NHL History: The Defining Moment of Each NHL Franchise

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NHL History: The Defining Moment of Each NHL Franchise
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Any highlight reel can show you hockey's greatest hits, saves and goals, but the true magic of the NHL is in the sport's moments.

The stories that are passed from generation to generation, told and retold in stadium seats and on barstools are the most important memories of the sport. And, for each individual franchise, there is a different story to be told that defines the team and the culture surrounding it.

Some of these moments are glorious—etched in the minds of those who witnessed them and in the dreams of those who were too young to have been there.

Other moments are agonizing—provoking depression and rage with the simple mention of a name or a date.

But all of these moments unite those who sit in the stands and in front of televisions in a common history and passion.

These are the moments that, for better or for worse, defined each NHL franchise and shaped their identities.

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