What we learned from the past week in the NHL:
NHL realizes history and humble players are best assets
The top 100 list announced in conjunction with the league’s 100th anniversary generated debates over some omissions — think Pierre Pilote, Joe Thornton, Dale Hawerchuk, Ed Belfour, Michel Goulet and long-ago star Dit Clapper — but that’s part of the fun of any “best” list. Those chosen appreciated the honor and were a joy to see and talk to during All-Star weekend. Hockey players remain the most team-oriented and approachable of pro athletes.
New generation gets it
They understand that they need to promote the game, and...