History UsefulNotes / NationalHockeyLeague

10th Feb '16 9:25:48 PM youngbond007
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** Wayne Gretzky: [[TheChosenOne The Great One]]. Near universally considered the best hockey player of all time, he holds over 60 league records including most goals and led Edmonton to four Stanley Cup championships. He was traded to Los Angeles in 1988, and played briefly with St. Louis and the Rangers. He retired in 1999, and coached the Coyotes for four seasons ([[ThePeterPrinciple but the team were perennial losers under him]]). Also one of the ''nicest'' players to set skate to ice, staunchly avoiding fights and always playing a clean game, as evidenced with him winning the NHL's Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for good sportsmanship and complementary playing skill five times. His #99 was retired league-wide in 2000.
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** Wayne Gretzky: '''UsefulNotes/WayneGretzky''': [[TheChosenOne The Great One]]. Near universally considered the best hockey player of all time, he holds over 60 league records including most goals and led Edmonton to four Stanley Cup championships. He was traded to Los Angeles in 1988, and played briefly with St. Louis and the Rangers. He retired in 1999, and coached the Coyotes for four seasons ([[ThePeterPrinciple but the team were perennial losers under him]]). Also one of the ''nicest'' players to set skate to ice, staunchly avoiding fights and always playing a clean game, as evidenced with him winning the NHL's Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for good sportsmanship and complementary playing skill five times. His #99 was retired league-wide in 2000.
5th Feb '16 6:47:54 PM themisterfree
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** ''Anaheim Ducks'': Formerly the "Mighty Ducks of Anaheim", this team was founded by Creator/{{Disney}} [[{{Defictionalization}} following the success]] of ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' movies (and subsequently the real team's mascot, Wildwing Flashblade, became the protagonist of a ''WesternAnimation/MightyDucks'' cartoon featuring him and other duck aliens fighting evil whilst being NHL players).[[note]] In a strange twist, their first Stanley Cup appearance in 2003, while under Disney ownership, was against the New Jersey Devils who was once called a 'Mickey Mouse Organization' by Wayne Gretzky in the early 80s due to their ineptitude at that time.[[/note]] Thankfully changed their name before winning a Stanley Cup in 2007, the first Californian team to do so. They have a fierce geographic [[TheRival rivalry]] with the Los Angeles Kings known to fans as the Freeway Face-Off, and the both of them have equally-fierce rivalries against their northern neighbors, the San Jose Sharks.
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** ''Anaheim Ducks'': Formerly the "Mighty Ducks of Anaheim", this team was founded by Creator/{{Disney}} [[{{Defictionalization}} following the success]] of ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' movies (and subsequently the real team's mascot, Wildwing Flashblade, became the protagonist of a ''WesternAnimation/MightyDucks'' ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' cartoon featuring him and other duck aliens fighting evil whilst being NHL players).[[note]] In a strange twist, their first Stanley Cup appearance in 2003, while under Disney ownership, was against the New Jersey Devils who was once called a 'Mickey Mouse Organization' by Wayne Gretzky in the early 80s due to their ineptitude at that time.[[/note]] Thankfully changed their name before winning a Stanley Cup in 2007, the first Californian team to do so. They have a fierce geographic [[TheRival rivalry]] with the Los Angeles Kings known to fans as the Freeway Face-Off, and the both of them have equally-fierce rivalries against their northern neighbors, the San Jose Sharks.
5th Feb '16 6:47:31 PM themisterfree
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** ''Anaheim Ducks'': Formerly the "Mighty Ducks of Anaheim", this team was founded by Creator/{{Disney}} [[{{Defictionalization}} following the success]] of ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' movies.[[note]] In a strange twist, their first Stanley Cup appearance in 2003, while under Disney ownership, was against the New Jersey Devils who was once called a 'Mickey Mouse Organization' by Wayne Gretzky in the early 80s due to their ineptitude at that time.[[/note]] Thankfully changed their name before winning a Stanley Cup in 2007, the first Californian team to do so. They have a fierce geographic [[TheRival rivalry]] with the Los Angeles Kings known to fans as the Freeway Face-Off, and the both of them have equally-fierce rivalries against their northern neighbors, the San Jose Sharks.
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** ''Anaheim Ducks'': Formerly the "Mighty Ducks of Anaheim", this team was founded by Creator/{{Disney}} [[{{Defictionalization}} following the success]] of ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' movies.movies (and subsequently the real team's mascot, Wildwing Flashblade, became the protagonist of a ''WesternAnimation/MightyDucks'' cartoon featuring him and other duck aliens fighting evil whilst being NHL players).[[note]] In a strange twist, their first Stanley Cup appearance in 2003, while under Disney ownership, was against the New Jersey Devils who was once called a 'Mickey Mouse Organization' by Wayne Gretzky in the early 80s due to their ineptitude at that time.[[/note]] Thankfully changed their name before winning a Stanley Cup in 2007, the first Californian team to do so. They have a fierce geographic [[TheRival rivalry]] with the Los Angeles Kings known to fans as the Freeway Face-Off, and the both of them have equally-fierce rivalries against their northern neighbors, the San Jose Sharks.
19th Jan '16 10:51:18 AM KevinW
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** Mike 'Doc' Emrick: Widely regarded as the best play-by-play commentator in the sport, and, to some, in all of sports. Has a unique vocabulary, and knows just about everything there is to know about hockey. Was born and raised in Indiana, a state known for its basketball rather than its hockey, and is a noted fan of baseball's [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Pittsburgh Pirates]]. Nickname comes from the doctorate he earned at Bowling Green State University. Has thrice won the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play for his work at NBC Sports, in 2011 (for work in 2010), 2014 (for work in 2013), and 2015, the only person to win the award whose primary sport to cover is hockey (other winners, like Al Michaels, have covered hockey in the past, but not full-time like Emrick). Emrick also became the first hockey announcer to win the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's National Sportscaster of the Year Award, doing so for his work in 2013. He repeated this feat the following year.
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** Mike 'Doc' Emrick: Widely regarded as the best play-by-play commentator in the sport, and, to some, in all of sports. Has a unique vocabulary, and knows just about everything there is to know about hockey. Was born and raised in Indiana, a state known for its basketball rather than its hockey, and is a noted fan of baseball's [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Pittsburgh Pirates]]. Nickname comes from the doctorate he earned at Bowling Green State University. Has thrice won the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play for his work at NBC Sports, in 2011 (for work in 2010), 2014 (for work in 2013), and 2015, the only person to win the award whose primary sport to cover is hockey (other winners, like Al Michaels, have covered hockey in the past, but not full-time like Emrick). Emrick also became the first hockey announcer to win the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's National Sportscaster of the Year Award, doing so for his work in 2013. He repeated this feat the following year.year, and then again the year after that.
19th Jan '16 10:48:49 AM KevinW
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** Joel Quenneville: Current head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks who recently passed Al Arbour to become the second-winningest coach in NHL history. 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 lends credence to the theory that [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/67/d9/a8/67d9a8a4fa19167961cf4a7f01c169dd.jpg you cannot win a championship in Chicago if you are clean-shaven.]][[note]] From left to right, thats Mike Ditka, who coached the Chicago Bears to a near-undefeated season and a Super Bowl in the 85-86 season, Phil Jackson, who coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990s, Ozzie Guillen, who managed the Chicago White Sox to a World Series championship (their first in 88 years) in 2005 and Quenneville.[[/note]]
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** Joel Quenneville: Current head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks who recently passed Al Arbour to become the second-winningest coach in NHL history. 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 lends credence to the theory that [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/67/d9/a8/67d9a8a4fa19167961cf4a7f01c169dd.[[http://wiux.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Bears1.jpg you cannot win a championship in Chicago if you are clean-shaven.]][[note]] From left to right, Clockwise, from the top left, thats Mike Ditka, who coached the Chicago Bears to a near-undefeated season and a Super Bowl in the 85-86 season, Phil Jackson, who coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990s, Quenneville, Ozzie Guillen, who managed the Chicago White Sox to a World Series championship (their first in 88 years) in 2005 2005, Mike Ditka, who coached the Chicago Bears to a near-undefeated season and Quenneville.a Super Bowl in the 85-86 season and Phil Jackson, who coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990s.[[/note]]
19th Jan '16 10:48:10 AM KevinW
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** Joel Quenneville: Current head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks who recently passed Al Arbour to become the second-winningest coach in NHL history. 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 lends 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, thats Quenneville, Ozzie Guillen, 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 85-86 season and Phil Jackson, who coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990s.[[/note]]
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** Joel Quenneville: Current head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks who recently passed Al Arbour to become the second-winningest coach in NHL history. 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 lends credence to the theory that [http://wiux.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Bears1.[[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/67/d9/a8/67d9a8a4fa19167961cf4a7f01c169dd.jpg you cannot win a championship in Chicago if you are clean-shaven.][[note]] Clockwise, from the top left, ]][[note]] From left to right, thats Quenneville, Mike Ditka, who coached the Chicago Bears to a near-undefeated season and a Super Bowl in the 85-86 season, Phil Jackson, who coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990s, Ozzie Guillen, 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 2005 and a Super Bowl in the 85-86 season and Phil Jackson, who coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990s.Quenneville.[[/note]]
19th Jan '16 10:45:57 AM KevinW
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** Joel Quenneville: Current head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks who recently passed Al Arbour to become the second-winningest coach in NHL history. 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 lends credence to the theory that [http://d13beo3f7vpmvd.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/gallery/chi/Championship_Coaches_Chicago_Flag_T-Shirt.jpg you cannot win a championship in Chicago if you are clean-shaven.]
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** Joel Quenneville: Current head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks who recently passed Al Arbour to become the second-winningest coach in NHL history. 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 lends credence to the theory that [http://d13beo3f7vpmvd.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/gallery/chi/Championship_Coaches_Chicago_Flag_T-Shirt.[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, thats Quenneville, Ozzie Guillen, 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 85-86 season and Phil Jackson, who coached the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in the 1990s.[[/note]]
19th Jan '16 10:43:47 AM KevinW
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** Joel Quenneville: Current head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks who recently passed Al Arbour to become the second-winningest coach in NHL history. 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 lends credence to the theory that [http://d13beo3f7vpmvd.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/gallery/chi/Championship_Coaches_Chicago_Flag_T-Shirt.jpg you cannot win a championship in Chicago if you are clean-shaven.]
19th Jan '16 10:39:15 AM KevinW
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Arbour has been passed by Joel Quenneville
** Al Arbour: hockey's ''second'' winningest coach (782 regular season wins, 123 playoff wins). Holds the record for most wins with one team (740). Best known as coach of the [[BadassCrew dynasty New York Islanders]], but he also won Stanley Cups as a player with the Red Wings, Blackhawks and Maple Leafs, and was captain of Scotty Bowman's St. Louis Blues.
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** Al Arbour: hockey's ''second'' ''third'' winningest coach (782 regular season wins, 123 playoff wins). Holds the record for most wins with one team (740). Best known as coach of the [[BadassCrew dynasty New York Islanders]], but he also won Stanley Cups as a player with the Red Wings, Blackhawks and Maple Leafs, and was captain of Scotty Bowman's St. Louis Blues.
19th Jan '16 10:30:00 AM KevinW
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** 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. Not many have followed.
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** 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. Not many have followed. The trophy given to the league's top regular season goal scorer is named after him.
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