History UsefulNotes / NationalHockeyLeague

10th Feb '17 1:46:30 PM kyojikasshu
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** ''UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}} Rangers'': AKA the Blueshirts. Name comes from the fact that [[EgocentricTeamNaming the first owner was a guy named]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Tex]].[[note]]George Lewis "Tex" Rickard; in other words, “Tex's Rangers".[[/note]] Most recent year of glory was 1994, when the Curse of 1940 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzq2AhbXSeY was broken]] (the longest Cup drought in history at 53 seasons). The Rangers have a fierce rivalry with the Devils, which made Messier's Game 6 hat trick and Matteau's double OT goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Conference Finals that much sweeter. Has a recent history of overpaying for players, though management seems to be trying to change that. The team no longer plays [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaYm0wQtztU “Let's Go Band”]] at home games because every time it's played, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epUWCHxrdSQmany diehards will chant “Potvin sucks!”]]

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** ''UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}} Rangers'': AKA the Blueshirts. Name comes from the fact that [[EgocentricTeamNaming the first owner was a guy named]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Tex]].[[note]]George Lewis "Tex" Rickard; in other words, “Tex's Rangers".[[/note]] Most recent year of glory was 1994, when the Curse of 1940 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzq2AhbXSeY was broken]] (the longest Cup drought in history at 53 seasons). The Rangers have a fierce rivalry with the Devils, which made Messier's Game 6 hat trick and Matteau's double OT goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Conference Finals that much sweeter. Has a recent history of overpaying for players, though management seems to be trying to change that. The team no longer plays [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaYm0wQtztU “Let's Go Band”]] at home games because every time it's played, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epUWCHxrdSQmany diehards will chant “Potvin sucks!”]]sucks!”]][[note]]This chant long outlived the career of Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin of the rival Islanders, to whom it was directed, though it became relevant again when the unrelated goalie Felix Potvin had a brief stint with the Isles.[[/note]]
10th Feb '17 1:41:36 PM kyojikasshu
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** ''New York Islanders'': New York's ''[[HufflepuffHouse other]]'' team. Known as the ‘Fishsticks’ due to their unpopular 1990s jersey where they changed the logo for the 1995–96 season and it was too similar to the fisherman on boxes of Gorton's fishsticks, they have usually been bullied out of the media by the big-time Rangers, and have their radio coverage on the CollegeRadio station of Hofstra University (but with professional broadcasters) due to lack of listener interest or room on the dial because of the Rangers, Knicks, Nets and Devils all staking their claim on the big New York sports stations. Did have a string of four straight championships in the early 1980s. Since then, history and a hatred for the Rangers are really [[VestigialEmpire all they have going for them]]. Spent more than two decades without winning a playoff series (1993, when they upset Pittsburgh in the division finals, to 2016, when they faced the equally unlucky Panthers in the first round). Has a reputation for [[IncompetenceInc managerial ineptitude]]: trading away future stars, overpaying on contracts, etc. (outstanding ones being injury-prone goaltender Rick [=DiPietro=] to a 15-year contract, which got bought out halfway through;[[note]]He wasn't even with the Islanders, but their minor league team Bridgeport Sound Tigers.[[/note]] and Alexei Yashin, whose buying out in 2007 would be spread out until 2015 … when he retired in Russia in 2012!), not to mention their 1997 franchise sale to a con artist who convinced the NHL he had the money to afford an NHL franchise, only to be found out that he couldn't. Nassau Coliseum, their home from their creation through the 2014–15 season, [[WretchedHive was by far the crappiest arena in the league]], and was the second oldest in the league, after Madison Square Garden, the Rangers' home; they attempted to build a new arena for years, only to be stopped by Nassau County's massive webs of red tape. They ended up moving to the Barclays Center in {{Brooklyn|Rage}} in 2015, which became the smallest arena in the league and is infamous for not being hockey-friendly.[[note]]Barclays was optimized for basketball given it built by the NBA's Brooklyn Nets; thus, the jumbotron is not aligned with center ice and plenty of seats have obstructed views.[[/note]] Depending on your definition of "Long Island", their nickname may or may not be an ArtifactTitle.[[note]]Brooklyn is physically ''on'' Long Island, as is Queens, but to a NYC resident, "Long Island" means Nassau and Suffolk Counties.[[/note]]

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** ''New York Islanders'': New York's ''[[HufflepuffHouse other]]'' team. Known as the ‘Fishsticks’ due to their unpopular 1990s jersey where they changed the logo for the 1995–96 season and it was too similar to the fisherman on boxes of Gorton's fishsticks, they have usually been bullied out of the media by the big-time Rangers, and have their radio coverage on the CollegeRadio station of Hofstra University (but with professional broadcasters) due to lack of listener interest or room on the dial because of the Rangers, Knicks, Nets and Devils all staking their claim on the big New York sports stations. Did have a string of four straight championships in the early 1980s. Since then, history and a hatred for the Rangers are really [[VestigialEmpire all they have going for them]]. Spent more than two decades without winning a playoff series (1993, when they upset Pittsburgh in the division finals, to 2016, when they faced the equally unlucky Panthers in the first round). Has a reputation for [[IncompetenceInc managerial ineptitude]]: trading away future stars, overpaying on contracts, etc. (outstanding ones being injury-prone goaltender Rick [=DiPietro=] to a 15-year contract, which got bought out halfway through;[[note]]He wasn't even with the Islanders, but their minor league team Bridgeport Sound Tigers.[[/note]] and Alexei Yashin, whose buying out in 2007 would be spread out until 2015 … when he retired in Russia in 2012!), not to mention their 1997 franchise sale to a con artist who convinced the NHL he had the money to afford an NHL franchise, only to be found out that he couldn't. Nassau Coliseum, their home from their creation through the 2014–15 season, [[WretchedHive was by far the crappiest arena in the league]], and was the second oldest in the league, after Madison Square Garden, the Rangers' home; home (which is frequently renovated so as to stay modern); they attempted to build a new arena for years, only to be stopped by Nassau County's massive webs of red tape. They ended up moving to the Barclays Center in {{Brooklyn|Rage}} in 2015, which became the smallest arena in the league and is infamous for not being hockey-friendly.[[note]]Barclays was optimized for basketball given it built by the NBA's Brooklyn Nets; thus, the jumbotron is not aligned with center ice and plenty of seats have obstructed views. Ironically, the Nets had originally planned Barclays to be able to accommodate an NHL team properly, but the Islanders chose to continue to focus their efforts on Nassau County instead, and by the time the Isles finally gave up, Barclays had been completed in its current configuration.[[/note]] Depending on your definition of "Long Island", their nickname may or may not be an ArtifactTitle.[[note]]Brooklyn is physically ''on'' Long Island, as is Queens, but to a NYC resident, "Long Island" means Nassau and Suffolk Counties.[[/note]]
10th Feb '17 1:23:00 PM kyojikasshu
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** ''UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}} Rangers'': AKA the Blueshirts. Name comes from the fact that [[EgocentricTeamNaming the first owner was a guy named]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Tex]].[[note]]In other words, “Tex's Rangers,” and his first name was actually George.[[/note]] Most recent year of glory was 1994, when the Curse of 1940 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzq2AhbXSeY was broken]] (the longest Cup drought in history at 53 seasons). The Rangers have a fierce rivalry with the Devils, which made Messier's Game 6 hat trick and Matteau's double OT goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Conference Finals that much sweeter. Has a recent history of overpaying for players, though management seems to be trying to change that. The team no longer plays [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaYm0wQtztU “Let's Go Band”]] at home games because every time it's played, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epUWCHxrdSQmany diehards will chant “Potvin sucks!”]]

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** ''UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}} Rangers'': AKA the Blueshirts. Name comes from the fact that [[EgocentricTeamNaming the first owner was a guy named]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Tex]].[[note]]In [[note]]George Lewis "Tex" Rickard; in other words, “Tex's Rangers,” and his first name was actually George.Rangers".[[/note]] Most recent year of glory was 1994, when the Curse of 1940 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzq2AhbXSeY was broken]] (the longest Cup drought in history at 53 seasons). The Rangers have a fierce rivalry with the Devils, which made Messier's Game 6 hat trick and Matteau's double OT goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Conference Finals that much sweeter. Has a recent history of overpaying for players, though management seems to be trying to change that. The team no longer plays [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaYm0wQtztU “Let's Go Band”]] at home games because every time it's played, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epUWCHxrdSQmany diehards will chant “Potvin sucks!”]]
10th Feb '17 1:17:11 PM kyojikasshu
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** ''Carolina Hurricanes'': Formerly the Hartford Whalers, and formerly of the WHA; moved in 1997 because they were getting squeezed financially by the Original Six Bruins and Rangers (and they were playing in a tiny arena that was literally part of a shopping mall complex). First couple of years in North Carolina didn't go so well either on or off the ice (half-empty arenas are a persistent problem for NHL teams in the South, especially if the team is less than awesome). A Cup run in 2002 and a Cup victory in 2006 has turned things around, though (Raleigh hosted a successful All-Star Game in 2011, which speaks to the fanbase support the team has cultivated), and they had usually been in contention with Washington for the Southeast Division titles.

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** ''Carolina Hurricanes'': Formerly the Hartford Whalers, and formerly of the WHA; moved in 1997 because they were getting squeezed financially by the Original Six Bruins and Rangers (and they were playing in a tiny arena that was literally part of a shopping mall complex). First couple of years in North Carolina didn't go so well either on or off the ice (half-empty arenas are a persistent problem for NHL teams in the South, especially if the team is less than awesome). A Cup run in 2002 and a Cup victory in 2006 has turned things around, around for a while, though (Raleigh hosted a successful All-Star Game in 2011, which speaks to the fanbase support the team has cultivated), and they had usually been in contention with Washington for the Southeast Division titles.titles. Unfortunately, a lack of sustained success, having not qualified for the playoffs since their 2009 conference final run, has seen them sink back to the bottom of the league in attendance numbers.
10th Feb '17 1:07:42 PM kyojikasshu
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*** Additionally, the conferences are deliberately imbalanced because they wanted to allow for two more expansion teams. When it takes more than one hand to count the teams who consistently lack financial stability and are prime for relocation, one of which went bankrupt and had been under league ownership for four years while the league found new owners, they have no business even thinking about expansion anytime soon. Some even suggest killing a franchise or two instead.

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*** Additionally, the conferences are deliberately imbalanced because they wanted to allow for two more expansion teams. When it takes more than one hand to count the teams who consistently lack financial stability and are prime for relocation, one of which went bankrupt and had been under league ownership for four years while the league found new owners, they have no business even thinking about expansion anytime soon. Some even suggest killing a franchise or two instead.
instead. They're expanding anyway, with UsefulNotes/LasVegas getting its first major league team in 2017.
9th Feb '17 9:24:16 PM kwsn
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** Gerry Cheever, a good goalie in his own right (two time cup champion, hall of famer), began the tradition of decorating goalie masks when he would put a cartoon stitch mark on his mask where he got hit. Today, goalie masks are much more ornate, but the tradition started with him.
26th Jan '17 7:14:32 AM MisterVercetti
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** ''Columbus Blue Jackets'': The second NHL team in Ohio (the UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}} Barons[[note]]Also the name of a longstanding minor-level American Hockey League (AHL) franchise from 1937 to 1973, then from 2001 to 2006.[[/note]] played from 1976 to 1978). Has a cannon in their home arena as part of the team's honoring the state of Ohio's contributions to [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar the Union]] (hence the name). In a way, it's ironically symbolic of the team's reputation as a GlassCannon: they tend to have issues with multiple players racking up injuries, but when they can manage a healthy roster, they're usually serious contenders (largely thanks to having one of the youngest teams in the NHL, paired with a decent AHL affiliate that gives the team a good amount of depth). Made the playoffs for the first time in 2009 (the last current team to do so) and got their first playoff win in 2014 (having been swept in the aforementioned 2009 series by the Red Wings), but haven't yet made it out of the first round.

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** ''Columbus Blue Jackets'': The second NHL team in Ohio (the UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}} Barons[[note]]Also the name of a longstanding minor-level American Hockey League (AHL) franchise from 1937 to 1973, then from 2001 to 2006.[[/note]] played from 1976 to 1978). Has a cannon in their home arena as part of the team's honoring the state of Ohio's contributions to [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar the Union]] (hence the name). In a way, it's ironically symbolic of the team's reputation as a GlassCannon: they tend to have issues with multiple players racking up injuries, but when they can manage a healthy roster, they're usually serious contenders (largely thanks to having one contenders.[[note]]For a perfect example of this, contrast their injury-riddled 2015-2016 season, which saw them finish near the bottom of the youngest teams standings, and their largely healthy 2016-2017 season, in which they achieved the NHL, paired with a decent AHL affiliate that gives the team a good amount of depth). second highest winning streak in NHL history.[[/note]] Made the playoffs for the first time in 2009 (the last current team to do so) and got their first playoff win in 2014 (having been swept in the aforementioned 2009 series by the Red Wings), but haven't yet made it out of the first round.
26th Dec '16 7:40:39 AM igordebraga
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** ''Ottawa Senators'': Not related to [[TheOtherDarrin the old Ottawa Senators]] (1883–34) who won the Cup 11 times. Their first two seasons were absolute disasters (their 1992–93 season saw them win only 10 games of 84), but they slowly grew into perennial playoff contenders for most of the last decade.[[note]]But they could never get past [[ArchEnemy the Leafs]] whenever they met (four times in the last five years before the season-cancelling lockout), and their only Finals appearance ended in defeat to the Ducks.[[/note]] Once got into a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZT2PIyE5Vg massive brawl]] with the Buffalo Sabres with 100 penalty minutes and goalies going at each other. Also, former star player Dany Heatley is disliked [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ipzg5bo7l4 by fans.]]
** ''Tampa Bay Lightning'': Southernmost team to win the Cup (2004), albeit somewhat contentiously (the "phantom goal" that would have cost Tampa the Cup is arguably the most controversial call other than Brett Hull's "foot in the crease" in 1999). They were the first attempt to market hockey in a former Confederate state since the Atlanta Flames (who moved to Calgary), and help start a wave of expansion teams and team relocations during TheNineties when they showed a steady fanbase. They set single-game attendance records for a few years due to playing in a then-vacated domed baseball stadium (now Tropicana Field and home to the Rays), which was larger than any hockey arena but also made it hard to keep the ice solid. Has been in ownership turmoil ever since, though they've had stretches of good play in the past decade. Set a new standard for stadium RuleOfCool in 2011 when renovations to the St. Pete Times Forum (now Amalie Arena) included the installation of Tesla coils in the rafters that [[ShockAndAwe shoot real lightning]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEm_9IIRitc during the pregame intro and after goals]]. Oh, and despite those aforementioned ''Florida'' Panthers (who play in a suburb of UsefulNotes/{{Miami}}), the Bolts predate them by one year.

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** ''Ottawa Senators'': Not related to [[TheOtherDarrin the old Ottawa Senators]] (1883–34) who won the Cup 11 times. Their first two seasons were absolute disasters (their 1992–93 season saw them win only 10 games of 84), but they slowly grew into perennial playoff contenders for most of the last decade.[[note]]But they could never get past [[ArchEnemy the Leafs]] whenever they met (four times in the last five years before the season-cancelling lockout), and their only Finals appearance ended in defeat to the Ducks.[[/note]] Despite being in the capital of the most hockey-crazed country, a slightly remote arena sometimes makes fans weary of attending games - not it stops Montreal and Toronto (the latter from the same province as Ottawa) from filling up the place, [[http://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/montreal-canadiens/christopher-curtis-senators-plan-to-restrict-ticket-sales-only-helps-scalpers something the ownership eventually got tired of]]. Once got into a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZT2PIyE5Vg massive brawl]] with the Buffalo Sabres with 100 penalty minutes and goalies going at each other. Also, former star player Dany Heatley is disliked [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ipzg5bo7l4 by fans.]]
** ''Tampa Bay Lightning'': Southernmost team to win the Cup (2004), albeit somewhat contentiously (the "phantom goal" that would have cost Tampa the Cup is arguably the most controversial call other than Brett Hull's "foot in the crease" in 1999). They were the first attempt to market hockey in a former Confederate state since the Atlanta Flames (who moved to Calgary), and help start a wave of expansion teams and team relocations during TheNineties when they showed a steady fanbase. They set single-game attendance records for a few years due to playing in a then-vacated domed baseball stadium (now Tropicana Field and home to the Rays), which was larger than any hockey arena but also made it hard to keep the ice solid. Has been in ownership turmoil ever since, though they've had stretches of good play in the past decade.decade, including a second Stanley Cup final in 2015. Set a new standard for stadium RuleOfCool in 2011 when renovations to the St. Pete Times Forum (now Amalie Arena) included the installation of Tesla coils in the rafters that [[ShockAndAwe shoot real lightning]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEm_9IIRitc during the pregame intro and after goals]]. Oh, and despite those aforementioned ''Florida'' Panthers (who play in a suburb of UsefulNotes/{{Miami}}), the Bolts predate them by one year.



** ''UsefulNotes/{{Nashville}} Predators'': A consistently decent team since about 2004, which has problems both with other people knowing they exist and staying solvent: the fanbase is pretty decent, but corporate sponsors are lacking for them, not to mention attempts in 2007 to move the team to be the "Hamilton Predators" that fell through and then to Kansas City. Part of this situation might be the defensive-minded approach that its coach Barry Trotz (the only coach the team had since it started playing in 1998, until 2014) has implemented -- [[BoringButPractical it's effective in winning games but doesn't make for exciting play that can draw fans in]], but that changed with the addition of Mike Fisher (after being traded from the Senators, where he was a fan favorite), husband of country superstar Music/CarrieUnderwood as well as making it past the first round of the playoffs twice. Are currently holding the largest contract in the league after matching the Flyers' offer sheet to captain Shea Weber ($110M, 14 years).

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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Nashville}} Predators'': A consistently decent team since about 2004, which has problems both with other people knowing they exist and staying solvent: the fanbase is pretty decent, but corporate sponsors are lacking for them, not to mention attempts in 2007 to move the team to be the "Hamilton Predators" that fell through and then to Kansas City. Part of this situation might be the defensive-minded approach that its coach Barry Trotz (the only coach the team had since it started playing in 1998, until 2014) has implemented -- [[BoringButPractical it's effective in winning games but doesn't make for exciting play that can draw fans in]], but that changed with the addition of Mike Fisher (after being traded from the Senators, where he was a fan favorite), husband of country superstar Music/CarrieUnderwood and current team captain, as well as making it past the first round of the playoffs twice. Are currently holding the largest contract Have had a few dominating defencemen with Ryan Suter (currently in the league after matching the Flyers' offer sheet to captain Minnesota), Shea Weber ($110M, (captain for six years, even warranting a massive contract of $110M for 14 years).years) and P.K. Subban (traded from Montreal for Weber).



** ''[[UsefulNotes/LasVegas Vegas]] Golden Knights'': As part of the 2013 conference realignment, the two conferences were set with an imbalanced number of teams on order to allow for future expansion. The league officially began accepting bids in 2015 with proposals from Las Vegas and Quebec City, and Vegas was awarded a franchise in 2016 that will begin play at the new T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in the 2017–18 season[[note]]Quebec's bid was rejected largely due to requiring an existing east team to move to the west and the weak Canadian dollar[[/note]]. An initial season ticket drive prior to the official bid earned commitments from over 14,000 people. The team will be the first Big Four sports team in the city's history, it being the largest metro area in the country without one[[note]]they are in the running to be the new home of the NFL's Oakland Raiders as well[[/note]]. Billionaire owner Bill Foley appears dead set on avoiding most of the issues that have plagued Sun Belt teams in the past[[note]]especially the perpetually unstable Coyotes who are poised to be their main rival[[/note]] and so far has been taking the right steps in doing so, including hiring longtime Capitals general manager George [=McPhee=]. Before the team was announced, Foley publicly stated that it would either be Desert Knights, Golden Knights, or Silver Knights. His original preference was ''Black Knights'', as a nod to his days at [[MilitaryAcademy West Point]], but he wasn't able to claim that name.[[note]]The team's ownership group calls itself Black Knight Sports & Entertainment.[[/note]] This satisfied a league requirement that the name could not allude to gambling. On November 22, 2016, Foley officially revealed the name and logos of the new team as the Golden Knights.

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** ''[[UsefulNotes/LasVegas Vegas]] Golden Knights'': As part of the 2013 conference realignment, the two conferences were set with an imbalanced number of teams on order to allow for future expansion. The league officially began accepting bids in 2015 with proposals from Las Vegas and Quebec City, and Vegas was awarded a franchise in 2016 that will begin play at the new T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in the 2017–18 season[[note]]Quebec's bid was rejected largely due to requiring an existing east team to move to the west and the weak Canadian dollar[[/note]]. An initial season ticket drive prior to the official bid earned commitments from over 14,000 people. The team will be the first Big Four sports team in the city's history, it being the largest metro area in the country without one[[note]]they are in the running to be the new home of the NFL's Oakland Raiders as well[[/note]]. Billionaire owner Bill Foley appears dead set on avoiding most of the issues that have plagued Sun Belt teams in the past[[note]]especially the perpetually unstable Coyotes who are poised to be their main rival[[/note]] and so far has been taking the right steps in doing so, including hiring longtime Capitals general manager George [=McPhee=]. Before the team was announced, Foley publicly stated that it would either be Desert Knights, Golden Knights, or Silver Knights. His original preference was ''Black Knights'', as a nod to his days at [[MilitaryAcademy West Point]], but he wasn't able to claim that name.[[note]]The team's ownership group calls itself Black Knight Sports & Entertainment. Sharing a conference with the Blackhawks didn't help him get the name.[[/note]] This satisfied a league requirement that the name could not allude to gambling. On November 22, 2016, Foley officially revealed the name and logos of the new team as the Golden Knights.
22nd Dec '16 8:09:25 PM KYCubbie
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*** Gretzky finished his career with 2,857 regular-season points. The next one in the scoring lists is Mark Messier with 1,887 career points. The closest active player, Jaromír Jágr, is 1,199 points behind him and has been playing in the NHL for 23 years now so it's unlikely he'll come much closer.

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*** Gretzky finished his career with 2,857 regular-season points. The next one in the scoring lists is Mark Messier with 1,887 career points. The closest active player, Jaromír Jágr, is 1,199 Jágr with 1,888 career points behind him (as of December 22, 2016); while he's still active in the league, he's 44 years old and has been playing in the NHL for 23 years now seasons, so it's unlikely he'll come much closer.



** Maurice ‘the Rocket’ Richard: One of the greatest players in his generation and best goalscorers of any. First player to ever score fifty goals in fifty games. Just ''four'' other men have followed. The trophy given to the league's top regular-season goal scorer is named after him.

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** Maurice ‘the Rocket’ "the Rocket" Richard: One of the greatest players in his generation and best goalscorers of any. First player to ever score fifty goals in fifty games. Just ''four'' other men have followed. The trophy given to the league's top regular-season goal scorer is named after him.



** Jaromír Jágr: Lemieux's longtime [[TheLancer lancer]] during the Pens' glory years in the '90s and once owner of [[https://www.google.com.br/search?q=jaromir+jagr+mullet&tbm=isch one of the most legendary]] [[EightiesHair mullets]] in sports history. Served as captain for Pittsburgh for a time after Mario's first retirement before the team's financial troubles led to him being let go. After a few seasons with the Capitals and Rangers the seemingly washed-up star returned to Europe to play in the KHL where he improved, eventually to the point of leading the Czech national team to gold at the World Cup. Wears #68 in honour of his grandfather who died in the Czech uprising of 1968. At age 39 he set his sights on a return to the NHL leading to the infamous 2011 "Jágr Watch" in the days leading up to the summer free-agency period. All signs pointed toward him returning to Pittsburgh but the deal fell through at the last minute and he eventually signed with the Pens' ArchEnemy, the Flyers. As expected, backlash ensued. He was traded to the Bruins near the end of the 2012–13 season and wasn't re-signed at the end of the season. He then signed with the Devils as a free agent, being traded to the Panthers halfway through the 2014-15 season. Can still bring it from time to time — on January 3, 2015, Jágr became the oldest player in NHL history to score a hat trick, about six weeks shy of his 43rd birthday. Many note Jágr would be closer to Gretzky's numbers had he not spent some seasons in Russia.
*** And it seems that Jágr still has what it takes to play at the very top level: in the opening five games of 2015–16 season, he scored four goals and three assists for the Panthers. By the end of the season, he lead the team in points, finishing with 66, and the Panthers won their division. All this at 44 years old. And he has absolutely no plans to retire.

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** Jaromír Jágr: Lemieux's longtime [[TheLancer lancer]] during the Pens' glory years in the '90s and once owner of [[https://www.google.com.br/search?q=jaromir+jagr+mullet&tbm=isch one of the most legendary]] [[EightiesHair mullets]] in sports history. Served as captain for Pittsburgh for a time after Mario's first retirement before the team's financial troubles led to him being let go. After a few seasons with the Capitals and Rangers the seemingly washed-up star returned to Europe to play in the KHL where he improved, eventually to the point of leading the Czech [[UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic Czech]] national team to gold at the World Cup. Wears #68 in honour of his grandfather who died in the Czech uprising of 1968. At age 39 he set his sights on a return to the NHL leading to the infamous 2011 "Jágr Watch" in the days leading up to the summer free-agency period. All signs pointed toward him returning to Pittsburgh but the deal fell through at the last minute and he eventually signed with the Pens' ArchEnemy, the Flyers. As expected, backlash ensued. He was traded to the Bruins near the end of the 2012–13 season and wasn't re-signed at the end of the season. He then signed with the Devils as a free agent, being traded to the Panthers halfway through the 2014-15 season. Can still bring it from time to time — on January 3, 2015, Jágr became the oldest player in NHL history to score a hat trick, about six weeks shy of his 43rd birthday. Many note Jágr would be closer to Gretzky's numbers had he not spent some seasons in Russia.
*** And it seems that Jágr still has what it takes to play at the very top level: in the opening five games of 2015–16 season, he scored four goals and three assists for the Panthers. By the end of the season, he lead led the team in points, finishing with 66, and the Panthers won their division.division. And then in 2016–17, he passed Mark Messier for second place on the all-time scoring list. All this at 44 years old. And he has absolutely no plans to retire.retire—in fact, [[WordOfGod he's said]] he can see himself playing until he's 50 (which would be in February 2022).



** Mark Messier: The [[LastOfHisKind last WHA-era player to retire after the merger]]. ‘The Moose.’ Won the Stanley Cup five times with his hometown team in Edmonton, but is better known for winning it with the Rangers in 1994 -- he's the only player ever to captain two different teams to the Cup. He is often considered to be one of the greatest leaders to play hockey, sometimes nicknamed 'The Messiah' in New York for his legendary playoff performance with the Rangers in 1994. Second to Gretzky in all-time points scored, though by a ''wide'' margin (1,887 points to Gretzky's 2,857). In 2004, Messier retired when he was on his second stint with the Rangers -- in-between he had [[DorkAge a short and failed stint in Vancouver]] [[FanonDiscontinuity which most try to forget]], and made Messier hated in BC to this very day.

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** Mark Messier: The [[LastOfHisKind last WHA-era player to retire after the merger]]. ‘The Moose.’ Won the Stanley Cup five times with his hometown team in Edmonton, but is better known for winning it with the Rangers in 1994 -- he's the only player ever to captain two different teams to the Cup. He is often considered to be one of the greatest leaders to play hockey, sometimes nicknamed 'The Messiah' in New York for his legendary playoff performance with the Rangers in 1994. Second When he retired, he was second to Gretzky in all-time points scored, though by a ''wide'' margin (1,887 points to Gretzky's 2,857).2,857; he's since been passed by Jágr). In 2004, Messier retired when he was on his second stint with the Rangers -- in-between he had [[DorkAge a short and failed stint in Vancouver]] [[FanonDiscontinuity which most try to forget]], and made Messier hated in BC to this very day.
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** Joel Quenneville: Current head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks who passed Al Arbour to become the second-winningest coach in NHL history in 2016. He previously had stints with the Avalanche and Blues but has led the Hawks to three Stanley Cups in six years. His mustache is legendary among fans and lent credence to the theory that [[http://wiux.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Bears1.jpg you cannot win a championship in Chicago if you are clean-shaven.]][[note]]Clockwise, from the top left, that's Quenneville; Ozzie Guillén, who managed the Chicago White Sox to a World Series championship (their first in 88 years) in 2005; Mike Ditka, who coached the Chicago Bears to a near-undefeated season and a Super Bowl in the 1985–86 season; and Phil Jackson, who coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990s.[[/note]][[note]]Though not pictured, Joe Maddon, who managed the Cubs to their first title in more than a century in 2016, also fits this theory. He had long been clean-shaven, but grew a mustache and goatee in time for the World Series run.[/note]]

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** Joel Quenneville: Current head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks who passed Al Arbour to become the second-winningest coach in NHL history in 2016. He previously had stints with the Avalanche and Blues but has led the Hawks to three Stanley Cups in six years. His mustache is legendary among fans and lent credence to the theory that [[http://wiux.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Bears1.jpg you cannot win a championship in Chicago if you are clean-shaven.]][[note]]Clockwise, from the top left, that's Quenneville; Ozzie Guillén, who managed the Chicago White Sox to a World Series championship (their first in 88 years) in 2005; Mike Ditka, who coached the Chicago Bears to a near-undefeated season and a Super Bowl in the 1985–86 season; and Phil Jackson, who coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990s.[[/note]][[note]]Though not pictured, Joe Maddon, who managed the Cubs to their first title in more than a century in 2016, also fits this theory. He had long been clean-shaven, but grew a mustache and goatee in time for the World Series run.[/note]][[/note]]
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