NEW YORK/TORONTO - As NHL Centennial celebrations continue, the League announced today it has commissioned original portraits of each member of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian. The special initiative pays tribute to a century's worth of record holders, all-time leaders, captains, Stanley Cup champions, and Hockey Hall of Famers, immortalizing the greatest stars from the League's first 100 years.
All player portraits will be painted by renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris (@THFineArt). Based in Ottawa, Ont., Harris has been specially commissioned by the League to create 100 original portraits. Harris' work will capture the character and spirit of each player in a one-of-a-kind 11x14 canvas. The oil-based paintings then will be digitized and posted online for fans around the world to experience and share. Click here to watch a special video feature.
Each week, fans will get a first look at two of these portraits exclusively on NHL.com/100, the League's dedicated Centennial microsite. The first two portraits unveiled today feature NHL legends DAVE KEON (C, 1960-61/1981-82) and TED LINDSAY (LW, 1944-45/1964-65). Keon and Lindsay were among the first 33 legends named to the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian during a ceremony preceding the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto on Jan. 1. The remaining 67 players will be unveiled at THE NHL100, a special event on Friday, Jan. 27, during the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend festivities in Los Angeles.
The next two portraits will be revealed on Monday, Jan. 30 - with portraits unveiled every Monday following until all 100 are revealed. Those two portraits will spotlight Boston Bruins legend and recently deceased 100 Greatest NHL Player Milt Schmidt as well as Montreal Canadiens legend and record holder for the most Stanley Cup championships as a player (11) Henri Richard. Fans can visit NHL.com/100 each week or follow @NHL and @PR_NHL for the latest.
A Blue Ribbon Panel, comprised of 58 individuals representing more than 1,800 years of experience in the game, chose the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian. Every member of the panel voted for 100 players, with each vote worth one point. Voting was conducted last July and August and the results were tabulated by the accounting firm of EY.