100 things the NHL wished never happened

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  1. Robert Gordon Orr
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    In the long history of the NHL there have been many moments that the league wished never happened. Some on my list are of course made tongue-in-cheek, and I only restricted myself to 100.

    Do you have any other examples of incidents in the NHL that led to bad publicity or was just embarrassing to the league in general, sad stuff, or stuff that happened behind closed doors that the league tried to put a lid on?

    1918 – “Montreal Arena in flames” – Montreal Wanderers

    1919 – “Spanish influenza” – Joe Hall / Stanley Cup Finals

    1921 – “Senators leaving the ice / Smeaton resigning” – Ottawa Senators / Cooper Smeaton

    1922 – “One man war” – Sprague Cleghorn vs Ottawa Senators

    1925 – “Roar of the Tiger players” – Hamilton Tigers / Frank Calder

    1926 – “”Tuberculosis” - Georges Vézina

    1927 – “Suspended for life” – Billy Coutu

    1931 – “Rig it big nose Harry” – Harry Acker / Alec Connell / Bill Dwyer / The Mob

    1933 – “Fractured skull” - Eddie Shore / Ace Bailey

    1933 – “First forfeited game” – Tommy Gorman vs Bill Stewart / Boston vs Chicago

    1937 – “Broken leg and death” – Howie Morenz

    1939-45 - "World War II" - NHL - Added by BigBadBruins7708

    1943
    – “Three heart attacks” – Frank Calder

    1946 – “Betting on his own team” – Babe Pratt

    1948 – “Banned for life” – Don Gallinger / Billy Taylor

    1955
    – “The Richard Riot” – Maurice Richard / Clarence Campbell

    1957 – “Birth of a players’ union” - Ted Lindsay / Doug Harvey and others

    1959 – “All-time low move by Jack Adams” – Jack Adams / Billy McNeill

    1959 - "Officiating Mess" - Red Storey / Calrence Campbell - Added by Canadiens1958

    1963
    – "Officiating mess” – Eddie Powers / Clarence Campbell / Toe Blake

    1968 – “On ice fatality” – Bill Masterton

    1968 – “Stick swinging I” – Larry Zeidel / Eddie Shack

    1969 – “Stick swinging II” – Wayne Maki / Ted Green

    1970 – “CKPG-TV shootout” – Roy Spencer vs the Police

    1972 – “Rival WHA” – WHA vs NHL

    1974 – “Lawsuit costing the NHL $ 4000 per day” – Barry van Gerbig / California Golden Seals vs NHL

    1975 – “On-ice assaults” – Dan Maloney vs Brian Glennie & Dave Forbes vs Henry Boucha

    1977 – “No salary = No game / lawsuit” – Mel Swig / Cleveland Barons / NHL

    1977 – “Sky shops bribe” – Clarence Campbell / Louis Giguére / NHL

    1977 – “Paying for cars, NY apartment & first class trips” – National Hockey League Services / NHL / Don Ruck

    1978 – “No letters on my jerseys” – NHL vs Harold Ballard / Toronto Maple Leafs

    1978 – “First NHL player to be arrested on drug charges” – Don Murdoch

    1978 - "Finito after 14 knee operations" - Bobby Orr - Added by BobbyAwe

    1979
    – “Soviet Union-NHL All-Stars 6-0” – Soviet Union / Challenge Cup / NHL

    1979 - "The Shoe" - Mike Milbury / Boston Bruins / New York fans - Added by Filthy Dangles

    1981
    – “Stuck in a seat” - Barry Tabobondung / NHL draft / Philadelphia Flyers

    1981 – “Soviet Union-Canada 8-1” – Soviet Union / Canada / Canada Cup

    1982 – “The light bulb” - Pete Peeters / Jay Greenberg

    1982 – “The sucker punch” – Jimmy Mann vs Paul Gardner

    1982 - "Brain Aneurysm" - Normand Léveillé - Added by Sadekuuro

    1982 – "Mulvey refusing to fight" - Paul Mulvey / Don Perry / Los Angeles Kings - Added by Iron Mike Sharpe


    1982 – "Harry Neale duking it out with fans" - Harry Neale / Vancouver Canucks - Added by Iron Mike Sharpe

    1983 – “Lawsuit – counter-suit & draft forfeit” – Ralston Purina / NHL / St.Louis Blues

    1983 – “To any who now use, or may want to use, illegal drugs, we say this: We do not want you. Get out and stay out of our business – John Ziegler” – Ric Nattress

    1983 – “Mickey Mouse organization” – Wayne Gretzky / New Jersey Devils

    1984 - "Drunk driving fatal accident" - Craig MacTavish - Added by MeHateHe

    1984 - "Good Friday Massacre" - Québec Nordiques / Montreal Canadiens - Added by MXD


    1984
    – “No handshake, No Jersey” – Mario Lemieux / Pittsburgh Penguins

    1985 - "Porsche + Alcohol = Bad combination" - Pelle Lindbergh - Added by Bear of Bad News

    1986
    – “Oilers flying high – Off the ice as well as on” - Sports Illustrated / Edmonton Oilers

    1987 – “Quinngate” – Pat Quinn / John Ziegler / Los Angeles / Vancouver

    1987 - "Punch-up in Piestany" - Canada / Soviet Union / NHL draft picks - Added by MeHateHe

    1987 & 1988
    – “Indecent exposure & stick attack” – Dino Ciccarelli

    1988 – “Babysitter” – Doug Gilmour

    1988 – “Have another donut” – Jim Schoenfeld / Don Koharski / Referees on strike

    1988 – “Boston Garden Blackout” – Boston / Edmonton

    1989 – “Slashed throat” – Clint Malarchuk

    1990 – “Caps PR-disaster” – Dino Ciccarelli / Neil Sheehy / Geoff Courtnall & (Scott Stevens)

    1991 – “No thanks !” - Eric Lindros / Quebec Nordiques

    1992 – “Ambush marketing” – NHL vs Pepsi-Cola

    1992 – “Selecting three ineligible players” – Mel Bridgman (GM) / Ottawa Senators

    1992 – “10-day NHL Strike” – NHLPA vs NHL

    1992 – “NHL loses pension suit” – Ex-NHL’ers vs NHL

    1993 – “Late hit” – Dale Hunter / Pierre Turgeon

    1993
    – “Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors & Jail” – Bruce McNall

    1993 – “Problem with Russian mafia” – Several Russian NHL-ers

    1994 – “The Eagle have crashlanded” – Carl Brewer and others vs Alan Eagleson

    1994
    – “103-day lockout” – NHLPA vs NHL

    1995 – “No Mas!” – Patrick Roy / Mario Tremblay / Ronald Corey

    1995 – “He shoots, he scores !” – Brendan Shanahan / Craig Janney & Jeff Brown / Kirk McLean

    1996 – “Predator” – Graham James

    1996 – “Foxtrax” – Glowing puck

    1996 – “Swindler” - John Spano / NY Islanders / NHL

    1996 – “The hit” – Claude Lemieux / Kris Draper

    1997 – “Hot under the collar” - Dominik Hasek / Jim Kelley / Ted Nolan

    1997 – “Sex scandal comes to light” – Toronto Maple Leafs

    1998 – “The party incident” - Mark Messier / Pavel Bure

    1998 – “Going berserk in Japan” – Bill Guerin / Keith Tkachuk / Jeremy Roenick / Chris Chelios / Brett Hull / Doug Weight

    1998 – “You said what?” – Bobby Hull

    1999 – “No goal” – Dallas Stars / Buffalo Sabres / Gary Bettman / Bryan Lewis

    1999 – “Assault in Chicago” – George McPhee vs Lorne Molleken

    2000 – “P-tute and a pipe” – Kevin Stevens

    2000 – “Casanova getting clocked” - Eric Lindros / Rod Brind’Amour / Rick Tocchet

    2000 – “Lumberjack” – Marty McSorley / Donald Brashear

    2001 – “9/11” – Garnet “Ace” Bailey / Mark Bavis / USA

    2002 – “Freak accident” – Espen Knutsen / Young hockey fan

    2003 – “Ferrari” – Danny Heatley / Dan Snyder

    2004 – “Unprovoked attack” – Todd Bertuzzi / Steve Moore

    2004 – “Murder for hire” – Mike Danton / Dave Frost

    2004 – “Loans & Lawsuit” – Andy van Hellemond / Mark Faucette / NHL

    2005 – “Season officially cancelled” – NHLPA vs NHL

    2006 – “Operation Slapshot” – Rick Tocchet / Jeremy Roenick / Travis Green

    2007 & 2008
    - “E-mail controversy - There must be a way to get rid of this guy” – Colin Campbell / Dean Warren / NHL

    2008
    – “The Avery Rule & Sloppy Seconds” – Sean Avery

    2009 – “Coyotes bankruptcy” – Phoenix Coyotes / Jerry Moyes / NHL

    2009 – “20 cents” – Patrick Kane

    2009 - "Management issues" - Len Barrie / Oren Koules / Tampa Bay Lightning - Added by MeHateHe

    2010
    – “The Guardian Project” – Stan Lee

    2011 – “Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot” – Vancouver Canucks

    2011 -“Nine former NHL’ers perish in plane crash” – Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

    2011 - "Prescription drugs / Head trauma" - Derek Boogaard / Rick Rypien / Wade Belak - Added by Seventieslord

    2012
    – “Preventing team management from attending charity event” – Philadelphia Flyers / NHL

    2012 – “Another Lockout” – NHLPA vs NHL

    2013 – “Minus $113 million” – NHL / Phoenix Coyotes

    2014 – “Line brawl” – John Tortorella / Bob Hartley

    2014 – “Cup winner and one way ticket home” – Slava Voynov

    2014 – “Federal witness & Betting” – Thomas Vanek / Nathan Paetsch

    2015 – “There’s a lot of cocaine in the NHL” – Viktor Loov

    2015 – “Las Vegas arrest” - Jarret Stoll

    2015 – “Longest non-lifetime suspension in NHL history” – Raffi Torres

    2016 – “All-Star controversy” – John Scott vs NHL

    2016 – “Postponement due to poor ice condition” – Carolina Hurricanes

    2018 – “Concussion settlement” – 318 ex-NHL’ers vs NHL

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