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Stanley Cup evolving again with removal of 12 champions

NHL.com series looks at teams leaving trophy, hockey's ever-changing monument

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Every 13 years when the bottom band of the Stanley Cup is filled with names of champions, the top band is removed and retired to be displayed in the vault of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The current top band, featuring NHL championship teams from 1953-54 to 1964-65, is coming off, and four bands below it are sliding up one place to make room for a fresh fifth band at the bottom that will begin with the 2017-18 Washington Capitals. Each day through Oct. 2, NHL.com will look at one of the 12 Cup-winning teams leaving hockey's most coveted trophy. NHL.com columnist Dave Stubbs explains what makes the trophy so unique and writes of his experience researching the project.

 

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Etched in History

Red Wings rode 'Production Line' to Stanley Cup in 1953-54

Detroit powerhouse featured in series about teams being removed from trophy

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Every 13 years when the bottom band of the Stanley Cup is filled with names of champions, the top band is removed and retired to be displayed in the vault of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The current top band, featuring NHL championship teams from 1953-54 to 1964-65, is coming off, and four bands below it are sliding up one place to make room for a fresh fifth band at the bottom that will begin with the 2017-18 Washington Capitals. Each day through Oct. 2, NHL.com will look at one of the 12 Cup-winning teams leaving hockey's most coveted trophy.

 

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Etched in History

Hall of Famers embrace being removed from Stanley Cup

Lindsay, Hall, Hull, Delvecchio part of NHL.com series about champions coming off trophy

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Four of the greatest players in NHL history are among those who are about to have their names forever removed from the Stanley Cup. And Ted Lindsay, Glenn Hall, Alex Delvecchio and Bobby Hull are entirely fine with that. They are honored to have been on the trophy for more than a half-century, carrying with them indelible memories of their teams and titles, and happy to make room for future champions.

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Pacioretty understood what it meant to be Canadiens captain

Forward, traded to Golden Knights, embraced legacy of Beliveau, city of Montreal

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

There will be much discussion about Max Pacioretty's departure from the Montreal Canadiens, the team for which the 29-year-old native of New Canaan, Connecticut has played every one of his 664 regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoff games.

The Canadiens traded their captain of three seasons to the Vegas Golden Knights for forwards Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki and a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft late Sunday.

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Gionta, NHL free agent, prepared to walk away with no regrets

39-year-old forward does not have contract for this season

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

If Brian Gionta has played his last NHL game, he'll hang up his skates without a regret.

Gionta will know that he and his family are richer for the athletic and life experience of his career, the forward having been a fine leader and shown great durability in a physically demanding game over 16 NHL seasons.

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Lafleur nearly joined Gretzky with Kings 30 years ago

Canadiens legend had contract talks with Los Angeles after trade for Great One

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

The Montreal Canadiens' all-time points leader had been retired for about four years, but for Guy Lafleur, the magnetic pull of Wayne Gretzky was undeniable.

In August of 1988, a week after the Los Angeles Kings shocked the hockey world by acquiring Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers, Lafleur loved the idea of suiting up again, this time as a teammate of The Great One.

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Gretzky trade to Kings leaves mark on then-GM 30 years later

Vachon recalls impact, details of blockbuster deal with Oilers

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Rogie Vachon was at the epicenter of the earthquake that shook two countries Aug. 9, 1988, when the Edmonton Oilers sent Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings in what remains the most spectacular trade in NHL history.

Three years after the two teams first floated the idea of Gretzky relocating from Edmonton to Los Angeles, virtually undercover, the trade changed the face of hockey in Southern California and beyond.

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Mikita recalled as tough competitor, innovator with Blackhawks

Peers express admiration for Hall of Famer, who died at 78

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Word of Stan Mikita's death reached Glenn Hall on his farm in Stony Plain, Alberta, on Tuesday afternoon, and Mr. Goalie took a deep breath and slowly began harvesting bittersweet memories of a friend and former teammate who was gone.

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Bruins to retire Middleton's No. 16

Will honor forward prior to Nov. 29 game against Islanders

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Rick Middleton will have his No. 16 retired by the Boston Bruins before a game against the New York Islanders at TD Garden on Nov. 29, news he said that hit him like a sledgehammer.

"It's something that obviously you think about, especially over the last four or five years when nobody has worn the No. 16 and you think, 'Well, maybe it will happen,'" Middleton, 64, said on a conference call Tuesday.

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Plekanec returns to Canadiens with winning attitude

Hopes second stint in Montreal results in playoffs because 'nobody wants to be a loser'

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- Tomas Plekanec isn't certain what his role will be this season with the Montreal Canadiens. But the veteran center, who returned to Montreal on Sunday after a pit stop with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, is going to make sure he does his part to get the Canadiens back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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