By EMAIL MARK STEELE Editor Mark Sears, Associated Press The NHL has a history of taking a risk on a new technology.
But one that it took the risk of putting on ice and a few players who have become icons of the game have helped define the sport.
The last few years have seen a number of players in the league’s history come through the Echellon program, the nickname that was used by the computers that are being used to monitor the games and make decisions about plays.
Here’s a look back at some of the NHL’s most notable players who helped define it: Steve Yzerman (1989-91) The Montreal Canadiens forward became a legend in Montreal when he became the first player to score a goal in a game.
After the team’s 1993-94 season, he returned to the Montreal Canadiens, where he had become an assistant coach.
He was named captain of the team in 1994-95.
But he left for the United States, where his wife and two children were living, to play for the New York Rangers in 1996-97.
He scored 17 goals in 27 games, including the winning goal in Game 6 of the 1993 Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins.
He signed with the St. Louis Blues in 1998 and has since won five Stanley Cups.
He also has won five Norris Trophies and five Art Ross Trophies.
Steve Y. Zatulin (1994-96) Zatulin has a nickname for himself because he is a great hockey player, but he has also become an icon in the NHL.
He became the captain of his junior team in 1996 and won two Cups with the Montreal Maroons.
In his third season with the club, he scored 61 goals, becoming the first NHL player to record that many goals.
He played in all 82 games that season and finished second in the scoring race.
He made the All-Star team in 1997 and was named the NHL MVP in 1999.
Zatarina Voskresna (1997-98) Voskovsna, a member of the Swedish team that defeated the Montreal Penguins in the 1997 World Championship Final, became the youngest player to win the Norris Trophy.
She has won three Stanley Cups and a Hart Trophy and was the first Russian player to lead the NHL in scoring.
She scored 81 goals and was second in scoring in the 2002-03 season.
She also became the only player in league history to score 60 goals in two different seasons.
She joined the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003.
She was an assistant captain for the Flyers during the 2008-09 season and has been a member since 2009.
She won the Stanley Cup with the Flyers in 2013.
She is the first woman to win a Cup as captain of a team.
She became the second female captain of her country’s team.
Marie-Claude Juncker (1996-99) Juncker became the head coach of the Netherlands’ junior team.
He has a long record of success with the junior program.
Juncker led the team to three championships in the past seven seasons, including three consecutive winning seasons in 2004-05 and 2005-06.
He won two Stanley Cups with his team and has a Stanley Cup ring.
He is the only Dutch player to be named to the NHL All-Rookie team in each of the past four seasons.
He retired from coaching after the 2018-19 season.
Theodore “Buddy” Johnson (1992-93) Johnson has been an NHL captain for seven seasons and has led the league in assists and points every season.
He led the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Series championship in 2007 and has won the Conn Smythe Trophy twice and the Lester B. Pearson Trophy twice.
Johnson, who retired in 2003, is the longest-tenured captain in NHL history.
He coached the Minnesota Wild for six seasons, from 1999-2003, and won the Norris trophy with the team each time.
He had four more NHL seasons in Minnesota.
He joined the New Jersey Devils in 2005 and led them to four Stanley Cups, including a pair of conference finals appearances.
He went to the World Cup of Hockey in 2006 and won four Cups with Sweden.
He returned to coaching in 2007 with the New Orleans Pelicans and led the franchise to two Stanley Cup championships.
He died in 2017 at the age of 86.
Joe Sakic (1988-91, 1994-97) Sakic was an offensive star who led the Flyers to three Stanley Cup titles and the Presidents’ Trophy in 1989 and 1990.
Sakic scored 1,988 goals and 517 assists for 6,944 points in 687 games, the most of any player in NHL annals.
He captained the Flyers through four seasons and won six Stanley Cups as the team leader.
Sakics was the last player to hold the scoring title when the Flyers won their first Stanley Cup in 1990, and he played for the Montreal Expos and Detroit Red Wing teams during that