Throughout its decades and decades of history, the NHL is full of crazy and unreal stories. Many of these stories sound extremely unlikely (and even impossible) and while some of them are exaggerations, these three included in this article are 100% legitimate and you won’t believe they are true.
1. The Story of Glen Hall
The many things that Glen Hall went through in his career are unbelievable to the modern NHL fan. First of all, Hall had the strangest pre game ritual ever when he would actually vomit before each and every game. Apparently this worked for him as it allowed him to play in an astonishing 502 games in a row, a record that will never ever even be touched. Oh, and he also managed to do this in an era where goalies didn’t wear helmets. He wasn’t only consistent, as he was a great player with three Vezina trophies and two Stanley Cups to his name.
2. Russian Love Triangle
This is an extremely strange story that made a ton of headlines when it first came out. Two of the first Russian stars to make waves in the NHL were Sergei Federov and Pavel Bure and as it turned out, they both had their sights set on another Russian, tennis star Anna Kournikova. She was rumoured to be seeing them both at the same time and both of the players even claimed that they were engaged to her at one time or another. This seems more like a TMZ story than a hockey one, but this was a massive story and news in the NHL at the time.
3. Kris Draper was Traded for $1
This is probably the most unbelievable story I have ever heard in NHL history. Draper was used very sparingly in the first four years of his NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets and was actually traded to the Detroit Red Wings in 1993 for one dollar. Literally, one dollar. Once in Detroit, Draper played in over 1000 games, won four Stanley Cups, won a Selke trophy and played on the famous “grind line” in Detroit. Pretty good deal for one dollar if you ask me.