The 2016-2017 NHL season was a banner year for the National Hockey League, with a slew of great games and thrilling moments in the first half of the season.
It was also a year of ups and downs for the game and players alike, with plenty of drama and controversy that took the league by storm.
Here’s a look back on some of the most memorable moments from this year’s season.1.
The first half was the worst The season was already looking like it would be the best since the inaugural season in 2011, with the league taking home the Stanley Cup and a number of playoff berths.
But as the season wore on, things went sour for many teams.
Team captain Alex Ovechkin was suspended for the first six games of the year for an alleged fight with a referee and then for three more games for an off-ice incident.
Then, on June 16, 2016, a brawl broke out between the Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres at American Airlines Center.
In addition to Oveckin, the fight included Ryan Murray, Tyson Barrie, Brian Boyle, Erik Karlsson and Patrick Eaves.
The NHL eventually settled with the Stars, but for many fans it felt like a slap in the face for the sport, especially since Ovechuk was suspended two games.
The NHL also fined Ovekts team $10,000 for the brawl and suspended him for four games, which the team appealed.2.
Dating back to the beginning of the lockout, the most exciting game of the 2016 season was the one that ended in a tieThe 2016-5 season was full of surprises, but the biggest of all came when the Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings met at the end of the second period of Game 6 of the Stanley Warping World Series on June 30, 2016.
The Kings won the game, 3-2, and in doing so the NHL added the Toronto Maple Leafs to its exclusive club of seven playoff berth-holding teams.
It also gave the Kings and Red Wings the opportunity to make history and tie the NHL record for most playoff wins in a season (8-6).
The Kings and Wings, on the other hand, won the Stanley Cups that season, and the rivalry between the two teams continued throughout the rest of the NHL.
The next year, the league introduced the “playoffs” format, and after an incredible year of parity, the two conferences were back to square one.3.
The most memorable moment from the Stanley centennial celebration was the Kings’ first-ever Stanley Cup winThe 2016 Stanley Cup championship was the most emotional event of the century for the NHL, but it was the culmination of many of the greatest storylines from the past year.
The two teams had just met in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final, but then came a pivotal moment in Game 5 that made everything go up in smoke.
In the waning moments of the game at the Air Canada Centre, Kings captain Dustin Brown and Red Wing Jarome Iginla went head-to-head.
Brown won a faceoff on the ice and then turned his stick in Iginlas’ direction and knocked him down to the ice.
The hit, and ensuing brawl, caused the entire arena to erupt, but when Brown and Iginlan were brought down, the Kings came back in the game with a 2-0 lead.
In a game that was littered with epic plays, it was one of the more dramatic moments of all-time.
The team that had won the first two games of this series was back in it.
But when Brown was called for a penalty for boarding, Iginle and the other players stormed onto the ice, shouting at the ref.
The crowd erupted and they proceeded to take the first penalty shot in Stanley Cup history, sending the series back to Buffalo.
In what was arguably the greatest moment of the championship, the Red Wings won Game 7, 3/5, and went on to win the Stanley cup.
The Kings were the only team that won the 2017 Stanley Cup, and they were also the only one to win it in consecutive years.
They also became the first team to win three straight Cups in a row and the first to do it in three different conferences.4.
The 2017-18 season was one to rememberThe NHL has officially put its stamp on the 2017-2018 season, with new logo designs and new arenas all coming into play.
But there’s one thing that fans are still waiting on: the first home playoff game.
After the team finished the 2016 playoffs with a 7-8-2 record and a wild-card berth, the NHL decided to move the Stanley Trophy to the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
In order to do so, the Los Angels will host the Stanley Conference Finals in 2018-19.5.
It wasn’t just a season of highs