TORONTO -- The NHL launched its year-long Centennial Celebration on Sunday with a historic ceremony revealing the names of the first 33 members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.
The 33 legends, who played predominantly during the League's first 50 years (1917-66), were honored before the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.
The players were selected by a Blue Ribbon Panel comprised of 58 individuals representing more than 1,800 years of experience in the game.
The remaining 67 players will be named on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles as part of a special event at the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.
Detailed information on the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian, including original video vignettes for each player, can be found on NHL.com/100 later Monday. The vignettes feature rare footage as well as interviews with players, their contemporaries, general managers, coaches and other personalities.
Here are the players honored Sunday:
Centered Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay on famed 'Production Line'
Legendary Maple Leafs center idolized for character, athleticism
Tough, clean player was matinee idol for Rangers in 1950s, '60s
One of game's greatest ambassadors won Stanley Cup 17 times as player, executive with Canadiens
Electric performer won back-to-back scoring titles for Black Hawks, Stanley Cup three times with Maple Leafs
Left wing on Canadiens' famed 'Punch Line' was embodiment of 'old-time hockey'
Playing into his 40s, goalie won four Stanley Cup championships with Maple Leafs
Goalie thrived in playoffs, led Maple Leafs to five Stanley Cup titles, including three in row
Captained Big Bad Bruins to two Stanley Cup championships; played 21 seasons in Boston
Was highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history when he retired in 1936
Nicknamed 'The Big Bomber' for powerful shot, was second captain of Maple Leafs
Captained Red Wings for 12 seasons, skated on 'Production' lines with Gordie Howe
Canadiens goalie began career at age 27, won Vezina Trophy six times in seven seasons
Legendary forward popularized slap shot, won Stanley Cup six times with Canadiens
Two-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie had streak of 502 straight starts
Six-time Stanley Cup champion keyed Canadiens' unstoppable power play
Anchored Maple Leafs defense, was 'strongest player in hockey'
Mr. Hockey dominated foes on ice, inspired fans off it during historic five-decade career
Won Stanley Cup eight times, four as defenseman with Red Wings, four as center with Maple Leafs
Youngest to ever suit up for Maple Leafs, first to win Stanley Cup five times
Led Maple Leafs to three straight Stanley Cup championships, four overall in 15 seasons with Toronto
Was rugged center on Canadiens' famed 'Punch Line' with Maurice Richard, Toe Blake
Left wing on Red Wings' famed 'Production Line' was fierce competitor for 17 seasons
Won Stanley Cup four times with Maple Leafs, twice with Canadiens, played on 'Production Line II' in Detroit
Six-time Stanley Cup winner with Canadiens was intense on ice, gentleman off it
Thrilled Canadiens fans with one-man rushes, won Stanley Cup three times with Montreal
First NHL goalie to regularly wear mask won Stanley Cup six times with Canadiens
Magician on ice, 'Pocket Rocket' member of record 11 Stanley Cup championship teams
Cultural icon in Montreal, 'Rocket' won Stanley Cup eight times, including five in a row with Canadiens
Four-time Vezina Trophy winner helped Red Wings win Stanley Cup three times in four seasons
Bruins legend centered 'Kraut Line,' won Stanley Cup twice as player, two more times as executive
First great Bruins defenseman was 'Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb of hockey'
Ironman for Canadiens had goaltending trophy named after him