NHL All Star Game 2017 report: NHL100: 1917-2017

January 27, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

~ (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

LOS ANGELES~ January 27, 2017, the rest of the NHL100 were revealed at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre.

January 1, 2017, the first 50 years of players who played primarily from 1917-1966, were named in Toronto at the Centennial Classic.

So it was technically 67 legends, who played mostly ironically from the year 1967-present, who were announced Friday evening. GEICO & Emmy Award Jon Hamm presented as the athletes were grouped by position in decade.

The six current players put on the list were Jaromir Jagr, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane.

The Sharks

Named to the NHL100 were former Shark Teemu Selanne and Larry Robinson, team director of player development. Robinson commented, “It’s a pretty humbling experience.” Amalie Benjamin tweeted, “Teemu Selanne was playing golf when he got the call about #NHL100. “I’m looking, Gary Bettman calling. What’s going on here?”

A lot of people felt Joe Thornton was snubbed.

Robinson, who played for the Kings, joined fellow former Kings Luc Robitaille and Marcel Dionne. Dionne stated, “Never forget where you came from” and “Never get too cocky.”

Before the game, the NHL100’s Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky entertained the media at LA Live’s JW Marriott. They unanimously agreed the late fellow NHL100 Gordie Howe was the ‘best ever’.

About the NHL100 experience, Gretzky replied, “We’re like little kids. We’re having more fun than anybody. In a full circle thread later, when talking about his eagerness of Orr to Orr’s former teammate when he was younger, Gretzky stated, “We’re fans as kids and we’re fans as players too.”

In an it would be nice to see scenario, Gretzky included the two men to his left, “the three of us would be pretty good at” 3-on-3 overtime.

Talking about the League, Orr commented, “…I don’t think there’s another sport where the number of players come back and continue to do things within the sport to make it better.”

A bit on the entertainment side

John Ondrasik from Five for Fighting played “100 Years” while honoring 24 players of the NHL100 now departed. Wayne Gretzky did a short introduction beforehand where he mentioned the late hockey fan Alan Thicke. Singer Robin Thicke was originally slated to honor his father. Thicke will also not be an assistant coach at the Celebrity Shootout anymore. Other assistant coaches not mentioned earlier are now Hockey Hall of Famer Billy Smith (Gretzky) and Echoes of Hope co-founder Stacia Robitaille (Lemieux). Kane and pop superstar Justin Bieber are also now playing in the charity game.

 

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