Gordie Howe another prominent NHL family member. (Photo: Getty Images via NHL.com)

Memory Lane Monday: A NHL History Lesson

Wayne Gretzky, an incredible part of NHL's history) (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Ridewood)

Schools everywhere are opening their doors to students eagerly awaiting their first lesson. Eager may be a bit of an exaggeration. Schools are more likely opening their doors to eye-rollers, excuse-makers, and class-cutters.

Students wish for an instructor that delivers lessons in a fun, relatable manner. They pray for content that will actually spark their interest. Well, cue the dream sequence my pupils and welcome to Cardiac Cane Academy.

November 22, 1917: The puck dropped for the National Hockey League in Montreal Canada.

1924: NHL expanded into the United States with the founding of the Boston Bruins. The Montreal Moroons also joined the league in 1924.

1925: The New York Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates were formed.

1926: The New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Detroit Cougars were created.

1927: Conn Smythe purchased the Toronto  St. Patricks and renamed them the Maple Leafs.

1934: The first NHL All-Star games were held.

1942: The above six teams are the last standing, hence the birth of the Original Six, a trend that lasted for 25 years.

1945: Maurice Richard is the first player to tally 50 goals in a season.

1946: Gordie Howe makes his NHL debut.

1947: The Stanley Cup was officially delegated to the NHL.

January 18, 1958: Willie O’Ree was the first black NHL player. His historical entrance was with the Boston Bruins.

Gordie Howe another prominent NHL family member. (Photo: Getty Images via NHL.com)

1967-68: League expansion generated Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, California Seals and St. Louis Blues.

1973: NHL lost Bobby Hull to WHA’s Winnipeg Jets for a history-making 10 year $2.5 million contract.

1979: A merger agreement between with the WHA granted the NHL the Jets, Oilers, Hartford Whalers, and Quebec Nordiques. This would also be the year Wayne Gretzky joined the Oilers.

Feb 22, 1980: Miracle on Ice

August 9, 1988: The Trade

1992: National Hockey League Players Association strike held for ten days.

1994-95: Lockout reduced season to 48 games.

1995: Quebec Nordiques became the Colorado Avalanche.

1996: Jets relocated and became known as the Phoenix Coyotes.

1997: The Hartford Whalers become our Carolina Hurricanes.

April 19, 1999: Wayne Gretzky retires. His #99 his retired by all NHL teams.

September 11, 2001: The NHL family loses two of their own.

September 15, 2004: Lockout lasts a record 310 days.

January 19, 2006: Bryan Berard, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, is the first NHL player to test positive for a banned substance

January 1, 2008: First Winter Classic

June 1, 2011: The Atlanta Thrashers were sold to True North and relocated to Winnipeg as the Jets.

Just a few fun highlights from a league full of rich memories. Memories that made us applaud, cry, laugh, and holler. Cheers to the upcoming 2011-12 season and many more history-making moments.


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