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NHL Centennial

Maurice Richard's five-goal, three-star night

Canadiens star made Stanley Cup history by scoring all of Montreal's goals in 5-1 win March 23, 1944

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- The angry hooting began when the three-star announcement boomed through The Forum on the night of March 23, 1944.

"La troisième étoile, the third star … Maurice Richard!"

Unhappiness turned to mild amusement as the announcement continued:

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Frank Mahovlich takes trip down memory lane

Big M recalls past times in Ottawa during weekend trip to Stanley Cup celebration

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

OTTAWA -- Frank Mahovlich is sitting in the warm Saturday glow of the lobby of the Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel, comfortable in a red and gold high-backed wood-framed chair.

The Big M, as he's been known for just about forever, exudes the gentlemanly class that is in every inch of his 6-foot-1 frame. Happy to pose for a photograph, the 79-year-old is smiling beneath a fashionable Austrian hat, wearing a fine wool overcoat, red scarf, dark jacket with his Order of Canada pin on the left lapel, red silk tie, cuffed grey trousers and highly polished black shoes. On his hockey-gnarled hands, he wears two Stanley Cup rings, one from the Montreal Canadiens on his left, the other from the Toronto Maple Leafs on his right.

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Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary

Ceremony marks start for Stanley Cup monument

Groundbreaking in Ottawa highlights four days of tributes to hockey's ultimate prize

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

OTTAWA -- With flags snapping in a windy downtown corridor, a hundred or more hardy souls bundled up against the cold, the Stanley Cup was celebrated Saturday morning very near the place where it was conceived 125 years ago to the day.

Governor general David Johnston joined Hockey Hall of Famers Dave Keon and Frank Mahovlich at the corner of Sparks and Elgin streets for a so-called groundbreaking ceremony, the first physical step in erecting a monument to the Stanley Cup.

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NHL Centennial

Maurice Richard becomes first to score 50 goals

Canadiens forward reached milestone March 18, 1945

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- It's an unfortunate truth for a goaltender that he can be immortalized not for making an impossible save or for a solid body of work throughout a career, but for a single goal allowed, one shot among the hundreds or thousands he will face.

Harvey Bennett Sr. should know.

It was March 18, 1945 that Bennett was on the wrong side of history. Maurice "Rocket" Richard was on the right side.

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NHL 100 Classic

NHL100 Classic already heating up

Rivalry between Senators, Canadiens will highlight outdoor game in Ottawa

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

OTTAWA -- It could be marketed as the Rumble on the Rideau, an outdoor game on Dec. 16 that will tie a ribbon both silky and frayed on the NHL's Centennial Celebration.

And that is only perfect.

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Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary

Stanley Cup gets royal treatment in Ottawa

Current, original trophies displayed as part of 125th anniversary celebration

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

OTTAWA -- Canadian winter days get no better than this: a few degrees below freezing, a crisp breeze that chills the cheeks and a radiant sun in a cloudless sky.

It was a truly special afternoon on Thursday at Rideau Hall, the official residence of Canada's governor general, Queen Elizabeth II's representative in this country. David Johnston, the nation's 28th governor general since the Confederation in 1867, soon would welcome two sterling guests, six Hockey Hall of Fame legends and hundreds of Canadians from all walks of life.

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Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary

Scotty Bowman cherishes Stanley Cup memories

14-time winner shares stories as hockey's biggest prize turns 125

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Editor's note: The Stanley Cup turns 125 years old on March 18. To celebrate the historic anniversary, NHL.com talked to the players and coaches who dedicated their lives to winning the Stanley Cup, some succeeding, some failing, but all with incredible stories about their quest for hockey's ultimate prize.

 

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Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary

NHL greats gather for Stanley Cup party

Gala at Canada's Museum of History in Ottawa gets anniversary celebration started

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

OTTAWA -- The pavement in front of the downtown hotel was slick with snow late Wednesday afternoon as six Hockey Hall of Famers made their way to waiting vans. Not one was wearing winter footwear.

"Be careful of the ice," a driver called out helpfully.

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NHL Insider

Bobby Orr autograph still special to Jon Cooper

Lightning coach met favorite player, had Hall of Fame defenseman sign hockey card

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA -- The well-loved and weathered Bobby Orr hockey card looks like it might have gone through a washing machine or perhaps the turning wheel of a bicycle, clothes-pinned to the frame to make a wonderful racket in the spokes.

It is No. 130 in the 1974 Topps set, cut off-center, the Hall of Fame defenseman camped to the side of Boston Bruins goalie Gerry Cheevers in a few-years-old photo -- Cheevers by then was playing with the Cleveland Crusaders of the World Hockey Association. Orr's fading signature, in ballpoint pen, wanders almost the entire width of the card along the bottom.

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Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary

Yvan Cournoyer won't forget one that got away

Canadiens legend looks back on 10 Stanley Cup championships, elusive 11th, as hockey's greatest prize turns 125

by Dave Stubbs @dave_stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Editor's note: The Stanley Cup turns 125 years old on March 18. To celebrate the historic anniversary, NHL.com talked to the players and coaches who dedicated their lives to winning the Stanley Cup, some succeeding, some failing, but all with incredible stories about their quest for hockey's ultimate prize.

MONTREAL -- As a boy growing up in Drummondville, Quebec, 60 miles northeast of the Montreal Forum, Yvan Cournoyer had an even bigger dream than winning the Stanley Cup.

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