? When and where was the National Hockey League organized?
?On Nov. 22, 1917, at Montreal. Five teams were charter members: two from Montreal (the Canadiens and the Wanderers) and one each from Ottawa, Quebec and Toronto. Quebec, however, did not play during that first season.
? The Montreal Canadiens won their fourth consecutive NHL championship last season. Has any other team won that many league titles in a row?
?Yes. The Detroit Red Wings were NHL champions seven straight years (1949-55). The Canadiens had another four-year streak between 1944 and 1947. These two teams have dominated the NHL, with 12 championships apiece in the 44-year history of the league.
? What team holds the record for consecutive undefeated games?
?The Boston Bruins played 23 games without a loss during the 1941 season. Included in this streak were 15 victories and eight ties.
? Only five players have scored more than 300 goals in the NHL. Who are they?
? Maurice Richard leads with 544, followed by Gordie Howe (469 at the end of last season), Ted Lindsay (365 at the end of last season), Nels Stewart (324) and Bernie Geoffrion (304 at the end of last season).
? The Hart Memorial Trophy, which is a warded to the league's most valuable player, was won by Bernie Geoffrion last year. Has any player won the award two seasons in a row?
? Gordie Howe of Detroit won the award a record five times (1952, 1953, 1957, 1958 and 1960); Eddie Shore of Boston won in 1935 and 1936, as well as in 1933 and 1938; Howie Morenz of the Canadiens won in 1928, 1931 and 1932.