The 2016–17 NHL season is the 100th season of operation (99th season of play) of the National Hockey League.
Thirty teams are competing in an 82-game regular season lasting from October 12, 2016 to April 9, 2017.
The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs will then begin on April 12, 2017 and last until mid-June.
- 1 League Business
- 2 Coaching Changes
- 3 Arena Changes
- 4 Regular Season
- 5 Scoring Leaders
- 6 Leading Goaltenders
- 7 NHL Awards
- 8 Milestones
- 9 Uniforms
In December 2015, commissioner Gary Bettman informed teams that he projected the salary cap to be at least $74.5 million for the 2016–17 season. It could increase as much as $3.1 million. It was eventually set at $73.1 million
On June 22, 2016, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman officially announced that the league had approved an expansion team in Las Vegas, Nevada (later christened the Vegas Golden Knights) which is set to begin play in the 2017-18 NHL season.
Canadian rightsholder Rogers Media reinstated Ron MacLean as host of Hockey Night in Canada for the 2016–17 season to replace George Stroumboulopoulos, whose introduction in the 2014–15 season was met with mixed reception by viewers.
MacLean will host the early game of the weekly doubleheader, with David Amber handling the late games. MacLean will continue to host the Sunday-night Hometown Hockey games on Sportsnet.
On June 20, 2016, the Buffalo Sabres announced that it had agreed to a 10-year extension of its regional television rights deal with MSG Network, which saw the establishment of a new sub-feed of MSG Network known as MSG Western New York.
MSG WNY is a joint venture between MSG Networks and Sabres owner Pegula Sports and Entertainment, and replaced MSG Network in the team's market region. It is the primary carrier of programming related to the Sabres and other Pegula-owned teams, such as the NFL's Buffalo Bills, and continues to carry selected programming from its parent network. There will be no on-air changes in staffing for Sabres telecasts.
On June 27, 2016, Sports Business Daily reported that the NHL had reached a deal in principle with Fox Sports to allow in-market, authenticated online streaming for eligible pay TV subscribers, of regional telecasts for the 12 teams it holds rights to.
On September 27, 2016, the NHL announced plans to celebrate its 100th year with a series of initiatives that began on January 1, 2017 and will span throughout the entire 2017 calendar year (including the first part of the following season, which would be the league's 100th season of play).
They include the NHL Centennial Classic outdoor game on January 1, 2017, documentaries and a daily "Time Capsule" feature across NHL media properties, a "Centennial Truck Tour" with a traveling museum and other activities that will visit each NHL market over the course of the year, a 2017 Winter Classic-themed float during the Tournament of Roses Parade, and the unveilings of the top 100 players during the weekend of the All-Star Game and then the top 100 moments of the league's history during Fall 2017.
To honor the NHL's 100th year, a special anniversary logo was designed, featuring a banner wrapped around the number 100 with the current NHL shield in the foreground. Both the banner and the number 100 are in same silver colour as the NHL shield.
On January 1, 2017, each player began wearing a patch on their jerseys with this emblem. This logo was also put on in-game pucks, on the aforementioned Rose Parade float, and other places.
|Team||2015–16 coach||2016–17 coach||Story / Accomplishments|
|Anaheim Ducks||Bruce Boudreau||Randy Carlyle||Boudreau was fired on April 29, 2016, after losing in the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Boudreau accumulated a 208–104–40 regular season record and a 21–15 playoff record with the Ducks over five seasons. The Ducks won four consecutive Pacific Division titles from 2012–13 to 2015–16. On June 14, 2016, the Ducks announced that Carlyle, the Ducks' coach from 2005 to 2011, would return to the team to become their head coach for the second time; Carlyle had spent most of the interim coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2012 to 2015.|
|Calgary Flames||Bob Hartley||Glen Gulutzan||Hartley was fired on May 3, 2016, after accumulating a record of 134–135–25 record over four seasons in Calgary. He was fired just one season after winning the Jack Adams Award for Coach of the Year in the 2014–15 season. On June 17, 2016, Gulutzan was named head coach. He was previously the head coach of the Dallas Stars and most recently an assistant coach for the Vancouver Canucks.|
|Colorado Avalanche||Patrick Roy||Jared Bednar||On August 11, 2016, Roy abruptly resigned from his positions as head coach and vice president of hockey operations in a dispute over Roy's input in personnel decisions. Roy had a record of 130–92–24 over three seasons in Colorado and won a Jack Adams Award after leading the Avalanche to the playoffs in his first season as head coach. Bednar was most recently the head coach of the Calder Cup-winning Lake Erie Monsters.|
|Minnesota Wild||Mike Yeo
|Bruce Boudreau||Yeo began the season as the head coach, but was fired on February 13, 2016, after posting a 23–22–10 record through 55 games. In 4½ seasons with the Wild, he compiled a record of 173–132–44. Yeo was named head coach in waiting for the St. Louis Blues and will serve one season as associate head coach before current head coach Ken Hitchcock retires. Torchetti finished the season with a record of 15–11–1, lost 4–2 to the Dallas Stars in the 2016 First Round, and was dismissed May 7, 2016; Torchetti eventually became an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings. On the same day, Boudreau and the Wild reached an agreement for him to become their next head coach In five seasons with the Ducks, Boudreau accumulated a regular season record of 208–104–40 and a playoff record of 21–15, while winning four consecutive Pacific Division titles from 2012–13 to 2015–16.|
|Ottawa Senators||Dave Cameron||Guy Boucher||Cameron was fired on April 12, 2016, after accumulating a record of 70–50–17 after 1¾ seasons. The team made the postseason once under his tenure losing to the Montreal Canadiens, 4–2 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Boucher, who had previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2010–13, had spent parts of the last two seasons with SC Bern in Switzerland.|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach||Story / Accomplishments|
|Florida Panthers||Gerard Gallant||Tom Rowe*||Gallant was fired on November 27, 2016, after posting an 11–10–1 record through 22 games this season.|
|New York Islanders||Jack Capuano||Doug Weight*||Capuano was fired on January 17, 2017, after posting a 17–17–8 record through 42 games this season. He served as the head coach since the middle of the 2010–11 season. He left with a 227–192–64 record throughout the regular season. The Islanders made the playoffs three times under his tenure going 10–14 going as far as the second round in 2016. Doug Weight who was serving as the assistant manager, stepped in to fill the spot as interim head coach.|
|St. Louis Blues||Ken Hitchcock||Mike Yeo||Hitchcock was fired on February 1, 2017, after posting an 24–21–5 record through 50 games this season. He served as the head coach since November 2011 during the 2011–12 season. He left with a record of 248–124–41 over five regular seasons. The team made the postseason during every season of his tenure going 20–27, making it as far as the Western Conference Finals during the previous season. Mike Yeo, who was fired by the Minnesota Wild the previous season, and would have been the head coach starting the 2017–18 season, was promoted from his position of assistant coach.|
|Boston Bruins||Claude Julien||Bruce Cassidy*||Julien was fired on February 7, 2017, after posting a 26–23–6 record through 55 games this season. He was the longest tenured coach for one team at the time, serving with the Bruins since the start of the 2007–08 season. He left with a record of 419–246–94 over nine regular seasons, winning the Northeast/Atlantic Division title four times and the Presidents' Trophy once. The team made the postseason every year except 2015 and 2016 under his tenure, accumulating a 57–40 record and winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 and going to the Finals in 2013. Bruce Cassidy, who was serving as the assistant coach, and previously was head coach to the Bruins' AHL affiliate, stepped in to the fill the spot as interim head coach.|
|Montreal Canadiens||Michel Therrien||Claude Julien||Therrien was fired by the Canadiens on February 14, 2017, after a 1–5–1 record in February. Therrien lead the team to a 31–19–8 record on the season (which was good for first in the Atlantic Division at the time) and a 165–107–32 record since taking over in 2012. In his second season, the Canadiens made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. He was replaced by former Canadiens coach Claude Julien, who before his firing on February 7, was the longest tenured head coach in the NHL. He won the Stanley Cup in 2011 with the Boston Bruins. Ironically, in Michel Therrien's first tenure with Montreal, he was also replaced by Claude Julien.|
(*) Indicates interim.
- This is the Edmonton Oilers' first season at Rogers Place replacing their old arena, Rexall Place. The team played its first regular season home game on October 12, 2016, against the Calgary Flames.
- It will also be the Detroit Red Wings' final season at Joe Louis Arena before moving into their new arena, Little Caesars Arena, in October 2017 in time for the 2017–18 NHL season.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins' home arena was renamed from "CONSOL Energy Center" to PPG Paints Arena on October 4, 2016, although previous rights owner Consol Energy will remain a corporate sponsor with the Penguins.
- The Buffalo Sabres' home arena was renamed to KeyBank Center, following KeyCorp's acquisition of previous rights holder First Niagara Bank. This is the fourth name change for the arena since it opened in 1996, all related to bank mergers.
The regular season began on October 12, 2016 and will end on April 9, 2017. The playoffs will begin on April 12, 2017. The schedule was released on June 21, 2016.
Each team will receive a five-day "bye week" and no practices can be held during the time period.
Four outdoor games will be played during the 2016–17 season.
The Winnipeg Jets hosted the Heritage Classic against the Edmonton Oilers at Investors Group Field on October 23, 2016. The Oilers won the game, 3–0.
The Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Centennial Classic at BMO Field on January 1, 2017, against the Detroit Red Wings.
The game will commemorate the 100th season of the Maple Leafs and NHL as a whole.
The following Monday, January 2, 2017, the St. Louis Blues hosted the Winter Classic at Busch Stadium against the Chicago Blackhawks.
On February 25, 2017, the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field for the Stadium Series game.
The 62nd NHL All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles at Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Kings, on Sunday, January 29, 2017.
The format will be identical to the 2016 All-Star Game.
The Detroit Red Wings-Carolina Hurricanes game scheduled for December 19, 2016 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina was postponed due to poor ice conditions. The game was rescheduled for March 27, 2017 which will result in the two teams playing in Raleigh on consecutive nights as they were already scheduled to play each other on March 28, 2017.
The following players led the league in regular season points at the conclusion of games played on April 9, 2017.
|Connor McDavid||Edmonton Oilers||82||30||70||100||+27||26|
|Sidney Crosby||Pittsburgh Penguins||75||44||45||89||+17||24|
|Patrick Kane||Chicago Blackhawks||82||34||55||89||+11||32|
|Nicklas Backstrom||Washington Capitals||82||23||63||86||+17||38|
|Nikita Kucherov||Tampa Bay Lightning||74||40||45||85||+13||38|
|Brad Marchand||Boston Bruins||80||39||46||85||+18||81|
|Mark Scheifele||Winnipeg Jets||79||32||50||82||+18||38|
|Leon Draisaitl||Edmonton Oilers||82||29||48||77||+7||20|
|Brent Burns||San Jose Sharks||82||29||47||76||+19||40|
|Vladimir Tarasenko||St. Louis Blues||82||39||36||75||–1||12|
|Sergei Bobrovsky||Columbus Blue Jackets||63||3707:04||41||17||5||127||7||.931||2.06|
|Braden Holtby||Washington Capitals||63||3680:10||42||13||6||127||9||.925||2.07|
|Peter Budaj||Los Angeles/Tampa Bay||60||3308:16||30||21||3||120||7||.915||2.18|
|John Gibson||Anaheim Ducks||52||2950:21||25||16||9||109||6||.924||2.22|
|Carey Price||Montreal Canadiens||62||3708:08||37||20||5||138||3||.923||2.23|
|Tuukka Rask||Boston Bruins||65||3679:30||37||20||5||137||8||.915||2.23|
|Devan Dubnyk||Minnesota Wild||65||3758:00||40||19||5||141||5||.923||2.25|
|Craig Anderson||Ottawa Senators||40||2421:14||25||11||4||92||5||.926||2.28|
|Cam Talbot||Edmonton Oilers||73||4294:00||42||22||8||171||7||.919||2.39|
|Martin Jones||San Jose Sharks||65||3800:21||35||23||6||152||2||.912||2.40|
The awards will be presented at the NHL Awards ceremony, to be held following the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. The finalists for voted awards are announced during the playoffs and winners are presented at the award ceremony.
Voting will conclude immediately after the end of the regular season.
The Presidents' Trophy, the Prince of Wales Trophy and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl are not presented at the awards ceremony. The Lester Patrick Trophy is announced during the summer and presented in the fall.
(Best regular-season record)
|Washington Capitals||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Prince of Wales Trophy
(Eastern Conference champion)
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
(Western Conference champion)
|Art Ross Trophy
(Player with most points)
|Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)||Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)|
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
(Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication)
|Craig Anderson (Ottawa Senators)|
Andrew Cogliano (Anaheim Ducks)
Derek Ryan (Carolina Hurricanes)
|Calder Memorial Trophy
(Best first-year player)
|Patrik Laine (Winnipeg Jets)|
Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Zach Werenski (Columbus Blue Jackets)
|Conn Smythe Trophy
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
|Frank J. Selke Trophy
|Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)|
Ryan Kesler (Anaheim Ducks)
Mikko Koivu (Minnesota Wild)
|Hart Memorial Trophy
(Most valuable player, regular season)
|Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets)|
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)
|Jack Adams Award
|Mike Babcock (Toronto Maple Leafs)|
Todd McLellan (Edmonton Oilers)
John Tortorella (Columbus Blue Jackets)
|James Norris Memorial Trophy
|Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks)|
Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators)
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy
(Leadership and humanitarian contribution)
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
|Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames)|
Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild)
Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues)
|Ted Lindsay Award
|Mark Messier Leadership Award
(Leadership and community activities)
|Nick Foligno (Columbus Blue Jackets)|
Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames)
|Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
|Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)||Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning)|
Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs)
|NHL Foundation Player Award
(Award for community enrichment)
|Travis Hamonic (New York Islanders)|
Wayne Simmonds (Philadelphia Flyers)
|NHL General Manager of the Year Award
(Top general manager)
|Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets)|
Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals)
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
|William M. Jennings Trophy
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
|Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals)||Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets)|
|Lester Patrick Trophy
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)
The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game during the 2016–17 season, listed with their first team.
|Auston Matthews||Toronto Maple Leafs||1st overall pick in the 2016 Draft|
The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2016–17, listed with their team:
|Bryan Bickell||Carolina Hurricanes||Two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|Shawn Thornton||Florida Panthers||Two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Anaheim Ducks and the Boston Bruins.|
Major Milestones Reached
- On October 12, 2016, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews became the first player in the modern era to score four goals in his NHL debut.
- On October 18, 2016, Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa became the 44th player in league history to score 500 goals.
- On October 20, 2016, Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr became the third player in league history to score 750 goals.
- On October 23, 2016, Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise scored his 300th goal.
- On November 1, 2016, St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester participated in his 1000th NHL game.
- On November 8, 2016, New York Rangers forward Rick Nash became the 92nd player in league history to score 400 goals.
- On November 12, 2016, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price became the first goaltender in league history to win his first 10 games of the season.
- On December 8, 2016, Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn scored his 200th goal.
- On December 10, 2016, Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil participated in his 1000th NHL game.
- On December 10, 2016, Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla participated in his 1,500th NHL game becoming the 16th player to do so.
- On December 11, 2016, Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal scored his 800th point.
- On December 18, 2016, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella won his 500th game, becoming the first American-born coach with 500 victories.
- On December 22, 2016, Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 1,888th career point, surpassing Mark Messier to become second in career points.
- On December 23, 2016, Arizona Coyotes forward Shane Doan scored his 400th goal and played his 1,500th game with the Coyotes.
- On December 27, 2016, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin scored his 800th point.
- On December 29, 2016, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored his 700th point.
- On December 31, 2016, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 390th career win, surpassing Dominik Hasek to become the all-time wins leader among European-born goaltenders.
- On January 11, 2017, Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin became the 84th player in league history to score 1,000 points.
- On January 13, 2017, New York Islanders forward John Tavares scored his 500th point.
- On January 20, 2017, Vancouver Canucks forward Henrik Sedin became the 85th player in league history to score 1,000 points.
- On January 22, 2017, Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette won his 500th game, becoming the 25th coach, and second American-born, to reach the mark.
- On February 2, 2017, San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau became the 45th player in league history to score 500 goals.
- On February 11, 2017, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist became the 12th goaltender in league history to win 400 games.
- On February 11, 2017, Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom scored his 700th point.
- On February 14, 2017, Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn scored his 500th point.
- On February 15, 2017, Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 1,900th point.
- On February 16, 2017, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby became the 86th player in league history to score 1,000 points.
- On February 19, 2017, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane became the first American-born player in league history to score 20 or more goals in his first 10 seasons.
- On February 28, 2017, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz won his 700th game, becoming the sixth coach to reach the mark.
- On March 6, 2017, San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton became the 13th player in league history to reach 1,000 assists.
- On March 9, 2017, Arizona Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 310th player in league history to reach the mark.
- On March 13, 2017, the Calgary Flames won their tenth consecutive game, joining the Columbus Blue Jackets (16 games), Minnesota Wild (12) and Philadelphia Flyers (10), marking the 2016–17 season as the first with a win streak of 10 or more games from four teams.
- On March 16, 2017, Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown scored his 500th point.
- On March 18, 2017, Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf scored his 800th point.
- On March 19, 2017, Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 311th player in league history to reach the mark.
- On March 19, 2017, Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler scored his 500th point.
- On March 19, 2017, Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr played his 1,700th NHL game, becoming the fourth player in league history to reach the mark.
- On March 27, 2017, Buffalo Sabres forward Brian Gionta played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 312th player in league history to reach the mark.
- On March 28, 2017, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby became the third goaltender in league history to record at least 40 wins in three consecutive seasons, joining Martin Brodeur (2005–2008) and Evgeni Nabokov (2007–2010).
- On March 28, 2017, Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin scored his 558th career goal, passing Johnny Bucyk for 26th on the NHL's all-time scoring list.
- On March 28, 2017, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara scored his 600th point.
- On April 8, 2017, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews scored his 40th goal of the season, becoming the second rookie since the 2004–05 lockout to reach the milestone and only the fourth teenager in league history to do so.
- On April 9, 2017, Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg played his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 313th player to reach the mark.
Beginning January 1, 2017, all jerseys contain patches of the NHL's centennial emblem, located below the numbers on their sleeves.
- The Calgary Flames changed alternate jerseys, retiring the script-laden, Western-style alternate used since 2013 in favor of their throwback red uniforms, which had previously been given alternate distinction from 2010 to 2013.
- The Florida Panthers unveiled a brand new logo and uniform set on June 2, 2016 for the 2016–17 season.
- The Los Angeles Kings unveiled a special third jersey for their 50th anniversary.
- The Nashville Predators switched to gold helmets full-time when playing at home.
- The New York Rangers added a shoulder patch to commemorate their 90th anniversary.
- The Philadelphia Flyers released a special third jersey for their 50th anniversary. The team had previously unveiled a teaser photo of this jersey, showing the 50th anniversary patch on the right shoulder of the uniform. The numbers on the back and sleeves of this jersey are gold, and the main crest is also outlined in gold. The team has also announced a black Stadium Series jersey with orange detailing for its Stadium Series game against the Penguins.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins return to using black and "Pittsburgh gold" as their primary colors and will debut a new away uniform retiring "Vegas gold" that has been used in at least some capacity since 2000.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled a new logo on February 2, 2016 for the team's centennial season. Their new uniforms were unveiled during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.