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NHL Centennial Fan Arena comes to Newark

Fans in New Jersey flock to see memorabilia, take pictures with Stanley Cup

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

NEWARK, N.J. -- Sean Briscoe of River Vale, New Jersey, considers himself a "New Jersey Devils-holic."

But even Briscoe was amazed with the history, nostalgia, fun and games available to fans at the NHL Centennial Fan Arena touring exhibit at Championship Plaza outside Prudential Center on Saturday. The exhibit is part of the League's 100th anniversary celebration.

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200th point was family affair for Wayne Gretzky

Oilers star reached single-season milestone with parents on hand March 25, 1982

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- When Wayne Gretzky was breaking barriers, setting records and having seasons for the ages, he often worried about the time-consuming nature of the chase.

He was concerned about friends and family.

There was the pursuit of Gordie Howe's NHL career points record when Gretzky was with the Los Angeles Kings.

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Wayne Gretzky enjoyed chase for Gordie Howe's records

NHL all-time scoring leader passed Mr. Hockey with 802nd NHL goal on March 23, 1994

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Wayne Gretzky was on the verge of breaking Gordie Howe's NHL record for points in 1989 when he started thinking about the different eras of hockey.

Fortunately his father, Walter Gretzky, was around, and passed along some fatherly advice about the pursuit of Howe during breakfast.

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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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All-American Black Hawks

Chicago used United States-born players to win unlikely Stanley Cup in 1938

by Stan Fischler / NHL.com Contributor

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.

Albert Suomi, Butch Schaefer, Bun LaPrairie, Curly Brink, Ike Klingbeil. While these names hardly ring a bell among contemporary hockey buffs, for a brief spell during the 1936-37 and 1937-38 seasons they formed the core of one of the noblest, if not most successful, NHL experiments.

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Ron Tugnutt made 70 saves in game with Nordiques

Quebec goalie faced 73 shots in 3-3 tie against Bruins on March 21, 1991

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Ron Tugnutt had every right to be tired after the Quebec Nordiques' game against the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden on March 21, 1991.

For nearly three hours, Tugnutt put on perhaps the greatest goaltending performance in NHL history. The Bruins kept shooting, finishing the night with 73 shots on goal. Tugnutt used his stick, gloves, pad, and assorted parts of his body to keep all but three of them out of the net.

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Bernie Parent, Guy Lafleur 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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This Week in Centennial History

Maurice Richard, Bernie Geoffrion, Bobby Hull reach 50-goal milestone; idea for Stanley Cup born

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The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators faced off on Dec. 19, 1917, the first night of play in the brand-new NHL. A century later, they'll commemorate that night when they play the Scotiabank NHL100 Classic at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. "To launch our next 100 years, we believe it is only right to bring the Canadiens and the Senators back together," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday.

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 March 12-18:

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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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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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