History UsefulNotes / NationalHockeyLeague

25th Apr '16 1:29:54 PM LordGoatKing
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** Patrick Kane: The [[RedOniBlueOni red to Toews' blue]]. Scored one of the more [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEuUXLFbV9A awkward]] cup-clinching goals in recent years in overtime against the Flyers. It took several seconds for anyone else to realize the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH9gI-NRFxs puck was in the net]]. A somewhat polarizing figure because of perceived arrogance, temperament, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking unwillingness to pay 20 cents]]. 2013 Conn Smythe trophy winner.

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** Patrick Kane: The [[RedOniBlueOni red to Toews' blue]]. Scored one of the more [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEuUXLFbV9A awkward]] cup-clinching goals in recent years in overtime against the Flyers. It took several seconds for anyone else to realize the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH9gI-NRFxs puck was in the net]]. Has earned the nickname "Showtime" because of his ability to score skill demanding and flashy goals. A somewhat polarizing figure because of perceived arrogance, temperament, [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl heavy victory drinking]] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking unwillingness to pay 20 cents]]. 2013 Conn Smythe trophy and 2015-2016 Art Ross trophy winner.
15th Apr '16 4:26:38 PM oknazevad
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*** And it seems that Jágr still has what it takes to play on the very top level - in the opening five games of 2015/16 season, he scored four goals and three assists for the Panthers. Just a few months before his 44th birthday.

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*** And it seems that Jágr still has what it takes to play on the very top level - in the opening five games of 2015/16 season, he scored four goals and three assists for the Panthers. Just a few months before his 44th birthday.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.
15th Apr '16 4:05:37 PM oknazevad
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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Red Wings'': Consistently good (have made the playoffs the last 24 years) within recent memory and therefore [[TheScrappy hated outside Detroit]]. The general dislike is newer than a lot of people think, since the post-expansion revival came after almost twenty years of being somewhat of a league ButtMonkey and a strenuous rebuilding process. Before then, there just weren't as many teams to pass the Cup around to, but they were the most dominant of the American-based teams. Fans have a habit of chucking [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods octopodes]] onto the ice during the playoffs (in the Original Six days a playoff team needed to beat two teams in best-of-7, thus eight wins, to win the Cup). The feelings between them and Chicago are mutual, but Detroit fans tend to have [[SarcasmMode more creative chants]].

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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Red Wings'': Consistently good (have made the playoffs the last 24 25 years) within recent memory and therefore [[TheScrappy hated outside Detroit]]. The general dislike is newer than a lot of people think, since the post-expansion revival came after almost twenty years of being somewhat of a league ButtMonkey and a strenuous rebuilding process. Before then, there just weren't as many teams to pass the Cup around to, but they were the most dominant of the American-based teams. Fans have a habit of chucking [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods octopodes]] onto the ice during the playoffs (in the Original Six days a playoff team needed to beat two teams in best-of-7, thus eight wins, to win the Cup). The feelings between them and Chicago are mutual, but Detroit fans tend to have [[SarcasmMode more creative chants]].



** ''UsefulNotes/{{Washington|DC}} Capitals'': The team of Alexander Ovechkin. Their first season saw them with the worst winning percentage in modern NHL history (8 wins in 80 games). For several years they usually had much more regular-season success, but EveryYearTheyFizzleOut in the first or second round of the playoffs; now they have lost even their regular season success, as while Ovechkin remains potent offensively, his support has all but crumbled, and without any real defense to back him up, they dropped in the standings until finally missing the playoffs in 2014. Their first and so far only Stanley Cup Final appearance was in 1998, in which they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings.

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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Washington|DC}} Capitals'': The team of Alexander Ovechkin. Their first season saw them with the worst winning percentage in modern NHL history (8 wins in 80 games). For several years they usually had much more regular-season success, but EveryYearTheyFizzleOut in the first or second round of the playoffs; now they have then lost even their regular season success, as while Ovechkin remains potent offensively, his support has all but crumbled, and without any real defense to back him up, they dropped in the standings until finally missing the playoffs in 2014.2014, but bounced back to finish with the league best record in 2016. Their first and so far only Stanley Cup Final appearance was in 1998, in which they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings.
15th Apr '16 3:46:11 PM oknazevad
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*** Additionally, the conferences are deliberately imbalanced because they wanted to allow for 2 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 has been under league ownership for four years while the league tries keep it from being relocated (and has never once turned a profit in its entire time in its current location), they have no business even thinking about expansion anytime soon. Some even suggest killing a franchise or two instead.

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****It should be noted, though, that the plan came ''from the Red wings themselves''! Apparently, they were kinda tired playing over a quarter of their games three time zones away, with the associated later start times screwing up local television broadcasts. Especially during the playoffs.
*** Additionally, the conferences are deliberately imbalanced because they wanted to allow for 2 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 has had been under league ownership for four years while the league tries keep it from being relocated (and has never once turned a profit in its entire time in its current location), found new owners, they have no business even thinking about expansion anytime soon. Some even suggest killing a franchise or two instead.
7th Apr '16 6:59:07 PM hylee7894
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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Red Wings'': Consistently good (have made the playoffs the last 22 years) within recent memory and therefore [[TheScrappy hated outside Detroit]]. The general dislike is newer than a lot of people think, since the post-expansion revival came after almost twenty years of being somewhat of a league ButtMonkey and a strenuous rebuilding process. Before then, there just weren't as many teams to pass the Cup around to, but they were the most dominant of the American-based teams. Fans have a habit of chucking [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods octopodes]] onto the ice during the playoffs (in the Original Six days a playoff team needed to beat two teams in best-of-7, thus eight wins, to win the Cup). The feelings between them and Chicago are mutual, but Detroit fans tend to have [[SarcasmMode more creative chants]].

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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Red Wings'': Consistently good (have made the playoffs the last 22 24 years) within recent memory and therefore [[TheScrappy hated outside Detroit]]. The general dislike is newer than a lot of people think, since the post-expansion revival came after almost twenty years of being somewhat of a league ButtMonkey and a strenuous rebuilding process. Before then, there just weren't as many teams to pass the Cup around to, but they were the most dominant of the American-based teams. Fans have a habit of chucking [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods octopodes]] onto the ice during the playoffs (in the Original Six days a playoff team needed to beat two teams in best-of-7, thus eight wins, to win the Cup). The feelings between them and Chicago are mutual, but Detroit fans tend to have [[SarcasmMode more creative chants]].
3rd Apr '16 12:54:05 PM igordebraga
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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 just hosted a successful All-Star Game 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, though (Raleigh just 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.



** ''New York Islanders'': New York's ''[[HufflepuffHouse other]]'' team. Known as the ‘Fishsticks’ due to their unpopular 90's 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 '80s. Since then, history and a hatred for the Rangers are really [[VestigialEmpire all they have going for them]]. Haven't won a playoff series since 1993. 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 half-way through[[note]]as 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. 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 90's 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 '80s. Since then, history and a hatred for the Rangers are really [[VestigialEmpire all they have going for them]]. Haven't won a playoff series since 1993. 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 half-way through[[note]]as 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. 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]]



** ''Edmonton Oilers'': The last surviving team from [[TheRival the World Hockey Association]] that remains in its original city, and the only one of the four that joined the NHL (Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers) that never actually won a [=WHA=] title. The team most people think of when they talk about Wayne Gretzky. Once had an epic rivalry with the Los Angeles Kings during the '80s, but it was more one-sided in favor of the former; the Oilers won the Cup five times in seven years (1984, '85, '87, '88, and '90; a fluke own-goal cost them the chance to play for the 1986 trophy, and Gretzky was traded in the 1988 off-season). Simply put, they were an offensive juggernaut in the '80s, shattering records. The '90s, though, were a different story: changing economics forced management to dismantle the team (by the start of the 1992 season, most of the players from the dynasty years were gone), though they did make the playoffs somewhat consistently in the late 1990s. They last made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006, only to be defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh game. Since then, they've had a string of last or next-to-last-place finishes in their division (including finishing dead last in the league in 2009–10 and 2010–11). They've accumulated a considerable amount of young talents, but have yet to be able to turn that into a winning season. Notably, through a combination of terrible play and draft lottery wins, they managed to accumulate four first-overall picks in a period of six years between 2010 and 2015, something which stands as a bit of an unofficial record (and which makes the rest of the league [[TheScrappy kind of hate them...]])

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** ''Edmonton Oilers'': The last surviving team from [[TheRival the World Hockey Association]] that remains in its original city, and the only one of the four that joined the NHL (Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers) that never actually won a [=WHA=] title. The team most people think of when they talk about Wayne Gretzky. Once had an epic rivalry with the Los Angeles Kings during the '80s, but it was more one-sided in favor of the former; the Oilers won the Cup five times in seven years (1984, '85, '87, '88, and '90; a fluke own-goal cost them the chance to play for the 1986 trophy, and Gretzky was traded in the 1988 off-season). Simply put, they were an offensive juggernaut in the '80s, shattering records. The '90s, though, were a different story: changing economics forced management to dismantle the team (by the start of the 1992 season, most of the players from the dynasty years were gone), though they did make the playoffs somewhat consistently in the late 1990s. They last made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006, only to be defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh game. Since then, they've had a string of last or next-to-last-place finishes in their division (including finishing dead last in the league twice in 2009–10 a row), and 2010–11). They've accumulated subsequently a considerable amount lot of young talents, but have yet to be able to turn that into a winning season. Notably, through a combination of terrible play and high draft lottery wins, they managed to accumulate picks - most notably, four first-overall picks in a period of six years between 2010 and 2015, something which stands as a bit 2015. And yet the accumulation of an unofficial record (and which young talent has not yet translated into a winning season (which makes the rest of the league [[TheScrappy kind of hate them...]])the Oilers...]] but not their fans, [[TheWoobie which they agree deserve a break someday]])



** Chris Pronger: Contrasting Nicklas Lidström, he is the epitome of physical domination in the defensive zone. Very big. Plays on the edge, nearly drawing infractions, [[KarmaHoudini but only nearly]], [[BaseBreaker drawing the ire of fans and players everywhere]], except for his own. Currently out with a concussion, which many believe could be career-threatening given his age. Drew the unending ire of Edmonton fans when, after helping the Oilers reach the Finals in 2006, he spurned them for Anaheim and helped the Ducks to win the Cup. Would also help the Flyers get to the 2010 final, getting infamous for taking away the game-winning pucks.

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** Chris Pronger: Contrasting Nicklas Lidström, he is the epitome of physical domination in the defensive zone. Very big. Plays on the edge, nearly drawing infractions, [[KarmaHoudini but only nearly]], [[BaseBreaker drawing the ire of fans and players everywhere]], except for his own. Currently out with Following a concussion, which many believe could be career-threatening given his age.concussion in 2012, stopped playing despite still being on the Flyers' payroll in the subsequent years (the injury relief was preferred to voiding the contract). Drew the unending ire of Edmonton fans when, after helping the Oilers reach the Finals in 2006, he spurned them for Anaheim and helped the Ducks to win the Cup. Would also help the Flyers get to the 2010 final, getting infamous for taking away the game-winning pucks.pucks from games Philadelphia lost ([[http://espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=110421/missingpuck not the series-winning, though]]).



** The Sutter Family: Six brothers from Viking, Alberta that have played in the [=NHL=] for a combined total of over 5,000 games -- Darryl, Duane, Brian, Brent, and twins Ron and Rich. These six men have all said their older brother Gary was better at hockey than any of them... he just ''chose'' to stay at home and help operate the family farm. Several have gone on to coach in the league as well. The second generation of Sutters are breaking into the NHL as well, with Brandon and Brett having played at the top level, and several more possibly on the way in coming years.
** Lou Lamoriello: [[MagnificentBastard Team President and General Manager]] of the New Jersey Devils. In Lou's first year, the Devils TookALevelInBadass and were one win away from going to their first Stanley Cup Finals in the 1987-88 season. Since that season, the franchise missed the playoffs ONLY thrice, while winning the Stanley Cup three times in five appearances. He was best known for drafting [[TheWoobie Martin Brodeur]] in 1990, after ''almost'' every team passed him up. [[MagikarpPower He's now considered one of the league's best goaltenders and holds several league records]]. One of the drafters of the 2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement, that brought the NHL back from a cancelled season.

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** The Sutter Family: Six brothers from Viking, Alberta that have played in the [=NHL=] for a combined total of over 5,000 games -- Darryl, Duane, Brian, Brent, and twins Ron and Rich. These six men have all said their older brother Gary was better at hockey than any of them... he just ''chose'' to stay at home and help operate the family farm. Several have gone on to coach in the league as well.well (with Darryl leading both of the Kings titles). The second generation of Sutters are breaking into the NHL as well, with Brandon and Brett having played at the top level, and several more possibly on the way in coming years.
** Lou Lamoriello: [[MagnificentBastard Was the MagnificentBastard Team President and General Manager]] Manager of the New Jersey Devils. In Lou's Devils, and in his very first year, year with them, the Devils TookALevelInBadass and were one win away from going to their first Stanley Cup Finals in the 1987-88 season. Since that season, In the following 18 years, built a franchise with three titles, two other finals, only three missed the playoffs ONLY thrice, while winning the Stanley Cup three times before a rut starting in five appearances. He was best known for 2013, and plenty of smart drafting [[TheWoobie - most outstanding case being Martin Brodeur]] in 1990, after ''almost'' every team passed him up. Brodeur, who [[MagikarpPower He's now considered one of the league's best goaltenders was passed by almost every team and holds went on to hold several league records]]. One of the drafters of the 2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement, that brought the NHL back from a cancelled season. Current GM of the Maple Leafs, hoping to ''finally'' kick-start that franchise's resurgence.



** The Staal Brothers: Four brothers from Thunder Bay, Ontario who are currently signed to NHL contracts. Three of the four are currently signed with the Carolina Hurricanes.
*** Eric, the oldest brother, is the current Captain of the Carolina Hurricanes and was a part of the team during their 2006 Stanley Cup win.
*** Marc is the second oldest and is the only defenceman of the four. He currently plays for the New York Rangers.

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** The Staal Brothers: Four brothers from Thunder Bay, Ontario who are currently signed to NHL contracts. Ontario. Three of the four are currently them were signed with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Hurricanes at one point (Eric, Jordan and Jared), and in 2016, the family business remained as Eric went to join Marc in the Rangers.
*** Eric, the oldest brother, is the current Captain was a part of the Carolina Hurricanes and was for a part of the team during decade, helping their 2006 Stanley Cup win.
win and becoming team captain. Traded to Marc's Rangers in 2016.
*** Marc is Marc, the second oldest and is the only defenceman of the four. He currently plays four, has played his whole career for the New York Rangers.Rangers. Got to the 2013 final, but lost to the Kings.



*** Jared is the youngest brother. He was originally drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes but was traded to Carolina in 2010. Has not yet become an NHL regular, so he has not yet been able to play in a game with Eric.

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*** Jared is the youngest brother. He was originally drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes but was traded to Carolina in 2010. Has not yet become an NHL regular, so he has not yet been able to play in a game with Eric. Currently stuck in the minor leagues.
3rd Apr '16 12:25:33 PM igordebraga
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** Chris Pronger: Contrasting Nicklas Lidström, he is the epitome of physical domination in the defensive zone. Very big. Plays on the edge, nearly drawing infractions, [[KarmaHoudini but only nearly]], [[BaseBreaker drawing the ire of fans and players everywhere]], except for his own. Currently out with a concussion, which many believe could be career-threatening given his age. Drew the unending ire of Edmonton fans when, after helping the Oilers reach the Finals in 2006, he spurned them for Anaheim and helped the Ducks to win the Cup.

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** Chris Pronger: Contrasting Nicklas Lidström, he is the epitome of physical domination in the defensive zone. Very big. Plays on the edge, nearly drawing infractions, [[KarmaHoudini but only nearly]], [[BaseBreaker drawing the ire of fans and players everywhere]], except for his own. Currently out with a concussion, which many believe could be career-threatening given his age. Drew the unending ire of Edmonton fans when, after helping the Oilers reach the Finals in 2006, he spurned them for Anaheim and helped the Ducks to win the Cup. Would also help the Flyers get to the 2010 final, getting infamous for taking away the game-winning pucks.



** Don Cherry: Former coach of the Boston Bruins during the '70s and early '80s who is now host of ''Series/HockeyNightInCanada'''s ''Coach's Corner'' segment. Best known for his [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes flamboyant dress style]] and propensity to say controversial things which at times lands him in hot water. (Most notable was a five-minute-long debate with co-host Ron [=MacLean=] about the impending [[TheWarOnTerror War in Iraq]] in 2003. Note that the entire argument had nothing to do with hockey at all.) Coach's Corner has also been subject to a seven-second delay in the past due to Cherry's controversial nature. Cherry himself played only one game for the NHL (a playoff game with the Bruins in 1955), but had played on three AHL teams, the Hershey Bears (the oldest pro hockey team currently in existence outside the NHL Original Six, and yes, it's owned by the chocolate company), the Rochester Americans (also known as the [[FanNickname Amerks]]), and the Springfield Indians. Earned the nickname ‘Hot Lips Don’ in a 1993 playoff game when he [[AccidentialKiss kissed]] Doug Gilmour, then of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Incidentally, they were both born in Kingston, Ontario.

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** Don Cherry: Former coach of the Boston Bruins during the '70s and early '80s who is now host of ''Series/HockeyNightInCanada'''s ''Coach's Corner'' segment. Best known for his [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes flamboyant dress style]] and propensity to say controversial things which at times lands him in hot water. (Most notable was a five-minute-long debate with co-host Ron [=MacLean=] about the impending [[TheWarOnTerror War in Iraq]] in 2003. Note that the entire argument had nothing to do with hockey at all.) Coach's Corner has also been subject to a seven-second delay in the past due to Cherry's controversial nature. Cherry himself played only one game for the NHL (a playoff game with the Bruins in 1955), but had played on three AHL teams, the Hershey Bears (the oldest pro hockey team currently in existence outside the NHL Original Six, and yes, it's owned by the chocolate company), the Rochester Americans (also known as the [[FanNickname Amerks]]), and the Springfield Indians. Earned the nickname ‘Hot Lips Don’ in a 1993 playoff game when he [[AccidentialKiss [[AccidentalKiss kissed]] Doug Gilmour, then of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Incidentally, they were both born in Kingston, Ontario.
19th Mar '16 3:35:09 AM darkknight109
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** ''Edmonton Oilers'': The last surviving team from [[TheRival the World Hockey Association]] that remains in its original city, and the only one of the four that joined the NHL (Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers) that never actually won a [=WHA=] title. The team most people think of when they talk about Wayne Gretzky. Once had an epic rivalry with the Los Angeles Kings during the '80s, but it was more one-sided in favor of the former; the Oilers won the Cup five times in seven years (1984, '85, '87, '88, and '90; a fluke own-goal cost them the chance to play for the 1986 trophy, and Gretzky was traded in the 1988 off-season). Simply put, they were an offensive juggernaut in the '80s, shattering records. The '90s, though, were a different story: changing economics forced management to dismantle the team (by the start of the 1992 season, most of the players from the dynasty years were gone), though they did make the playoffs somewhat consistently in the late 1990s. They last made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006, only to be defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh game. Since then, they've had a string of last or next-to-last-place finishes in their division (including finishing dead last in the league in 2009–10 and 2010–11). They've accumulated a considerable amount of young talents, but have yet to be able to turn that into a winning season.

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** ''Edmonton Oilers'': The last surviving team from [[TheRival the World Hockey Association]] that remains in its original city, and the only one of the four that joined the NHL (Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers) that never actually won a [=WHA=] title. The team most people think of when they talk about Wayne Gretzky. Once had an epic rivalry with the Los Angeles Kings during the '80s, but it was more one-sided in favor of the former; the Oilers won the Cup five times in seven years (1984, '85, '87, '88, and '90; a fluke own-goal cost them the chance to play for the 1986 trophy, and Gretzky was traded in the 1988 off-season). Simply put, they were an offensive juggernaut in the '80s, shattering records. The '90s, though, were a different story: changing economics forced management to dismantle the team (by the start of the 1992 season, most of the players from the dynasty years were gone), though they did make the playoffs somewhat consistently in the late 1990s. They last made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006, only to be defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh game. Since then, they've had a string of last or next-to-last-place finishes in their division (including finishing dead last in the league in 2009–10 and 2010–11). They've accumulated a considerable amount of young talents, but have yet to be able to turn that into a winning season. Notably, through a combination of terrible play and draft lottery wins, they managed to accumulate four first-overall picks in a period of six years between 2010 and 2015, something which stands as a bit of an unofficial record (and which makes the rest of the league [[TheScrappy kind of hate them...]])
19th Mar '16 3:28:36 AM darkknight109
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** ''Tampa Bay Lightning'': Southernmost team to win the Cup (2004). They were the first attempt to market hockey in a southern 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[[note]] now Amalie Arena[[/note]] 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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** ''Tampa Bay Lightning'': Southernmost team to win the Cup (2004).(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 southern 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[[note]] now Amalie Arena[[/note]] 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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