Hockey History

Sept. 18 was a good day for National Hockey League debuts as a former number one overall pick and a new franchise took to the ice for the first time. Also, the largest crowd to ever gather for an NHL game showed up in Florida for a preseason tilt. Finally, a pair of future Hall
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A pair of longtime teammates were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame together on this date. Also, the most famous international series ever played resumed in a new setting. Finally, the National Hockey League installed its first-ever salary cap and saw the relocation of one of its early teams. Stosh & the Golden Jet
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As the NHL-equivalent to a Most Valuable Player award, the Hart Memorial Trophy is the league’s most coveted award. Often times it coincides with the league’s top goal-scorer or point producer, but sometimes a surprise winner emerges. With that, which Hart-winning season has been the most impressive in recent memory? 14. Corey Perry – Anaheim
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Similar to other sports leagues, the NHL has been lucky to have some of its greatest players and biggest names play in the same era. The 1950s had Gordie Howe and Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard. Bobby Hull, Frank Mahovlich, and Stan Mikita headlined the 1960s while Guy Lafleur and Phil Esposito dominated the 1970s. Even in
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In the early days of the Ottawa Senators, they had a very hard time adjusting to the level of talent that was present in the NHL. In the first two seasons of Senators hockey, they were at the mercy of several established franchises, which resulted in a handful of embarrassing losses. Related: Senators Could Use
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This was originally published in August, 2015 and updated March, 2020. Over the course of the NHL’s history, there have been many records put away into the books, rarely to be broken. The class of the best to ever take the ice is fairly crystal clear. At the top would be Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and
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The Los Angeles Kings have had some of the most classic jerseys in NHL history. Many legends have worn the Kings jersey and all the history that goes with it. Since the team was founded in 1966, they have only had three main color schemes, that have changed little over the years. Even within these
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On this date, one of the greatest National Hockey League defensemen ever made history even though his playing days were over. Also, a very popular and successful captain announced his retirement while a regrettable contract was signed on Long Island. Orr Makes More History Even though his playing career had ended the previous year, Bobby
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This date has been very busy over the years in the National Hockey League. There was the addition of two teams, the Hall of Fame officially began, multiple captains were named, a big international game was played and exhibitions contests took place all over the globe. Two New Teams Welcomed In The NHL expanded from
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The National Hockey League has witnessed a number of sensational rookie campaigns throughout its storied history and this trend is set to continue. With the next squad of exceptional young stars, the NHL is stronger than ever in terms of elite young talent. However, despite the incredible skills of these players, it is highly unlikely that any
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In March of 1965, NHL President Clarence Campbell began a formal process to expand the National Hockey League from six teams to an even dozen. The maneuver would see franchises placed in both the midwest and the west coast, in addition to the league’s already established “Original Six”. Numerous cities sought to be a landing
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Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, the NHL has found player representation from many countries that were once part of the Soviet Union. 1994 saw the first Russian-born players win the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers, and they have won Cups ever since. Additionally, Latvians, Lithuanians, and Belorussians have found names for
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It’s often said that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win in professional sports. Of the league’s 31 teams (and with Seattle joining in 2021-22), only 20 have won the Stanley Cup and just 13 have won multiple championships. In the modern era, it’s become tougher to win championships and build dynasties which
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In 2007, the Ottawa Senators appeared in their very first Stanley Cup Final. Although they lost in five games to the bruising Anaheim Ducks, it was the best the modern franchise had ever done and they were poised to repeat as dominant forces in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, the team slumped, despite changing very little
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This date has provided us with two big international games during the 1970s, with mixed results for Team Canada. Also, another talented class of National Hockey League greats was inducted into the Hall of Fame and a new franchise hired its first general manager. Soviet Union Strikes First The infamous Summit Series between the Soviet
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