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This Week in Centennial History

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As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, is taking a look back at memorable events each week.

Here are Centennial highlights for the week of Sept. 10-16:


Sept. 16, 1991: Canada defeats the United States 4-2 in Hamilton, Ontario, to complete a two-game sweep of the Canada Cup final, winning the tournament for the fourth time in five tries.


Sept. 15, 1987: Canada rallies to defeat the Soviet Union 6-5 in Game 3 of the final to win the Canada Cup. The Soviets stun the packed house in Hamilton, Ontario, by scoring three early goals, but Canada rallies and the game is tied 5-5 with less than 90 seconds remaining when Mario Lemieux scores on a pass from Wayne Gretzky for the win.


Sept. 14, 1996: The United States scores four goals late in the third period to defeat Canada 5-2 in Game 3 of the final in Montreal to win the inaugural World Cup of Hockey. Tony Amonte's goal breaks a 2-2 tie 43 seconds after Brett Hull scores to get the U.S. even.

Video: Team USA reflects on '96 World Cup of Hockey win


Sept. 13, 1926: Emile Francis, whose long playing career is followed by an even longer career as a coach and executive that earns him induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, is born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.


Sept. 12, 2005: Mark Messier announces his retirement after 25 seasons in the NHL. He leaves as the second-leading scorer in NHL history (behind longtime teammate Wayne Gretzky) and a six-time Stanley Cup winner.

Video: Mark Messier plays in final game of his NHL career


Sept. 11, 1969: The NHL announces it will expand from 12 to 14 teams for the 1970-71 season. One of the franchises is awarded to Vancouver, the other to Buffalo. They are placed in the East Division, with the Chicago Blackhawks moving to the West Division.

Video: Buffalo and Vancouver have a home in the NHL


Sept. 10, 1987: Lou Lamoriello, named president of the New Jersey Devils on April 30, takes over as general manager. Lamoriello runs the Devils until 2015, building teams that win the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003.

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