the home team coach gets to send his players out onto the ice last after a whistle. It matters because it allows him to see who the other team sends out and than match up the players you want having seen who the other coach put out there first.
Joe Bowen (the slightly biased leaf broadcaster) once told this story on the air. While in Florida to call an up-coming Leaf game he phoned home to talk to his 6 year old son who was playing tyke hockey and had just been in a tournament. He asked his son how it went. His son said, we had fun but something happened in the last game and we lost but I don't understand why the coach took our goalie out at the end of the game, we were only losing by 1 goal, so why did he do that. Joe the dutiful father replied, well son, they wanted an extra attacker and were trying to get a goal. His son replied, "yea, but dad wouldn't have been easier if the other team pulled there goalie"
Aha Not long ago I was at a game and next too me a father had taken his son to the game for the first time. He had a little jersey and ear protection. When the first goal was scored and the players celebrated and skated to the bench. The kid looked very confused and asked his dad, -"They don't want too play more?" and he thought the game was over
I can imagine that my dad has some awsome stories about me when I first started watching hockey at the age of 4. The only one I can think of is that I though the ice was a lake and that the ice could break.
-I thought icing was called when the puck went all the way around the boards 1 rotation.
-I had no idea what offside was.
-I played soccer when I was really young (about 5) and I just didn't understand a thing about it. First of all, I couldn't distinguish between the two nets. I would score on either net and think that's a good thing. When I played goal, I thought it was a good thing when the ball went into my net, so I would cheer whenever the other team scored.
Edit: Oh yeah, I used to think the priest was God.
When I was little, I thought powerplay meant one team was dominating the other one. It had me fooled for a long time because oftentimes the team with the extra man did dominate. Then, I actually counted the # of players on the ice.
I thought icing was spraying ice on another player. Never had any trouble figuring out offside, funnily enough.
I thought anyone who wore an 'A' was a winger because that's what ailleur means in French.
When I was really little, I thought goalies were the ugly ones because they wore masks. That was quickly sorted out once I saw closeups of certain skaters' faces.
I used to think that a powerplay was when a team had a faceoff in the attacking zone. I was quickly corrected when I proceeded to yell out "Alright baby, we got a powerplay!" everytime our team had a faceoff in the other teams zone.