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This Week in Centennial History

Mike Bossy backs up prediction with 50-goal rookie season; Gordie Howe born

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The NHL is going to China for the first time. The League announced Thursday that the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will play preseason games in Shanghai and Beijing, on Sept. 21 and 23, respectively, as part of the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing.

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 26-April 1:

April 1, 1978: Mike Bossy backs up his prediction that he'd become the first rookie in NHL history to score 50 goals.

Video: Mike Bossy had record nine straight 50-goal seasons

 

March 31, 1928: Gordie Howe is born in Floral, Saskatchewan.

Video: Gordie Howe, 'Mr. Hockey,' enjoyed five-decade career

 

March 30, 1979: The NHL as we know it today is shaped when the League votes to absorb four members of the World Hockey Association.

Video: Memories: NHL adds WHA clubs, expands to 21 teams

 

March 30, 1918: The Toronto Arenas become the first team to win the Stanley Cup as a member of the NHL.

 

March 29, 1981: Wayne Gretzky breaks Phil Esposito's single-season record of 152 points, set 10 years earlier.

Video: Memories: Gretzky's 153rd point sets season record

 

March 28, 1982: Gretzky scores the 92nd and final goal of his record-setting 1981-82 season.

Video: Wayne Gretzky all-time leader in goals, points

 

March 27, 1973: Mickey Redmond does something that not even Howe could achieve with the Detroit Red Wings when he becomes a 50-goal scorer.

 

March 26, 1980: Tony Esposito of the Chicago Blackhawks becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to have eight 30-win seasons.

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