History UsefulNotes / NationalHockeyLeague

23rd May '17 8:05:43 AM igordebraga
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** ''Colorado Avalanche'': Formerly the Quebec Nordiques, which joined the NHL in the 1979 WHA merger. This is the league's second venture in UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} (the Rockies became the New Jersey Devils in 1982). Had a strong rivalry with the Red Wings in the '90s when both were good. The Avs won two Stanley Cups, in 1996 (in their first season in the new city!) and 2001. The team of Joe Sakic. When the Avs won their second Cup, it was Ray Bourque's final NHL game. As the Nordiques, they were best known for playing in the shadow of the Habs, their heated rivalry with Buffalo, and for drafting Eric Lindros, whose subsequent trade to Philadelphia (without having played a game for Quebec) became the building blocks for the Avs' first Stanley Cup run. After some time being bottom feeders, they saw a resurgence in 2013–14, lead by two key players of the SC runs, Sakic himself as GM, and goalie Patrick Roy as coach.

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** ''Colorado Avalanche'': Formerly the Quebec Nordiques, which joined the NHL in the 1979 WHA merger. This is the league's second venture in UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} (the Rockies became the New Jersey Devils in 1982). Had a strong rivalry with the Red Wings in the '90s when both were good. The Avs won two Stanley Cups, in 1996 (in their first season in the new city!) and 2001. The team of Joe Sakic. When the Avs won their second Cup, it was Ray Bourque's final NHL game. As the Nordiques, they were best known for playing in the shadow of the Habs, their heated rivalry with Buffalo, and for drafting Eric Lindros, whose subsequent trade to Philadelphia (without having played a game for Quebec) became the building blocks for the Avs' first Stanley Cup run. After some time being bottom feeders, they saw a resurgence in 2013–14, lead by two key players of the SC runs, Sakic himself as GM, and goalie Patrick Roy as coach. After Roy was fired, 2016-17 marked an absolute RockBottom, winning only 22 games and after the lottery picking only fourth in the draft.



** ''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. Have had a few dominating defencemen with Ryan Suter (currently in Minnesota), Shea Weber (captain for six years, even warranting a massive contract of $110M for 14 years) and P.K. Subban (traded from Montreal for Weber).

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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. Have had a few dominating defencemen with Ryan Suter (currently in Minnesota), Shea Weber (captain for six years, even warranting a massive contract of $110M for 14 years) and P.K. Subban (traded from Montreal for Weber).Weber), with the last one leading the team to their first Stanley Cup final in 2017.
13th May '17 2:47:11 AM KYCubbie
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** Marcel Dionne: Sixth all-time in points and third only behind Gretzky and Lemieux in 100-point seasons. One of the most talented players never to win the Cup. Ironically, his less talented brother, Gilbert, pulled it off -- with Montreal, against Marcel's longtime Los Angeles Kings -- in 1993.[[note]]The Kings tried to compensate Dionne by sending him a championship ring after winning it all in 2012.[[/note]]

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** Marcel Dionne: Sixth all-time in points and third only behind Gretzky and Lemieux in 100-point seasons. One of the most talented players never to win the Cup. Ironically, his less talented brother, Gilbert, pulled it off -- with Montreal, against Marcel's longtime Los Angeles Kings -- in 1993.[[note]]The Kings tried to compensate Dionne by sending him a championship ring after winning it all in 2012.[[/note]][[note]]Not only did Marcel not get to raise the Cup, he never even played in a conference final! The only other player among the NHL's top 60 career goal scorers without a conference final appearance is Alexander Ovechkin (through the 2016–17 season).[[/note]]
30th Apr '17 7:27:34 AM bunnyofdoomo
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** Sergei Bobrovsky: Current goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Started as the Flyers' backup goalie before being traded to Columbus prior to the 2013 half-season, after which he promptly TookALevelInBadass; he has since been integral to the Jackets becoming serious contenders after years of being the league ButtMonkey. Has a notable [[HeterosexualLifePartners bromance]] with teammate Nick Foligno, and fans look forward to their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrR9eUCAgws celebratory hugs]] after each victory. Has the interesting FanNickname "#1 Cop on the Force" (though you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who can tell you where it came from).

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** Sergei Bobrovsky: Current goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Started as the Flyers' backup goalie before being traded to Columbus prior to the 2013 half-season, after which he promptly TookALevelInBadass; he has since been integral to the Jackets becoming serious contenders after years of being the league ButtMonkey. Has a notable [[HeterosexualLifePartners bromance]] with teammate Nick Foligno, and fans look forward to their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrR9eUCAgws celebratory hugs]] after each victory. Has the interesting FanNickname "#1 Cop on the Force" (though you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone courtesy of sports presenter Jay Onrait, who thought Bobrovsky's name sounded like a cop from a 70's cop film. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksb7UlwCIKQ As one can tell you where it came from).see here]]
28th Apr '17 12:36:52 PM Leafsdude
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** Bryan Trottier: Arguably the most complete forward of the '80s. Trottier won an Art Ross, six Stanley Cups and one as an assistant coach, was a rather tough SOB, and a dominant penalty killer.

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** Bryan Trottier: Arguably the most complete forward of the '80s. Trottier won an Art Ross, six Stanley Cups and one as an assistant coach, was a rather tough SOB, and a dominant penalty killer. At a time, in the early '80s, many experts labelled Trottier as the best player in the league, even ahead of Gretzky. This was before Gretzky put up 92 goals and 163 assists in separate seasons, however.



** Doug Gilmour: A defensive forward who played for ''seven'' different NHL teams, and as captain of three of them (the Flames, the Maple Leafs, and the Blackhawks). Though he was only 5’10” tall and was a relative lightweight, he had an intensive style of physical play that earned him his "Killer Doug Gilmour" nickname. Won the Stanley Cup once with the Flames in their only victory in 1989 and the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward in 1993 when he played in Toronto. Gilmour is currently the GM of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario.

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** Doug Gilmour: A defensive forward who played for ''seven'' different NHL teams, and as captain of three of them (the Flames, the Maple Leafs, and the Blackhawks). Though he was only 5’10” 5’11” tall and was a relative lightweight, lightweight[[note]]At a time when players were beginning to constantly weigh in over 200 pounds, Gilmour was never listed over 180 and often was actually under 170[[/note]], he had an intensive style of physical play that earned him his "Killer Doug Gilmour" nickname.nickname (though his looks, which were often compared to Charles Manson, also helped). Won the Stanley Cup once with the Flames in their only victory in 1989 and the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward in 1993 when he played in Toronto. Gilmour is currently the GM of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario.



** Mike Babcock: Largely viewed as the best head coach in the league since Scotty Bowman's retirement, Babcock has lead teams to the Stanley Cup Finals 3 times, in 2003 with the then Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and then in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010 with Bowman's Detroit Red Wings, winning it all in 2008. He has also had international success, winning gold medals at all 3 major levels, World Juniors, World Championships and Olympics, the latter two of which, along with his Stanley Cup, makes him the only head coach in the famed Triple Gold Club. Left the Wings after the 2014-15 season willingly, an almost unheard of case where a major league coach left a team without being fired or retiring, to join his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. In 23 years as a head coach, including 8 years in the Western Hockey League and 2 years in the American Hockey League, his teams have missed the playoffs a total of 3 times [[note]]This is including the 2015-16 season, his first with the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that had missed the playoffs for 8 of the prior 9 seasons before Babcock joined[[/note]].

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** Mike Babcock: Largely viewed as the best head coach in the league since Scotty Bowman's retirement, Babcock has lead teams to the Stanley Cup Finals 3 times, in 2003 with the then Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and then in back-to-back years in 2008 and 2009 and 2010 with Bowman's Detroit Red Wings, winning it all in 2008. He has also had international success, winning gold medals at all 3 major levels, World Juniors, World Championships and Olympics, the latter two of which, along with his Stanley Cup, makes him the only head coach in the famed Triple Gold Club. Left the Wings after the 2014-15 season willingly, an almost unheard of case where a major league coach left a team without being fired or retiring, to join his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. In 23 24 years as a head coach, including 8 years in the Western Hockey League and 2 years in the American Hockey League, his teams have missed the playoffs a total of 3 times [[note]]This is including the 2015-16 season, his first with the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that had missed the playoffs for 8 of the prior 9 seasons before Babcock joined[[/note]].
28th Apr '17 3:46:42 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Blackhawks'': Only Original Six team left in the West. A team with both history (Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull) and rising stars (Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews). Known for the longest time of having an incredibly stingy owner who would place the bottom line over winning the Stanley Cup. Interestingly, as soon as said owner died ([[ZeroPercentApprovalRating to boos from the fans]] when asked for a moment of silence), his son took over and changed things. One of those things was finally allowing home games to be broadcast on Chicago TV. That has pushed CSN Chicago and WGN to their highest ratings ever. Even NBC and Versus have enjoyed some of the highest ratings they've had for playoff games. Everyone was very happy and the team suddenly played very well, ending a 49-year Cup drought in 2010 and following it up with another two Cup wins in 2013 and 2015. The Blackhawks are known for having a very rowdy fanbase, being loud enough to hear WAY outside the Chicago Stadium/United Center, and being raucous enough to earn the United Center the nickname “The Madhouse on Madison”. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h96TxGedzLY They really hate Detroit]] and for that matter they really dislike Vancouver [[http://i.imgur.com/BELys4t.jpg also]]. Neither do they care for [[https://twitter.com/CommandSign/status/456923825368621056 St. Louis]]. And they also have a negative reaction to both Dallas and Minnesota [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYadXjdO_vc beacuse of the North Stars in the '80s]]. That being said many a Blackhawk fan do have a favorable opinion of the Colorado Avalanche because of what is seen as a shared hatred of Detroit.

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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Blackhawks'': Only Original Six team left in the West. A team with both history (Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull) and rising stars (Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews). Known for the longest time of having an incredibly stingy owner who would place the bottom line over winning the Stanley Cup. Interestingly, as soon as said owner died ([[ZeroPercentApprovalRating to boos from the fans]] when asked for a moment of silence), his son took over and changed things. One of those things was finally allowing home games to be broadcast on Chicago TV. That has pushed CSN Chicago and WGN to their highest ratings ever. Even NBC and Versus have enjoyed some of the highest ratings they've had for playoff games. Everyone was very happy and the team suddenly played very well, ending a 49-year Cup drought in 2010 and following it up with another two Cup wins in 2013 and 2015. The Blackhawks are known for having a very rowdy fanbase, being loud enough to hear WAY outside the Chicago Stadium/United Center, and being raucous enough to earn the United Center the nickname “The Madhouse on Madison”. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h96TxGedzLY They really hate Detroit]] and for that matter they really dislike Vancouver [[http://i.imgur.com/BELys4t.jpg also]]. Neither do they care for [[https://twitter.com/CommandSign/status/456923825368621056 St. Louis]]. And they also have a negative reaction to both Dallas and Minnesota [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYadXjdO_vc beacuse because of the North Stars in the '80s]]. That being said many a Blackhawk fan do have a favorable opinion of the Colorado Avalanche because of what is seen as a shared hatred of Detroit.
21st Apr '17 1:44:32 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Mike Bossy: Known as one of the game's great goal-scorers, Bossy scored at least 50 goals in every year of his career until his last. Unfortunately he left the game after just ten years due to a debilitating back injury. Became OvershadowedByAwesome due to his four-year dynasty with the Islanders immediately preceding Gretzky's golden years (in fact, the fifth consecutive Islanders final [[BrokenStreak was against the Oilers, who proceeded to start their dynasty]]).

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** Mike Bossy: Known as one of the game's great goal-scorers, Bossy scored at least 50 goals in every year of his career until his last. Unfortunately he left the game after just ten years due to a debilitating back injury. Became OvershadowedByAwesome due to his four-year dynasty with the Islanders immediately preceding Gretzky's golden years (in fact, the fifth consecutive Islanders final [[BrokenStreak was against the Oilers, who proceeded to start their dynasty]]).dynasty).
17th Apr '17 5:05:09 PM Leafsdude
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** Mike Babcock: Largely viewed as the best head coach in the league since Scotty Bowman's retirement, Babcock has lead teams to the Stanley Cup Finals 3 times, in 2003 with the then Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and then in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010 with Bowman's Detroit Red Wings, winning it all in 2008. He has also had international success, winning gold medals at all 3 major levels, World Juniors, World Championships and Olympics, the latter two of which, along with his Stanley Cup, makes him the only head coach in the famed Triple Gold Club. Left the Wings after the 2014-15 season willingly, an almost unheard of case where a major league coach left a team without being fired or retiring, to join his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. In 23 years as a head coach, including 8 years in the Western Hockey League and 2 years in the American Hockey League, his teams have missed the playoffs a total of 3 times [note]This is including the 2015-16 season, his first with the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that had missed the playoffs for 8 of the prior 9 seasons before Babcock joined[/note].

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** Mike Babcock: Largely viewed as the best head coach in the league since Scotty Bowman's retirement, Babcock has lead teams to the Stanley Cup Finals 3 times, in 2003 with the then Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and then in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010 with Bowman's Detroit Red Wings, winning it all in 2008. He has also had international success, winning gold medals at all 3 major levels, World Juniors, World Championships and Olympics, the latter two of which, along with his Stanley Cup, makes him the only head coach in the famed Triple Gold Club. Left the Wings after the 2014-15 season willingly, an almost unheard of case where a major league coach left a team without being fired or retiring, to join his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. In 23 years as a head coach, including 8 years in the Western Hockey League and 2 years in the American Hockey League, his teams have missed the playoffs a total of 3 times [note]This [[note]]This is including the 2015-16 season, his first with the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that had missed the playoffs for 8 of the prior 9 seasons before Babcock joined[/note].
joined[[/note]].
13th Apr '17 3:42:48 AM KYCubbie
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*** Gretzky finished his career with 2,857 regular-season points. The next one in the scoring lists is Jaromír Jágr with 1,888 career points (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 seasons, 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 Jaromír Jágr with 1,888 1,914 career points (as of December 22, 2016); the end of the 2016–17 season); while he's still active in the league, he's 44 years old and has been playing in the NHL for 23 seasons, so it's unlikely he'll come much closer.
13th Apr '17 3:39:20 AM KYCubbie
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** Dominik Hašek: ‘The Dominator’. The goalie most known for his stint with Buffalo in the '90s. Often stuck on Buffalo teams that were no better than OK but still managed to challenge Roy and Brodeur as the best goalie in the NHL year after year. If you ever hear, "How in the world did he do that?" during a broadcast, chances are they're talking about Hašek making a save — if Jacques Plante is the Beethoven of goalies, Hašek is the Miles Davis. Went on to win two Stanley Cups with Detroit. Won the Vezina Trophy for best goalie six times, a record for its current criteria. He's also the only goalie to win the Hart Trophy as league MVP twice.

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** Dominik Hašek: ‘The Dominator’. The goalie most known for his stint with Buffalo in the '90s. Often stuck on Buffalo teams that were no better than OK but still managed to challenge Roy and Brodeur as the best goalie in the NHL year after year. If you ever hear, "How in the world did he do that?" during a broadcast, chances are they're talking about Hašek making a save — if Jacques Plante is the Beethoven of goalies, Hašek is the Miles Davis. Went on to win two Stanley Cups with Detroit. Won the Vezina Trophy for best goalie six times, a record for its current criteria. He's also the only goalie to win the Hart Trophy as league MVP twice. Not to mention that he also pretty much willed the Czech Republic to Olympic gold in 1998.
5th Apr '17 9:26:27 PM KYCubbie
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** ''Florida Panthers'': Started fast for an expansion team: they came very close to making the playoffs in their first season and made it to the Finals in their third. After that, there hasn't been much for them; their berth in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs is their first in over a decade. Not to mention that 2012 was their first year in winning a divisional championship. Their most notable contribution came during their Cinderella Finals run in 1996, when fans would litter the arena with plastic rats, causing extensive delays in games (due to one of their players killing a rat with his stick in the locker room … yeah, fans are weird). And 1996 was the only time the Panthers advanced in the playoffs, crashing in Round 1 in the sparse five appearances in twenty years that followed. Named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_panther an endangered cougar]]. Their arena also has a multiple personality disorder, having gone through five different names in fifteen years.[[note]]They're not the only ones - the Bruins, Flyers, and Lightning have had similar issues with ''their'' current arenas.[[/note]]

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** ''Florida Panthers'': Started fast for an expansion team: they came very close to making the playoffs in their first season and made it to the Finals in their third. After that, there hasn't been much for them; their berth in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs is their first in over a decade. Not to mention that 2012 was their first year in winning a divisional championship. Their most notable contribution came during their Cinderella Finals run in 1996, when fans would litter the arena with plastic rats, causing extensive delays in games (due to one of their players killing a rat with his stick in the locker room … yeah, fans are weird). And 1996 was the only time the Panthers advanced in the playoffs, crashing in Round 1 in the sparse five appearances in twenty years that followed. Named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_panther an endangered cougar]]. Their arena also has a multiple personality disorder, having gone through five different names in fifteen years.[[note]]They're not the only ones - the Bruins, Flyers, Lightning, and Lightning Sabres have had similar issues with ''their'' current arenas.[[/note]]
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