The history of the NHL runs parallel to the history of hockey and hockey's history is rich and varied. The journey that this sport has taken is a long and exciting one filled with remarkable chapters of victory and defeat, tragedy and triumph and, most of all, people. From the Long Pond of Windsor, Nova Scotia, the first Stanley Cup, and the conception of the NHL in a Montreal hotel ballroom in 1917 to the sensational scenes of the 1999 Stanley Cup, Florida's first champion in 2004, and the drought-ending title of the Chicago Black Hawks in 2010, these are the stories worth telling. From Newsy Lalonde and Howie Morenz, from Maurice Richard and Gordie Howe, to Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy, Brett Hull and Sidney Crosby, the stories are special ones.
Written by four leading authorities on the game and supported by stunning archive photography, The Official Illustrated NHL History is a celebration of all that has made the sport what it is today - the characters, the defining moments and the spectacular competition.