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1996-97

• Goaltending begins to dominate the NHL, with goalies registering a record total of 127 shutouts. The trend continued in the playoffs, as goalies earned 18 shutouts -- also an all-time record.

• Hockey invades the desert as the Jets move to Phoenix to become the Phoenix Coyotes.

• Craig MacTavish, the last player to play without a helmet, retires. Helmets have been mandatory for all players entering the league at the start of the 1979-80 season and beyond.

• The Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 42 years, sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers. The Red Wings' win left the Chicago Blackhawks as the team with the longest Stanley Cup drought, last winning it all in 1961.


Mighty Ducks of Anaheim


Boston Bruins


Buffalo Sabres


Calgary Flames


Chicago Blackhawks


Colorado Avalanche


Dallas Stars


Detroit Red Wings


Edmonton Oilers


Florida Panthers


Hartford Whalers


Los Angeles Kings


Montreal Canadiens


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


1997 All-Star Game
San Jose, CA