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1998-99

• The NHL expands to the home of country music -- Nashville, with the birth of the Nashville Predators.

• With the Predators' arrival, the league realigns to six divisions (two conferences of three divisions each).

• The Great One hangs them up. Following a stellar 20-year NHL career (following one year in the WHA), Wayne Gretzky retires as a member of the New York Rangers. Having rewritten just about the entire NHL record book, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced prior to the start of the game that Gretzky's number 99 would be retired league-wide.

• The Dallas Stars win the Stanley Cup in a most controversial way, beating the Buffalo Sabres in six games. The Stars won the Cup on Brett Hull's overtime goal. Replays showed Hull's skate was in the crease with the puck outside it as he made the Cup-winning shot. At the time, such instances would have been overturned by video replay. But with the massive celebration, traditional handshakes and Cup presentation having already been made, the NHL elected not to waive off the goal. The rule was changed almost immediately afterwards.


Mighty Ducks of Anaheim


Boston Bruins


Buffalo Sabres


Calgary Flames


Carolina Hurricanes


Chicago Blackhawks


Colorado Avalanche


Dallas Stars


Detroit Red Wings


Edmonton Oilers


Florida Panthers


Los Angeles Kings


Montreal Canadiens


Nashville Predators


New Jersey Devils


New York Islanders


New York Rangers


Ottawa Senators


Philadelphia Flyers


Phoenix Coyotes


Pittsburgh Penguins


St. Louis Blues


San Jose Sharks


Tampa Bay Lightning


Toronto Maple Leafs


Vancouver Canucks


Washington Capitals


1999 All-Star Game
Tampa, FL