These events occured in 2008 in the world of hockey:
- March 26th: The Las Vegas Wranglers become the first team in ECHL history to post three consecutive 100-point seasons after defeating the Utah Grizzlies 3–2 in overtime at the E Center in West Valley City, Utah.
- April 19th: Austria and Hungary gain promotion to the Elite level following winning their groups in the 2008 DI World Championship. In the case of Hungary, it is a first participation at the top level since 1939.
- May 18th: The Russian National Team becomes world champion after defeating Canada 4-2 in the finals of the 2008 World Championship. Finland ranked third the day before with a 4-0 win over Sweden.
- May 24th: The 2008 Stanley Cup Finals begin with a 4-0 win of the Detroit Red Wings over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- June 4th: The Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4 wins against 2 in the NHL finals.
- June 5th: The Cincinnati Cyclones win the Kelly Cup by defeating the Las Vegas Wranglers 4 wins to 2 in the ECHL finals.
- June 10th: The Chicago Wolves win the Calder Cup by beating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4 games to 2 in the AHL finals.
- July 7th: Jaromir Jagr signs a two-year contract with Avangard Omsk of the Continental Hockey League.
- October 13th: New York Rangers prospect and Avangard Omsk star Alexei Cherepanov collapses on the bench during a game in Podolsk against Vityaz Chekhov. He was officially declared dead later during the day. He was 19 years old.