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2014 NHL Heritage Classic Panoramic
2014 NHL Heritage Classic™

This panorama of the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™, taken by James Blakeway, pits the Ottawa Senators® against the Vancouver Canucks® on British Columbia’s biggest stage - BC Place in Vancouver. This nationally televised, regular season event is part of the Heritage Classic series of outdoor NHL® ice hockey games in Canada. The Heritage Classic series are match-ups between Canadian teams and this game in the series celebrates the legendary rivalry that was born a century ago, between Vancouver and Ottawa. At the end of the day, the Senators prevailed with a final score of 4 to 2. The first NHL Heritage Classic was held in 2003.

2014 NHL Stadium Series Panoramic
This panorama of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game at Soldier Field, photographed by Christopher Gjevre, features the hometown favorite, the Chicago Blackhawks®, taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins®. The excitement surrounding this game was evident, as seats were sold-out in less than 24 hours after tickets went on sale. The Penguins squared off against the defending Stanley Cup® Champion Blackhawks, resulting in a final score of Chicago 5, Pittsburgh 1. The NHL Stadium Series is hosted at stadiums around the country and celebrates the history and tradition of outdoor hockey.

2014 NHL Winter Classic®

This panorama of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, taken by Christopher Gjevre, featured its first Canadian team, as the Toronto Maple Leafs® and the Detroit Red Wings® took to the ice.  The annual event, held by the National Hockey League® on or around New Year’s Day, celebrates the history and tradition of outdoor hockey.  This year’s event was played at The Big House® on the University of Michigan campus and the NHL announced an attendance record of 105,491 during the third period.  In the end, the Maple Leafs edged out the Red Wings in a shootout, resulting in a final score of Toronto 3, Detroit 2.  The first NHL Winter Classic was held in 2008.


Anaheim Ducks - Honda Center Pictures - NHL Panorama
This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, highlights the Anaheim Ducks at play on home ice. The club was established in 1993 by The Walt Disney Company as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, a name based on the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks. Befitting a new club, the Ducks unveiled their official colors and logo and moved into their new stadium in Anaheim. The Mighty Ducks merchandise immediately became one of the top sellers in all of professional sports. In June 2006, a new era began as the club became officially known as the Anaheim Ducks with a new logo and color scheme. Their new identity was a collaborative effort, mixing opinions of fans as well as Ducks players, ownership and management.

Boston Bruins - TD Banknorth Garden Pictures - NHL Panorama
This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, brings into focus the Boston Bruins playing at their hometown arena in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston established a franchise in 1924 and was one of the National Hockey League’s® first expansion teams. Known as one of the Original Six™, the Bruins are one of six teams that date back to the NHL’s first decade and predate the other 24 teams currently in the league by over 40 years. The team’s nickname, the Bruins, originated from an Old English word used for brown bears in classic folk tales. The Boston Bruins have won an impressive number of Stanley Cup® Championships by an American team.

Boston Bruins Panoramic - NHL Panorama

Boston Bruins®

This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, captures the Boston Bruins® in their first game of the series and an exciting victory over their division opponent. This win got the Bruins off to a good start in their first round of the Stanley Cup® Playoffs. Since November 1, 1924, the day the franchise was established, the Boston Bruins have been at the epicenter of hockey in New England and have been the beloved hometown hockey team with numerous division and conference crowns, as well as Stanley Cup® Championships. The Boston Bruins were one of the National Hockey League’s® first expansion teams, one of the Original Six™ and predate the other 24 teams currently in the league.

Buffalo Sabres Panorama - HSBC Arena Pictures - NHL Panoramic
This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, captures the Buffalo Sabres playing on home ice during their first full season under new ownership. Beginning day one, new owner, Terry Pergula laid out his vision and stated one simple goal for the team, “Starting today, the Buffalo Sabres’ reason for existence will be to win a Stanley Cup®.” In 1970, after years of minor league hockey, Buffalo established a National Hockey League® team, the Buffalo Sabres. In 1975, the Sabres made their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final Championship series. This was the first Final since the 1967 expansion to include two teams that were not part of the Original Six™ teams.

Calgary Flames - Scotiabank Saddledome Pictures - NHL Panorama
This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, captures the action of the Calgary Flames playing at their hometown arena. Founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1972, the team was known as the Atlanta Flames until moving to Calgary in 1980. The club is the third major professional ice hockey team to represent the city of Calgary, following the Calgary Tigers (1921–27) and the Calgary Cowboys (1975–77). The club was named after the famous fire of Atlanta started by General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1864. The fire was considered the beginning of the end of the Civil War and destroyed the key southern city of Atlanta. Upon moving to Calgary, the team kept the name in honor of the city's oil industry.

Carolina Hurricanes Panoramic
This panorama, taken by James Simmons, spotlights the Carolina Hurricanes playing at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. The franchise originally joined the National Hockey League® in 1979, and the Hurricanes were established in 1997, after relocating from Hartford, Connecticut, to North Carolina. Since arriving in North Carolina, the Hurricanes have captured numerous division titles and Eastern Conference championships and, in 2006, they brought North Carolina its first major professional sports championship, capturing the coveted Stanley Cup®. The Hurricanes also hosted the NHL® All-Star Game in January 2011, with an estimated 138,000 fans taking part in the weekend's festivities.

Chicago Blackhawks - United Center Picture - NHL Panorama
This panorama, photographed by James Blakeway, features the Chicago Blackhawks skating in front of a capacity crowd at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  An Original Six™ franchise, the Blackhawks joined the National Hockey League® in 1926 and captured a number of Stanley Cup® Championships including the 2010 league title.  Entering the 2011-12 season, the Blackhawks earned a playoff berth for three consecutive years, notching 3 of its top 10 regular season point totals in franchise history along the way.  The Blackhawks played to capacity crowds and led the league in attendance for the 2010-11 season.

Chicago Blackhawks Panoramic - United Center Picture
This panorama of the Chicago Blackhawks® was taken by James Blakeway during the team’s Western Conference Quarterfinals series, clinching Game 5, with a win over the Minnesota Wild®. The Blackhawks captured the 2013 Presidents’ Trophy after posting a National Hockey League®-leading 77 points during the regular season. Chicago’s fifth consecutive Stanley Cup® Playoffs berth started with a five-game series win over the Wild. The Blackhawks’ 5-1 victory in Game 5 was witnessed by 21,597 fans at the United Center, marking the franchise’s 217th consecutive capacity crowd dating back to 2008.

Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Panoramic - Championship 2013
This panorama, photographed by Christopher Gjevre, spotlights the Chicago Blackhawks® 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins® in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup® Final on June 24, 2013. The organization’s fifth championship is the culmination of their Presidents’ Trophy-winning season, which opened with an NHL®-record 24-game point streak and led to a Western Conference title and, ultimately, a 4-2 series win. The matchup was the first time the two storied teams have faced off in the postseason since the 1978 Quarterfinals. Chicago’s win marks the tenth time an Original Six™ team has been crowned champion since 1979, the last time two Original Six teams faced off in a Final series.

Colorado Avalanche Panorama - Pepsi Center Pictures - NHL Panoramic
This panorama, taken by Christopher Gjevre, captures the action of the Colorado Avalanche NHL® team as they move the puck down the ice. The franchise, originally founded in Quebec, moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1995. Beginning on November 9, 1995, and ending almost 11 years later, the Colorado Avalanche held the NHL record for longest consecutive attendance sell outs at 487. The Colorado Avalanche won eight division titles in each of their first 10 seasons in Denver and they are the only team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup® Championship their first season after relocating. They won their second Stanley Cup Championship in 2001, when they defeated the New Jersey Devils®.

Columbus Blue Jackets Panoramic
This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, showcases the Columbus Blue Jackets playing at their hometown arena in Columbus, Ohio. It all began in June 1997, when the National Hockey League® awarded the city of Columbus an expansion franchise that would later be named the Blue Jackets. Just over three years later, on October 17, 2000, the club played its inaugural game before a sellout crowd of 18,136 fans. The name “Blue Jackets” was chosen to celebrate the patriotism, pride and rich Civil War history of the state of Ohio and the city of Columbus. The Blue Jackets play their home games at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, which opened in 2000.

Dallas Stars - American Airlines Center Pictures - NHL Panorama
This panorama of the Dallas Stars playing on their home ice was taken by Christopher Gjevre. Originally established in 1967 as the Minnesota North Stars™, the team relocated to Dallas in 1993 and played their first game on October 5, 1993.  In their first season, the Stars made the playoffs by winning 42 games and recording 97 points.  In 1999, the Stars won 51 games, finished with a league’s best 114 points, and went on to win the Stanley Cup® Final. The Stars have also won numerous division titles, conference championships and Presidents’ Trophies. Originally named the Minnesota North Stars, the team was renamed the Stars upon moving to Dallas since Texas is known as the Lone Star State.

Dallas Stars Panoramic - Mike Modano Jersey Retirement
Dallas Stars™ - Mike Modano No.9

This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, pays tribute to a player that had one of the most illustrious careers in NHL® history. On Saturday, March 8, 2014, the Dallas Stars™ honored hockey icon Mike Modano by retiring his Number 9. The seven-time NHL All-Star played 20 of his 21 NHL seasons with the Stars organization. Inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012, he became the franchise leader in nearly every statistical category, as well as finishing his career as the all-time leading American-born scorer in NHL history. Instrumental in helping the Stars capture the 1999 Stanley Cup® championship, he represented Team USA at the Olympic Games on three separate occasions.

Detroit Red Wings - Joe Louis Arena Pictures - NHL Panorama
This panorama of the Detroit Red Wings was taken by James Blakeway in the opening game of the 2011 Stanley Cup® Playoffs – a contest that marked the Red Wings 20th consecutive season in the playoffs. One of the Original Six™ teams of the NHL®, the Red Wings were established in 1926.  Winning their first Stanley Cup Championship in 1936, they repeated the feat the following year, becoming the first American team to win consecutive Stanley Cup Championships. As of 2011, the Red Wings have won more Stanley Cup Championships than any other NHL franchise based in the United States.

Edmonton Oilers - Rexall Place Picture - NHL Panorama
This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, brings to focus the Edmonton Oilers playing on home ice. The Oilers, based in Edmonton, the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, had their team name inspired by Alberta’s vast oil reserves. A group of talented players were introduced to the NHL® when the Oilers joined the league in 1979. After winning multiple Stanley Cup® Championships during the 1980s, the Oilers were honored with "dynasty" status by the Hockey Hall of Fame. In the 1983-84 season, the Oilers finished first overall in the NHL winning a franchise record of 57 games and scoring a grand total of 446 goals for an NHL record.

Florida Panthers - Bank Atlantic Center Picture - NHL Panoramic


This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, captures the action of the Florida Panthers® in their first playoff victory in 15 years, beating the New Jersey Devils® 4-2. The Panthers® were awarded a National Hockey League® franchise for Miami in 1992. They were brought into the league and took part in the 1993 expansion draft. In their third season of play, they made it all the way to the Stanley Cup® Finals. As a result of realignment in 1998, the Panthers® moved to a new division and opened a brand new arena in the South Florida city of Sunrise. In 2003, the Panthers® celebrated their tenth anniversary and hosted one of the most exciting NHL® All-Star Games in NHL® history.

LA Kings - 2012 Stanley Cup Panoramic Picture

2012 Stanley Cup® Champions – Los Angeles Kings®

This panorama, photographed by Christopher Gjevre, captures the Los Angeles Kings® finishing off the New Jersey Devils® with a 6-1 victory in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup® Final, earning the franchise’s first championship in its 45-year history. The 2012 LA Kings® steamrolled through the postseason loaded with talent to become the most compelling team in the NHL®. They are the first No. 8 seed to win the Cup™, the first team to defeat the top three teams in its conference and the first team with any seed to win the first three games of all four series, including the first two on the road in each round. The Kings® are also the first team to take an undefeated road record into the Playoffs since 1994.

LA Kings - Staples Center Pictures - NHL Panorama
This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, highlights the Los Angeles Kings as they play for a win. The Kings were established in 1967 and were one of six new teams that doubled the size of the NHL® from the Original Six™ franchises to 12. The Kings split their first season between Long Beach and Los Angeles before settling in Inglewood, where they played for 32 years. At the beginning of the 1999-2000 season, they moved to their current home in downtown Los Angeles. The team’s original colors of purple (or "Forum Blue," as it was later officially called) and gold were chosen because they were colors traditionally associated with royalty.

Minnesota Wild - Xcel Energy Center Pictures - NHL Panorama
This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, captures the action of the Minnesota Wild playing on their home ice. On June 25, 1997, the NHL® announced that Minnesota had been awarded an expansion franchise to begin play in the 2000-01 season. The club name, the result of a fan write-in campaign, reflects Minnesota’s natural beauty and wildlife. The Wild crest is a pictogram that depicts both the Minnesota Wilderness and the silhouette of a wild animal. Among the components hidden in the logo are the North Star, evergreen trees, a red sky, the sun and/or moon and a stream. The organization retired sweater number 1, as a tribute to Wild Fans on October 11, 2000.

Minnesota Wild Panoramic - Xcel Energy Center Pictures
This panorama, taken by Christopher Gjevre, captures the jubilation of Minnesota Wild® fans as they witness the game-winning overtime goal in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center. The sensational ending in front of a white-towel-waving crowd of 19,238 fans was the Wild’s first postseason victory since April 2008. In 1997, the National Hockey League® announced that a franchise would return to the Twin Cities and the Wild began play in 2000, becoming the first NHL® franchise in Minnesota since the 1993 season. In the 2002-03 NHL season, the team made its first playoff appearance and made a remarkable run to the Western Conference Finals.

Montreal Canadiens - Centre Bell Pictures - NHL Panorama
This panorama of the Montreal Canadiens playing on home ice was taken by James Blakeway. Established in 1909, the Canadiens are the longest continuously operating professional ice hockey team, as well as one of the oldest sports franchises in North America. They are the only existing NHL® club to predate the founding of the NHL in 1917, and are one of the Original Six™ teams that composed the NHL for 25 seasons (1942-1967). As of 2011, the Canadiens were still by far the NHL's most successful club, having won a record 24 Stanley Cup® Championships since its inception.

Montreal Canadiens Panoramic - Centre Bell Poster
Ce panorama des Canadiens® de Montréala été pris par Christopher Gjevre, au Centre Bell rempli à pleine capacité. Fondés le 4 décembre 1909, les Canadiens sont l’équipe la plus prolifique de l’histoire de la LNHMC avec 24 conquêtes de la coupe® Stanley. This panorama of the Montreal Canadiens® on home ice was taken by Christopher Gjevre in front of a sellout crowd of 21,273 at the Bell Centre. Founded on December 4, 1909, the Canadiens have the extraordinary distinction of winning the Stanley Cup® Championship more times than any other franchise in NHL® history.

Nashville Predators - Bridgestone Arena Pictures - NHL Panorama
This panorama of the Nashville Predators defeating the Detroit Red Wings® in front of a sold out crowd was taken by James Blakeway. The Nashville Predators were established in 1997 and announced as the National Hockey League’s® 27th team on May 4, 1998, and played their first game on October 10, 1998, against the Florida Panthers. The club has become synonymous with its hard-working teams and organizational philosophy of drafting and developing players from within. The team’s logo pays tribute to fossils found in 1971, when a construction crew working on the First American Center in downtown Nashville came across the bones of a saber-toothed tiger.

Nashville Predators Panoramic - Bridgestone Arena Pictures - NHL Panorama


This panorama, photographed by James Blakeway, captures the Nashville Predators® celebrating their Western Conference Quarterfinal victory over the Detroit Red Wings® in Game 5. The Predators® won the series 4-1, capping a season in which they finished ahead of their Central Division rival for the first time. They also beat the Red Wings® for the first time in their third playoff series. The Predators® made it even sweeter by handing the Red Wings® their earliest postseason departure since a six-game first-round loss to Edmonton in 2006. In Nashville tradition, the fans tossed catfish on the ice in celebration.

New Jersey Devils - Prudential Center Pictures - NHL Panorama
The National Hockey League’s® New Jersey Devils have called Prudential Center home since 2007-08. The only sports team proud to wear New Jersey on its chest was established in 1982 and named after the legendary Jersey Devil, which roamed the Pinelands of south Jersey. The Devils made their mark in the Garden State, capturing the Stanley Cup® on multiple occasions. Built in downtown Newark, New Jersey, the 17,625-seat arena was the first built in the metropolitan area in more than 25 years and is the driving force behind the city's revitalization. This panoramic photo of Jersey’s Team on its home ice was taken by James Blakeway.

New York Islanders - Nassau Coliseum Picture - NHL Panorama
This panorama of the New York Islanders playing on their home ice was taken by Robert Pettit. The Islanders make their home in Uniondale, New York, on Long Island, the island from which the team takes its name. The Islanders entered the NHL® in 1972 as an expansion team and began play in October. Between 1980 and 1983, they won four consecutive Stanley Cup® Championships and were added to the NHL dynasty (teams that have won three or more Championships in succession). During the 1981-82 season, the Islanders 15-game winning streak set a record for the longest winning streak in NHL history at that time. The team’s logo features the letters ‘NY’ over a silhouette of Long Island.

New York Rangers - Madison Square Gardens Picture - NHL Panorama
This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, captures the action of the New York Rangers playing on home ice. The Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the NHL®, having joined in 1926 as an expansion franchise, and are part of the group of teams referred to as the Original Six™. The Rangers finished their first season with the best record in the NHL. The following year, they went a step further, winning the Stanley Cup® Championship and becoming the first NHL franchise in the United States to win the Stanley Cup. On December 13, 1929, the Rangers became the first team in the NHL to travel by plane when they hired the Curtiss-Wright Corporation to fly them to Toronto for a game against the Maple Leafs®.

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