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This Week in Centennial History

Sundin becomes first non-Canadian captain of Maple Leafs; NHL adopts two-division format @NHLdotcom

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 September 24-30:


Sept. 30, 1997: Mats Sundin becomes the first non-Canadian captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sundin, a native of Sweden, steps into the role seven months after Doug Gilmour is traded. Exactly 12 years later, Sundin announces his retirement; he is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.

Video: Mats Sundin only Swede to score 500 goals


Sept. 29, 2007: The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks bring the NHL to England for the first time when they face off at O2 Arena in London for the first of two regular-season games in the Premiere Series. Rookie goaltender Jonathan Bernier makes 26 saves in the Kings' 4-1 victory.


Sept. 28, 1972: Paul Henderson's goal that wins the Summit Series for Canada against the Soviet Union remains a moment frozen in time.


Sept. 27, 1991: The New York Rangers and Kings take their preseason game outdoors, with the Kings winning 5-2 in a game played on a rink built over the parking lot of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.


Sept. 26, 1972: Canada evens the Summit Series with a 4-3 victory in Game 7 against the Soviet Union in Moscow. Paul Henderson's goal with 2:06 remaining in the third period leaves the series even at 3-3 with one tie.

Video: Yvan Cournoyer on 1972 Summit Series: Part 1


Sept. 25, 1926: The NHL officially approves franchises in Chicago and Detroit for the 1926-27 season. Along with a second franchise awarded earlier to New York, the NHL becomes a 10-team league and soon adopts a two-division format.


Sept. 24, 1972: Canada scores three goals in a 1:23 span during the second period and holds on to defeat the Soviet Union 3-2 in Game 6 of the Summit Series at Luzhniki Ice Palace in Moscow. Canada overcomes a 1-0 deficit on goals by Dennis Hull (5:13), Yvan Cournoyer (6:21) and Paul Henderson (6:36). 

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