Ed Belfour

What we learned in the NHL: top 100 list, All-Star game format, new generation's stars

What we learned in the NHL: top 100 list, All-Star game format, new generation's stars

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...

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