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A fine skate of affairs for NHL's 100th anniversary

A fine skate of affairs for NHL's 100th anniversary

Let’s enjoy this peaceful time in the National Hockey League, this happy interlude between lockouts, the last great days of the Original 30 Era before the first puck is dropped to welcome the still-to-be-named Las Vegas franchise.

When the season begins Wednesday, the NHL will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding and the 50th anniversary of its first major expansion, which doubled the league’s size from six teams to 12 for the 1967-68 campaign. The men who gathered at a Montreal hotel in November, 1917 to form the NHL from the ashes of the National Hockey Assn. couldn’t have envisioned what the league looks like now, with teams based in...

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