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NHL legends in 'wrong' uniforms: forwards edition

Hockey Hall of Famers in jerseys you normally wouldn't think of them wearing

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Perhaps just as memorable as a legendary player is the uniform he wore during his Hall of Fame career. Try as you might, you simply can't separate the image of Guy Lafleur from that classic Montreal Canadiens uniform; when you close your eyes to think of Bobby Hull, odds are you're seeing him in a Chicago Blackhawks jersey. Time has a way of making those particular associations far more vivid in our memories, even though we may start to forget that Lafleur was once a New York Ranger or Hull was a Hartford Whaler for nine whole games.

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NHL Centennial

Red Kelly, Alex Delvecchio portraits unveiled

Color paintings of greats will be revealed on NHL.com every Monday in 2017 as part of Centennial Celebration

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As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian, as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel. NHL.com will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017.

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NHL Centennial

Clint Benedict overshadowed, not forgotten

Hall of Famer was among great goalies in early years of NHL, first to wear facemask 87 years ago

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- Ask most hockey fans about the origins of the goalie mask and they'll name Montreal Canadiens legend Jacques Plante as its pioneer.

But if Plante popularized the use of facial protection for goalies, he was following in the skates of a man who had blazed a trail nearly three decades earlier.

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NHL Centennial

This Week in Centennial History

Maples Leafs say goodbye to Gardens; Punch Broadbent extends goal-scoring streak

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Two of the NHL's all-time greats reached significant milestones this past week. Jaromir Jagr celebrated his 45th birthday on Feb. 15 by becoming the second player in League history to score 1,900 points. One night later, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins became the 86th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points.    

As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, NHL.com is taking a look back at memorable events each week.

Here are Centennial highlights for the week of Feb. 12-18:

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NHL Centennial

Georges Vezina had first shutout in NHL

Canadiens goaltender stopped every shot he faced 99 years ago

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

The first season of the NHL was a goal-scorer's delight. There were 30 goals scored in the two games played on the League's opening night, Dec. 19, 1917. Eighteen of the 34 regular-season games played had least 10 goals scored; in five of them the winning team hit double figures.

In today's NHL, where about one of every eight games ends with one team unable to score even one goal, numbers like that seem almost unreal. Not surprisingly, it took two months for the new League to have its first shutout.

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Centennial Fan Arena

Centennial Fan Arena travel diary

Mobile Hall of Fame arrives in Kenora, Ontario, for Hockey Day in Canada

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The Centennial Fan Arena, a mobile Hall of Fame consisting of two 53-foot trucks, is a monument to the NHL's deep and vibrant history. Throughout 2017, it will travel across North America, visiting all 31 NHL markets and other stops along the way.

Chris Asbhy and Scott Wenge, the two drivers responsible for the transport of the Fan Arena, will be checking in regularly with NHL.com along the way to provide updates.

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NHL Centennial

Lester Patrick's heroics helped Rangers win first Cup

New York coach forced to play goal because of injury, gets victory in Game 2 of 1928 Final

by Stan Fischler / Special to NHL.com

As part of the NHL's Centennial Celebration, longtime hockey reporter and analyst Stan Fischler, "The Hockey Maven," will write a biweekly scrapbook for NHL.com. The scrapbook will look at some of the strange-but-true moments from the NHL's first 100 years.   

When it came to the 1928 Stanley Cup Final between the Montreal Maroons and New York Rangers, the most unlikely goaltender in NHL postseason history was between the pipes in Game 2 of a tumultuous tournament.

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NHL Centennial

Punch Broadbent scored way into record book

Senators forward had goal in 16th straight game 95 years ago

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

If Punch Broadbent were playing today, he'd probably be known as one of the top power forwards in the NHL.

Broadbent was tough and talented, a player who could dance past an opposing checker or power his way to the net. He was more than willing to use his elbows to create the space he needed to score or make a point to an opponent. His real name was Harry, but he was nicknamed "Punch" for good reason.

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NHL Centennial

Toronto bids farewell to Maple Leaf Gardens

Iconic arena staged final NHL game 18 years ago

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Just like they had done more than 67 years earlier, the Chicago Blackhawks spoiled the party at Maple Leaf Gardens. The final party.

On Feb. 13, 1999, the Blackhawks came to Maple Leaf Gardens for the final NHL game in the iconic area and won 6-2. 

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NHL Centennial

Johnny Bucyk, Glenn Hall portraits unveiled

Color paintings of greats will be revealed on NHL.com every Monday in 2017 as part of Centennial Celebration

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As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian, as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel. NHL.com will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017.

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