>>UP THE CENTER. OFFENSIVE ICE. CURRY WITH A ONE TIME GOAL! HE SCORES!>>HE RIPS, AND HE SCORES! WHAT A GOAL! JON: THERE WAS A TIME BETWEEN THE MID-1980’S AND MID-1990’S WHEN EVERY YEAR THERE WERE AT LEAST 1550 GOALSCORERS, AND 15 GUYS WHO WOULD GET 100 POINTS.>>MCDONALD WITH A STEAL. A SHOT. HE SCORES.>>I PLAYED IN THE ERA WITH THE MOST TALENTED PLAYERS EVER TO PLAY THE GAME, AND THE BIGGEST STARS EVER TO PLAY THE GAME. MESSIER, YOUNGER, COFFEE, STEVE YZERMAN, PETER FORSBERG, MIKE MODANO, GLENN HALL.>>ONE OF THE GREATEST SNIPERS EVER. NOT BECAUSE HE IS MY SON. THAT HE CAN SCORE GOALS IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.>>OATS GETS IT IN FRONT. HE SCORES!>>HALL AND OATES. ADAM OATES PUT THAT THIS GET ON BRETT’S TAPE SO HE COULD GET IT IN, AND HE DID. 86 TIMES. AND 72 TIMES. AND A BUNCH OF 50’S. JON: JUST ABOUT EVERY NHL RECORD FOR POINTS AND GOALS WAS SET DURING THE 10 YEAR SPAN FROM THE MID-1980’S TO THE MID-1990’S THAT BRIDGED THE NHL’S LAST TWO 25-YEAR IN EUROS. MANY OF THOSE CAME OFF THE STICK OF A HOCKEY PRODIGY FROM MONTREAL, WHO WOULD GO ON TO LEAD HIS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS TO TWO STANLEY CUPS AT THE START OF THE 1990’S.>>I WAS ONLY 18 YEARS OLD WHEN I CAME TO PITTSBURGH. DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. DID NOT SPEAK ANY ENGLISH AT THE TIME. I WANTED TO PLAY IN THE NHL AND HAVE A CHANCE TO ONE DAY HOPEFULLY LIFT THE STANLEY CUP IN CENTER ICE. JON: IT DID NOT TAKE MARIO LEMIEUX LONG TO LEAVE HIS MARK ON THE NHL.>>LEMIEUX, HIS FIRST SHOT ON GOAL, AND HE SCORES! JON: AFTER SCORING ON HIS FIRST NHL SHIFT, LEMIEUX WENT ON TO WIN THE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD. AND BY THE AGE OF 22, HE WAS THE LEAGUE’S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER, AND LEADING SCORER, WITH 199 POINTS, ONE SHOT AT BECOMING THE ONLY NHL PLAYER OTHER THAN WAYNE GRETZKY TO REACH 200 IN A SINGLE SEASON.>>MARIO IS SO SPECIAL BECAUSE HE DID THE THINGS THAT GUYS DO, BUT HE WAS 6’5″, AND HE HAD REACHED IT, AND NOBODY ELSE EVER HAD.>>HE WAS BIG AND HE WAS STRONG, AND HIS HANDS WERE SILKY SMOOTH, BUT HE WAS FAST.>>’S STRIDES WERE SO LONG. YOU THOUGHT, MAYBE HE IS LUMBERING A BIT. BUT HE WAS NOT LUMBERING AT ALL. JON: SUPER MARIO MIGHT HAVE BEEN SPECTACULAR, BUT HE WAS NOT INDESTRUCTIBLE. BEFORE HE WAS EVEN 25, INJURIES CURTAILED HIS CAREER.>>I REMEMBER HAVING MY FIRST BACK SURGERY BEFORE THE 1991 SEASON. I GOT AN INFECTION WHERE I WAS IN BED THREE MONTHS AND DID NOT KNOW IF I WAS GOING TO BE ABLE TO WALK AGAIN. THANKFULLY, I GOT BETTER, CAME BACK, PLAYED 25 GAMES AT THE END OF THE YEAR.>>HAD SOME OF THE US TYING HIS SKATES SO HE WOULD NOT HAVE TO BEND OVER.>>HAVE THE TIME, HE COULD NOT BEND OVER WHEN HE WALKED IN THE ROOM, BUT HE WOULD PLAY THAT NIGHT AND YOU WOULD SAY, HOW THE HECK DOES HE DO THAT? YOU KNOW? JON: IRONICALLY, IT WAS THE INJURY TO LEMIEUX THAT OPENED THE DOOR FOR ANOTHER FUTURE HALL OF FAME GREAT TO EXCEL WITH THE PENGUINS.>>JAROMIR JAGR IS HAVING A NIGHT OF NIGHTS TONIGHT.>>JAGS WAS TREMENDOUS,, BUT HE WAS 18 YEARS OLD, HOME STICK. HIS CULTURE WAS SO DIFFERENT, COMING FROM CZECHOSLOVAKIA. BY THE END OF THE FIRST SEASON, HE WAS ONE OF OUR BEST PLAYERS, SCORING HUGE IMPACT GOALS. AND OF COURSE HE GOES ON AND BECOMES ONE OF THE GREATS OF THE GAME. JON: LEMIEUX SOMEHOW RETURNED FOR THE PLAYOFFS THAT YEAR, AND LED THE PENGUINS TO THE FIRST STANLEY CUP IN FRANCHISE HISTORY.>>PITTSBURGH, 1991 STANLEY CUP CHAMPS. JON: THE PENS FOLLOWED THAT WITH ANOTHER THE NEXT YEAR, AND LEMIEUX, DESPITE MISSING FIVE PLAYOFF GAMES WITH A BROKEN HAND, LED ALL SCORERS, AND WAS AGAIN NAMED THE PLAYOFF M.V.P. I THE MID-1990’S, AT THE AGE OF 28, MARIO LEMIEUX WAS SOLIDLY IN THE PRIME OF HIS CAREER, WHEN HE WAS FORCED TO FACE THE BIGGEST FIGHT OF HIS LIFE.>>IT WAS A SHOCK FOR SURE, TO BE TOLD THAT YOU HAVE CANCER.>>IT WAS KIND OF STRANGE. I DO NOT KNOW IF I CAN DESCRIBE IT IN WORDS. A YOUNG MAN, HE HEARD FROM THE DOCTORS, AND HE SAID HE HAD TO STOP THE CAR, BECAUSE HE WAS CRYING.>>I TALKED TO OUR DOCTORS AND PEOPLE WHO WENT THROUGH IT IN THE PAST. I FELT MORE COMFORTABLE ABOUT THE OUTCOME. IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF GOING THROUGH THE RADIATION FOR SIX WEEKS. I COULD NOT WAIT TO GET BACK ON THE ICE.>>AND THEN WENT ON AN UNBELIEVABLE RAMPAGE. HE AVERAGED SO MANY POINTS PER GAME IN THAT LAST STRETCH, AFTER HE CAME BACK FROM HODGMAN’S, THAT IF HE HAD AVERAGED THOSE POINTS OVER AN ENTIRE SEASON, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A 260 POINT SEASON.>>HE SCORES! YOU GOT TO LOVE IT.>>SIMPLY AMAZING. JON: LEMIEUX WOULD RETIRE IN 2006, AND WHILE THERE WOULD BE NO MORE CUPS IN HIS CAREER AS A PLAYER, HE DID FOIST THREE MORE AS AN OWNER, CEMENTING HIS LEGACY AS ONE OF THE PILLARS OF THE LEAGUE. ♪ ♪ JON: IT WAS MIDWAY THROUGH THE NHL’S 76TH SEASON, ON FEBRUARY 31, 1993. GARY BECKER WAS INSTALLED AS THE NHL’S FIRST COMMISSIONER. GARY: I VIEWED THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE AT THE NHL AS EXCITING, AS CHALLENGING. MY VISION WAS TO TAKE THE GREAT FOUNDATION WE HAD AS A GAME, AND GROW IT. JON: WHILE HIS INFLUENCE WOULD BE WIDE-RANGING AND PLAY OUT DRAMATICALLY OVER THE NEXT 25 YEARS, IT WAS JUST AFTER HIS ARRIVAL IN 1994 THAT THE NEW YORK RANGERS, AND ORIGINAL SIX TEAM, ENDED A LONG CHAMPIONSHIP DROUGHT. THE RANGERS HAVE COME CLOSE SEVERAL TIMES IN THE PAST, AND APPEARED TO BE IN THE MIDST OF COMING UP SHORT AGAIN, FALLING BEHIND THREE GAMES TO TWO IN THE CONFERENCE FINAL AGAINST THE NEW JERSEY DEVILS. ALONG CAME MESSIER. GARY: WE HAD LOST MOMENTUM. WE HAD TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET IT BACK. I WANTED THE TEAM TO KNOW THAT I REALLY BELIEVED WE COULD GO ON AND WIN GAME SIX.>>THIS WAS HEADLINES ON ALL THE SPORTS SECTIONS OF NEW YORK. MARK MESSIER SAID, WE WILL WIN GAME SIX. JON: IF ANYONE KNEW WHAT IT TOOK TO WIN A CUP, IT WAS MARK MESSIER. HE ALREADY HAD FIVE WITH THE EDMONTON OILERS.>>HE HAS PROCLAIMED THAT WE WILL WIN GAME SIX. AND JUST TIED IT.>>MARK MESSIER GETS HIS SECOND GOAL! THEY LEAD 3-2! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? GAME SIX, HE HAS JUST PICKED UP A HAT TRICK! JON: IN THE STANLEY CUP FINAL AGAINST THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS –>>LET’S GO, RANGERS! JON: THE RANGERS WON AN EQUALLY DRAMATIC GAME SEVEN.>>THE CHAMPS OF “WE WANT THE CUP.”>>AS EXCITING AS IT WAS AND IS MUCH AS WE WANTED TO CELEBRATE, NOBODY TOOK A BREATH UNTIL THE FINAL WHISTLE.>>THE NEW YORK RANGERS ARE THE STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS. AND THIS ONE WILL LAST A LIFETIME. JON: LIKE THE RANGERS, THE DETROIT RED WINGS WANDERED THROUGH THE NHL WILDERNESS FOR DECADES, ENTERING THE DECADE HAVING LAST WON THE CUP IN 1995.>>STEVE YZERMAN IS THE TURNING POINT, BECAUSE YOU COULD BUILD AROUND THIS FRANCHISE PLAYER, BUT THEY NEEDED OTHER PIECES — WE TOOK RUSSIAN PIECES, SWEDISH PIECES. JON: IT WAS IN OCTOBER OF 1995 THAT FIVE OF THE LATEST RUSSIAN PIECES STEPPED ONTO THE ICE TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND PROMPTLY REVOLUTIONIZED THE GAME.>>IT IS THIS AMAZING FEELING WHEN YOU STEP ON THE ICE. THERE IS CONSTANTINE. WE START TO PLAY A DIFFERENT STYLE OF HOCKEY.>>THE FIVE SOVIETS ARE OUT THERE, PLAYING AS A UNIT.>>THEY PASSED THE PUCK AMONGST THEMSELVES 15, 20 TIMES. IT WAS ALMOST LIKE PEOPLE WAY OUT THERE.>>THEY WEAVE AND CIRCLE. FIRES AND SCORES.>>I WAS ALWAYS FEARFUL THAT SOMEBODY COULD FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY WERE DOING, BECAUSE WE COULD NOT OURSELVES. JON: THERE WERE NOT MANY TEAMS WHO COULD FIGURE OUT THOSE WINGS, BUT THE COLORADO AVALANCHE WAS CERTAINLY ONE OF THEM. FROM 1996 TO 2002, THE AVENUES AND THE WINGS DID PLENTY OF FIGHTING, BUT PLENTY OF WINNING, TAKING FIVE OF SEVEN STANLEY CUPS.>>COLORADO WINS THE STANLEY CUP! JON: COLORADO WON FIRST, IN 1996, AND THE WINGS THE NEXT YEAR.>>HE MAKES THE GOAL! JON: GIVING DETROIT ITS FIRST STANLEY CUP IN MORE THAN FOUR DECADES.>>FOR THE FANS, THE CITY, THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, TO GET BACK TO WHERE ALEX AND TED AND OUR FAN BASE EXPECTED IT TO BE WAS VERY EXCITING FOR US ALL.>>FINALLY, THE CUP IS RETURNED TO HOCKEYTOWN. THE CURSE OF 42 YEARS FINALLY ENDS. JON: THE CELEBRATION, HOWEVER, WAS CUT SHORT, WHEN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT ENDED THE CAREER OF VLADIMIR CONSTANTINE OFF, ONE OF THE STARS OF THE WINGS CUP WIN.>>THE TEAM KEPT HIS LOCKER INTACT, WITH HIS GEAR AND A SMALL ROCKER. THAT GAVE US MOTIVATION TO COME OUT AND HAVE ANOTHER STRONG YEAR.>>WHEN YOU WOULD HAVE SOLDIERS — WE HAVE TO PUT A NEXT HER EFFORT FOR THEM.>>THEY HAVE WON THE STANLEY CUP FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW. JON: THE NEXT SEASON, THE WINGS WOULD TAKE THE CUP AGAIN, A VICTORY BEST REMEMBERED FOR ITS HEARTWARMING ENDING.>>WE WERE NOT AWARE UNTIL THE THIRD PERIOD THAT BLATTY WAS THERE. THEY BROUGHT HIM DOWN ONTO THE ICE AFTER THE GAME. TO BE THERE AND TO BE A PART OF IT WITH US WAS VERY EMOTIONAL. JON: THE WINGS WOULD GO ON TO WIN TWO MORE CUPS. THE FIRST IN 2002, SCOTTY BOWMAN ‘S NINTH AND LAST AS A COACH. AND ONCE MORE IN 2008, WITH NICHOLAS LINDSTROM SWEDEN, THE FIRST EUROPEAN TO CAPTAIN A STANLEY CUP CHAMPION. BUT WHILE THE WINGS HAD ONCE AGAIN BECOME A WINNING FRANCHISE, THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS, ANOTHER OF THE ORIGINAL SIX, WERE STILL TRYING TO FIND THEIR WAY BACK TO THE TOP OF THE LEAGUE.>>WE HAD DIPPED INTO IRRELEVANCY. IT WAS — IT WAS ROUGH FOR A WHILE. TALK ABOUT A RENAISSANCE. IT WAS — IT IS STAGGERING.>>THE AVALANCHE LINE. HE SHOOTS. HE SCORES! WHAT A PLAY! JON: THE REVITALIZATION OF THE BLACKHAWKS BEGAN IN 2007, WITH THE ARRIVAL OF JONATHAN TOEWS AND PATRICK KANE.>>AND HERE COMES KANE! HE SCORES!>>THREE YOUNG KIDS COMING INTO THE CITY. WE ALWAYS HEARD, IF YOU WIN, THE FANS WILL COME BACK AND START WATCHING YOUR. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.>>IT WAS AMAZING TO SEE HOCKEY REAWAKEN IN THIS TOWN, AS TWO OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME WERE JUST STARTING OUT, AND THERE WAS AN AWESOME TEAM BUILT AROUND THEM THAT WAS YOUNG AND EXCITING AND FUN. JON: THE KIDS GREW UP IN A HURRY, AND IN 2010 ENDED THE BLACKHAWKS’ NEARLY 50-YEAR RUN WITHOUT A STANLEY CUP.>>I WAS TRYING TO NOT GET TOO EXCITED, AS IT WAS ALMOST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.>>FIRST TIME SINCE 1961 THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HAVE WON THE STANLEY CUP. JON: BUT THE HAWKS DID NOT STOP WITH JUST ONE CUP. THREE YEARS LATER, THEY WON THEIR SECOND, IN ONE OF THE MOST MIRACULOUS FINISHES IN THE HISTORY OF THE NHL, TWO GOALS IN 17 SECONDS AT THE END OF GAME SIX, TO BEAT THE BOSTON BRUINS.>>THE SECOND TIME IN FOUR SEASONS, THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HAVE WON THE STANLEY CUP! JON: AND TWO YEARS AFTER THAT, THEY WANTED AGAIN, THE THIRD CAP IN JUST SIX SEASONS. IN THE LAST 25 OF ITS FIRST 100 YEARS, THE NHL SPOTLIGHT FELL ON SEVERAL GENERATIONAL STARS. SOME PUT THE PUCK IN THE NET. SOME KEPT IT OUT. PATRICK ROY WON FOUR STANLEY CUPS WITH TWO TEAMS, THE LAST WITH COLORADO IN 2001. THE INCOMPARABLE MARC-ANDRE DOOR WON WITH THE NEW JERSEY DEVILS BEFORE RETIRING IN 2015 AS THE ALL-TIME WINNINGEST GOALTENDER.>>MARTY GRANDDAUGHTER IS THE WINNINGEST GOALTENDER IN THE NHL. JON: AS THE RESULT OF SEVERAL RULES CHANGES IN 2005, THE GAME OPENED UP AND SCORING INCREASED, ONCE AGAIN SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON EXPLOSIVE OFFENSE OF TALENT. CRACKS IT IS IN. GOAL! JON: RUSSIAN BORN ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, A DANGEROUS COMBINATION OF POWER AND SPEED, BEGINS HIS CAREER IN 2005, THE SAME YEAR AS SIDNEY CROSBY, ANOTHER OF THE ERA’S SEMINAL OFFENSIVE STARS, CREATING A RIVALRY THAT WOULD INTENSIFY AS EACH PLAYER CONTINUED TO EXCEL.>>WELCOME TO THE CROSBY SHOW. SIDNEY CROSBY, ABSOLUTELY OFF THE CHARTS. JON: LIKE A LOT OF THE ALL-TIME GREATS WHO CAME BEFORE HIM, IT DID NOT TAKE LONG FOR SIDNEY CROSBY TO FIND HIS PLACE IN THE LEAGUE. HE TOPPED 100 POINTS IN HIS FIRST YEAR, AND BY THE AGE OF 19, HE LED THE NHL IN SCORING. AFTER COMING CLOSE TO WINNING THE CUP IN 2008, IN 2009, HE BECAME THE YOUNGEST CAPTAIN EVER WITH A STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP.>>EVEN THOUGH I WAS ONLY IN THE LEAGUE FOR THREE OR FOUR YEARS, I THINK YOU STILL UNDERSTAND HOW TOUGH IT IS, AND YOU DO NOT NECESSARILY GET OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THAT ALL THE TIME. YOU REALLY WANT TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THAT OPPORTUNITY. JON: JUST A YEAR AFTER WINNING HIS FIRST CUP, SID THE KID TOP 50 GOALS. AND HIS BRILLIANCE IS NOT FOUND IN NUMBERS ALONE. FOR CROSBY, IT IS ALL ABOUT WINNING CUPS, WHICH HE DID TWICE MORE, THE LAST TO CLOSE OUT THE NHL’S 100TH YEAR. THROUGHOUT ITS 100 YEAR HISTORY, WITH ALL ITS LEGENDARY PLAYERS AND GREAT TEAMS, ONE THING ABOUT THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE SAME. IT WAS WHEN IT STARTED, AND REMAINS TO THIS DAY, INTENT ON THE OVERALL GAME.>>WE HAD TEAMS IN MORE MARKETS. BUT THE PHILOSOPHY WAS, WE HAVE GOT THE GREATEST ATHLETES IN THE WORLD, ON AND OFF THE ICE. WE CAN DO SO MUCH MORE AND BE SO MUCH EAGER IF WE GAVE MORE PEOPLE AND OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY TOUCH THE GAME. JON: AND TOUCH THE STANLEY CUP, WHICH IN THE LAST 25 YEARS HAPPENED TO 13 DIFFERENT FRANCHISES, INCLUDING MORE THAN A FEW OF THE SUN BELT CITIES.>>WE HAVE HAD THE STANLEY CUP WON BY A DALLAS, A TAMPA, AND IN ANAHEIM. THAT TELLS YOU THAT HOCKEY WILL WORK WHEREVER WE ARE, NO MATTER WHAT THE TEMPERATURE IS OUTSIDE. WE HAVE BEEN TO THE STANLEY CUP FINAL IN SOUTH FLORIDA, IN NASHVILLE.>>THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT COMES OUT OF EXPANSION INTO NONTRADITIONAL HOCKEY MARKETS — MORE PLAYERS.>>AUSTON MATTHEWS WILL TELL YOU, IF THE COYOTES HAD NOT BEEN IN PHOENIX, HE WOULD NOT HAVE PLAYED HOCKEY. THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED, SO WE WOULD NOT HAVE SEEN THIS PLAYER. JON: OVER THE YEARS, ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST 25, FINDING THAT TALENT, WHEREVER IT MAY BE, FROM NORTH AMERICA TO EUROPE AND BEYOND, HAS HELPED THE LEAGUE BECOME THE GLOBAL GAME IT IS TODAY.>>LESS THAN HALF OF OUR PLAYERS ARE CANADIAN BORN. 55% IS SPLIT BETWEEN EUROPEAN AND U.S. BORN. THE INTERNATIONAL TALENT POOL, THE U.S. TALENT POOL, THE CANADIAN TALENT POOL, WHICH CONTINUES TO BE DEEP AND STRONG — IT CERTAINLY MAKES FOR A BETTER PRODUCT FOR OUR FANS. JON: THE NHL HAS DONE MORE THAN JUST EMBRACE PLAYERS FROM THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.>>GAME TWO OF THE 2017 NHL CHINA GAMES. JON: SINCE 1997, IT HAS TRAVELED OVERSEAS ITSELF, PLAYING GAMES AROUND THE GLOBE.>>[SPEAKING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE] JON: WHILE THE RECENT NHL HAS GROWN EXPONENTIALLY, AS IT NEARED THE END OF ITS FIRST 100 YEARS, THE LEAGUE ALSO FOUND A UNIQUE WAY TO EMBRACE THE SPORT’S ROOTS.>>IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK, THE NHL HAS TAKEN IT OUTSIDE, AND MORE THAN 73,000 ARE HERE TO WITNESS IT. THE GAME ON HIS STICK RIGHT HERE. SCORES! SABRES WIN!>>IT CONJURES UP IMAGERY AND IMAGINATION. AND THEY ARE THINKING ABOUT THEIR CHILDHOODS, WHEN THEY FIRST LEARNED TO SKATE, AS SO MANY OF THEM DID ON FROZEN PONDS. JON: THE WINTER CLASSIC AND OTHER OUTDOOR GAMES HAVE CROSSED OVER FROM SPORTING EVENT TO A CULTURAL PHENOMENON. AND BROUGHT THE NHL TO ICONIC VENUES LIKE FENWAY PARK, SOLDIER FIELD, AND EVEN DODGER STADIUM.>>WE REPRESENT THE GAME OF HOCKEY, A GAME LIKE NO OTHER. JON: AND IN THE LAST FEW DECADES, TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES LIKE VIDEO REPLAY HAVE ENHANCED THE GAME, TAKING THE SPORT ITSELF, AND EVEN HOW IT IS CONSUMED, INTO ITS NEXT CENTURY. 100 YEARS AGO, THE VERY THOUGHT THAT HOCKEY COULD EVEN EXIST AS A PROFESSIONAL SPORT WAS NOT MUCH MORE THAN THAT — JUST A THOUGHT. WHAT THE LEAGUE HAS BECOME SINCE THEN IS A REMARKABLE TESTAMENT TO PERSEVERANCE, ENTERPRISE, AND INNOVATION, AND OF COURSE, UNMATCHED AND UNFORGETTABLE TALENT.>>BOY DO THEY EVER PLAY HARD. IT IS A COLLECTION OF SWEAT AND ADRENALINE. AND WHAT IS IT FOR? YOU WILL HAVE THE ADJECTIVE IN FRONT OF YOUR NAME THE REST OF YOUR LIFE — STANLEY CUP CHAMPION, FIRST NAME, LAST NAME.>>THE STANLEY CUP — WE ALL DREAM ABOUT IT. IT IS IN YOUR BLOOD IF YOU ARE A HOCKEY PLAYER. YOU THINK OF YOUR GRANDPARENTS, YOUR MOM AND DAD, THE COACHES YOU HAVE. IT IS NOT JUST YOU GETTING YOUR NAME ON A CUP. IT IS EVERYBODY THAT GOT YOU THERE.>>WAYNE GRETZKY IS STILL AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE FACE OF HOCKEY. BOBBY ORR WILL ALWAYS BE A FACE OF HOCKEY. BUT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE SO MANY YOUNG PLAYERS THAT CAN FOLLOW IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS, UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED IN BRINGING THE GAME TO THE POINT THAT IT IS — IT IS NOT ONLY A COMPELLING STORY. THERE ARE LIMITLESS OPPORTUNITIES. I AND SO MANY OTHERS ARE HAPPY TO CELEBRATE THE FIRST 100 YEARS, BUT WE ARE EVEN MORE EXCITED ABOUT BEGINNING THE SECOND 100 YEARS. ♪ ♪

The NHL Story, Ep 4 : The Global Game

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