2003–04 NHL season

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2003–04 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
DurationOctober 8, 2003 June 7, 2004
Number of games82
Number of teams30
Draft
Top draft pick Marc-Andre Fleury
Picked by Pittsburgh Penguins
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy Detroit Red Wings
Season MVP Martin St. Louis (Lightning)
Top scorer Martin St. Louis (Lightning)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Tampa Bay Lightning
  Eastern runners-up Philadelphia Flyers
Western champions Calgary Flames
  Western runners-up San Jose Sharks
Playoffs MVP Brad Richards (Lightning)
Stanley Cup
Champions Tampa Bay Lightning
  Runners-up Calgary Flames
Seasons
  2002–03
2004–05  

The 2003–04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. The Stanley Cup champions were the Tampa Bay Lightning, who won the best of seven series four games to three against the Calgary Flames.

National Hockey League North American professional ice hockey league

The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. It is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Lightning have one Stanley Cup championship in their history, in 2003–04. The team is often referred to as the Bolts, and the nickname was used on the former third jerseys. The Lightning plays home games in Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Calgary Flames hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club is the third major-professional ice hockey team to represent the city of Calgary, following the Calgary Tigers (1921–1927) and Calgary Cowboys (1975–1977). The Flames are one of two NHL franchises in Alberta; the other is the Edmonton Oilers. The cities' proximity has led to a rivalry known as the "Battle of Alberta".

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For the fourth time in eight years, the all-time record for total shutouts in a season was shattered, as 192 shutouts were recorded. [1] The 2003–04 regular season was also the first one (excluding the lockout-shortened 1994–95 season) since 1967–68 in which there was neither a 50-goal scorer, nor a 100-point scorer. [1] [2] This was the final season that ABC and ESPN televised NHL games. It was also the final NHL season before the 2004–05 NHL lockout, and the final season in which games could end in ties.

American Broadcasting Company American broadcast television network

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of Disney–ABC Television Group, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building.

ESPN is a U.S.-based sports television channel owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture owned by The Walt Disney Company (80%) and Hearst Communications (20%). The company was founded in 1979 by Bill Rasmussen along with his son Scott Rasmussen and Ed Egan.

The 2004–05 NHL lockout was a lockout that resulted in the cancellation of what would have been the 88th season of play of the National Hockey League (NHL). It was the first time the Stanley Cup was not awarded since 1919, the first time a major professional sports league in North America canceled a complete season because of a labor dispute, and the second time after the 1994–1995 MLB strike that the postseason of a major professional sports league in North America was canceled. The lockout lasted 10 months and 6 days starting September 16, 2004, the day after the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the NHL and the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) that resolved the 1994–95 lockout expired.

League business

The schedule of 82 games was revamped. The 30 teams played 82 games in a revamped format that increased divisional games from five to six per team (24 total), conference games from three to four (40 total), and decreased inter-conference games to at least one per team, with three extra games (18 in total).

The alternating of jerseys was changed. For the first season since the 1969–70 season, teams would now wear their colored jerseys at home and white jerseys away.

The 1969–70 NHL season was the 53rd season of the National Hockey League. For the third straight season, the St. Louis Blues reached the Stanley Cup finals, and for the third straight year, the winners of the expansion West Division were swept four games to none. This time, however, it was at the hands of the Boston Bruins, as the defending champions Montreal Canadiens narrowly missed the playoffs, something that did not happen again for the next quarter century. With both the Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs missing the 1970 Stanley Cup playoffs, it was the first time in league history that neither of the NHL's two Canadian teams qualified for the playoffs. It was also the final season that teams wore their colored jerseys at home until the 2003–04 season.

The Phoenix Coyotes moved to a new arena in Glendale, Arizona, after playing their first seven seasons at America West Arena.

Gila River Arena architectural structure

Gila River Arena is a sports and entertainment arena in Glendale, Arizona. It is located about 12.5 miles (20.1 km) northwest of downtown Phoenix.

Glendale, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located about nine miles (14 km) northwest from Downtown Phoenix. According to the 2017 U.S. Census estimates, the population of the city is 246,709.

Regular season

The 2003–04 season was one overhung by concern over the expiry of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. It would lead to the cancellation of the League's games for the entirety of the next season. During the entire season, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) head Bob Goodenow waged a war of words with no agreement being signed.

The NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is the basic contract between the National Hockey League (NHL) team owners and the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA), designed to be arrived at through the typical labour-management negotiations of collective bargaining. The most recent agreement, tentatively reached on January 6, 2013 after a labour dispute which cancelled 510 regular season games of the 2012–13 season, was ratified by the league's Board of Governors on January 9, 2013, as well as by the NHLPA membership three days later on January 12, 2013. The current CBA is a 10-year deal, the longest in NHL history, expiring after the 2021–22 season.

Gary Bettman American businessman

Gary Bruce Bettman is the commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL), a post he has held since February 1, 1993. Previously, Bettman was a senior vice president and general counsel to the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bettman is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law. Bettman was elected into the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2018.

National Hockey League Players Association

NHLPA is the labour union for the group of professional hockey players who are under Standard Player Contracts to the 31 member clubs in the National Hockey League (NHL) located in the United States and Canada. The Association represents its membership in all matters dealing with their working conditions and contractual rights as well as serving as their exclusive collective bargaining agent.

On September 26, just before the season was to begin, young Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley crashed his Ferrari in suburban Atlanta. The passenger, Thrashers teammate Dan Snyder, was killed. Heatley himself was badly injured and eventually charged with vehicular homicide.

Atlanta Thrashers American ice hockey team based in Atlanta

The Atlanta Thrashers were a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta. Atlanta was granted a franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL) on June 25, 1997, and became the League's 28th franchise when it began play in the 1999–2000 season. They were members of the Southeast Division of the NHL's Eastern Conference, and played their home games at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta. The Thrashers qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs only once, during the 2006–07 season in which they won the Southeast Division, but were swept in the first round by the New York Rangers.

Dany Heatley Ice Hockey Player

Daniel James "Dany" Heatley is a German-born Canadian former professional ice hockey winger. Originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers second overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, he won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the top NHL rookie in 2002. However, after being responsible for a car crash in September 2003 that killed teammate and close friend Dan Snyder, he requested a trade and was subsequently dealt to the Ottawa Senators.

Ferrari Italian sports car manufacturer

Ferrari N.V. is an Italian luxury sports car manufacturer based in Maranello. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939 out of Alfa Romeo's race division as Auto Avio Costruzioni, the company built its first car in 1940. However, the company's inception as an auto manufacturer is usually recognized in 1947, when the first Ferrari-badged car was completed.

Entering the season, the two Stanley Cup favorites were the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference, who had won the Presidents' Trophy and come within a win of the Stanley Cup Finals the year before, and the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference, who, despite losing legendary goaltender Patrick Roy to retirement, added both Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya to an already star-studded lineup. Neither of these teams, however, were as successful as expected, with Ottawa finishing fifth in their conference and Colorado finishing fourth, losing the Northwest Division title for the first time in a decade when the franchise was still known as the Quebec Nordiques.

The greatest disappointments were the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, who, despite making it to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals the year prior and adding both Sergei Fedorov and Vaclav Prospal, failed to make the playoffs. The Los Angeles Kings failed to make the playoffs in large part due to a season-ending 11-game losing streak. In the East, the star-studded New York Rangers again failed to make the playoffs. The Washington Capitals, who were regarded as a contender, also stumbled early in the season and never recovered. The end of the season saw two of the most extensive housecleanings in League history, as the Rangers and Capitals traded away many of their stars and entered "rebuilding mode." The Capitals traded away Jaromir Jagr, Peter Bondra, Sergei Gonchar, Robert Lang and Anson Carter, while the Rangers moved Petr Nedved, Brian Leetch, Anson Carter and Alexei Kovalev to other NHL teams.

The most surprising teams were the Tampa Bay Lightning in the East and the San Jose Sharks in the West. The Lightning, who had a remarkable season with only 20 man-games lost to injury, finished atop the Eastern Conference, while the Sharks, who were firmly in rebuilding mode after a disastrous 28–37–9–8 campaign the last season, came second in the West and won the Pacific Division.

Two other teams that did better than expected were carried by surprising young goaltenders. The Calgary Flames ended a seven-year playoff drought backed by the solid play of Miikka Kiprusoff, and the Boston Bruins won the Northeast Division by a whisker over the Toronto Maple Leafs with the help of eventual Calder Memorial Trophy-winning goaltender Andrew Raycroft.

Goaltending was also the story of the Presidents' Trophy-winning Detroit Red Wings as the return from retirement of legend Dominik Hasek bumped Curtis Joseph to the minor leagues. At the same time, long-time back up Manny Legace recorded better numbers than both veterans and won the starting job in the playoffs.

Of note is the fact that the Nashville Predators made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, though they were dispatched by a star-studded Detroit Red Wings team in the first round.

The regular season ended controversially, when in March 2004, the Vancouver Canucks' Todd Bertuzzi infamously attacked and severely injured the Colorado Avalanche's Steve Moore, forcing the latter to eventually retire.

Final standings

Detroit Red Wings won the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

For rankings in conference, division leaders are automatically ranked 1–3. These three, plus the next five teams in the conference standings, earn playoff berths at the end of the season.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division [3]
No.CRGPWLTOTLGFGAPTS
13 Philadelphia Flyers 824021156229186101
26 New Jersey Devils 824325122213164100
38 New York Islanders 82382911423721091
413 New York Rangers 8227407820625069
515 Pittsburgh Penguins 8223478419030358

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Northeast Division [3]
No.CRGPWLTOTLGFGAPts
12 Boston Bruins 824119157209188104
24 Toronto Maple Leafs 824524103242204103
35 Ottawa Senators 824323106262189102
47 Montreal Canadiens 8241307420819293
59 Buffalo Sabres 8237347422022185

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Southeast Division [3]
No.CRGPWLTOTLGFGAPTS
11 Tampa Bay Lightning 82462286245192106
210 Atlanta Thrashers 8233378421424378
311 Carolina Hurricanes 82283414617220976
412 Florida Panthers 82283515418822175
514 Washington Capitals 82234610318625359

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference [4]
RDivGPWLTOTLGFGAPts
1Z- Tampa Bay Lightning SE82462286245192106
2Y- Boston Bruins NE824119157209188104
3Y- Philadelphia Flyers AT824021156209188101
4X- Toronto Maple Leafs NE824524103242204103
5X- Ottawa Senators NE824323106262189102
6X- New Jersey Devils AT824325122213164100
7X- Montreal Canadiens NE8241307420819293
8X- New York Islanders AT82382911423721091
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE8237347422022185
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE8233378421424378
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE82283414617220976
12 Florida Panthers SE82283515418822175
13 New York Rangers AT8227407820625069
14 Washington Capitals SE82234610318625359
15 Pittsburgh Penguins AT8223478419030358

Divisions:AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

Z-Clinched Conference; Y-Clinched Division; X-Clinched Playoff spot

Western Conference

Central Division [3]
No.CRGPWLTOTLGFGAPts
11 Detroit Red Wings 824821112255189109
27 St. Louis Blues 82393011219119891
38 Nashville Predators 82382911421621791
414 Columbus Blue Jackets 8225458417723862
515 Chicago Blackhawks 82204311818825959

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Northwest Division [3]
No.CRGPWLTOTLGFGAPTS
13 Vancouver Canucks 824324105235194101
24 Colorado Avalanche 824022137235198100
36 Calgary Flames 8242307320017694
49 Edmonton Oilers 82362912522120889
510 Minnesota Wild 82302920318818383

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Pacific Division [3]
No.CRGPWLTOTLGFGAPts
12 San Jose Sharks 824321126219183104
25 Dallas Stars 82412613219417597
311 Los Angeles Kings 82282916920521781
412 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82293510818421376
513 Phoenix Coyotes 82223618618824568

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference [4]
RDivGPWLTOTLGFGAPts
1P- Detroit Red Wings CE824821112255189109
2Y- San Jose Sharks PA824321126255183104
3Y- Vancouver Canucks NW824324105235194101
4X- Colorado Avalanche NW824022137236198100
5X- Dallas Stars PA82412613219417597
6X- Calgary Flames NW8242307320017694
7X- St. Louis Blues CE82393011219119891
8X- Nashville Predators CE82382911421621791
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW82362912522120889
10 Minnesota Wild NW82302920318818383
11 Los Angeles Kings PA82282916920521781
12 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PA82293510818421376
13 Phoenix Coyotes PA82223618618824568
14 Columbus Blue Jackets CE8225458417723862
15 Chicago Blackhawks CE82204311818825959

Divisions:CE – Central, PA – Pacific, NW – Northwest

P-Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y-Clinched Division; X-Clinched Playoff spot

Playoffs

Lord Stanley's Cup Hhof stanley cup.jpg
Lord Stanley's Cup

Note: All dates in 2004.

The 2004 playoffs were considered to be wide open, with no clear favorite. All of the top teams had weaknesses. Tampa Bay and Boston were both young teams with no history of recent postseason success. Detroit, Ottawa, Colorado, and Philadelphia all had major questions in goal. New Jersey was marred by injuries to Scott Stevens and Brian Rafalski, while Vancouver was missing the suspended Todd Bertuzzi.

The first-round Eastern Conference matchups were notable for the number of heated rivalries. The Ottawa Senators met the Toronto Maple Leafs for the fourth time in five years in the always passion-filled Battle of Ontario. The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens met in a resumption of the most common of all NHL playoff series, and one which the Canadiens have thoroughly dominated, including an upset win two years prior. The Philadelphia Flyers also played a hated division rival in the New Jersey Devils. The only non-rivalry was the Tampa Bay-New York Islanders series.

The West saw the resumption of the Vancouver-Calgary rivalry, which had been somewhat dormant as the Flames made the playoffs for the first time since 1996. In a less passionate but still interesting matchup, Detroit played division rival Nashville (whom they had struggled against during the regular season) in Nashville's first ever franchise visit to the playoffs. San Jose met the St. Louis Blues, while the always difficult four-five matchup saw Colorado and Dallas meet.

The Calgary Flames, a sixth seed, defeated the Canucks, the Red Wings and the Sharks to become the first Canadian team to reach the Stanley Cup Finals in ten years, since the Canucks lost to the Rangers in 1994. They faced the Tampa Bay Lightning, who defeated the Islanders in five, swept the Canadiens and defeated the Flyers in seven games.

Stanley Cup Finals

The Lightning beat the Flames in the Stanley Cup Finals, four games to three. With the Flames having a 3–2 series lead and the series going back to Calgary for Game 6, with the Stanley Cup in the building and with the game tied 2–2 in the third, Martin Gelinas of the Flames (who scored the series-winning goals in the Flames' three previous series) appeared to have scored the go-ahead goal. Gelinas redirected a pass towards the Tampa net using his skate that was kicked out by Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. It appeared that before Khabibulin kicked the puck out, it had already crossed the goal line. [5] The play was not reviewed. To this day, many Flames fans argue that the puck was in.[ citation needed ] The game eventually went into double overtime, where Lightning winger and former Flame Martin St. Louis scored the overtime winner. The Lightning went on to win Game 7 by a score of 2–1 and captured their first championship in franchise history. Brad Richards, with 12 goals and 26 points in the playoffs, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Calgary vs. Tampa Bay
DateAwayHome 
May 25Calgary41Tampa Bay
May 27Calgary14Tampa Bay
May 29Tampa Bay03Calgary
May 31Tampa Bay10Calgary
June 3Calgary32Tampa BayOT
June 5Tampa Bay32Calgary2OT
June 7Calgary12Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay wins series 4–3 and Stanley Cup

Playoff bracket

 Conference QuarterfinalsConference SemifinalsConference FinalsStanley Cup Finals
                   
1 Tampa Bay 4  1 Tampa Bay 4 
8 NY Islanders 1  7 Montreal 0 
2 Boston 3 Eastern Conference
7 Montreal 4 
  1 Tampa Bay 4 
 3 Philadelphia 3 
3 Philadelphia 4 
6 New Jersey 1 
4 Toronto 4 3 Philadelphia 4
5 Ottawa 3  4 Toronto 2 
 E1 Tampa Bay 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
 W6 Calgary 3
1 Detroit 4  1 Detroit 2
8 Nashville 2  6 Calgary 4 
2 San Jose 4
7 St. Louis 1 
 2 San Jose 2
 6 Calgary 4 
3 Vancouver 3 
6 Calgary 4  Western Conference
4 Colorado 4 2 San Jose 4
5 Dallas 1  4 Colorado 2 
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Awards

The NHL Awards presentation took place in Toronto.

Presidents' Trophy: Detroit Red Wings
Prince of Wales Trophy: Tampa Bay Lightning
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Calgary Flames
Art Ross Trophy: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Bryan Berard, Chicago Blackhawks
Calder Memorial Trophy: Andrew Raycroft, Boston Bruins
Conn Smythe Trophy: Brad Richards, Tampa Bay Lightning
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Kris Draper, Detroit Red Wings
Hart Memorial Trophy: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Jack Adams Award: John Tortorella, Tampa Bay Lightning
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Scott Niedermayer, New Jersey Devils
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Brad Richards, Tampa Bay Lightning
Lester B. Pearson Award: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Lester Patrick Trophy: Mike Emrick, John Davidson, Ray Miron
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames;
Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets;
Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Thrashers
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning;
Marek Malik, Vancouver Canucks
Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award: Dwayne Roloson, Minnesota Wild
Vezina Trophy: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
William M. Jennings Trophy: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils

All-Star teams

First team  Position  Second team
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils G Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers
Scott Niedermayer, New Jersey Devils D Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues
Zdeno Chara, Ottawa Senators D Bryan McCabe, Toronto Maple Leafs
Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche C Mats Sundin, Toronto Maple Leafs
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning RW Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Markus Naslund, Vancouver Canucks LW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Thrashers

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay82385694
Ilya Kovalchuk Atlanta81414687
Joe Sakic Colorado81335487
Markus Naslund Vancouver78354984
Marian Hossa Ottawa81364682
Patrik Elias New Jersey82384381
Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa77324880
Cory Stillman Tampa Bay81255580
Robert Lang Washington / Detroit69304979
Brad Richards Tampa Bay82265379

[6]

Leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; Mins = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses: OT = Overtime losses; GA = Goals allowed; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

PlayerTeamGPMinsWLTGASOSVGAA
Martin Brodeur New Jersey75455438261115411.9172.03
Marty Turco Dallas7343593721131449.9131.98
Ed Belfour Toronto5934443419612210.9182.13
Tomas Vokoun Nashville7342213429101783.9092.53
Dan Cloutier Vancouver603539332161345.9142.27

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Milestones

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2003–04 (listed with their first team):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2003-04, listed with their team:

PlayerTeamNotability
Valeri Bure [7] Dallas Stars Olympic silver and bronze medalist, 1-time NHL All-Star.
Shayne Corson [8] Dallas Stars 3-time NHL All-Star, over 1100 games played.
Vincent Damphousse [9] San Jose Sharks 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens, 4-time NHL All-Star, over 1300 games played.
Ron Francis [10] Toronto Maple Leafs 2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-time NHL All-Star, 3-time Lady Byng Trophy, Frank J. Selke Trophy winner, King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner, over 1700 games played.
Kenny Jonsson [11] New York Islanders 2-time Olympic gold medalist, 1-time NHL All-Star.
Joe Juneau [12] Montreal Canadiens Olympic silver medalist.
Mike Keane [13] Vancouver Canucks 3-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars, over 1100 games played.
Igor Larionov [14] New Jersey Devils 3-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings, 2-time Olympic gold and bronze medalist.
Curtis Leschyshyn [15] Ottawa Senators 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Colorado Avalanche, over 1000 games played.
Al MacInnis [16] St. Louis Blues 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Calgary Flames, Olympic gold medalist, 7-time NHL All-Star, Conn Smythe Trophy winner, James Norris Memorial Trophy winner, over 1400 games played.
Mark Messier [17] New York Rangers 6-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers and Rangers, 15-time NHL All-Star, Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Hart Memorial Trophy winner, Lester B. Pearson Award winner, over 1700 games played. Last active player to play in the World Hockey Association and the last active player to have played in the 1970s.
Adam Oates [18] Edmonton Oilers 5-time NHL All-Star, over 1300 games played.
James Patrick [19] Buffalo Sabres Over 1200 games played.
Felix Potvin [20] Boston Bruins 2-time NHL All-Star.
Rob Ray [21] Ottawa Senators King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner, NHL Foundation Player Award winner.
Scott Stevens [22] New Jersey Devils 3-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils, 13-time NHL All-Star, Conn Smythe Trophy winner, over 1600 games played.
Steve Thomas [23] Detroit Red Wings Over 1200 games played.
Roman Turek [24] Calgary Flames 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Dallas Stars, 2-time William M. Jennings Trophy winner, 1-time NHL All-Star.

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The 2002–03 Nashville Predators season was the Nashville Predators' 5th season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

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