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THE COMPREHENSIVE & OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

85 Years In Print



1932-2017

SUPERSTAR

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SIX HOCKEY BOOKS IN ONE:

TEAM-BY-TEAM GUIDE Key Off-Season Signings Year-by-Year Record





2016-17 Schedule and Personnel 2015-16 Results and Individual Scoring
Club Record Book Retired Numbers Coach and G.M’s Biographies
Coach/Captain/G.M. Histories All-Time Record vs. Other Clubs
Draft Selections for the Past 15 Years Front Office Directory
IN-DEPTH NHL DRAFT COVERAGE Top Picks since 1969
2016 Draftees Analyzed by Birthplace: by Country, Province and State
All-Time Junior, College, High School and European Selections by Club
First-Rounders Profiled Complete Order of Selection for 2016
Notable Late-Round Selections by Year
ALL-TIME NHL RECORD BOOK All-Stars Top Rookies Top 100 Scorers
50-Goal and 100-Point Seasons Trophy Winners Coaching Register
Team and Individual Records: Most, Fewest, Fastest Year-by-Year Leaders
STANLEY CUP RECORD BOOK 2016 Playoff Results, Leaders and Stats
Stanley Cup Rosters and Final Series Scores since 1893 Playoff Records
All-Time Playoff Format History Every Overtime Game since 1918
Post-Season Penalty Shots Playoff Coaching Records
PLAYER & GOALTENDER REGISTERS Hockey’s Biggest with Hundreds of New Players
Year-by-Year Stats and Trade Notes for Every Active Player
More than 1,000 Top Prospects from Around the World
Plus Additional College, Junior, European, Minor Pro and Olympic Statistics

ALL-TIME RETIRED PLAYER AND GOALTENDER INDEX


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Career Totals and Cup Wins for Every NHLer since 1917
Trade and Free Agent Signing Registers for 2016 More than 1,000 Photos
Every Outdoor Game Three Stars of the Week and Month
Shootout Records NHL History, Attendance and Major Rule Changes

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Copyright (c) 2016 by the National Hockey League. All rights reserved.
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Compiled by the NHL Public Relations Department and the 30 NHL Club Public Relations Directors.
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Staff
For the NHL: Dave McCarthy; Supervising Editor: Greg Inglis; Statistician: Benny Ercolani;
Editorial Staff: Dave Baker, John Dellapina, David Keon, Jennifer Moad, Kelley Rosset, Susan Snow, Julie Young.
Senior Managing Editor: Ralph Dinger
Production Editors: John Pasternak, Alex Dubiel, Becky Gowing
International Editor: Igor Kuperman
In Memory of Nellie Bontje, Elli Dinger and James Duplacey

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Photo Editor: Eric Zweig
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Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NHL Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NHL Board of Governors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Referees and Linesmen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NHL History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NHL Attendance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Major Rule Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NHL Rink Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Outdoor Games and Games Played Outside North America. . . . . . . . .
NHL Clubs’ Minor-League Affiliations, 2016-17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

15 CLUBS

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records, rosters, management

Anaheim Ducks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Arizona Coyotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Boston Bruins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Buffalo Sabres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Calgary Flames . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Carolina Hurricanes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chicago Blackhawks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Colorado Avalanche . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Columbus Blue Jackets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dallas Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Detroit Red Wings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Edmonton Oilers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Florida Panthers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Los Angeles Kings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Minnesota Wild. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Montreal Canadiens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Nashville Predators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
New Jersey Devils . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
New York Islanders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
New York Rangers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ottawa Senators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Philadelphia Flyers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pittsburgh Penguins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
St. Louis Blues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
San Jose Sharks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tampa Bay Lightning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Toronto Maple Leafs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vancouver Canucks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Washington Capitals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Winnipeg Jets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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135 FINAL STATISTICS 2015-16
Standings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Individual Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Individual Rookie Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Penalty Shots. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Goaltending Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Team Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power-play and Penalty Killing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Regular Season Overtime Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shootout Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Table of Contents

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145 NHL REGULAR-SEASON RECORD BOOK
All-Time Standings of NHL Teams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Year-by-Year Final Standings and Leading Scorers . . . . . . . . . . . . .
TEAM RECORDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
INDIVIDUAL SCORING RECORDS – HISTORICAL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
INDIVIDUAL RECORDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Active Players’ Three-or-More Goal Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Top 100 Scoring Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Top 100 Games Played Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Goaltending Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Coaching Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Year-by-Year Individual Leaders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
One Season Scoring Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rookie Scoring Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
50-Goal and 100-point Seasons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Five-or-more Goal Games, 500th Goal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1,000th Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
TROPHIES AND AWARDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NHL DRAFT
First Selections/Summary by Player Sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2016 Order of Selection/Detailed Draft Breakdown, OHL, QMJHL .
Detailed Draft Breakdown, WHL, U.S. Colleges, U.S. High Schools.
Detailed Draft Breakdown, European Leagues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Analysis by Birthplace, Birth Year, Position. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Notes on 2016 First Round Selections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2016 NHL Draft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
First Two Rounds, 2015-2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
First Round and Other Notable Selections, 2012-1969. . . . . . . . . .
NHL ALL-STARS
All-Star Selection Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
All-Star Teams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
NHL All-Rookie Team. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
All-Star Game Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
All-Star Game Records. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
HOCKEY HALLS OF FAME
Hockey Hall of Fame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
IIHF Hall of Fame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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164
166
177
178
184
186
188
192
193
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196
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203
204
212
213
214
215
216
217
218
219
220
227
228
231
232
232
235
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238

239 STANLEY CUP GUIDE & RECORD BOOK
2016 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playoff Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Team Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
STANLEY CUP RECORD BOOK
Stanley Cup Standings, Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Championship Trophy Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Stanley Cup Winners — rosters and final series scores . . . . . . . . . .
All-Time Playoff Format History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playoff Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playoff Scoring Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Three-or-More-Goal Playoff Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Overtime Games since 1918 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Overtime Record of Current Teams, Stanley Cup Penalty Shots . . .
NHL Playoff Coaching Records. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
How to Use the Registers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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265
268
271
272
274

PROSPECT REGISTER (forwards and defensemen)
NHL PLAYER REGISTER
GOALTENDER REGISTER
RETIRED PLAYERS AND GOALTENDERS
Retired Players. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Retired Goaltenders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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657

LATE ADDITIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2015-16 THREE STARS OF THE WEEK/MONTH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2016 HHOF, USHHOF AND IIHFHOF INDUCTEES . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FREE AGENT SIGNING REGISTER, 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
TRADE REGISTER, 2015-16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
LEAGUE ABBREVIATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(2016-17 NHL Schedule begins inside front cover)

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Introduction
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85TH EDITION OF THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE OFFICIAL GUIDE & RECORD BOOK. 2015-16 was the 14th season in which 1,230
regular-season games were played and more than 20 million tickets were sold by the League’s 30 clubs. The 30-team era will continue in
2016-17, but beginning the following season, the NHL will welcome its 31st franchise in Las Vegas. This new team will play in the Pacific Division
of the Western Conference and will be the NHL’s first new franchise since the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets began play in 2000-01.
(The various expansions that have taken the league from six to 30 teams along with NHL Attendance since 1975 and recent League history are
listed on page 10. See the inside front cover for a list of teams in each division and information on the makeup of the regular-season schedule.)
Ten teams finished the 2015-16 season with 100 points or more, topped by the four division winners. The Washington Capitals recorded 120
points, Dallas 109 and both Florida and Anaheim had 103, but none of these teams earned a berth in the Stanley Cup Final where the second-place
team from the Metropolitan Division (Pittsburgh, 104 points) defeated the third-place team from the Pacific Division (San Jose, 98 points) in six oneor two-goal games, two of which required overtime. This was the Penguins’ fourth championship and required a revision of their 50th-season
commemorative logo to incorporate the silhouette of a fourth Cup. (See page 135 for the 2015-16 Final Standings and page 239 for playoff scores.
A list of every playoff overtime game since 1918 begins on page 267 with 2016’s games on page 270. The names of the champions as they are
engraved on the barrel of the Stanley Cup are on page 243. Year-by-year Cup winners are listed on page 242.)
Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2016, while Washington captain Alex Ovechkin recorded his
seventh 50-goal season, winning his sixth Rocket Richard Trophy as the League’s top goal scorer. The careers of these two superstars have been
linked from their first day in the NHL as both were picked first overall in the NHL Draft (Ovechkin in 2004 and Crosby in 2005) and both began play
in 2005-06. After 11 seasons, they have yet to meet in an Eastern Conference Final, but remain at the top of their game. (NHL Draft coverage
begins on page 212; trophy descriptions and winners on page 204.)
The Penguins are one of several teams that introduced commemorative crests or logos for 2016-17. These are displayed in the Guide’s Club
section that begins with Anaheim on page 15. Each club’s four-page mini-guide contains key off-season signings, 2016-17 schedule and personnel,
2015-16 results and individual scoring, year-by-year record, club record book, retired numbers, coach and general manager’s biographies,
coach/captain/g.m. histories, all-time record vs. other clubs, the last 15 years of draft selections and a front office directory. It is here that you will
find Toronto’s revised maple leaf to mark its centennial season (page 100); the Rangers’ 90-year crest (91); 50th-season logos for Los Angeles (67),
Philadelphia (99), Pittsburgh (103) and St. Louis (107); Ottawa’s 25th-season logo (95) and Arizona’s crest to mark 20 years in the desert (19).
Additionally, Detroit will wear a uniform patch to mark the club’s final season at Joe Louis Arena (57).
There are two noteworthy improvements in this edition of the NHL Guide & Record Book.
The first is found in the Year-by-Year Record for each club. A third weight of type has been added to distinguish between winning the Cup,
qualifying for the playoffs and missing the post-season. In addition, ”– out of playoffs –” is used for seasons that end short of a playoff berth. See
Chicago’s Year-by-Year Record on page 39. 2007-08: – out of playoffs –; 2008-09: Lost Conf. Final; 2009-10: Won Stanley Cup.
The second modification in this year’s Guide & Record Book is the result of a reader’s suggestion. It is found in the Retired Player Index (page
610) and Retired Goaltender Index (657). Here, those players and goaltenders whose last NHL season was 2014-15 are highlighted, allowing recent
additions to stand out. Note that these highlighted players are not a definitive list of those who have retired. As always, when a player announces
his retirement, we include him in the active Player Register one more time as this becomes his complete career data panel. In addition, players
several seasons removed from the NHL (those playing in Europe, for example) eventually move from the Player Register to the Retired Player Index.
So though it does not constitute a definitive list of retirees, the highlighting of players and goaltenders who played their last games in 2014-15
provides useful information on how careers progress and conclude. We continue to flag players in the Retired Index who are still playing elsewhere.
As always, the NHL Official Guide & Record Book contains data on every one of the more than 7,000 players who have appeared in an NHL
game, plus more than 1,000 prospects who have yet to do so. See the Prospect Register (page 275), Active Player Register (345) and Goaltender
Register (586) in addition to the Retired Players (610) and Retired Goaltenders (657). A key to the abbreviations and symbols used in individual
player and goaltender data panels, along with useful information on how to use the Registers, is found on page 274. Each NHL club’s minor-pro
affiliates are found on page 12. A list of league abbreviations used in the Prospect, Player and Goaltender Registers is found on page 670.
The editors of the NHL Guide & Record Book would like to pay tribute to one of our own. James Duplacey, who worked on this book building
our database of non-NHL player statistics from 1989 to 2005, passed away on December 1, 2015 after a lengthy illness. He made a significant
contribution to hockey scholarship and was a good writer and loyal friend. He cared for the game and is already missed.
Thanks to readers, correspondents, members of the media and hockey communications professionals throughout the game who make good
use of what we produce.
Best wishes,
ELCOME TO THE

Dan Diamond
Publisher

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Montréal, Québec, H3A 3J6
514/841-9220, Fax: 514/841-1040

Toronto
50 Bay Street
11th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2X8
416/359-7900, Fax: 416/981-2779

League and Club websites: www.nhl.com • Twitter: @NHL
Executive
Commissioner ...................................................................Gary B. Bettman
Deputy Commissioner .............................................................William Daly
Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations .........Colin Campbell

Commissioner and
League Presidents
Hockey Hall of Fame

National Hockey League
Players’ Association

Hockey Hall of Fame

Gary B. Bettman
Gary B. Bettman took office as the NHL’s first
Commissioner on February 1, 1993. Since the
League was formed in 1917, there have been
five League Presidents.
NHL President

Years in Office

Frank Calder
Mervyn “Red” Dutton
Clarence Campbell
John A. Ziegler, Jr.
Gil Stein

1917-1943
1943-1946
1946-1977
1977-1992
1992-1993

Brookfield Place
30 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1X8
Phone: 416/360-7735 • Executive Fax: 416/360-1501

20 Bay Street, Suite 1700, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2N8

Lanny McDonald – Chairman of the Board
Jeff Denomme – President and CEO
Craig Baines – Vice-President, Development & Building Operations
Peter Jagla – Vice-President, Marketing & Attraction Services
Ron Ellis - Program Director, HHOF Development Association
Kelly Masse – Director, Corporate & Media Relations
Craig Beckim – Manager, Merchandising & Retail Operations
Darren Boyko – Manager, Special Projects & International Business
Jackie Schwartz – Manager, Marketing & Promotions

Tyler Currie . . . . . . . . . . Director, International Affairs
Robert DeGregory . . . . . Associate Counsel, Labour
Maria Dennis . . . . . . . . Associate Counsel, Labour
Donald Fehr . . . . . . . . . Executive Director
Stephen Frank. . . . . . . . Director, Technology & Security
Adam Larry. . . . . . . . . . Director, Licensing & Associate Counsel
Roland Lee . . . . . . . . . . Director, Salary Cap & Marketplace
and Senior Counsel
Jasmine Lew . . . . . . . . . Director, Business Ops &
Associate Counsel
Bruce Meyer . . . . . . . . . Senior Director, Collective Bargaining,
Policy & Legal
Sandra Monteiro. . . . . . Chief of Global Business Strategies
Kim Murdoch . . . . . . . . Director, Player Insurance & Pensions
Mike Ouellet. . . . . . . . . Senior Business &
Association Counsel
Joe Reekie . . . . . . . . . . Divisional Player Representative
Mathieu Schneider . . . . Special Assistant to the Exec. Director
Richard Smit . . . . . . . . . Director, Finance and HRR
Devin Smith . . . . . . . . . Director, Mktg. & Community Relations
Roman Stoykewych. . . . Senior Counsel, Labour
Jonathan Weatherdon. . Director, Communications
Steve Webb . . . . . . . . . Divisional Player Representative
Rob Zamuner . . . . . . . . Divisional Player Representative
Don Zavelo . . . . . . . . . . General Counsel

D.K. (Doc) Seaman Resource Centre and Archives
400 Kipling Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M8V 3L1
Phone: 416/360-7735 • Fax: 416/251-5770
www.hhof.com, www.imagesonice.net

Phil Pritchard – Vice President, Resource Centre and Curator
Craig Campbell – Manager, Resource Centre and Archives
Izak Westgate – Manager, Outreach and Asst. Curator
Steve Poirier – Coordinator, HHOF Images and Archival Services
Miragh Bitove – Archivist & Collections Registrar

Phone: 416/313-2300 • Fax: 416/313-2301
www.nhlpa.com

BOARD OF GOVERNORS • 7

BOARD OF GOVERNORS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD – JEREMY M. JACOBS
®

Anaheim Ducks

Detroit Red Wings

New York Rangers

Henry Samueli.............................................. Governor
Susan Samueli ...............................Alternate Governor
Michael Schulman .........................Alternate Governor
Tim Ryan .......................................Alternate Governor
Bob Murray ...................................Alternate Governor

Michael Ilitch ................................................Governor
Jim Devellano ................................Alternate Governor
Ken Holland ..................................Alternate Governor
Christopher Ilitch ...........................Alternate Governor
Rob Carr........................................Alternate Governor
Tom Wilson ...................................Alternate Governor

James L. Dolan............................................. Governor
Glen Sather ...................................Alternate Governor

Arizona Coyotes
Andrew Barroway .........................................Governor
Gary Drummond ...........................Alternate Governor
George Gosbee .............................Alternate Governor
Anthony LeBlanc ...........................Alternate Governor

Edmonton Oilers
Daryl Katz .....................................................Governor
Kevin Lowe....................................Alternate Governor
Bob Nicholson ...............................Alternate Governor

Boston Bruins

Florida Panthers

Jeremy M. Jacobs..........................................Governor
Charles Jacobs...............................Alternate Governor
Jeremy Jacobs, Jr............................Alternate Governor
Louis Jacobs ..................................Alternate Governor
Harry J. Sinden ...............................Alternate Governor
Cam Neely.....................................Alternate Governor
Don Sweeney ................................Alternate Governor

Vinnie Viola ..................................................Governor
Bill Torrey.......................................Alternate Governor
Doug Cifu .....................................Alternate Governor
Dale Tallon.....................................Alternate Governor
Peter Luukko .................................Alternate Governor
Matthew Caldwell .........................Alternate Governor

Buffalo Sabres

Philip F. Anschutz ..........................................Governor
Luc Robitaille .................................Alternate Governor
Dean Lombardi ..............................Alternate Governor
Dan Beckerman .............................Alternate Governor

Los Angeles Kings
Terry Pegula ................................................. Governor
Kim Pegula ....................................Alternate Governor
Russ Brandon ................................Alternate Governor

Calgary Flames

Minnesota Wild

N. Murray Edwards .......................................Governor
Ken King .......................................Alternate Governor
Alvin Libin .....................................Alternate Governor
Brian Burke....................................Alternate Governor

Craig Leipold ................................................Governor
Jac Sperling ...................................Alternate Governor
Chuck Fletcher ..............................Alternate Governor

Carolina Hurricanes

Geoff Molson ...............................................Governor
Fred Steer ......................................Alternate Governor
Michael Andlauer ..........................Alternate Governor
Andrew T. Molson .........................Alternate Governor
Marc Bergevin ...............................Alternate Governor
France-Margaret Belanger .............Alternate Governor

Montréal Canadiens
Peter Karmanos, Jr. .......................................Governor
Ron Francis....................................Alternate Governor
Don Waddell .................................Alternate Governor

Chicago Blackhawks
W. Rockwell Wirtz ........................................Governor
Robert J. Pulford ............................Alternate Governor
John A. Ziegler, Jr...........................Alternate Governor
John McDonough..........................Alternate Governor

Colorado Avalanche
Josh Kroenke ................................................Governor
Mark Waggoner ............................Alternate Governor
Joe Sakic .......................................Alternate Governor

Columbus Blue Jackets
John P. McConnell ........................................Governor
Mike Priest ....................................Alternate Governor
John Davidson ...............................Alternate Governor

Dallas Stars
Tom Gaglardi ................................................Governor
Jim Lites ........................................Alternate Governor
Jim Nill ..........................................Alternate Governor
Jason Farris....................................Alternate Governor

Nashville Predators
Tom Cigarran ................................................Governor
Herbert Fritch ................................Alternate Governor
David Poile ....................................Alternate Governor
Sean Henry....................................Alternate Governor
Joel Dobberpuhl ............................Alternate Governor

New Jersey Devils
Josh Harris ....................................................Governor
David Blitzer ..................................Alternate Governor
Scott O’Neil ...................................Alternate Governor
Ray Shero ......................................Alternate Governor

New York Islanders
Scott Malkin .................................................Governor
Charles Wang................................Alternate Governor
Arthur J. McCarthy ........................Alternate Governor
Garth Snow...................................Alternate Governor
Jon Ledecky...................................Alternate Governor

Ottawa Senators
Eugene Melnyk .............................................Governor
Sheldon Plener ..............................Alternate Governor

Philadelphia Flyers
Dave Scott ....................................................Governor
Philip I. Weinberg ..........................Alternate Governor
Paul Holmgren...............................Alternate Governor
Shawn Tilger .................................Alternate Governor
Ron Hextall....................................Alternate Governor

Pittsburgh Penguins
David Morehouse..........................................Governor
Ronald Burkle ................................Alternate Governor
Anthony Liberati............................Alternate Governor
Travis WIlliams ...............................Alternate Governor
Mario Lemieux...............................Alternate Governor

St. Louis Blues
Thomas Stillman ...........................................Governor
Doug Armstrong ...........................Alternate Governor
Chris Zimmerman ..........................Alternate Governor

San Jose Sharks
Hasso Plattner...............................................Governor
Doug Wilson .................................Alternate Governor
John Tortora ..................................Alternate Governor

Tampa Bay Lightning
Jeff Vinik.......................................................Governor
Steve Yzerman ..............................Alternate Governor
Steve Griggs ..................................Alternate Governor

Toronto Maple Leafs
Larry Tanenbaum ..........................................Governor
Dale Lastman.................................Alternate Governor
Brendan Shanahan ........................Alternate Governor

Vancouver Canucks
Francesco Aquilini .........................................Governor
Paolo Aquilini ................................Alternate Governor
Roberto Aquilini ............................Alternate Governor
Victor de Bonis ..............................Alternate Governor
Trevor Linden.................................Alternate Governor

Washington Capitals
Ted Leonsis ...................................................Governor
Richard M. Patrick .........................Alternate Governor
Brian MacLellan .............................Alternate Governor

Winnipeg Jets
Mark Chipman..............................................Governor
Kevin Cheveldayoff........................Alternate Governor
Patrick Phillips................................Alternate Governor

8 • ON-ICE OFFICIALS

NHL On-Ice Officials

*Age at start of 2016-17 season.

Total NHL Games and 2015-16 Games columns count regular-season games only.

Referees
#

Name

42
6
43
19
27
31
22
15
8
25
32
40
47
17
28
3
46
21
45
4
2
34
36
30
13
9
20
16
33
7
10
39
5
48
24
44
38
12
11
41
29
23

*Age

Jacob Brenk
Francis Charron
Tom Chmielewski
Gord Dwyer
Eric Furlatt
Trevor Hanson
Ghislain Hebert
Jean Hebert
Dave Jackson
Marc Joannette
Tom Kowal
Steve Kozari
Pierre Lambert
Frederick L’Ecuyer
Chris Lee
Mike Leggo
Dave Lewis
Thomas John Luxmore
Peter MacDougall
Wes McCauley
Jon McIsaac
Brad Meier
Dean Morton
Kendrick Nicholson
Dan O’Halloran
Dan O’Rourke
Tim Peel
Brian Pochmara
Kevin Pollock
Garrett Rank
Kyle Rehman
Evgeny Romasko
Chris Rooney
Chris Schlenker
Graham Skilliter
Furman South
Francois St. Laurent
Justin St. Pierre
Kelly Sutherland
Cameron Voss
Ian Walsh
Brad Watson
1

34
33
29
39
45
32
35
36
51
47
48
43
28
39
46
51
33
31
31
44
32
49
48
34
52
44
50
39
46
29
38
34
41
32
32
28
39
44
45
29
44
55

First NHL Game

Detroit Lakes, MN
Ottawa, ON
Colorado Springs, CO
Halifax, NS
Trois-Rivieres, QC
Richmond, BC
Bathurst, NB
Moncton, NB
Montreal, QC
Verdun, QC
Vernon, BC
Penticton, BC
Greenfield Park, QC
Trois-Rivieres, QC
Saint John, NB
North Bay, ON
Pickering, ON
Timmins, ON
Lumsden, SK
Georgetown, ON
Truro, NS
Dayton, OH
Peterborough, ON
Stratford, ON
Essex, ON
Calgary, AB
Toronto, ON
Detroit, MI
Kincardine, ON
Kitchener, ON
Stettler, AB
Tver, Russia
Boston, MA
Medicine Hat, AB
La Ronge, SK
Sewickley, PA
Greenfield Park, QC
Dolbeau, QC
Richmond, BC
St. Paul, MN
Philadelphia, PA
Regina, SK

Dec. 11/15
Apr. 5/10
Aug. 4/14
Nov. 19/05
Oct. 8/01
Oct. 24/13
Mar. 2/09
Mar. 30/11
Dec. 22/90
Oct. 1/99
Oct. 29/99
Oct. 15/05

3
292
39
720
951
102
367
249
1481
1077
960
688

3
75
19
75
75
75
75
75
75
75
75
75

Oct. 11/07
Apr. 2/00
Mar. 3/98
Oct. 19/13
Nov. 19/13

479
936
1148
43
98

75
75
75
19
75

Jan. 20/03
Nov. 21/13
Oct. 23/99
Nov. 11/00
Jan. 17/15
Oct. 1/95
Oct. 2/99
Oct. 21/99
Dec. 23/05
Mar. 28/00
Jan. 15/15
Jan. 22/08
Mar. 9/15
Nov. 22/00

811
32
1076
604
32
1228
1
795
1080
618
1081
39
458
31
976

75
25
75
75
27
75
63
75
75
75
31
74
26
75

Jan. 28/13

180

75

Nov. 10/05
Nov. 9/05
Dec. 19/00

527
718
1007

45
75
75

Oct. 14/00
Mar. 7/96

920
1178

74
74

plus 120 games as a linesman.

Linesmen
#

Linesman Brian Mach (top), referee Kelly Sutherland (center)
and linesman Steve Miller (above) worked their 1,000th NHL
regular-season games in 2015-16. All three began their
NHL careers in the 2000-01 season..

52
75
59
87
96
74
50
76
81
54
68
82
64
58
66
98
91
55
63
71
78
83
89
79
93
95
97
70
77
94
65
73
84
57
92
56
2

Total NHL 2015-16
Games Games

Birthplace

Name

*Age

Shandor Alphonso
Derek Amell
Steve Barton
Devin Berg
David Brisebois
Lonnie Cameron
Scott Cherrey
Michel Cormier
Ryan Daisey
Greg Devorski
Scott Driscoll
Ryan Galloway
Brandon Gawryletz
Ryan Gibbons
Darren Gibbs
John Grandt
Don Henderson
Shane Heyer
Trent Knorr
Brad Kovachik
Brian Mach
Matt MacPherson
Steve Miller
Kiel Murchison
Brian Murphy
Jonny Murray
Kory Nagy
Derek Nansen
Tim Nowak
Bryan Pancich
Pierre Racicot
Vaughan Rody
Anthony Sericolo
Jay Sharrers
Mark Shewchyk
Mark Wheler

plus 386 games as a referee.

32
48
44
26
40
52
40
42
28
47
48
44
33
31
50
31
48
52
30
45
42
33
44
31
51
42
27
44
49
34
49
47
48
49
41
51
3

Total NHL 2015-16
Games Games

Birthplace

First NHL Game

Orangeville, ON
Port Colborne, ON
Vankleek Hill, ON
Kitchener, ON
Sudbury, ON
Victoria, BC
Drayton, ON
Trois-Rivieres, QC
Newton, MA
Guelph, ON
Seaforth, ON
Winnipeg, MB
Trail, BC
Vancouver, BC
Edmonton, AB
Denver, CO
Calgary, AB
Summerland, BC
Powell River, BC
Woodstock, ON
Little Falls, MN
Antigonish, NS
Stratford, ON
Cloverdale, BC
Dover, NH
Beauport, QC
London, ON
Ottawa, ON
Buffalo, NY
Great Falls, MT
Verdun, QC
Winnipeg, MB
Troy, NY
New Westminster, BC
Waterdown, ON
North Battleford, SK

Oct. 17/14
Oct. 11/97
Nov. 1/00
Oct. 15/15
Oct. 11/99
Oct. 5/96
Oct. 6/07
Oct. 10/03

92
1221
995
47
960
1334
617
860

46
73
73
47
74
73
73
74

Oct. 9/93
Oct. 10/92
Oct. 17/02
Oct. 14/15
Oct. 8/15
Oct. 1/97
Jan. 22/13
Mar. 11/95
Oct. 6/88
Feb. 26/14
Oct. 10/96
Oct. 7/00
Oct. 11/11
Oct. 11/00
Jan. 21/13
Oct. 7/88
Oct. 7/00

1493
1555
885
42
73
1185
161
1293
2 1484
3 138
1221
1063
322
1048
253
4 1698
988

66
73
74
42
73
74
44
44
73
74
77
73
74
69
73
73
74

Oct. 11/02
Oct. 8/93
Oct. 3/09
Oct. 12/93
Oct. 8/00
Oct. 21/98
Oct. 6/90
Oct. 9/03
Oct. 10/92

912
1506
444
1536
946
1158
5 1419
856
1596

73
73
46
74
74
74
74
74
74

plus 2 games as a referee.

4

plus 88 games as a referee. 5 plus 136 games as a referee.

·9

NHL History
1917 — National Hockey League organized November
26 in Montreal following suspension of operations by
the National Hockey Association of Canada Limited
(NHA). Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers,
Ottawa Senators and Quebec Bulldogs attended
founding meeting. Delegates decided to use NHA rules.
Toronto Arenas were later admitted as fifth team;
Quebec decided not to operate during the first season.
Quebec players allocated to remaining four teams.
Frank Calder elected president and
secretary-treasurer.
First NHL games played December 19, with Toronto
only arena with artificial ice. Clubs played 22-game split
schedule.
1918 — Emergency meeting held January 3 due to
destruction by fire of Montreal Arena which was home
ice for both Canadiens and Wanderers.
Wanderers withdrew, reducing the NHL to three
teams; Canadiens played remaining home games at
3,250-seat Jubilee rink.
Quebec franchise sold to P.J. Quinn of Toronto on
October 18 on the condition that the team operate in
Quebec City for 1918-19 season. Quinn did not attend
the November League meeting and Quebec did not play
in 1918-19.
1919-20 — NHL reactivated Quebec Bulldogs franchise.
Former Quebec players returned to the club. New
Mount Royal Arena became home of Canadiens.
Toronto Arenas changed name to St. Patricks. Clubs
played 24-game split schedule.
1920-21 — H.P. Thompson of Hamilton, Ontario made
application for the purchase of an NHL franchise.
Quebec franchise shifted to Hamilton with other NHL
teams providing players to strengthen the club.
1921-22 — Split schedule abandoned. First and second
place teams at the end of full schedule to play for
championship.
1922-23 — Clubs agreed that players could not be sold
or traded to clubs in any other league without first
being offered to all other clubs in the NHL. Norman
Albert made the first broadcast of a hockey game on
February 8, 1923. The first NHL game was broadcast on
February 14, 1923. Foster Hewitt called his first game
on February 16, 1923. All games were broadcast on
Toronto radio station CFCA.
1923-24 — Ottawa’s new 10,000-seat arena opened.
First U.S. franchise granted to Boston for following
season.
Dr. Cecil Hart Trophy donated to NHL to be awarded
to the player judged most useful to his team.
1924-25 — New franchises granted to Boston and
Montreal (later named Maroons). NHL now six team
league with two clubs in Montreal. Inaugural game in
new Montreal Forum played November 29, 1924 as
Canadiens defeated Toronto 7-1. Hamilton finished first
in the standings, receiving a bye into the finals. But
Hamilton players, demanding $200 each for additional
games in the playoffs, went on strike. The NHL
suspended all players, fining them $200 each. Stanley
Cup finalist to be the winner of NHL semi-final between
Toronto and Canadiens.
Lady Byng Trophy donated to NHL.
Clubs played 30-game schedule.
1925-26 — Hamilton club dropped from NHL. Players
signed by new New York Americans franchise.
Pittsburgh Pirates granted franchise. Prince of Wales
Trophy donated to NHL.
Clubs played 36-game schedule.
1926-27 — New York Rangers granted franchise
May 15, 1926. Chicago Black Hawks and Detroit
Cougars granted franchises September 25, 1926. NHL
now ten-team league with an American and a Canadian
Division.
Stanley Cup came under the control of NHL. In
previous seasons, winners of the now-defunct Western
or Pacific Coast leagues would play NHL champion in
Cup finals.
Toronto franchise sold to a new company controlled
by Hugh Aird and Conn Smythe. Name changed from
St. Patricks to Maple Leafs.
Clubs played 44-game schedule.
The Montreal Canadiens donated the Vezina Trophy
to be awarded to the team allowing the fewest
goals-against in regular season play. The winning team
would, in turn, present the trophy to the goaltender
playing in the greatest number of games during the
season.
1930-31 — Detroit franchise changed name from
Cougars to Falcons. Pittsburgh transferred to
Philadelphia for one season. Pirates changed name to
Philadelphia Quakers. Trading deadline for teams set at
February 15 of each year. NHL approved operation of
farm teams by Rangers, Americans, Falcons and Bruins.
Four-sided electric arena clock first demonstrated.

1931-32 — Philadelphia dropped out. Ottawa withdrew
for one season. New Maple Leaf Gardens completed.
Clubs played 48-game schedule.
1932-33 — Detroit franchise changed name from
Falcons to Red Wings. Franchise application received
from St. Louis but refused because of additional travel
costs. Ottawa team resumed play.
1933-34 — First All-Star Game played as a benefit for
injured player Ace Bailey. Leafs defeated All-Stars 7-3 in
Toronto.
1934-35 — Ottawa franchise transferred to St. Louis.
Team called St. Louis Eagles and consisted largely of
Ottawa’s players.
1935-36 — Ottawa-St. Louis franchise terminated.
Montreal Canadiens finished season with very poor
record. To strengthen the club, NHL gave Canadiens
first call on the services of all French-Canadian players
for three seasons.
1937-38 — Second benefit All-Star game staged
November 2 in Montreal in aid of the family of the late
Canadiens star Howie Morenz.
Montreal Maroons withdrew from the NHL on June
22, 1938, leaving seven clubs in the League.
1938-39 — Expenses for each club regulated at $5 per
man per day for meals and $2.50 per man per day for
accommodation.
1939-40 — Benefit All-Star Game played October 29,
1939 in Montreal for the children of the late Albert
(Babe) Siebert.
1940-41 — Ross-Tyer puck adopted as the official puck
of the NHL. Early in the season it was apparent that this
puck was too soft. The Spalding puck was adopted in its
place.
On May 16, 1941, Arthur Ross, NHL governor from
Boston, donated a perpetual trophy to be awarded
annually to the player voted outstanding in the league.
Due to wartime restrictions, the trophy was never
awarded.
1941-42 — New York Americans changed name to
Brooklyn Americans.
1942-43 — Brooklyn Americans withdrew from NHL,
leaving six teams: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal,
New York and Toronto. Playoff format saw first-place
team play third-place team and second play fourth.
Clubs played 50-game schedule.
Frank Calder, president of the NHL since its inception,
died in Montreal. Meryn ‘’Red’’ Dutton, former
manager of the New York Americans, became
president. The NHL commissioned the Calder Memorial
Trophy to be awarded to the League’s outstanding
rookie each year.
1945-46 — Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco
applied for NHL franchises.
The Philadelphia Arena Company of the American
Hockey League applied for an injunction to prevent the
possible operation of an NHL franchise in that city.
1946-47 — Mervyn Dutton retired as president of the
NHL prior to the start of the season. He was succeeded
by Clarence S. Campbell.
Individual trophy winners and all-star team members
to receive $1,000 awards.
Playoff guarantees for players introduced.
Clubs played 60-game schedule.
1947-48 — The first annual All-Star Game for the
benefit of the players’ pension fund was played when
the All-Stars defeated the Stanley Cup Champion
Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in Toronto on October 13,
1947.
Criteria for awarding Art Ross Trophy changed. Now
awarded to top scorer. Elmer Lach was its first winner.
Philadelphia and Los Angeles franchise applications
refused.
National Hockey League Pension Society formed.
1949-50 — Clubs played 70-game schedule.
First intra-league draft held April 30, 1950. Clubs
allowed to protect 30 players. Remaining players
available for $25,000 each.
1951-52 — Referees included in the League’s pension
plan.
1952-53 — In May of 1952, City of Cleveland applied
for NHL franchise. Application denied. In March of
1953, the Cleveland Barons of the AHL challenged the
NHL champions for the Stanley Cup. The NHL governors
did not accept this challenge.
1953-54 — The James Norris Memorial Trophy
presented to the NHL for annual presentation to the
League’s best defenseman.
Intra-league draft rules amended to allow teams to
protect 18 skaters and two goaltenders, claiming price
reduced to $15,000.
1954-55 — Each arena to operate an ‘’out-of-town’’
scoreboard.
1956-57 — Referees and linesmen to wear shirts of
black and white vertical stripes. Standardized signals for
referees and linesmen introduced.

1960-61 — Canadian National Exhibition, City of
Toronto and NHL reach agreement for the construction
of a Hockey Hall of Fame on the CNE grounds. Hall
opens on August 26, 1961.
1963-64 — Player development league established with
clubs operated by NHL franchises located in
Minneapolis, St. Paul, Indianapolis, Omaha and,
beginning in 1964-65, Tulsa. First universal amateur
draft took place. All players of qualifying age (17)
unaffected by sponsorship of junior teams available to
be drafted.
1964-65 — Conn Smythe Trophy presented to the NHL
to be awarded annually to the outstanding player in the
Stanley Cup playoffs.
Minimum age of players subject to amateur draft
changed to 18.
1965-66 — NHL announced expansion plans for a
second six-team division to begin play in 1967-68.
1966-67 — Fourteen applications for NHL franchises
received.
Lester Patrick Trophy presented to the NHL to be
awarded annually for outstanding service to hockey in
the United States.
NHL sponsorship of junior teams ceased, making all
players of qualifying age not already on NHL-sponsored
lists eligible for the amateur draft.
1967-68 — Six new teams added: California Seals,
Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia
Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues. New teams
to play in West Division. Remaining six teams to play in
East Division.
Minimum age of players subject to amateur draft
changed to 20.
Clubs played 74-game schedule.
Clarence S. Campbell Trophy awarded to team
finishing the regular season in first place in West
Division.
California Seals change name to Oakland Seals on
December 8, 1967.
1968-69 — Clubs played 76-game schedule.
Amateur draft expanded to cover any amateur player
of qualifying age throughout the world.
1970-71 — Two new teams added: Buffalo Sabres and
Vancouver Canucks. These teams joined East Division:
Chicago switched to West Division. Oakland Seals
change name to California Golden Seals prior to
season.
Clubs played 78-game schedule.
1971-72 — Playoff format amended. In each division,
first to play fourth; second to play third.
1972-73 — Soviet Nationals and Canadian NHL stars
play eight pre-season games. Canadians win 4-3-1.
Two new teams added. Atlanta Flames join West
Division; New York Islanders join East Division.
1974-75 — Two new teams added: Kansas City Scouts
and Washington Capitals. Teams realigned into two
nine-team conferences, the Prince of Wales made up of
the Norris and Adams Divisions, and the Clarence
Campbell made up of the Smythe and Patrick Divisions.
Clubs played 80-game schedule.
1976-77 — California franchise transferred to
Cleveland. Team named Cleveland Barons. Kansas City
franchise transferred to Denver. Team named Colorado
Rockies.
1977-78 — Clarence S. Campbell retires as NHL
president. Succeeded by John A. Ziegler, Jr.
1978-79 — Cleveland and Minnesota franchises merge,
leaving NHL with 17 teams. Merged team placed in
Adams Division, playing home games in Minnesota.
Minimum age of players subject to amateur draft
changed to 19.
1979-80 — Four new teams added: Edmonton Oilers,
Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg
Jets.
Minimum age of players subject to NHL Draft
changed to 18.
1980-81 — Atlanta franchise shifted to Calgary,
retaining ‘’Flames’’ name.
1981-82 — Teams realigned within existing divisions.
New groupings based on geographical areas.
Unbalanced schedule adopted.
1982-83 — Colorado Rockies franchise shifted to East
Rutherford, New Jersey. Team named New Jersey
Devils. Franchise moved to Patrick Division from
Smythe; Winnipeg moved to Smythe from Norris.
1991-92 — San Jose Sharks added, making the NHL a
22-team league. NHL celebrates 75th Anniversary
Season. The 1991-92 regular season suspended due to
a players’ strike on April 1, 1992. Play resumed April
12, 1992.
1992-93 — Gil Stein named NHL president (October,
1992). Gary Bettman named first NHL Commissioner
(February, 1993). Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay
Lightning added, making the NHL a 24-team league.
NHL celebrates Stanley Cup Centennial. Clubs played
84-game schedule.


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