• On June 22, the NHL awards a franchise to Las Vegas, with the team beginning play in the 2017-18 season. Exactly five months later, the team is christened as the Vegas Golden Knights.

• Four franchises celebrate their 50th anniversaries in their original cities -- the Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues. It's also the 50th anniversary for the Dallas Stars franchise, split between Minnesota and North Texas.

• A little comic relief in the preseason -- on October 2nd, the Stars and Panthers met in London, Ontario. The Panthers were the designated home team and were supposed to bring their newly-redesigned red jerseys. Apparently, the team didn't get the memo and brought their new white jerseys instead. Unfortunately, the Stars also brought their white jerseys. With both teams' home uniforms more than a thousand miles away, the fans at the Budweiser Gardens were forced to watch both teams wear white uniforms for the entire game (a 2-1 Stars overtime win, not that it mattered in the long run for the two non-playoff teams).

• Not a bad start: In his NHL debut with the Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews -- the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft -- scored four goals. Despite that incredible feat, it wouldn't be enough -- the Leafs fell to the Senators in overtime, 5-4. Matthews' opening night heroics put him on pace to score a mere 328 goals. His production would diminish, however, and he would have to settle for only 40 goals in his rookie campaign.

• On New Year's Eve, the NHL's two newest franchises, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild, squared off in St. Paul, with both teams riding amazing winning streaks -- the Blue Jackets with 14 in a row and the Wild with 12 straight. It's the first time in NHL history that two teams faced one another with both riding at least 11-game winning streaks. The Blue Jackets won 4-2, to extend their streak to 15 games and snap the Wild's run. The Blue Jackets would extend their streak to 16 games -- one shy of the NHL record -- before losing to the Capitals on January 5. The two teams, however, peaked at the wrong time -- both were eliminated in the opening round in the playoffs.

• When the calendar flipped to 2017, all teams added a patch celebrating the NHL's 100th anniversary on their right sleeves.

• The NHL kicked off its centennial celebration with the Centennial Classic at BMO Field in Toronto. In a rematch of the 2014 Winter Classic, the Maple Leafs beat the Red Wings in overtime, 5-4. The Red Wings forced overtime by tying the game with 1.1 seconds left in regulation.

• The Pittsburgh Penguins become the first team in 19 years to win back to back Stanley Cups, beating the Nashville Predators in six games. As was the case in their previous four titles, the Penguins hoisted the cup on the road.

Anaheim Ducks

Arizona Coyotes

Boston Bruins

Buffalo Sabres

Calgary Flames

Carolina Hurricanes

Chicago Blackhawks

Colorado Avalanche

Columbus Blue Jackets

Dallas Stars

Detroit Red Wings

Edmonton Oilers

Florida Panthers

Los Angeles Kings

Minnesota Wild

Montreal Canadiens

Nashville Predators

New Jersey Devils

New York Islanders

New York Rangers

Ottawa Senators

Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh Penguins

St. Louis Blues

San Jose Sharks

Tampa Bay Lightning

Toronto Maple Leafs

Vancouver Canucks

Washington Capitals

Winnipeg Jets

2017 All-Star Tournament
Los Angeles, CA