Las Vegas’s new team will play for the Stanley Cup. It’s quite possibly the most surprising, unprecedented and confounding story in the history of the NHL
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By Ann Killion – April 16, 2018
Playoff hockey is as familiar a South Bay sight as a corporate bus full of people coding at 80 miles an hour.
But this April, the playoff hockey has a different look.
On Monday, the Sharks roared into SAP Center, with a series lead and a full head of steam, but without two stalwarts.
No Patrick Marleau, who was busy scoring goals in a playoff game in Toronto. No Joe Thornton, who is injured and unavailable. For the first time in 23 seasons, neither player was available for the playoffs.
Jan 31, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates with center Joe Thornton (19) after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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Updated April 12, 2018 – 12:16 pm
When the Golden Knights unveiled the team’s uniform last year, it got mixed reviews.
“It. Is. Hideous,” The Washington Post wrote, summarizing reactions online.
But the Las Vegas team proved phenomenal on the ice, posting one of the best records in the NHL — and its merchandise sales have led the pack.
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Portrait of Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky during a photo shoot on the ice.
Edmonton, Canada 1984
Wayne Gretzky doesn’t think he would have been as great of a hockey player in the 1950s.
He’s not being humble. More like fearful.
Yes, the greatest goal scorer who ever played the game would no doubt have had an easier time putting the puck past goalies who didn’t wear masks and rarely left their feet to make a save. But that’s assuming he could make it up the ice in one piece.
“The (Gordie) Howes and (Maurice) Richards typically had to fight for themselves,” Gretzky said in a phone interview. “That was the game back then. When you’re 150 pounds, that would have been more difficult for me. I’m always the first guy to sit here and say I came around at the right time. It was a different game.”
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A nice recap with video and some article pieces along with the 2016 review in NHL hockey via Sports Net Canada:
It was a wild year in the NHL and as much excitement as there is for the future of the game with plenty of young and exciting talent coming in, 2016 also gave us a few moments to ponder the past.
Through the year, the hockey world lost a legend, celebrated another and witnessed one of the craziest 23 minutes in the history of the NHL, if not all sports.
Undoubtedly when coming up with a year-end top 10, a few noteworthy stories had to be left out that should get a mention:
Recently, the firing of Gerard Gallant as head coach in Florida was probably the most controversial coach dismissal ever and left Don Cherry labeling it the “worst” in NHL history.