For thousands of hockey fans, their summer mornings start not with a cup of coffee or a workout but with playing 'Puckdoku.' Are you one of them? For those that don't know, Puckdoku is a puzzle game that is challenging and addictive in a way that is similar to Wordle, but instead of your vocabulary being tested, it's your hockey knowledge.
Each game has three rows and three columns. On one side is either a team name/logo, and the other side will have a statistical milestone, such as 50 goals scored in a season or Calder Trophy winner. For example, if the Edmonton Oilers were on the top and the Islanders were on the side, Ryan Strome or Jordan Eberle would be the correct answers. Bryan Berard could be used for an Islander that has won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.
To complete it successfully, you have nine 'shots' or guesses. The player must have played at least one regular season NHL game for the team to be counted. If you get one wrong, you miss your shot at completing the puzzle in full. On top of finishing with nine correct answers, more advanced players shoot for a low rarity score by selecting players that are less popular amongst game players.
Going back to that Oilers-Islanders example, instead of picking Eberle or Strome, a player may choose Brandon Davidson, a 2010 Edmonton sixth-round pick that was traded for a 3rd round pick to the Islanders in 2018 and played 15 games on Long Island. In fact, Davidson is a good name to remember, as he played for seven franchises (Edmonton, Montreal, the Islanders, Chicago, Calgary, San Jose, and Buffalo) in only 180 career NHL games.
These former NY Islanders are money when playing the puzzle game 'Puckdoku'
Whether you've been playing the game for a few weeks or will start doing so today, we thought it would be helpful to arm you with some former Islanders that are absolutely money when playing Puckdocku. Nine NHL players in history have played with at least ten teams, and six of them spent time on Long Island! Here they are to help you start your morning off right.