If you’ve ever bellowed, “I’m no lady! I’m a duck,” you probably fancy yourself a bit of a low-key hockey fan. No, you may not watch every game. You may not even be able to name a single player name. But that doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy taking a break from channel surfing to watch a good fight on the rink. Sound accurate? Then you’re going to love these hockey coloring pages. Not only do they make for an excellent DIY activity for kids, but they’re also a great alternative to being on the ice, “dontchaknow!”
Granted, sports are a funny thing. There are a lot of “gatekeepers” for any sport (hello, football fanatics and soccer elitists) that will claim you can’t be a fan unless your head is filled with knowledge. But that’s silly, and hockey is no different. If you ask us, there are all kinds of hockey fans — and they’re all valid! You might be the kind of well-informed fan that doesn’t get all your hockey trivia from The Mighty Ducks and definitely laughs at all the hockey-centric jokes on Letterkenny. Then again, you might not. That’s OK, too. All are welcome here. Plus, we’ve littered this page with hockey facts that even hardcore fans may not know. Soon enough, you’ll be able to call yourself a hockey expert — even if neither you nor your child can actually stand upright in ice skates.
And once you “light the lamp” (AKA score) with these super-fun printables, check out our other sports-themed collections, including basketball coloring pages, soccer coloring pages, football coloring pages, and baseball coloring pages.
Free Printable Hockey Coloring Pages
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Ever notice how hockey sticks have a bit of a curved blade? That new-ish innovation has only been around since the ‘60s. Several hockey players claim to have used curved sticks much earlier, but Hall of Famer Stan Mikita popularized it. And where would hockey be without Zambonis? This is a cleaning machine that smooths the ice for games. It was invented by Frank Zamboni in 1949.
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You’d likely use either kind of blade for a solid slap shot, which is when you bring your stick far back and then hammer it into the puck, sending “the biscuit” (hockey lingo for the puck) shooting at high speeds. The fastest recorded slapshot clocked in at 118 miles per hour. The record belongs to hockey player Bobby Hull.
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There are always tons of rules in sports. In hockey, even the puck has to fit within specific guidelines. Regulation pucks are three inches across and one inch thick. It should weigh either 5.5 or six ounces and is typically made of vulcanized rubber. And it’s always black.
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There are also fairly strict regulations on rink sizes. North American hockey rinks approved by the NHL are all oval-like shapes. They’re 200 feet long by 85 feet across, and the ice is usually almost an inch thick.
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The rink is enormous. But the goal? Oh, it’s a somewhat manageable six feet wide by four feet tall. Think you could successfully guard an NHL goal? We wouldn’t risk it.
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Those famous play-starting faceoffs? They used to be a bit different! In the game’s early history, hockey referees had to “place” the puck on the rink between players from opposing teams. This led to some pretty gnarly injuries for officials. After all, consider this chilly bit of information: Hockey pucks used to be frozen before games to keep them from bouncing on the ice. Can you imagine being hit from close range with a frozen hockey puck? Yowch. Fortunately, the NHL finally changed the rules in 1914 so that refs were allowed to drop the puck, thus avoiding some injuries.
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The Stanley Cup might be the most sought-after prize in hockey, but it’s not exactly treated with as much care and reverence as other trophies. It’s been lost in baggage claim, used as a giant cereal bowl, and dropped into at least one pool.
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The Stanley Cup was named after Lord Stanley of Preston. He was a former Governor-General in Canada who donated the original seven-inch trophy in 1893. We imagine he’d be far from pleased to see the antics involving his famous “cup.” Then, again, hockey players are a breed of their own, so maybe Lord Stanley was just as goofy.
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During the earlier days of hockey, a team only needed eight wins to snag the Stanley Cup. As such, Detroit Red Wings fans often throw octopuses on the rink during the playoffs whenever their teams score. The octopus’ eight tentacles equal the eight wins. Seems like an expensive tradition! Interestingly, octopuses aren’t the only animals to ever find their way onto the ice. Did you know the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team once had a live penguin as their mascot? True story: They had an Ecuadorian penguin named Pete, who sadly caught pneumonia and later died in the zoo.
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Finally, all this talk of hockey has us wondering who the best hockey player is. It turns out that one hockey player, in particular, is quite a great one, holding 61 NHL records. The player? Wayne Gretzky, of course!
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