NHL Network Radio Presents 100 Best Things From the NHL

100 years
A statue of former hockey player Bobby Hull is seen during the NHL Draft Centennial Fan Arena outside the United Center before the 2017 NHL Draft on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the first games in the history of the National Hockey League. In recognition of the first 100 years of great hockey, we present…

The 100 Best Things from the NHL:

Best Name – Bart Crashley

Best Crest – Hartford Whalers

Best Uniform – Atlanta Flames

Best Arena – Montreal Forum (after the late 60’s refit)

Best Arena Seats  – Madison Square Garden blues

Best Hot Dogs – Montreal Forum

Best Goal Horn – Madison Square Garden

Best Organ – Chicago Stadium

Best Novelty Noise Maker – the Cannon in Columbus

Best Anthem Singer – Roger Doucet

Best Guest Anthem Singer – Kate Smith

Best Fans – Gallery Gods in Boston

Best Intermission Host – Ron MacLean

Best TV announcer – Danny Gallivan

Best Colour Commentator – Dick Irvin Jr.

Best Radio Announcer – Foster Hewitt

Best Radio Producer – Bruce Bolton

Best Arena Announcer – Claude Mouton

Best One-Liners – Harry Neale

Best Media Personality – Don Cherry

Best Hockey Author – Stan Fischler

Best Hockey Writer – Jim Proudfoot

Best Hockey Newspaper – The Hockey News

Best Hockey Magazine – Goal

Best Hockey Website – hockeydb.com

Best Trophy other than the Stanley Cup – Vezina Trophy

Best Playoff Series – 1987 Stanley Cup Final

Best Hockey Day – NHL Trade Deadline

Best Nightlife – Montreal

Best Mascot – Harvey the Hound

Best Beard – Bill Cowboy Flett

Best Mustache – Lanny MacDonald

Best Hockey Smile – Bobby Hull

Best Six Pack – Bobby Hull

Best Biceps – Bobby Hull

Best Fighter – Bob Probert

Best Pre-Game Brawl – Flyers-Canadiens 1987 playoffs

Best In Game Brawl – Good Friday 1984 Nordiques Canadiens

Best Goal Celebration – Dave Tiger Williams

Best Goaltender Mask – Ken Dryden 1971

Best Post-Game Pressers – John Tortorella

Best American Fans – New York Islanders

Best Canadian Fans – Winnipeg Jets

Best Group of Fans – The Travelling Jagrs

Best Hockey Museum – The Hockey Hall of Fame

Best Hockey Museum NOT the HHOF – Mike Wilson’s basement

Best Market Not Currently in the NHL – Quebec City

Best Multi-Athlete Sport – Lionel Conacher

Best Two-Sport Athlete – Tom Glavine

Best Hockey Movie – Slapshot

Best Hockey TV show – He Shoots He Scores

Best Hockey Radio Show – NHL Game Day with Steve Kouleas

Best Hockey Book – The Game

Best Hockey Song – The Ballad of Wendel Clark Pts. 1 and 2

Best TV Hockey Song – The Hockey Theme

Best In-Arena Hockey Song – Brass Bonanza

Best Hockey Board game – Strat-o-Matic Hockey

Best Hockey Video Game – NHL ‘93

Best Hockey Card Set – 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee

Best One-Sided Trade – Doug Gilmour to the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Calgary Flames January 1992

Best Autograph Signer – Bobby Hull

Best Interviewer – Dave Hodge

Best Interviewee – P.K. Subban

Best Hockey Dad – Karl Subban

Best Hockey Family – The Sutters

Best NHL Uniform Collector – Mike Sillinger

Best Golfer – Bernie Nicholls

Best Tennis Player – Roman Josi

Best One-Two Punch – Adam Oates and Brett Hull

Best Goal – Bobby Orr May 10th, 1970

Best Slapshot – Bobby Hull

Best Stick Handler – Patrick Kane

Best Playoff Upset – 1991 Minnesota North Stars

Best Dynasty – Edmonton Oilers 1984 to 1990

Best Team – 1985 Edmonton Oilers

Best Coach – Scotty Bowman

Best Assistant Coach – Jacques Lapierriere

Best General Manager – Frank Selke Sr.

Best Trainer – Jim Bearcat Murray

Best Linesman – John D’Amico

Best Referee – Andy Van Hellemond

Best Skater – Pavel Bure

Best Body Checker – Tim Horton

Best Hip Check – Hilliard Graves

Best Eyes – Maurice Rocket Richard

Best Forward – Wayne Gretzky

Best Canadian Player – Wayne Gretzky

Best American Player – Mike Modano

Best Swedish Player – Peter Forsberg

Best Finnish Player – Teemu Selanne

Best Russian Player – Alexander Ovechkin

Best Czech Player – Jaromir Jagr

Best Slovakian Player – Peter Stastny

Best Female NHL player – Manon Rheaume

Best Defenceman – Bobby Orr

Best Goaltender – Jacques Plante

Best Backup Goaltender – Brian Hayward with Montreal

Best Defensive Defenceman – Rod Langway

Best Rookie – Teemu Selanne

Best Player – Wayne Gretzky