As part of the NHL's Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian, as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel. NHL.com will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017.
This week, the portraits of Boston Bruins legend Milt Schmidt and Montreal Canadiens great Henri Richard are being unveiled in the second installment of the series.
Schmidt, the center of the so-called "Kraut Line" who died Jan. 4 at 98, won the Stanley Cup four times with the Bruins, twice as a player and twice as an executive. Richard, nicknamed the "Pocket Rocket" after older brother Maurice "Rocket" Richard, who also is on the 100 Greatest NHL Players list, had 1,046 points (358 goals, 688 assists) in 1,256 NHL games, all with the Canadiens, and won the Cup a record 11 times as a player.
On Jan. 23, the paintings of Dave Keon of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ted Lindsay of the Detroit Red Wings were revealed.
Harris' work will capture the character and spirit of each player on a one-of-a-kind, 11-by-14 canvas. The oil-based paintings then will be digitized and posted online for fans around the world to experience and share.
The League introduced the first 33 members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players on Jan. 1 at the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto. The remaining 67 were made public at "The NHL100 presented by GEICO" in Los Angeles on Friday as part of the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.