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Sunday Long Read

2017 was Centennial year to remember in NHL

Looking back at celebration filled with hockey legends, historic events, lifetime's worth of memories

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Glenn Hall was looking around the Toronto hotel ballroom last New Year's Eve, the NHL's year-long Centennial celebration quietly underway with an elegant dinner hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and the man known as Mr. Goalie was softly taking inventory of four men.

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NHL Winter Classic

2008 NHL Winter Classic: An oral history

Key figures share stories behind inaugural game in snowy Buffalo

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Dan Craig knows exactly what was going through his mind the instant photographer Dave Sandford snapped a picture of him at the first NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2008, one of the most important days in NHL history.

Craig is sitting rinkside on a chair, his frigid, swollen and numb hands covered by a towel. He's looking up at the 71,217 fans watching the Buffalo Sabres play the Pittsburgh Penguins on a makeshift rink built under his supervision inside Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills.

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Sunday Long Read

Savard, Hull, Esposito, Mikita reconnect with Blackhawks

Legends thrilled to bridge past, present for Chicago fans as ambassadors

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks were in disarray in the fall of 2007, having qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs once in the past nine seasons and ranking 29th of 30 NHL teams in attendance in 2006-07.

Fresh in the owner's suite was Rocky Wirtz, son of late owner Bill Wirtz, and unpacking in the president's office was John McDonough, who had been lured to the Blackhawks after 24 years with baseball's Chicago Cubs.

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Sunday Long Read

Players celebrate inclusion at USA Hockey Sled Classic

Game brings together those with different backgrounds, skill levels at tournament presented by NHL

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- The crate was wheeled into the Center Ice Meeting Room at Plymouth Ice Center, and the anticipation began to build.

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Sunday Long Read

American coach on mission to help grow women's hockey in China

After 22 seasons at Brown University, Murphy takes on new challenge overseas

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Digit Murphy motions to follow her, down the stairs, around the corner, past a row of portraits. Her own -- face a little younger, hair a little longer -- hangs in the center. Three to the left; three to the right. She points at the pictures.

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Sunday Long Read

Hockey Fights Cancer sparked by 'call to arms' 19 years ago

Joint initiative by NHL, NHLPA has raised $18 million, increased awareness

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Paul Stewart remembers well the introductory news conference during the 1999 NHL All-Star Weekend.

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Sunday Long Read

Nolan Patrick gets assist from family entering 2017 NHL Draft

Father, uncle of potential No. 1 pick played in League

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Nolan Patrick will attract plenty of attention at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo beginning Monday. It shouldn't be too overwhelming.

After all, the center for Brandon of the Western Hockey League is surrounded by a family of exceptional athletes who have experienced the spotlight.

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Sunday Long Read

Joe Louis Arena 'beautiful in its simplicity'

Inside walls, unique history of beloved home Red Wings are leaving

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

DETROIT -- Joe Louis Arena sits in a spot on the Detroit River that would be nice if not surrounded by a convention center, a freeway, a parking structure and an apartment complex.

The roads around it are falling apart. The sidewalks are cracked. The metal is rusting.

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Sunday Long Read

Flyers have had feisty 50 years

Looking back at memorable chapters in Philadelphia's unlikely NHL history

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Hockey never should have worked in Philadelphia.

When Ed Snider helped assemble the ownership group that landed an NHL expansion team in 1966, he had no idea about the city's hockey teams that had come before.

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Sunday Long Read

Six WHL prospects to watch

Scouts assess 2017 NHL Draft candidates

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2017 NHL Draft is three months away (June 23-24 in Chicago), and the full-time scouts at NHL Central Scouting are hard at work.

In addition to charting players within their respective regions throughout the course of the season, two of those scouts, David Gregory and Matt Ryan recently took a 13-day trip through the Western Hockey League to evaluate the top prospects available in the area.

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