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The event is part of the yearlong centennial celebration of the NHL, which formed in November of 1917 and held its first game less than a month later, Dec. 19, 1917.
“I grew up a huge hockey fan and a St. Louis Blues die-hard, so it’s an absolute dream come true to host THE NHL100, where I’ll be among the best players to ever play the game that I love so much,” said Hamm. “To share a stage with the NHL legends I idolized as well as the best players in the league today will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I can’t wait to bring this unique hockey celebration to my second hometown — Los Angeles.”
Earlier this year, the NHL named Wayne Gretzky, the league’s all-time leading scorer, as Centennial Ambassador. Gretzky played for a number of teams throughout his two-decade career, including a short stint with the St. Louis Blues in 1996, Hamm’s hometown team, as well as local hockey club the L.A. Kings.
The NHL 100 will showcase the entire collection of the 100 greatest players in the league’s history, with 67 members who played predominantly from 1967 to the present being unveiled at the event. These players will join the 33 legends who played primarily from 1917 to 1966 who were announced at the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic on Jan. 1.
The Gala will kick off the NHL’s All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.
“All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles is a fitting backdrop for a star-studded show that will salute the legends who have thrilled hockey fans and transformed the game and the League in the most meaningful ways over the NHL century,” said NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President Steve Mayer.
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