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  • Teemu Selänne
    Teemu Selänne , nicknamed The Finnish Flash , is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey winger. He began his professional career in 1989–90 with Jokerit , Helsinki, then in SM-liiga (now KHL ) and p...
  • Jeremy Jacobs
    Jeremy Maurice Jacobs, Sr.[2] (born January 21, 1940) is the owner of the Boston Bruins and is also Chairman of Delaware North. Forbes magazine ranks him as 481st richest person in the world.[3] He w...
  • Philip Anschutz
    Philip Frederick Anschutz (/ˈænʃuːts/ AN-shoots; born December 28, 1939) is an American entrepreneur. Anschutz bought out his father's drilling company, Circle A Drilling, in 1961 and earned large re...
  • Jamie Oleksiak
    Jamieson Oleksiak (born December 21, 1992) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League. Oleksiak was selected 14th overall in the fir...
  • Vic Desjardins (1898 - 1988)
    Victor Arthur Desjardins (July 4, 1898 – November 22, 1988) was an ice hockey player. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Desjardins played professionally in the National Hockey League and Ame...

The National Hockey League (NHL; French: Ligue nationale de hockeyLNH) is a professional ice hockey league composed of 30 member clubs: 23 in the United States and 7 in Canada. Headquartered in New York City, the NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

The National Hockey League was organized on November 26, 1917, in Montreal, Quebec, after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association (NHA), which had been founded in 1909 in Renfrew, Ontario. The NHL immediately took the NHA's place as one of the leagues that contested for the Stanley Cup in an annual interleague competition before a series of league mergers and folds left the NHL as the only league left competing for the Stanley Cup in 1926. At its inception, the NHL had four teams—all in Canada, thus the adjective "National" in the league's name. The league expanded to the United States in 1924, when the Boston Bruins joined, and has since consisted of American and Canadian teams. After a labour-management dispute that led to the cancellation of the entire 2004–05 season, the league resumed play under a new collective agreement that included a salary cap. In 2009, the NHL enjoyed record highs in terms of sponsorships, attendance, and television audiences.

The league draws many highly skilled players from all over the world and currently has players from approximately 20 different countries. Canadians have historically constituted the majority of the players in the league, with an increasing percentage of American and European players in recent seasons.

The National Hockey League (NHL; French: Ligue nationale de hockeyLNH) is a professional ice hockey league composed of 30 member clubs: 23 in the United States and 7 in Canada. Headquartered in New York City, the NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

The National Hockey League was organized on November 26, 1917, in Montreal, Quebec, after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association (NHA), which had been founded in 1909 in Renfrew, Ontario. The NHL immediately took the NHA's place as one of the leagues that contested for the Stanley Cup in an annual interleague competition before a series of league mergers and folds left the NHL as the only league left competing for the Stanley Cup in 1926. At its inception, the NHL had four teams—all in Canada, thus the adjective "National" in the league's name. The league expanded to the United States in 1924, when the Boston Bruins joined, and has since consisted of American and Canadian teams. After a labour-management dispute that led to the cancellation of the entire 2004–05 season, the league resumed play under a new collective agreement that included a salary cap. In 2009, the NHL enjoyed record highs in terms of sponsorships, attendance, and television audiences.

The league draws many highly skilled players from all over the world and currently has players from approximately 20 different countries. Canadians have historically constituted the majority of the players in the league, with an increasing percentage of American and European players in recent seasons.