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League announced remaining 67 legends at gala event in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES -- The 67 remaining members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players were unveiled Friday night at NHL100 presented by GEICO.

The 67, who played predominantly from 1967-present, were introduced during the event at the Microsoft Theatre.

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Teemu Selanne, Joe Sakic named to IIHF Hall of Fame

Saku Koivu, Uwe Krupp among others to be inducted on May 21

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Teemu Selanne and Joe Sakic were among those named to the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Selanne, 46, had 684 goals and 1,457 points in 1,451 NHL games. He played for his native Finland at the Olympics six times, winning the silver medal in at the 2006 Torino Olympics and the bronze medal three times (1998, 2010, 2014). In 37 games at the Olympics, he had 24 goals and 43 points. He closed his international career with six points in six games as Finland's captain at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and being named the tournament's most valuable player.

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33 of 100 Greatest NHL Players revealed

Legends chosen by Blue Ribbon Panel honored in Toronto; 67 remaining players will be announced during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles

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TORONTO -- The NHL launched its year-long Centennial Celebration on Sunday with a historic ceremony revealing the names of the first 33 members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.

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Sid Abel: 100 Greatest NHL Players

Centered Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay on famed 'Production Line'

by Stu Hackel / Special to NHL.com

The paperback book is old, its pulpy pages now a yellow-brownish color and its pasty binding worn. It has no publication date, but reading it reveals it's from 1952. Although entitled "Detroit's Big Three," it's not about the local automakers General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, but the trio of Red Wings pictured on its cover who made up one of the top lines in NHL history.

Author Ed Fitkin wrote of Sid Abel, the line's center and the eldest of the three, "Abel will go down in Detroit's club history as the greatest competitor and inspirational force the Red Wings ever had."

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Syl Apps: 100 Greatest NHL Players

Legendary Maple Leafs center idolized for character, athleticism

by Stu Hackel / Special to NHL.com

Had legendary Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe been able to design the perfect man to personify his franchise in the 1930s and '40s, he could not have improved on Syl Apps.

"Apps had more to do with the image the Leafs in the 1940s as Canada's team - the good guys, the very good guys - than any other player," author Jack Batten wrote in his book "The Leafs in Autumn." "He looked so dashing on the ice, all that speed and skill. And off the ice, he was the last word in pure vessels, a teetotaler, a non-smoker, a Baptist steeped in moral propriety, the model team captain."

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Andy Bathgate: 100 Greatest NHL Players

Tough, clean player was matinee idol for Rangers in 1950s, '60s

by Stu Hackel / Special to NHL.com

You couldn't call the New York Rangers of the 1950s and early '60s an elite hockey club, but they had a few elite players. One was extra special, regularly mentioned alongside Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, Doug Harvey and Jean Beliveau, the NHL's superstars of the day. On top of his exceptional talent, he was a tough but clean player, a modest man of great integrity, a leader and something of a matinee idol.

That man was Andy Bathgate.

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Jean Beliveau: 100 Greatest NHL Players

One of game's greatest ambassadors won Stanley Cup 17 times as player, executive with Canadiens

by Dave Stubbs @dave_stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

From his much-heralded signing with the Montreal Canadiens in 1953 through his retirement in 1971, Jean Beliveau's glittering career was one of staggering statistical accomplishment:

There were his 10 Stanley Cup championships won as a player and another seven as an executive vice president of the Canadiens, his name appearing on the trophy an unprecedented 17 times.

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Max Bentley: 100 Greatest NHL Players

Electric performer won back-to-back scoring titles for Black Hawks, Stanley Cup three times with Maple Leafs

by Bob Verdi / Special to NHL.com

Imagine the outright shock felt by hockey fans in Chicago when they arose on the morning of Nov. 4, 1947, and saw the banner headline on the sports section of the Chicago Daily Tribune:

"MAX BENTLEY GOES TO LEAFS FOR 5 PLAYERS"

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Toe Blake: 100 Greatest NHL Players

Left wing on Canadiens' famed 'Punch Line' was embodiment of 'old-time hockey'

by Stu Hackel / Special to NHL.com

"Damn right he was tough," Elmer Lach once said about his teammate Hector "Toe" Blake. "One time, he took on the whole Detroit team. They all came after him and he stood there at center ice swinging his stick, saying, 'Which one of you [guys] wants it first?' It was like a bunch of dogs trying to get at him."

To some, Toe Blake is one of the funny-named guys who symbolize "old-time hockey" in the film "Slap Shot." To others, he was the rough-looking, fedora-and-suit-wearing coach of the Montreal Canadiens who only seemed to smile when his team won the Stanley Cup -- which means he smiled at least eight times.

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Mike Bossy: 100 Greatest NHL Players

Prolific scorer for Islanders dynasty, only man with nine straight 50-goal seasons

by Stu Hackel / Special to NHL.com

Mike Bossy was a phantom. He'd just vanish while his New York Islanders teammates moved the puck up ice and around the offensive zone. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, he'd materialize with no enemy checker near him just as a pass would arrive on the blade of his stick.

That wasn't the extent of his magic, however, because Bossy's hands were quicker than your eyes - or those of the opposing goalie. He'd propel the puck goalward instantaneously -- so quickly that the movements of his arms and wrists were impossible to detect.

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