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NHL celebrates its birth in return to Montreal's Windsor Hotel

Original meeting location commemorated with historical plaque

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- This was hardly the modest room in which the NHL was founded a century ago.

On Nov. 26, 1917, at the Windsor Hotel here, a group of businessmen emerged from "a plain and simple room, rented for the occasion," according to Elmer Ferguson, the sole reporter who was in the building, having just established a new four-team hockey league.

It is now an office building; its hotel days gone since 1981. But inside these walls Friday, in a grand, sweeping ballroom of Le Windsor, dramatically lit by spotlights and sparkling chandeliers, the NHL celebrated its first 100 years with the unveiling of an impressive bronze plaque produced by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

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NHL Centennial

Bourque inspired by Orr's 1970 Cup-winning goal for Bruins

Watched Greatest NHL Moment contender on TV as kid, spent 21 seasons with Boston

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Ray Bourque was 9, in front of the family television on May 10, 1970, watching Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.

"It was Sunday afternoon, and I was watching with my dad and a couple of friends," Bourque said Wednesday. "I grew up in Montreal, and usually it was the Canadiens in the Final. But not that year."

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Hall of Fame

Selanne makes weekend memorable for lifelong fan

Indiana man travels to Toronto to meet idol prior to induction into Hockey Hall of Fame

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TORONTO -- Jason Jones, the self-proclaimed biggest Teemu Selanne fan in Rockport, Indiana, was back home from Toronto before his hero ever set foot on the Hockey Hall of Fame induction-night red carpet on Monday.

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Hall of Fame

Result unimportant, Legends Classic means everything to participants

Sights, sounds from Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend's showcase on ice

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TORONTO -- The optics, Mark Messier agreed, didn't look good.

Messier, the captain of a team representing Canada, and Jari Kurri, the captain of a team representing the world, didn't merely arrive at Air Canada Centre at the same time for the 2017 Haggar Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic on Sunday.

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Hall of Fame

Kariya, Selanne steal show at Hall of Fame Q and A

Former teammates trade barbs during hilarious, emotional hour with fans

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TORONTO -- This unfiltered, unscripted hour with fans began in 1999 at the request of Wayne Gretzky, and it's one of the best parts of Hockey Hall of Fame induction weekend.

On Saturday, a crowd of fans filled all 236 chairs and spilled beyond them in the trophy-lined Great Hall of the hockey shrine to hear yarns spun from their questions.

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Hall of Fame

For Selanne, road to Hall of Fame included street hockey in Winnipeg

2017 honoree recalls joining kids for games during years with Jets

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TORONTO -- There are probably dozens, by now maybe hundreds in Winnipeg and elsewhere, of long-ago kids who are bragging to this day that they stopped Teemu Selanne on a road-hockey breakaway.

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Hall of Fame

For Bruins owner Jacobs, Hall of Fame may be ultimate honor

2017 electee has made mark in sports, business, philanthropy

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs wears a ring that celebrates the 2011 Stanley Cup championship, the title won 36 years after his 1975 purchase of the team.

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Hall of Fame

Sinden happy Jacobs got Hall of Fame call

Bruins legend goes way back with owner, who is member of 2017 class

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

The birthday cake, as Boston Bruins legend Harry Sinden remembers, was a thoughtful gesture on the part of Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs.

Not that Sinden could bring himself to enjoy even a forkful of it.

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Greatest Moments

Bowman kept coaching retirement secret until after Stanley Cup win

Ninth championship among Greatest NHL Moments

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

The secret was so closely guarded that even Scotty Bowman's wife, Suella, had no idea.

With his Detroit Red Wings celebrating on Joe Louis Arena ice on June 13, 2002, having just defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in a five-game Stanley Cup Final, Bowman grabbed his general manager, Ken Holland, and hollered at him through the building's din that he'd just coached his final NHL game.

Bowman had decided four months earlier that after three decades of coaching in the NHL, this would be his last, win or lose. And oh, what a way to go out.

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Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary

Stanley Cup monument 'speaks volumes about the game'

Stainless steel structure unveiled in Ottawa, where trophy was born in 1892

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

OTTAWA -- The steady and gentle rain made an already magical evening even more so.

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