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18th Jun '18 8:56:23 PM costanton11
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** Dan ‘[=CarBomb=]’ Carcillo: [=BizNasty=]'s former partner in crime who, having bounced around several teams became a very polarizing figure among said teams' fanbases, most recently in Philadelphia. For the 2011–12 season, he signed with Chicago, whose fans, after some initial skepticism,[[note]]There was still some bad blood from the 2010 Cup Finals.[[/note]] very quickly [[BreakoutCharacter welcomed him with open arms]]. His original Twitter account was deleted after an infamous tweet about a girl who just wanted her Daddy to be proud that may have been the reason for [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap his favorable reception by Hawks fans]]. His new (slightly more SFW) account is right [[http://www.twitter.com/carbombboom13 here]].

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** Dan ‘[=CarBomb=]’ Carcillo: [=BizNasty=]'s former partner in crime who, having bounced around several teams became a very polarizing figure among said teams' fanbases, most recently in Philadelphia. For the 2011–12 season, he signed with Chicago, whose fans, after some initial skepticism,[[note]]There was still some bad blood from the 2010 Cup Finals.[[/note]] very quickly [[BreakoutCharacter welcomed him with open arms]]. His original Twitter account was deleted after an infamous tweet about a girl who just wanted her Daddy to be proud that may have been the reason for [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap his favorable reception by Hawks fans]].fans. His new (slightly more SFW) account is right [[http://www.twitter.com/carbombboom13 here]].
14th Jun '18 5:50:35 PM costanton11
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** Daniel Alfredsson: The greatest player in Ottawa Senators history, played over 1000 games earning over 1000 points with them, serving as Ottawa's captain for 14 years (afterwards there was an attempt to win a Stanley Cup in Detroit that fell short). Was the first European captain to lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals.[[note]]Detroit's Nicklas Lidström, also Swedish, would be the first European-born-and-raised player to win the Cup as a captain one year later.[[/note]] Was a part of the CASH[[note]]'''C'''aptain '''A'''lfredsson, '''S'''pezza, '''H'''eatley.[[/note]] line until [[FaceHeelTurn Dany Heatley demanded a trade out]]. Ottawa fans love their captain and often chant [[FanNickname Alfie]] during games which can lead to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEkXKI74jk0 this]]. He has also inspired a following called the [[http://churchofalfie.com Church Of Alfie]]. Oppositely, he is hated in Toronto for mocking then captain Mats Sundin after Sundin was suspended for throwing his broken stick into the crowd and also for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHbj53fZx2Y this hit on Darcy Tucker]].

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** Daniel Alfredsson: The greatest player in Ottawa Senators history, played over 1000 games earning over 1000 points with them, serving as Ottawa's captain for 14 years (afterwards there was an attempt to win a Stanley Cup in Detroit that fell short). Was the first European captain to lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals.[[note]]Detroit's Nicklas Lidström, also Swedish, would be the first European-born-and-raised player to win the Cup as a captain one year later.[[/note]] Was a part of the CASH[[note]]'''C'''aptain '''A'''lfredsson, '''S'''pezza, '''H'''eatley.[[/note]] line until [[FaceHeelTurn Dany Heatley demanded a trade out]].out. Ottawa fans love their captain and often chant [[FanNickname Alfie]] during games which can lead to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEkXKI74jk0 this]]. He has also inspired a following called the [[http://churchofalfie.com Church Of Alfie]]. Oppositely, he is hated in Toronto for mocking then captain Mats Sundin after Sundin was suspended for throwing his broken stick into the crowd and also for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHbj53fZx2Y this hit on Darcy Tucker]].
11th Jun '18 9:20:23 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Washington|DC}} Capitals'': Current UsefulNotes/StanleyCup Champions. The team of Alexander Ovechkin. Their first season saw them with the worst winning percentage in modern NHL history ('74/'75 record: 8-''67''-5). For several years they usually had much more regular-season success, but EveryYearTheyFizzleOut in the first or second round of the playoffs (typically at the hands of the Islaners, Rangers, or Penguins); they then lost even their regular season success, as while Ovechkin remains potent offensively, his support all but crumbled, and without any real defense to back him up, they dropped in the standings until finally missing the playoffs in 2014, but bounced back to finish with the league best record in 2016. The Capitals have appeared in the Stanley Cup Final only twice in its franchise history: the first was in 1998, in which they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings; the next would take place twenty years later in 2018, where they faced and defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in five games in the first Finals series since 2007 to feature two teams that had not yet won the Stanley Cup. Their only conference championship appearances had also taken place in both of these years.

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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Washington|DC}} Capitals'': Current UsefulNotes/StanleyCup Champions. The team of Alexander Ovechkin. Their first season saw them with the worst winning percentage in modern NHL history ('74/'75 record: 8-''67''-5). For several years they usually had much more regular-season success, but EveryYearTheyFizzleOut in the first or second round of the playoffs (typically at the hands of the Islaners, Islanders, Rangers, or Penguins); they then lost even their regular season success, as while Ovechkin remains potent offensively, his support all but crumbled, and without any real defense to back him up, they dropped in the standings until finally missing the playoffs in 2014, but bounced back to finish with the league best record in 2016. The Capitals have appeared in the Stanley Cup Final only twice in its franchise history: the first was in 1998, in which they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings; the next would take place twenty years later in 2018, where they faced and defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in five games in the first Finals series since 2007 to feature two teams that had not yet won the Stanley Cup. Their only conference championship appearances had also taken place in both of these years.
9th Jun '18 11:35:02 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]][[note]]Not only did Marcel not get to raise the Cup, he never even played in a conference final! With Alexander Ovechkin's Washington Capitals finally making the conference finals in 2018, Marcel is once again the only one of the league's 60 leading goal scorers without a conference final appearance.[[/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! With Alexander Ovechkin's Washington Capitals finally making the conference finals and winning the Stanley Cup in 2018, Marcel is once again the only one of the league's 60 leading goal scorers without a conference final appearance.[[/note]]
8th Jun '18 6:49:50 PM Gsueagle31049
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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 began 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 Golden Knights are the first Big Four sports team in the city's history, it being the largest metro area in the country without one[[note]]Vegas will become the new home of the NFL's Oakland Raiders once a new stadium is built there, likely in 2020[[/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, and not any name related to gambling, per league requirements. 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]] On November 22, 2016, Foley officially revealed the name and logos of the new team as the Golden Knights, and in June of 2017, their expansion draft was held, making Vegas the new home of 3-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-André Fleury, former Nashville centerpiece James Neal, and former St. Louis Blue David Perron. They are now rewriting what success for an expansion team in their [[https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/vegas-has-the-best-expansion-team-in-the-history-of-pro-sports-and-its-not-close/ inaugural season means]]. Defied the odds and became the first expansion team across all four major sports to finish with not only a winning season, but also clinched the Pacific Division title and battled with Boston, Tampa Bay, Nashville, and Winnipeg for the President's Trophy, all ''in their first year of existence''. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Knights swept the Los Angeles Kings in the First Round, defeated the San Jose Sharks in the Second Round, and won their first Western Conference Finals against the Winnipeg Jets. Unfortunately, [[DownerEnding the Knights fell short in the Stanley Cup Final]], losing in five games to the Washington Capitals.

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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 began 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 Golden Knights are the first Big Four sports team in the city's history, it being the largest metro area in the country without one[[note]]Vegas will become the new home of the NFL's Oakland Raiders once a new stadium is built there, likely in 2020[[/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, and not any name related to gambling, per league requirements. 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]] On November 22, 2016, Foley officially revealed the name and logos of the new team as the Golden Knights, and in June of 2017, their expansion draft was held, making Vegas the new home of 3-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-André Fleury, former Nashville centerpiece James Neal, and former St. Louis Blue David Perron. They are now rewriting what success for an expansion team in their [[https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/vegas-has-the-best-expansion-team-in-the-history-of-pro-sports-and-its-not-close/ inaugural season means]]. Defied the odds and became the first expansion team across all four major sports to finish with not only a winning season, but also clinched the Pacific Division title and title, battled with Boston, Nashville, Winnipeg, Tampa Bay, Nashville, and Winnipeg Boston for the President's Trophy, and reached the Stanley Cup Finals, all ''in their first year of existence''. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Knights swept the Los Angeles Kings in the First Round, defeated the San Jose Sharks in the Second Round, and won However, despite their first Western Conference Finals against the Winnipeg Jets. Unfortunately, best efforts, [[DownerEnding the Knights fell short in the Stanley Cup Final]], losing in five games to the Washington Capitals.in the Cup Finals]].
7th Jun '18 10:19:42 PM KYCubbie
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** ''Most Recent Winner: Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins''

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** ''Most Recent Winner: Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins''Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals''
7th Jun '18 9:09:52 PM ChilledXSocks
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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Washington|DC}} Capitals'': Current UsefulNotes/StanleyCup Champions. The team of Alexander Ovechkin. Their first season saw them with the worst winning percentage in modern NHL history ('74/'75 record: 8-''67''-5). For several years they usually had much more regular-season success, but EveryYearTheyFizzleOut in the first or second round of the playoffs (typically at the hands of the Islaners, Rangers, or Penguins); they then lost even their regular season success, as while Ovechkin remains potent offensively, his support all but crumbled, and without any real defense to back him up, they dropped in the standings until finally missing the playoffs in 2014, but bounced back to finish with the league best record in 2016. The Capitals have appeared in the Stanley Cup Final only twice in its franchise history: the first was in 1998, in which they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings; the next would take place twenty years later in 2018, where they face the Vegas Golden Knights, the first instance that both teams combined for zero championships since 2007. Their only conference championship appearances had also taken place in both of these years.

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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Washington|DC}} Capitals'': Current UsefulNotes/StanleyCup Champions. The team of Alexander Ovechkin. Their first season saw them with the worst winning percentage in modern NHL history ('74/'75 record: 8-''67''-5). For several years they usually had much more regular-season success, but EveryYearTheyFizzleOut in the first or second round of the playoffs (typically at the hands of the Islaners, Rangers, or Penguins); they then lost even their regular season success, as while Ovechkin remains potent offensively, his support all but crumbled, and without any real defense to back him up, they dropped in the standings until finally missing the playoffs in 2014, but bounced back to finish with the league best record in 2016. The Capitals have appeared in the Stanley Cup Final only twice in its franchise history: the first was in 1998, in which they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings; the next would take place twenty years later in 2018, where they face faced and defeated the Vegas Golden Knights, Knights in five games in the first instance that both Finals series since 2007 to feature two teams combined for zero championships since 2007.that had not yet won the Stanley Cup. Their only conference championship appearances had also taken place in both of these years.
7th Jun '18 8:53:53 PM Gsueagle31049
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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} Penguins'': Current UsefulNotes/StanleyCup Champions. Another of the teams created in the 1967 Expansion. The team of Sidney "Sid the Kid" Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but really, it's "Super Mario" Lemieux's team. He's saved them from bankruptcy at least twice; first as the hot number-one pick in 1984 that revitalized the team and won two Cups in 1991 and 1992, and then again by buying the team outright, and then coming out of retirement to put butts back in the seats and thereby becoming the first ever player/owner in the NHL. Although they faced potential relocation a few years ago, first to Hamilton, Ontario and then to Kansas City, a new arena deal was struck in 2007, and the new building opened in 2010. Under Crosby and Malkin's leadership, got to two straight finals in 2008 and 2009, winning the latter, and following a long stretch with postseason shortcomings and/or injuries to several of their core players (most infamously the concussion that sidelined Crosby for all but a handful games in 2011), won the Penguins' fourth and fifth Cups back-to-back in 2016 and 2017.
** ''UsefulNotes/{{Washington|DC}} Capitals'': The team of Alexander Ovechkin. Their first season saw them with the worst winning percentage in modern NHL history ('74/'75 record: 8-''67''-5). For several years they usually had much more regular-season success, but EveryYearTheyFizzleOut in the first or second round of the playoffs (typically at the hands of the Islaners, Rangers, or Penguins); they then lost even their regular season success, as while Ovechkin remains potent offensively, his support all but crumbled, and without any real defense to back him up, they dropped in the standings until finally missing the playoffs in 2014, but bounced back to finish with the league best record in 2016. The Capitals have appeared in the Stanley Cup Final only twice in its franchise history: the first was in 1998, in which they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings; the next would take place twenty years later in 2018, where they face the Vegas Golden Knights, the first instance that both teams combined for zero championships since 2007. Their only conference championship appearances had also taken place in both of these years.

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** ''UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} Penguins'': Current UsefulNotes/StanleyCup Champions. Another of the teams created in the 1967 Expansion. The team of Sidney "Sid the Kid" Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but really, it's "Super Mario" Lemieux's team. He's saved them from bankruptcy at least twice; first as the hot number-one pick in 1984 that revitalized the team and won two Cups in 1991 and 1992, and then again by buying the team outright, and then coming out of retirement to put butts back in the seats and thereby becoming the first ever player/owner in the NHL. Although they faced potential relocation a few years ago, first to Hamilton, Ontario and then to Kansas City, a new arena deal was struck in 2007, and the new building opened in 2010. Under Crosby and Malkin's leadership, got to two straight finals in 2008 and 2009, winning the latter, and following a long stretch with postseason shortcomings and/or injuries to several of their core players (most infamously the concussion that sidelined Crosby for all but a handful games in 2011), won the Penguins' fourth and fifth Cups back-to-back in 2016 and 2017.
** ''UsefulNotes/{{Washington|DC}} Capitals'': Current UsefulNotes/StanleyCup Champions. The team of Alexander Ovechkin. Their first season saw them with the worst winning percentage in modern NHL history ('74/'75 record: 8-''67''-5). For several years they usually had much more regular-season success, but EveryYearTheyFizzleOut in the first or second round of the playoffs (typically at the hands of the Islaners, Rangers, or Penguins); they then lost even their regular season success, as while Ovechkin remains potent offensively, his support all but crumbled, and without any real defense to back him up, they dropped in the standings until finally missing the playoffs in 2014, but bounced back to finish with the league best record in 2016. The Capitals have appeared in the Stanley Cup Final only twice in its franchise history: the first was in 1998, in which they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings; the next would take place twenty years later in 2018, where they face the Vegas Golden Knights, the first instance that both teams combined for zero championships since 2007. Their only conference championship appearances had also taken place in both of these years.



** ''[[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 began 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 Golden Knights are the first Big Four sports team in the city's history, it being the largest metro area in the country without one[[note]]Vegas will become the new home of the NFL's Oakland Raiders once a new stadium is built there, likely in 2020[[/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, and not any name related to gambling, per league requirements. 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]] On November 22, 2016, Foley officially revealed the name and logos of the new team as the Golden Knights, and in June of 2017, their expansion draft was held, making Vegas the new home of 3-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-André Fleury, former Nashville centerpiece James Neal, and former St. Louis Blue David Perron. They are now rewriting what success for an expansion team in their [[https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/vegas-has-the-best-expansion-team-in-the-history-of-pro-sports-and-its-not-close/ inaugural season means]]. Defied the odds and became the first expansion team across all four major sports to finish with a winning season in their first year, won the division title and a playoff spot, battled with Boston, Tampa, and Nashville for the President's Trophy, swept the Los Angeles Kings in the First Round, defeated the San Jose Sharks in the Second Round, won their first Western Conference Finals against the Winnipeg Jets and were considered the favorites to advance to the Stanley Cup Final out of the West, which they finally did. Again, all of this ''in their first year of existence''.

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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 began 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 Golden Knights are the first Big Four sports team in the city's history, it being the largest metro area in the country without one[[note]]Vegas will become the new home of the NFL's Oakland Raiders once a new stadium is built there, likely in 2020[[/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, and not any name related to gambling, per league requirements. 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]] On November 22, 2016, Foley officially revealed the name and logos of the new team as the Golden Knights, and in June of 2017, their expansion draft was held, making Vegas the new home of 3-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-André Fleury, former Nashville centerpiece James Neal, and former St. Louis Blue David Perron. They are now rewriting what success for an expansion team in their [[https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/vegas-has-the-best-expansion-team-in-the-history-of-pro-sports-and-its-not-close/ inaugural season means]]. Defied the odds and became the first expansion team across all four major sports to finish with not only a winning season in their first year, won season, but also clinched the division Pacific Division title and a playoff spot, battled with Boston, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Nashville, and Nashville Winnipeg for the President's Trophy, all ''in their first year of existence''. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Knights swept the Los Angeles Kings in the First Round, defeated the San Jose Sharks in the Second Round, and won their first Western Conference Finals against the Winnipeg Jets and were considered Jets. Unfortunately, [[DownerEnding the favorites to advance to Knights fell short in the Stanley Cup Final out of Final]], losing in five games to the West, which they finally did. Again, all of this ''in their first year of existence''.Washington Capitals.



** ''Current holder: Pittsburgh Penguins''
* '''Prince of Wales Trophy''': Awarded since 1924, it has been a conference (or equivalent) championship trophy for most of its history... although it began its life as the NHL championship trophy, and during the Original Six era was awarded to the top regular-season team (which now gets the Presidents' Trophy). Currently, it's the Eastern Conference trophy. The "Prince of Wales" here is the future Edward VIII (later the Duke of Windsor), who donated the trophy.


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* '''Prince of Wales Trophy''': Awarded since 1924, it has been a conference (or equivalent) championship trophy for most of its history... although it began its life as the NHL championship trophy, and during the Original Six era was awarded to the top regular-season team (which now gets the Presidents' Trophy). Currently, it's the Eastern Conference trophy. The "Prince of Wales" here is the future Edward VIII (later the Duke of Windsor), who donated the trophy.
** ''Current holder: Washington Capitals''
5th Jun '18 5:25:07 PM IcyCrow
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** Alexander Ovechkin: Captain of Washington, and one of the most electrifying players in the league today. Fans either love his energy, or hate his showboating. While being one of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e55muGzKK5o most eligible bachelors]] in professional sports, he was noted for preferring [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wndsFyb2to the simple family life]], and is an admitted MommasBoy. Of course his mother is an [[CoolOldLady two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner]] from the Soviet women's basketball team, and is also his agent. He is also apparently [=BFFs=] with [[Series/JerseyShore DJ Pauly D]], and now engaged to Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko.

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** Alexander Ovechkin: Captain of Washington, and one of the most electrifying players in the league today. Fans either love his energy, or hate his showboating. While being one of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e55muGzKK5o most eligible bachelors]] in professional sports, he was noted for preferring [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wndsFyb2to the simple family life]], and is an admitted MommasBoy. Of course his mother is an [[CoolOldLady two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner]] from the Soviet women's basketball team, and is also his agent. He is also apparently [=BFFs=] with [[Series/JerseyShore DJ Pauly D]], and now D]]. Was engaged to Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko.Kirilenko, but they broke off the engagement in 2014; he's now married to Russian model Anastasia Shubskaya.
27th May '18 8:50:36 PM KYCubbie
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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 team captain until his [[TenMinuteRetirement short-lived]] retirement in the 2017 offseason, 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), with the last one leading the team to their first Stanley Cup final in 2017. (& another fun fact: just as Red Wings fans have thrown octopi on the ice and Panthers fans used to throw plastic rats, Preds fans have tossed catfish in the rink.)

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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 team captain until his [[TenMinuteRetirement short-lived]] retirement in the 2017 offseason, offseason (and second retirement in 2018), 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), with the last one leading the team to their first Stanley Cup final in 2017. (& (Plus another fun fact: just as Red Wings fans have thrown octopi on the ice and Panthers fans used to throw plastic rats, Preds fans have tossed catfish in the rink.)



** ''[[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 began 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 Golden Knights are the first Big Four sports team in the city's history, it being the largest metro area in the country without one[[note]]Vegas will become the new home of the NFL's Oakland Raiders once a new stadium is built there, likely in 2020[[/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, and not any name related to gambling, per league requirements. 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]] On November 22, 2016, Foley officially revealed the name and logos of the new team as the Golden Knights, and in June of 2017, their expansion draft was held, making Vegas the new home of 3-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-André Fleury, former Nashville centerpiece James Neal, and former St. Louis Blue David Perron. They are now rewriting what success for an expansion team in their [[https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/vegas-has-the-best-expansion-team-in-the-history-of-pro-sports-and-its-not-close/ inaugural season means]]. Defied the odds and became the first expansion team across all four major sports to finish with a winning season in their first year, won the division title and a playoff spot, battled with Boston, Tampa, and Nashville for the President's Trophy, swept the Los Angeles Kings in the First Round, defeated the San Jose Sharks in the Second Round, won their first Western Conference Finals against the Winnipeg Jets and were considered the favorites to advance to the Stanley Cup Final out of the West, which they finally did. Again, all of this ''in their first year of existence.''

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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 began 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 Golden Knights are the first Big Four sports team in the city's history, it being the largest metro area in the country without one[[note]]Vegas will become the new home of the NFL's Oakland Raiders once a new stadium is built there, likely in 2020[[/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, and not any name related to gambling, per league requirements. 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]] On November 22, 2016, Foley officially revealed the name and logos of the new team as the Golden Knights, and in June of 2017, their expansion draft was held, making Vegas the new home of 3-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-André Fleury, former Nashville centerpiece James Neal, and former St. Louis Blue David Perron. They are now rewriting what success for an expansion team in their [[https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/vegas-has-the-best-expansion-team-in-the-history-of-pro-sports-and-its-not-close/ inaugural season means]]. Defied the odds and became the first expansion team across all four major sports to finish with a winning season in their first year, won the division title and a playoff spot, battled with Boston, Tampa, and Nashville for the President's Trophy, swept the Los Angeles Kings in the First Round, defeated the San Jose Sharks in the Second Round, won their first Western Conference Finals against the Winnipeg Jets and were considered the favorites to advance to the Stanley Cup Final out of the West, which they finally did. Again, all of this ''in their first year of existence.''existence''.



As with any sports league, the NHL has more than its share of awards for both outstanding individuals and teams. Most of these are presented at a special ceremony after the end of the Stanley Cup Final. They are as follows:

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As with any sports league, the NHL has more than its share of awards for both outstanding individuals and teams. Most of these are presented at a special ceremony awards banquet after the end of the Stanley Cup Final. They are as follows:



* '''Prince of Wales Trophy''': Awarded since 1924, it has been a conference (or equivalent) championship trophy for most of its history... although it began its life as the NHL championship trophy, and during the Original Six era was awarded to the top regular-season team (which now gets the President's Trophy). Currently, it's the Eastern Conference trophy. The "Prince of Wales" here is the future Edward VIII (later the Duke of Windsor), who donated the trophy.

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* '''Prince of Wales Trophy''': Awarded since 1924, it has been a conference (or equivalent) championship trophy for most of its history... although it began its life as the NHL championship trophy, and during the Original Six era was awarded to the top regular-season team (which now gets the President's Presidents' Trophy). Currently, it's the Eastern Conference trophy. The "Prince of Wales" here is the future Edward VIII (later the Duke of Windsor), who donated the trophy.



* '''President's Trophy''': Awarded since 1986 to the team with the best regular-season record, based on points earned.

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* '''President's '''Presidents' Trophy''': Awarded since 1986 to the team with the best regular-season record, based on points earned.



* '''Conn Smythe Trophy''': Awarded since 1965 to the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs, with emphasis on "playoffs". Unlike the other three traditional major leagues of the US and Canada, this award is based on performance in the entire playoffs—''not just the final game or series''.[[note]]The NFL hands out a Super Bowl MVP award; the NBA presents its analogous award to the MVP of the NBA Finals; and MLB presents MVP awards for both league championship series plus the World Series.[[/note]] Unlike most of the seasonal awards, three finalists are not named—only the winner is announced. Also differing from most seasonal awards, it's presented immediately after the end of the Stanley Cup Final, just before the Cup itself is presented.

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* '''Conn Smythe Trophy''': Awarded since 1965 to the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs, with emphasis on "playoffs". Unlike the other three traditional major leagues of the US and Canada, this award is based on performance in the entire playoffs—''not just the final game or series''.[[note]]The NFL hands out a Super Bowl MVP award; the NBA presents its analogous award to the MVP of the NBA Finals; and MLB presents MVP awards for both league championship series plus the World Series.[[/note]] Unlike most of the seasonal awards, three finalists are not named—only the winner is announced. Also differing from most seasonal awards, it's presented immediately after the end of the Stanley Cup Final, just before the Cup itself is presented. Patrick Roy is the only three-time winner, and also the only player to win it with more than one team (twice with the Habs, once with the Avs).



* '''Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy''': First presented in 1968 as a memorial to Bill Masterton, who died during that season while playing for the Minnesota North Stars from an on-ice injury—the only player in league history to die as a direct result of an injury sustained while playing.[[note]]A couple other players died from complications of on-ice injuries.[[/note]] Each team nominates one player who, in its view, exhibits "qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey", with the same sportswriters who vote on most of the other awards making the final decision. While it's not specifically a "comeback player of the year" award, the winner very often meets that criterion.
** ''Most Recent Winner: Craig Anderson, G, Ottawa Senators''
* '''Ted Lindsay Award''': The NHL's other MVP award, voted on by players instead of sportswriters and awarded since 1971. Originally known as the Lester B. Pearson Award, receiving its current name in 2010. As with many of the other awards listed here, [[RunningGag Gretzky has the most]], with five.

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* '''Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy''': First presented in 1968 as a memorial to Bill Masterton, who died during that season from an on-ice injury while playing for the Minnesota North Stars from an on-ice injury—the Stars—the only player in league history to die as a direct result of an injury sustained while playing.[[note]]A couple other players died from complications of on-ice injuries.[[/note]] Each team nominates one player who, in its view, exhibits "qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey", with the same sportswriters who vote on most of the other awards making the final decision. While it's not specifically a "comeback player of the year" award, the winner very often meets that criterion.
** ''Most Recent Winner: Craig Anderson, G, Ottawa Senators''
Senators''[[note]]who had to deal with his wife's cancer treatment during the 2016–17 season, leaving the team for a time, but coming back to help the Sens make the Eastern Conference finals[[/note]]
* '''Ted Lindsay Award''': The NHL's other MVP award, voted on by players instead of sportswriters and awarded since 1971. Originally known as the Lester B. Pearson Award, receiving its current name in 2010. As with many several of the other awards listed here, [[RunningGag Gretzky has the most]], with five.



** ''Most Recent Winner: Travis Hamonic. D, New York Islanders''

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** ''Most Recent Winner: Travis Hamonic. Hamonic, D, New York Islanders''
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