

75. Question: Which team was initially named after The Mighty Ducks Of Anaheim, after the 1992 movie released by Walt Disney named 'The Mighty Ducks'?

Answer: Anaheim Ducks.

76. Question: Which year was the first NHL season held?

Answer: 1917.

77. Question: How many teams did the NHL have during its inception?

Answer: Four.

78. Question: When was ice hockey first included in the Olympics?

Answer: 1920 Olympics.

79. Question: Who has a record of scoring 10 hat tricks in one season?

Answer: Wayne Gretzky.

80. Question: What is the date for the first NHL game that was broadcast on the radio?

Answer: February 14, 1923.

81. Question: Which NHL season was canceled?

Answer: 2004-2005 season.

82. Question: How many NHL regular season games are typically played?

Answer: 82.

83. Question: In which year did Canada win its first Olympic gold medal in ice hockey at the Winter Olympics?

Answer: 1920.

84. Question: When was NHL founded?

Answer:  November 26, 1917.

85. Question: What are the two divisions the NHL conferences are divided into?

Answer: Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.

86. Question: How many career points did Gordie Howe accumulate in the NHL?

Answer: 1850.

87. Question: Who was the only NHL player who died on-ice, due to a game injury?

Answer: Bill Masterson.

88. Question: When was the first NHL All-Star game held?

Answer: October 13, 1947.

89. Question: Who scored the game-winning goal in the final game of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union?

Answer: Paul Henderson.

90. Question: Name the ice hockey player considered to have scored the first goal in NHL history.

Answer: Dave Ritchie.

91. Question: Who is the current NHL commissioner as of 2022?

Answer: Gary Bettman.

92. Question: Name the ice hockey player who was inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame as the second Finnish player to be so.

Answer: Teemu Selänne.

93. Question: Which team lost the first-ever NHL All-Star Game?

Answer: Toronto Maple Leafs.

94. Question: Which NHL team holds the record for the most consecutive losses in a single season, as of 2022?

Answer: Washington Capitals.

95. Question: Which player became the first to win the Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, and Lady Byng Trophy in the same season?

Answer: Stan Mikita.

96. Question: Who is the only NHL player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP for the losing team of Detroit Red Wings?

Answer: Roger Crozier.

97. Question: Name the player holding the record for scoring 92 goals in a single NHL season.

Answer: Wayne Gretzky.

98. Question: Who was the first goalie to score a goal in a regular-season NHL game?

Answer: Ron Hextall.

Stanley Cup Trivia

In this trivia section, you get to take a swift skate through the rich history of the Stanley Cup championships. From the earliest victories to the modern-day marvels, let's see how many fascinating tidbits about this iconic trophy and the legendary teams you remember.

99. Question: As of 2022, which team has won the most Stanley Cup championships consecutively?

Answer: Montreal Canadiens.

100. Question: Which NHL team has won the most Stanley Cup championships as of 2022?

Answer: Montreal Canadiens.

101. Question: Which team did the Anaheim Ducks beat to win their first Stanley Cup Final?

Answer: Ottawa Senators.

102. Question: What is the full name of the person that the Stanley Cup is named after?

Answer: Lord Frederick Arthur Stanley, of Preston.

103. Question: Who won the Stanley Cup in 2018?

Answer: Washington Capitals.

104. Question: Which NHL team became the first American team to win the Stanley Cup in 1928?

Answer: New York Rangers.

105. Question: How many Stanley Cups have the Boston Bruins won as of 2022?

Answer: Six.

106. Question: Which team won the first Stanley Cup in NHL history?

Answer: Montreal Canadiens.

107. Question: Which team became the first expansion team to reach the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season in 2017-2018?

Answer: Vegas Golden Knights.

108. Question: Name the NHL player who won the first Stanley Cup for the Edmonton Oilers in the 1983-1984 season.

Answer: Wayne Gretzky.

109. Question: Which NHL team won the Stanley Cup in 2020?

Answer: Tampa Bay Lightning.

110. Question: Which NHL team won their first-ever Stanley Cup championship in the 2018-2019 season?

Answer: St. Louis Blues.

111. Question: How many times have the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup as of 2022?

Answer: 24.

112. Question: Who is the youngest captain to lead his team to a Stanley Cup victory?

Answer: Sidney Crosby, of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

113. Question: Which team did the Calgary Flames defeat in the 1989 Stanley Cup Final?

Answer: Montreal Canadiens.

114. Question: Which team did the Vancouver Canucks face in the 1994 Stanley Cup Final?

Answer: New York Rangers.

115. Question: Which team did the New Jersey Devils defeat in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final?

Answer: Mighty Ducks Of Anaheim.

116. Question: Which NHL team is known for their 'Broad Street Bullies era', during which they won two consecutive Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975?

Answer: Philadelphia Flyers.

117. Question: Which team did the New York Islanders defeat to win their first of four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980-1983?

Answer: Philadelphia Flyers.

118. Question: Name an NHL player who has won the Stanley Cup twice for Montreal Canadiens and again for Colorado Avalanche.

Answer: Patrick Roy.

119. Question: Which team was established as part of the NHL's expansion in 1993 and won the Stanley Cup just four years later?

Answer: Anaheim Ducks.

120. Question: Which team did the Boston Bruins defeat in the 2010-2011 season Stanley Cup Final to win their most recent championship?

Answer: Vancouver Canucks.

121. Question: How many teams have never won the Stanley Cup?

Answer: 12.

122. Question: Which team did the Los Angeles Kings defeat in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final?

Answer: New Jersey Devils.

123. Question: Which team did the San Jose Sharks lose to in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final?

Answer: Pittsburgh Penguins.

124. Question: Name the NHL teams that played in the Stanley Cup finals in 2020.

Answer: Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

125. Question: How many Stanley Cup wins has Wayne Gretzky had during his career?

Answer: Four.

126. Question: How many Stanley Cup championships did Mario Lemieux win as a player?

Answer: Two.

127. Question: Which former NHL team won their first-ever Stanley Cup in 1906?

Answer: Montreal Wanderers.

128. Question: Which NHL team won four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1980-1983?

Answer: New York Islanders.

129. Question: When did the Philadelphia Flyers last reach the Stanley Cup Final?

Answer: 2009-2010 season, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks.

130. Question: Which team achieved their first Stanley Cup victory in franchise history in the 2006-2007 season?

Answer: Anaheim Ducks.

131. Question: In which NHL season did the Calgary Flames win their first Stanley Cup?

Answer: 1988-1989.

132. Question: Which team ranks second in the leaderboard for Stanley Cup championships?

Answer: Detroit Red Wings.

133. Question: Which team did the Chicago Blackhawks defeat in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final to win their third championship in six years?

Answer: Tampa Bay Lightning.

Hope you had a blast as you tried to conquer this NHL trivia quiz. Trivia challenges like these are fantastic for expanding your knowledge, sparking conversations, and igniting your passion for the game. While you may have aced some questions and discovered new facts, remember that there's always more to learn and explore in the vast world of hockey.

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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