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100 Greatest Players

33 of 100 Greatest NHL Players revealed

Legends chosen by Blue Ribbon Panel honored in Toronto; 67 remaining players will be announced during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles

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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:

 

Sid Abel

Centered Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay on famed 'Production Line'

 

Syl Apps

Legendary Maple Leafs center idolized for character, athleticism

 

Andy Bathgate

Tough, clean player was matinee idol for Rangers in 1950s, '60s

 

Jean Beliveau

One of game's greatest ambassadors won Stanley Cup 17 times as player, executive with Canadiens

 

Max Bentley

Electric performer won back-to-back scoring titles for Black Hawks, Stanley Cup three times with Maple Leafs

 

Toe Blake

Left wing on Canadiens' famed 'Punch Line' was embodiment of 'old-time hockey'

 

Johnny Bower

Playing into his 40s, goalie won four Stanley Cup championships with Maple Leafs

 

Turk Broda

Goalie thrived in playoffs, led Maple Leafs to five Stanley Cup titles, including three in row

 

Johnny Bucyk

Captained Big Bad Bruins to two Stanley Cup championships; played 21 seasons in Boston

 

King Clancy

Was highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history when he retired in 1936

 

Charlie Conacher

Nicknamed 'The Big Bomber' for powerful shot, was second captain of Maple Leafs

 

Alex Delvecchio

Captained Red Wings for 12 seasons, skated on 'Production' lines with Gordie Howe

 

Bill Durnan

Canadiens goalie began career at age 27, won Vezina Trophy six times in seven seasons

 

Bernie Geoffrion

Legendary forward popularized slap shot, won Stanley Cup six times with Canadiens

 

Glenn Hall

Two-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie had streak of 502 straight starts

 

Doug Harvey

Six-time Stanley Cup champion keyed Canadiens' unstoppable power play

 

Tim Horton

Anchored Maple Leafs defense, was 'strongest player in hockey'

 

Gordie Howe

Mr. Hockey dominated foes on ice, inspired fans off it during historic five-decade career

 

Red Kelly

Won Stanley Cup eight times, four as defenseman with Red Wings, four as center with Maple Leafs

 

Ted Kennedy

Youngest to ever suit up for Maple Leafs, first to win Stanley Cup five times

 

Dave Keon

Led Maple Leafs to three straight Stanley Cup championships, four overall in 15 seasons with Toronto

 

Elmer Lach

Was rugged center on Canadiens' famed 'Punch Line' with Maurice Richard, Toe Blake

 

Ted Lindsay

Left wing on Red Wings' famed 'Production Line' was fierce competitor for 17 seasons

 

Frank Mahovlich

Won Stanley Cup four times with Maple Leafs, twice with Canadiens, played on 'Production Line II' in Detroit

 

Dickie Moore

Six-time Stanley Cup winner with Canadiens was intense on ice, gentleman off it

 

Howie Morenz

Thrilled Canadiens fans with one-man rushes, won Stanley Cup three times with Montreal

 

Jacques Plante

First NHL goalie to regularly wear mask won Stanley Cup six times with Canadiens

 

Henri Richard

Magician on ice, 'Pocket Rocket' member of record 11 Stanley Cup championship teams

 

Maurice Richard

Cultural icon in Montreal, 'Rocket' won Stanley Cup eight times, including five in a row with Canadiens

 

Terry Sawchuk

Four-time Vezina Trophy winner helped Red Wings win Stanley Cup three times in four seasons

 

Milt Schmidt

Bruins legend centered 'Kraut Line,' won Stanley Cup twice as player, two more times as executive

 

Eddie Shore

First great Bruins defenseman was 'Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb of hockey'

 

Georges Vezina

Ironman for Canadiens had goaltending trophy named after him

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