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This Week in Centennial History

Devils host game despite snowstorm; Mike Bossy scores 50 goals in 50 games; Wayne Gretzky's point streak ends at 51

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The NHL began its Centennial Celebration on Jan. 1 in Toronto by announcing the first 33 of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.

On Friday, the remaining 67 members of that exclusive club were named in a special ceremony in Los Angeles to start 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.

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 Jan. 22-28:

Jan. 22, 1966: The Detroit Red Wings defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 wearing the uniforms of their junior team in Hamilton, Ontario, after their regular jerseys are stolen from the locker room at the Montreal Forum.

 

Jan. 22, 1987: Not even a major snowstorm can stop the game between the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames -- or prevent 334 hardy New Jersey fans from coming to watch.

 

Jan. 23, 1993: Future Hall of Famer Mike Gartner reaches the 30-goal mark for an NHL-record 14th consecutive season when he scores for the New York Rangers in an 8-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings.

Video: Mike Gartner had 17 seasons with 30-plus goals

 

Jan. 24, 1981: Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders scores two late goals against the Quebec Nordiques to give him 50 in 50 games, matching the mark set by Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens in 1944-45.

Video: Bossy is second ever to score 50 goals in 50 games

 

Jan. 24, 1988: Neil Sheehy of the Calgary Flames becomes the first player in NHL history to wear No. 0 in a League game.

 

Jan. 24, 1978: Linemates Rick Martin and Gilles Perreault of the Buffalo Sabres score the tying and winning goals at the All-Star Game in front of their home fans at Memorial Auditorium.

 

Jan. 25, 2014: The NHL takes outdoor hockey to a different level when the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks play at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Video: Memories: Outdoor hockey at Dodger Stadium

 

Jan. 26, 1961: Wayne Gretzky is born in Brantford, Ontario. Hockey, especially its history, has always been a big part of his life.

 

Jan. 27, 1951: Jean Beliveau, wearing No. 20 and playing in his second NHL game on an amateur tryout contract, scores his first NHL goal when he beats Harry Lumley of the Chicago Blackhawks during the Montreal Canadiens' 4-2 win at the Forum.

 

Jan. 28, 1984: The longest point streak in NHL history comes to an unlikely end at 51 games when Wayne Gretzky is held off the scoreboard by the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-2 win. Gretzky has 153 points during the streak.

Video: Memories: Wayne Gretzky's 51-game point streak

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