Hockey's Weird Team Rules

Did your parents ever bribe you with money or candy to get you potty-trained? Well, in a strange way, you have something in common with NHL hockey players.

Sure, those athletes have long-been potty trained -- as far as we know. But they've also displayed poor habits in locker rooms and at team facilities that have inspired some of the strangers rules you'll see applied to grown men.

As a recent Sports Illustrated article reveals, NHL teams for years have operated through a system of "kangaroo courts" in which players themselves set the rules, and the fines, and even handle collection of those fines. The report cites "players from a dozen NHL teams" who anonymously spilled the secrets of the odd regulations players set for themselves.

One of the more bizarre rules: a $500 fine for failing to flush the toilet.

"If you don't flush when you're at the s----er and you leave something in there, that's a $500 fine," one veteran tells SI. "And guys take it seriously. We only have three s----ers at home and on the road, maybe only two in the locker room, so you make sure it's always nice and clean in there."

Greatest NHL Playoff Beards

 

Dustin Penner

Penner has had some practice letting his beard run wild. He won the Cup with Anaheim in 2007 and completed the SoCal parlay by doing it with Los Angeles in 2012.

 

Henrik Zetterberg

He won the Conn Smythe in 2008 when the Red Wings beat the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final.

 

Mike Commodore

He reached the Stanley Cup Final twice, losing with Calgary in 2004 and winning with Carolina in 2006.

 

Scott Niedermayer/Rob Niedermayer

The brothers won the Cup together with the Ducks in 2007. Scott is in the foreground of the photo.

 

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

He was the Conn Smythe winner in 2003 when Anaheim lost to the Devils in the final, but he captured the Cup in 2007.

 

Scott Hartnell

He helped the Flyers reach the final in 2010 before losing to Chicago.

 

Shea Weber

The Predators haven't made it past the second round yet, but it doesn't take long for him to reach full bloom.

 

Ken Daneyko

Fans saw plenty of his beard as he was part of three Stanley Cup winners during his career in New Jersey.

 

Paul Mara

Like Weber, he didn't need to reach the final to show off the thickness.

 

Lanny McDonald

Always known for his mustache, McDonald capped off his career with the Cup in Calgary in 1989.

 

Zdeno Chara

What's scarier? His beard or his slap shot?

 

Ken Morrow

Since the tradition goes back to the Islanders, we needed one of them to round out the list.

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It doesn't end there. Brad May, a former forward for the Buffalo Sabres, once bought a suitcase with wheels on the bottom. Veterans saw the purchase, decided he was too young to have any luggage with wheels, and fined him $100. He had no choice but to pay.

There are more reasonable offenses: tardiness to meetings, dress-code violations, etc. But one team also instituted a rule against eating apples in the hot tub.

We're still waiting for the full story behind that one.

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