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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

by Chris Creamer @sportslogosnet / NHL.com

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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Memorable NHL All-Star uniforms

A look back at the most interesting uniform designs worn at the NHL All-Star Game

by Chris Creamer @sportslogosnet / NHL.com

From orange-and-black with stars all over to neon green and reflective crests, the NHL All-Star Game has always been the ideal event to experiment with new designs and give fans a visually unique uniform matchup. Let's take a look back at some of the more interesting threads worn by the NHL's best players during the first eight decades of the All-Star Game.

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All-time NHL All-Star Game programs

A look back at classic programs throughout All-Star Game history

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The NHL's annual midseason showcase has taken many forms in its history, but the commemorative game program has remained a constant. It is with the program's existence, however, that its uniformity ends. The design of programs has changed dramatically from the first official All-Star Game in Toronto in 1947, with covers utilizing everything from team headshots to abstract art.

Each program provides a window not just into how design trends have shifted, but how the event itself has evolved since its inception, from the Ace Bailey benefit game in 1934 to the battle of divisional prowess we have today. When the League's legends and its current greats descend on Los Angeles for the 62nd NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29, thousands of programs will again serve as souvenirs for those attending the festivities.

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Vintage NHL Original Six Programs

A look through the literature that highlighted hockey history

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Programs! Get your programs, here!

Even in today's age of smartphones and short attention spans, that familiar refrain can be heard as hockey fans enter arenas around the NHL to watch their team take the ice.

Though the refrain may remain the same, the advent of computer design and sophisticated photography drastically transformed the look and feel of the game-night program.

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All-Time NHL Uniforms

A look at some noteworthy uniforms worn in the League's first 100 years

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Over the course of NHL history, few elements of the game have shown as much variety as the sweaters players wear on the ice. At its most basic, some aspects of the typical NHL uniform have become, well, uniform: a shoulder yoke, a crest across the chest, stripes around the elbows and waist. But from that basic template, nearly every team has diverged at least once over the past century with their unique take on the standard design.

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All-Time NHL Goalie Masks

A look back at iconic goaltender masks from Jacques Plante to Carey Price

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From simple face protectors to works of art, goalie masks have seen quite the evolution since Nov. 1, 1959, the night Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante skated onto the Madison Square Garden ice with a plain white shield.

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