When the NHL eliminated the two-line pass, it invited an increased focus on goal scoring.
The ability to spread the ice from your own defensive zone to a potential breakaway in one pass has effectively changed the game.
Fans love goal scoring and no one in the league is better at it than Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has made himself a household name among hockey fans, and he will soon become the face of the NHL.
Last season, Stamkos hit the 60-goal mark for the first time in his four-year NHL career. He had 10 more goals than anyone else in the league (Evgeni Malkin).
Thanks to his goal-scoring abilities, Stamkos has joined the company of some of the NHL's biggest names.
As a two-time 50-goal scorer before he turned 23, Stamkos joined the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy, Pavel Bure and Alex Ovechkin.
Not bad company is it?
Stamkos will endear himself to more fans with more than just his goal-scoring ability.
Here are some reasons Stamkos will become the face of the NHL.