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2017 NHL Centennial Calendar of Celebrations

Honoring a century of extraordinary players & teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments

In addition to the NHL Centennial launch events in January, celebrations throughout the year will include a variety of ceremonies, recognitions, observances and special events. Explore the calendar below, click on events for additional information and check back throughout the year for updates and new listings.


January through December, 2017

NHL Centennial Fan Arena Traveling Tour 

The NHL Centennial Fan Arena is touring tribute to a century of hockey thrills, and a main pillar of the year-long Centennial celebration.  


January 1

Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™  (Toronto, Ont.) 

The NHL's Centennial celebration will commence officially on January 1, 2017 in Toronto with the Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ outdoor game featuring an Original Six™ showdown between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Exhibition Stadium. 


January 1

100 Greatest NHL Players Unveiling: Players from 1917-1967

The 100 Greatest NHL Players is a centerpiece in honoring 100 years of NHL hockey, and will be ceremonially unveiled in January at two marquee events. A blue ribbon panel comprised of distinguished members of the hockey community - including executives, media members and NHL alumni - selected the esteemed list.

Members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players (34 in total) who played predominantly during the NHL's first half century (1917-1966) will be announced during a special pre-game ceremony at the Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ in Toronto.


January 2

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade (Pasadena, CA)

The Centennial festivities continue on Jan. 2 at the 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda, with a Centennial themed float "A Century of Greatness (1917-2017)."

Featuring floral replicas of a 55-foot long hockey rink, the official logos of the 30 NHL teams, and the official NHL Centennial logo, the float will commemorate 100 years of hockey along the renowned parade route in Pasadena. NBC's broadcast of the parade will lead into its live coverage of the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 2.


January 2

2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® (St. Louis, MO)

The St. Louis Blues host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.


January 27-29

2017 NHL® All-Star (Los Angeles, CA)

Honda NHL All-Star Weekend takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles from Jan. 27-29.


January 27             

100 Greatest NHL Players Unveiling: Players from 1968 to present

The remaining 66 members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, those who played predominantly from 1967 through to present, will be named at THE NHL100™, a star-studded event open to the public on Jan. 27 during NHL All-Star weekend.

The 90-minute event will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, beginning at 6:30 p.m. PT. Fans looking to purchase tickets can register for more event information at Los Angeles Kings Season Ticket Members will receive pre-sale access to purchase tickets for the event starting Tuesday, Dec. 13. 


February 25 

2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.


March 10 - December 31

Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Centennial Exhibit (Toronto, Ont.)

This limited-time exhibition is an immersive tribute to 100 years of NHL hockey, highlighting the most memorable players and moments in league history. 

The 100 Greatest NHL Players, as selected by an NHL-appointed panel, are featured through treasured artifacts and video vignettes. Items on display include the stick used by Wayne Gretzky to score his NHL single-season record 92nd goal in 1982, the gloves worn by Sidney Crosby to capture the 2009 Stanley Cup, the stick used by Jean Beliveau to record his final career goal in 1971, Gordie Howe's 700th goal puck from 1968, Bobby Orr's infamous knee brace, and Jacques Plante's iconic goalie mask. 

Plus, on display for the first time in the last quarter-century, is the original Minute Book of the National Hockey League - the only behind-the-scenes account of hockey's forefathers and their task in shaping the NHL from its inception in 1917.


March 15-18

Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Celebrations (Ottawa, Ont.)



2017 NHL Awards™ (Las Vegas, NV) 


June 23-24

2017 NHL Draft™ (Chicago, IL) 


November 26

NHL 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the League 


December 16

2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic (Ottawa, ON)

The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens will meet in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic outdoors at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.


December 19

NHL 100th Anniversary of the First Games Played 

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