The National Hockey League on Tuesday announced their plans for the special events they are planning in preparations for the league’s centennial.
The NHL’s Centennial festivities will faceoff on January 1, 2017 in Toronto with the Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic at Exhibition Stadium. The Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Detroit Red Wings, in an “Original Six” matchup.
During the outdoor game, the league will present the first phase in the announcement of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. They will also set in motion the NHL Fan Arena, the traveling fan friendly experience set to visit every NHL market within North America throughout the year.
The 100 Greatest NHL Players is the centerpiece of the whole centennial celebration for the league. The list was compiled by an esteemed panel of executives, members of the media and NHL alumni.
Prior to the Centennial Classic, the league will reveal 34 of those players, the alumni from 1917 through 1966. The remaining 66 players, those from the second half of the century, 1967 to the present, will be revealed during the NHL100, taking place All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on January 27, at the Microsoft Theater.
The star-studded, NHL100 will be open to the public and fans can purchase tickets to the 90-minute event at www.lakings.com/allstar. Los Angeles Kings season ticket members will receive priority access to the event beginning on December 13.
The NHL Centennial Fan Arena is a mobile tribute to the game. Some of the key features of the fan arena will include a museum truck, featuring interactive digital displays, video content, historic memorabilia and unique photo moments.
The Fan Arena will also feature a video truck, which will be a second 53-foot trailer with a giant video screen displaying team trivia and highlights, plus a pop-out stage for special appearances. The Centennial Fan Arena will also have a pop-up ball hockey rink for youth hockey players to show off their skills in clinics and games.
It will also include a virtual reality experience called Clear the Ice Zamboni. Fans will get the chance to race each other as they virtually resurface the ice. As the fans sit in the mini Zamboni they get the chance to feel what it feels like to clear the ice as they challenge other fans in a timed virtual race.
Hockey’s holy grail, the Stanley Cup will also make its rounds to every market through the NHL Centennial Fan Arena. Beginning December 19, fans will get the chance to RSVP for the Fan Arena by visiting www.nhl.com/fanarena. The RSVP program includes pre-registration to the free activities as well as event reminders.
During January and February, the Fan Arena will visit nine markets. Full details on where it will visit in the markets will be announced later.
December 31 to January 1: Toronto (Exhibition Stadium Lot 2)
January 6 to January 7: Arizona
January 12 to January 14: Dallas
January 18 to January 19: San Jose
January 21 to January 22: Anaheim
January 26 to January 29: Los Angeles (2017 NHL All-Star Game)
February 3 to February 5: St. Louis
February 11 to February 12: Nashville
February 24 to February 25: Pittsburgh
The league will also have a float in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on January 2. The float presented by Honda and called A Century of Greatness, will feature floral replicas of a 55-foot long hockey rink, all 30 logos of the NHL teams as well as the official NHL Centennial logo.
Following NBC’s coverage of the parade they will show the Bridgestone Winter Classic as the St. Louis Blues host the Chicago Blackhawks from Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO.
The 2017 NHL Centennial Calendar of Events:
Jan. – Dec., NHL Centennial Fan Arena Traveling Tour
Jan. 1, Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ (Toronto, ON)
Jan. 1, 100 Greatest NHL Players Unveiling (Players who played from 1917-1966)
Jan. 2, Tournament of Roses Parade – “A Century of Greatness (1917-2017)” Float (Pasadena, CA)
Jan. 2, 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® (St. Louis, MO)
Jan. 27-29, 2017 NHL® All-Star (Los Angeles, CA)
Jan. 27, THE NHL100™ – 100 Greatest NHL Players Unveiling at Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA (Players who played from 1967 to present day)
Feb. 25, 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ (Pittsburgh, PA)
March 15-18, Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Celebrations (Ottawa, ON)
June, 2017 NHL Awards™ (Las Vegas, NV)
Jun. 23-24, 2017 NHL Draft™ (Chicago, IL)
Nov. 26, NHL 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the League
Dec. 19, NHL 100th Anniversary of the First Games Played