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2010–11 NHL season

2010–11 NHL season

The 2010–11 NHL season was the 94th season of operation (93rd season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Final 4–3 to win the Stanley Cup. It was the sixth Cup win in Bruins' franchise history. For the fourth consecutive season, the season started with games in Europe. The 58th All-Star Game was held at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, home arena of the Carolina Hurricanes, on January 30, 2011.

This was the final season of operation for the Atlanta Thrashers, who were sold to True North Sports and Entertainment out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and moved from Atlanta to Winnipeg to become the "new" Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg had lost its previous NHL team, also called the Winnipeg Jets, after the 1995–96 NHL season to Phoenix, Arizona, and were renamed "Phoenix Coyotes." This was the second time the city of Atlanta lost an NHL franchise, having previously lost the Atlanta Flames to Calgary, Alberta after the 1979–80 season.

2010–11 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 7, 2010 – June 15, 2011
Number of games82
Number of teams30
Top draft pickTaylor Hall
Picked byEdmonton Oilers
Regular season
Presidents' TrophyVancouver Canucks
Season MVPCorey Perry (Ducks)
Top scorerDaniel Sedin (Canucks)
Eastern championsBoston Bruins
  Eastern runners-upTampa Bay Lightning
Western championsVancouver Canucks
  Western runners-upSan Jose Sharks
Stanley Cup
ChampionsBoston Bruins
  Runners-upVancouver Canucks
Conn Smythe TrophyTim Thomas (Bruins)

League business

Salary cap

On June 23, 2010, the NHL announced that the salary cap would be increased by $2.6 million. As a result, the new salary cap ceiling is set at $59.4 million, while the salary cap floor is $43.4 million.[1]

U.S. media rights

In April 2011, the NHL reached a new television deal with NBCUniversal,[2] which was acquired by Comcast (owner of the NHL's current cable partner Versus) earlier in the year.[3] The 10-year, US$2 billion deal extended and unified the broadcast and cable television rights to the league, held by NBC and Versus respectively. Notable changes under the new deal included an increase in nationally televised games on Versus (which was to be renamed under the NBC name), a new Thanksgiving Friday game on NBC, holding exclusive rights to all playoff games beginning with the second round (as opposed to the conference championships), and plans to broadcast all playoff games (subject to blackouts during the first round) nationally on NBCUniversal channels.[2][4]

Entry draft

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft took place on June 25–26, 2010, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, home arena of the Los Angeles Kings. Taylor Hall was selected first overall in the draft by the Edmonton Oilers, Tyler Seguin was picked second by the Boston Bruins and Erik Gudbranson was chosen third by the Florida Panthers.

Franchise sales

Tom Golisano, Larry Quinn and Daniel DiPofi, owners of the Buffalo Sabres, sold their franchise to Terrence Pegula during the course of the 2010–11 season. The league approved the sale February 18, 2011.

Rule changes

Tie-breaking procedure

Prior to the 2010–11 season, the first tie-breaker to separate teams with equal number of points in a conference was the number of games won, no matter how the wins were obtained. For the 2010–11 season, the league made a modification to this rule. The new rule states that the team with the greater number of games won, excluding wins obtained in the shootout, will be ranked higher. The change was made to reward in-play team victories (regulation or overtime) instead of a win obtained via an individual skill contest. This figure will be tracked in an additional column in the official league standings called ROW (Regulation and overtime wins). In its first year, the tie-breaker would prove critical, giving the 106-point, 47-win (44-ROW) Philadelphia Flyers the Atlantic Division title over the 106-point, 49-win (39-ROW) Pittsburgh Penguins, who were seeded fourth rather than second based on the new rule.

Illegal hits to the head

Prior to the 2010–11 season, the Board of Governors, General Managers and the Competition Committee unanimously agreed to implement a new penalty. An illegal hit to the head is a lateral or blind side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or is the principal point of contact is not permitted. Any player who incurs a total of two game misconducts under this rule shall be suspended automatically for the next game his team plays. For each subsequent game misconduct penalty, the automatic suspension shall be increased by one game. The commissioner of the league can increase the suspension longer due to his discretion.

Arena changes

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins moved to the newly constructed Consol Energy Center. The arena replaced Mellon Arena, also known as "The Igloo", where the Penguins had played since their inception in 1967.[5]

  • The Vancouver Canucks' General Motors Place was renamed Rogers Arena under a 10-year naming rights agreement with Rogers Communications.[6]

  • The Calgary Flames' Pengrowth Saddledome was renamed Scotiabank Saddledome.[7]


Several teams announced plans to change their uniforms in the 2010–11 season.[8]

The Buffalo Sabres, as part of their 40th anniversary season, reverted to the classic crossed swords insignia (replacing the infamous "Buffaslug" logo) and a slightly updated uniform based upon the style they wore from 1970 through 1996, when they left Buffalo Memorial Auditorium and moved down the street to the HSBC Arena with blue and gold trim. The blue version was previously their third jersey for the past three seasons. A new third jersey, also in blue, featured the city's name in white script on the chest, along with "quilted" numbers on the back and a gold nameplate with blue lettering fashioning the look of the AHL's former Buffalo Bisons.

The Columbus Blue Jackets unveiled a third jersey November 24[9] as part of their 10th season celebration. The new jersey made its debut on November 26 when the Blue Jackets hosted the Detroit Red Wings.[10]

The Philadelphia Flyers adopted their 2010 NHL Winter Classic white uniforms as their new road uniform and dropped the black third jersey they wore since changing to Reebok's "NHL Edge" template.

The New York Islanders reverted to the uniforms they made their debut back in 1972–73; their royal blue uniforms were their third jersey for the past two seasons. The road white uniforms are also from the 1972–73 season.

The New York Rangers inaugurated a new third jersey. The jersey resembled the one worn by the team in its early years, notably during their Stanley Cup championship years of 1928 and 1933, but with "NEW YORK" across the jersey, instead of "RANGERS."

The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled new home and road jerseys on June 14, 2010, seeing the return of the horizontal stripes on the bottom of the jersey and the "veined leaf" logo on both shoulders. The jersey also includes a white collar with string lace-up instead of a V-shaped collar.[11]

In third jersey items, the Calgary Flames used the third jerseys they debuted in the 2009–10 season onto the Edge template in a retro style from the 1988–89 season. After a three-year hiatus, the Anaheim Ducks unveiled a new third jersey on November 26 against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Los Angeles Kings added a throwback purple and gold uniform, with the original 1967 style of purple, gold and white crown graphic on the jersey front for up to four games, and the Dallas Stars swapped designations on their two white jerseys. The Vancouver Canucks, like the Sabres, were celebrating their 40th anniversary and wore replicas of their original 1970–71 white jerseys for several home games as well. Despite the league rules stating that all team jerseys must have nameplates on the back, both the Canucks and Kings were granted permission to wear jerseys without nameplates. The Washington Capitals, the road team in the 2011 Winter Classic, wore their Winter Classic jerseys in a home game vs. the Montreal Canadiens in honor of former Capital Dino Ciccarelli and his 2010 induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame.


2010 Kraft Hockeyville

Every year since 2006, Kraft Foods has sponsored a contest called Kraft Hockeyville, where small Canadian towns compete against each other for the title of Hockeyville. The winning town also gets to host an NHL preseason game in a local arena, as well as hosting an event called the 'Stanley Cup Jamboree'. Dundas, Ontario, a suburb of Hamilton (which itself has been the subject of numerous efforts at potential National Hockey League expansion) won the 2010 contest, and hosted the pre-season game between the Ottawa Senators and the Buffalo Sabres on September 28, 2010.

European exhibition games

The six teams going to Europe to open their regular seasons there as part of the NHL Premiere games also played exhibition games against European teams under the banner of NHL Premiere Challenge to close out their pre-seasons, finishing with a 6–1–0 record.[12][13][14][15]

DateVenueEuropean teamNHL teamScore
October 2SAP Arena, MannheimGermanyAdlerSharks2–3 (SO)
October 2The Odyssey, BelfastUnited KingdomGiants SelectBruins1–5
October 4Ice Palace, Saint PetersburgRussiaSKAHurricanes5–3
October 4Tampereen jäähalli, TampereFinlandIlvesWild1–5
October 5Tipsport Arena, LiberecCzech RepublicBílí TygřiBruins1–7
October 5Malmö Arena, MalmöSwedenRedhawksBlue Jackets1–4
October 6Arena Riga, RigaLatviaDinamoCoyotes1–3

Regular season

Premiere games

A record six teams opened the regular season in Europe, in a series branded the "2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Games."[13] On October 7–8, 2010, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Minnesota Wild played two games at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. The Hurricanes swept the Wild. On October 8–9, 2010, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the San Jose Sharks played two games at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. The two teams split a two-game premiere. On October 9–10, 2010, the Boston Bruins and the Phoenix Coyotes played two games at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. The two teams also split a two-game premiere.[13]

The first Premiere Games goal was scored by Minnesota Wild forward Guillaume Latendresse.

NHL face-off

The regular season also began in North America on October 7 with four additional games. In Canada, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast a double header featuring four Canadian teams. The first game saw the eastern Canadian Original Six-era rivalry rekindled, with the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the Montreal Canadiens. This game was followed by the Battle of Alberta when the Calgary Flames visited the Edmonton Oilers. In the United States, both 2010 Stanley Cup Finalists were in action as well on Versus. Besides the previously mentioned Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins game to open Consol Energy Center, the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks played against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center in the nightcap.[16] The Blackhawks had their home opener two nights later against their Central Division rivals, the Detroit Red Wings, and hoisted their first Stanley Cup championship banner in 49 years in a pre-game ceremony.

The first NHL Face-off games goal was scored by Tim Brent of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Outdoor games

2011 Winter Classic

The Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic playing the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on January 1, 2011.[13] The game was telecast on NBC in the USA and on CBC and RDS in Canada. The Washington Capitals won the game 3–1. The game was originally scheduled to be played at 1 pm. However, inclement weather in Pittsburgh forced the NHL to move the game into prime-time at 8 pm.

The Heritage Classic returns

A second outdoor game, the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic, was held in Canada at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta, on February 20, 2011, between the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens.[13] CBC, RDS and Versus telecasted the game. This was the second outdoor game held in Canada following the Heritage Classic in 2003 when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4–3 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. The Heritage classic resulted in the Flames defeating the Canadiens 4–0. This event was recorded as the first shutout in any NHL outdoor game.

Hockey Days


CBC hosted its 11th annual Hockey Day in Canada event on February 12, 2011, in Whitehorse, Yukon. The network broadcast a triple header of games featuring all six Canadian teams. The Edmonton Oilers hosted the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs visited the Montreal Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks welcomed the Calgary Flames.[17]


For the first time ever, the NHL and NBC hosted a Hockey Day in America event on February 20, 2011, featuring eight of the most popular American NHL teams. The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 4–2, the Washington Capitals defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2–1, the Red Wings defeated the Minnesota Wild 2–1, and the highlight game of the afternoon, a meeting of the last two Stanley Cup champions, as the Penguins were defeated by the Blackhawks 3–2. The event was part of the broader Hockey Weekend Across America organized by USA Hockey.[16]


On October 30, 2010, four penalty shot goals were scored on one night for the first time in league history. David Booth, Frans Nielsen, Ryan Callahan and Dave Steckel were the scorers.[18] The previous record was three penalty shot goals in one night. Four penalty shot attempts in one night had occurred previously.

On November 20, 2010, the 50,000th game in the NHL's history was played, counting all regular season and playoff games,[19] going back to the league's inaugural season in 1917.


The Vancouver Canucks placed first overall, winning the Presidents' Trophy and home advantage throughout the playoffs. The Washington Capitals placed first in the Eastern Conference, earning home advantage in Eastern Conference playoffs.

Note: Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference
1z – Washington CapitalsSE8248231143224197107
2y – Philadelphia FlyersAT8247231244259223106
3y – Boston BruinsNE8246251144246195103
4Pittsburgh PenguinsAT824925839238199106
5Tampa Bay LightningSE8246251140247240103
6Montreal CanadiensNE82443084121620996
7Buffalo SabresNE824329103824522996
8New York RangersAT82443353523319893
9Carolina HurricanesSE824031113523623991
10Toronto Maple LeafsNE823734113221825185
11New Jersey DevilsAT82383953517420981
12Atlanta ThrashersSE823436122922326980
13Ottawa SenatorsNE823240103019225074
14New York IslandersAT823039132622926473
15Florida PanthersSE823040122619522972

bold – qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; z – Placed first in conference (and division) AT – Atlantic Division, NE – Northeast Division, SE – Southeast Division

Western Conference
1p – Vancouver CanucksNW825419950262185117
2y – San Jose SharksPA824825943248213105
3y – Detroit Red WingsCE8247251043261241104
4Anaheim DucksPA82473054323923599
5Nashville PredatorsCE824427113821919499
6Phoenix CoyotesPA824326133823122699
7Los Angeles KingsPA82463063621919898
8Chicago BlackhawksCE82442993825822597
9Dallas StarsPA824229113722723395
10Calgary FlamesNW824129123225023794
11St. Louis BluesCE823833113424023487
12Minnesota WildNW82393583620623386
13Columbus Blue JacketsCE823435132921525881
14Colorado AvalancheNW82304482422728868
15Edmonton OilersNW822545122319326962

bold – qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; p – Won President's Trophy (best record in NHL) CE – Central Division, NW – Northwest Division, PA – Pacific Division

Under NHL rules, first-place teams in each division receive a conference ranking between 1 and 3 regardless of overall points. The Pittsburgh Penguins placed fourth yet had more points than the Boston Bruins, but the Bruins placed first in the Northeast Division to get the third-place ranking.


Xcel Energy Center

Xcel Energy Center

Joe Louis Arena

Joe Louis Arena

Consol Energy Center

Consol Energy Center

Wells Fargo Center

Wells Fargo Center

TeamArenaHome GamesAverage AttendanceTotal AttendanceCapacity Percentage
Chicago BlackhawksUnited Center4121,423878,356108.7% [20]
Montreal CanadiensBell Centre4121,273872,193100.0%
Philadelphia FlyersWells Fargo Center4119,715808,328101.1%
Detroit Red WingsJoe Louis Arena4119,680806,89298.1%
Toronto Maple LeafsAir Canada Centre4119,354793,522102.9%
Calgary FlamesScotiabank Saddledome4019,289771,560100.0%
St. Louis BluesScottrade Center4119,150785,150100.0%
Vancouver CanucksRogers Arena4118,860773,260102.3%
Buffalo SabresHSBC Arena4118,452756,56898.7%
Washington CapitalsVerizon Center4118,397754,309100.0%
Ottawa SenatorsScotiabank Place4118,378753,52599.3%
Pittsburgh PenguinsConsol Energy Center4018,240729,628100.9%
New York RangersMadison Square Garden4118,108742,43299.5%
Los Angeles KingsStaples Center4118,083741,40499.8%
Minnesota WildXcel Energy Center4018,012720,50899.7%
Boston BruinsTD Garden4017,565702,600100.0%
San Jose SharksHP Pavilion at San Jose4017,562702,480100.4%
Tampa Bay LightningSt. Pete Times Forum4117,268708,02287.4%
Edmonton OilersRexall Place4116,839690,399100.0%
Carolina HurricanesRBC Center4016,415656,61187.6%
Nashville PredatorsBridgestone Arena4116,142661,86194.3%
Florida PanthersBankAtlantic Center4115,685643,11681.5%
Dallas StarsAmerican Airlines Center4115,073617,99781.3%
Colorado AvalanchePepsi Center4114,820607,65082.3%
New Jersey DevilsPrudential Center4114,775605,80383.8%
Anaheim DucksHonda Center4114,738604,28385.8%
Columbus Blue JacketsNationwide Arena4013,658546,35075.3%
Atlanta ThrashersPhilips Arena4113,469552,23072.6%
Phoenix CoyotesJobing.com Arena4012,188487,54371.2%
New York IslandersNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum4111,059453,45667.9%


  • Totals do not include six regular-season opening games played in Europe, and two outdoor regular season games.

  • The Carolina Hurricanes played the Minnesota Wild at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland.

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets played the San Jose Sharks at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden

  • The Boston Bruins played the Phoenix Coyotes at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

  • The Washington Capitals played the Pittsburgh Penguins outdoors in the Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  • The Montreal Canadiens played the Calgary Flames outdoors in the Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta.

  • As of October 2010, Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome was renamed Scotiabank Saddledome.[21]

  • As of August 2011, Buffalo's HSBC Arena was renamed First Niagara Center.[22]

  • Following the 2011 season, the Atlanta Thrashers relocated and became the current version of the Winnipeg Jets.

  • As of March 15, 2012, the Carolina Hurricanes venue, RBC Center, has been renamed PNC Arena.


The 2011 playoffs started on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, and ended with the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.[13][23] The Boston Bruins won three game sevens including a rare game seven in the Final to win against the Vancouver Canucks and win the franchise's sixth Stanley Cup. The game seven victory in the final was the Bruins' first ever game seven victory on the road. The Bruins also swept the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round to avenge their loss to the Flyers in the 2010 playoffs, when the Bruins held a three games to none lead (including a 3-0 lead in game 7), and lost the series.

Playoff bracket

In each round, the highest remaining seed in each conference is matched against the lowest remaining seed. The higher-seeded team is awarded home ice advantage. In the Stanley Cup Final series, home ice is determined based on regular season points. Each best-of-seven series follows a 2–2–1–1–1 format: the higher-seeded team plays at home for games one and two (plus five and seven if necessary), and the lower-seeded team is at home for games three and four (and if necessary, game six).

Conference QuarterfinalsConference SemifinalsConference FinalsStanley Cup Finals
8NY Rangers15Tampa Bay4
2Philadelphia4Eastern Conference
5Tampa Bay3
5Tampa Bay43Boston4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
2San Jose4
7Los Angeles2
2San Jose1
6Phoenix0Western Conference
4Anaheim22San Jose4
  • 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.

NHL awards

2010–11 NHL awards
Stanley CupBoston Bruins
Presidents' TrophyVancouver Canucks
Prince of Wales TrophyBoston Bruins
Clarence S. Campbell BowlVancouver Canucks
Art Ross TrophyDaniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks)
Bill Masterton Memorial TrophyIan Laperriere (Philadelphia Flyers)
Calder Memorial TrophyJeff Skinner (Carolina Hurricanes)
Conn Smythe TrophyTim Thomas (Boston Bruins)
Frank J. Selke TrophyRyan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks)
Hart Memorial TrophyCorey Perry (Anaheim Ducks)
Jack Adams AwardDan Bylsma (Pittsburgh Penguins)
James Norris Memorial TrophyNicklas Lidstrom (Detroit Red Wings)
King Clancy Memorial TrophyDoug Weight (New York Islanders)
Lady Byng Memorial TrophyMartin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Ted Lindsay AwardDaniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks)
Mark Messier Leadership AwardZdeno Chara (Boston Bruins)
Maurice "Rocket" Richard TrophyCorey Perry (Anaheim Ducks)
NHL General Manager of the Year AwardMike Gillis (Vancouver Canucks)
Vezina TrophyTim Thomas (Boston Bruins)
William M. Jennings TrophyRoberto Luongo and Cory Schneider (Vancouver Canucks)
Lester Patrick TrophyMark Johnson, Jeff Sauer, Bob Pulford, and Toni Rossi

All-Star teams

First Team  Position  Second Team
Tim Thomas, Boston BruinsGPekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Shea Weber, Nashville PredatorsDZdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red WingsDLubomir Visnovsky, Anaheim Ducks
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver CanucksCSteven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Corey Perry, Anaheim DucksRWMartin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver CanucksLWAlexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

The following players led the league in points at the conclusion of the regular season.

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Daniel SedinVancouver Canucks824163104+2932
Martin St. LouisTampa Bay Lightning82316899012
Corey PerryAnaheim Ducks82504898+9104
Henrik SedinVancouver Canucks82197594+2640
Steven StamkosTampa Bay Lightning82454691+374
Jarome IginlaCalgary Flames82434386040
Alexander OvechkinWashington Capitals79325385+2441
Teemu SelanneAnaheim Ducks73314980+649
Henrik ZetterbergDetroit Red Wings80245680−140
Brad RichardsDallas Stars72284977+124

Source: NHL[24]

Leading goaltenders

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average at the end of the regular season while playing at least 1800 minutes.[25]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Tim ThomasBoston Bruins573,363:58351191129.9382.00
Roberto LuongoVancouver Canucks603,589:39381571264.9282.11
Pekka RinneNashville Predators643,789:15332291346.9302.12
Jonathan QuickLos Angeles Kings613,590:34352231346.9182.24
Henrik LundqvistNew York Rangers684,006:403627515211.9232.28
Corey CrawfordChicago Blackhawks573,336:37331861284.9172.30
Marc-Andre FleuryPittsburgh Penguins653,695:10362051433.9182.32
Carey PriceMontreal Canadiens724,206:08382861658.9232.35
Antti NiemiSan Jose Sharks603,523:54351861406.9202.38
Brian BoucherPhiladelphia Flyers341,884:3418104760.9162.42

Coaching changes


  • Atlanta Thrashers: Craig Ramsay replaced the fired John Anderson.

  • Columbus Blue Jackets: Scott Arniel became head coach, replacing interim Claude Noel, who had replaced the fired Ken Hitchcock on February 3, 2010.

  • Edmonton Oilers: Tom Renney replaced Pat Quinn, who moved into a role of senior hockey advisor for the team.

  • New Jersey Devils: John MacLean replaced Jacques Lemaire, who retired.

  • St. Louis Blues: Davis Payne returned for a full season after replacing Andy Murray, who was fired on January 2, 2010.

  • Philadelphia Flyers: Peter Laviolette returned for a full season after replacing John Stevens, who was fired on December 4, 2009.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning: Guy Boucher replaced the fired Rick Tocchet.


  • New Jersey Devils: John MacLean was fired as head coach after a 9–22–2 start. Jacques Lemaire, who had retired (per above), then returned to serve as interim head coach.

  • New York Islanders: Jack Capuano replaced Scott Gordon after Gordon was fired on November 15, 2010.


First games

The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game in 2010–11, listed with their first team:

Sergei BobrovskyPhiladelphia FlyersFirst Team All-Star, 2-time Vezina Trophy winner
Taylor HallEdmonton OilersFirst overall pick in the 2010 Draft
Tyler SeguinBoston BruinsStanley Cup champion with the Bruins
Jeff SkinnerCarolina HurricanesCalder Trophy winner, youngest All-Star selection ever in the four major North American sports
Ryan McDonaghNew York Rangers2-time NHL All Star, New York Rangers Captain (2014–2018)

Last games

The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2010–11, listed with their team:

Nick Boynton[26]Philadelphia Flyers1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks; 1-time NHL All-Star.
Chris Clark[27]Columbus Blue JacketsCaptain of the Washington Capitals (2006–09).
Craig Conroy[28]Calgary FlamesOver 1,000 games played, 2-time Selke Trophy finalist, former captain of the Flames.
Jassen Cullimore[29]Chicago Blackhawks1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Kris Draper[30]Detroit Red Wings4-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, Selke Trophy winner.
Chris Drury[31]New York Rangers1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Colorado Avalanche, Calder Trophy winner, 2-time Olympic silver medalist, former captain of the Rangers and Buffalo Sabres.
Adam Foote[32]Colorado Avalanche2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Avalanche, Olympic gold medalist, former captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the last active player to have been a member of the Quebec Nordiques.
Peter Forsberg[33]Colorado Avalanche2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Avalanche, Hart Trophy winner, two-time Olympic gold medalist, member of the Triple Gold Club.
Eric Godard[34]Pittsburgh Penguins1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins.
Mike Grier[35]Buffalo SabresOver 1,000 games played, first United States-born African-American player.
Shane Hnidy[36]Boston Bruins1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Bruins.
Todd Marchant[37]Anaheim Ducks1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Ducks, over 1,100 games played.
Bryan McCabe[38]New York Rangers1-time NHL All-Star, Olympic gold medalist, over 1,100 games played.
Mike Modano[39]Detroit Red Wings1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Dallas Stars, 8-time NHL All-Star, over 1,400 games played, the last active player to have been a member of the Minnesota North Stars.
Fredrik Modin[40]Calgary Flames1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Olympic gold medalist, 1-time NHL All-Star, member of the Triple Gold Club.
Rob Niedermayer[41]Buffalo Sabres1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Anaheim Ducks; over 1100 games played.
Antero Niittymaki[42]San Jose SharksOlympic silver and bronze medalist.
Mattis Ohlund[43]Tampa Bay LightningOlympic gold medalist, 1-time NHL All-Star
Chris Osgood[44]Detroit Red Wings3-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, 2-time Jennings Trophy winner, 2-time NHL All-Star.
Mark Parrish[45]Buffalo Sabres1-time NHL All-Star.
Brian Rafalski[46]Detroit Red Wings3-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils and Red Wings, Olympic silver medalist, 2-time NHL All-Star.
Mark Recchi[47]Boston Bruins3-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes and Bruins, 7-time NHL All-Star, over 1,600 games played, last active player to have played in the 1980s.
Jarkko Ruutu[48]Anaheim DucksOlympic silver and bronze medalist.
Sergei Samsonov[49]Florida PanthersOlympic bronze medalist, Calder Trophy winner.
Marc Savard[50][51]Boston Bruins1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Bruins; 2-time NHL All-Star.
Jon Sim[52]New York Islanders1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Dallas Stars.
Brent Sopel[53]Montreal Canadiens1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Cory Stillman[54]Carolina Hurricanes2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Hurricanes, over 1,000 games played
Niclas Wallin[55]San Jose Sharks1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Doug Weight[56]New York Islanders1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-time NHL All-Star, King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner, over 1,200 games played.
Michael Zigomanis[57]Toronto Maple Leafs1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 2010–11 season also saw the passings of several NHL players, current and former. This can include players who were playing elsewhere at the time.

PlayerDate of DeathTeams
Wade Belak[58]August 31, 2011Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators
Derek Boogaard[59]May 13, 2011Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers
Pavol Demitra[60]September 7, 2011Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks
Karel Rachunek[60]September 7, 2011Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils
Rick Rypien[61]August 15, 2011Vancouver Canucks
Ruslan Salei[60]September 7, 2011Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings
Karlis Skrastins[60]September 7, 2011Nashville Predators, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars
Josef Vasicek[60]September 7, 2011Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders

Major milestones reached

  • On October 22, 2010, Ottawa Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson recorded a hat trick, with the third goal being his 1,000th career NHL point. He became the 75th player in league history to record 1,000 points.

  • On October 26, Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles recorded an assist in his ninth consecutive game to give him the NHL record for longest assist streak for a defenseman from the start of season.

  • On October 26, Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar participated in his 1,000th NHL game.

  • On October 28, Calgary Flames forward Craig Conroy participated in his 1,000th NHL game.

  • On November 3, Buffalo Sabres forward Mike Grier participated in his 1,000th NHL game.

  • On November 6, Los Angeles Kings forward Ryan Smyth participated in his 1,000th NHL game.

  • On November 22, Ottawa Senators forward Alexei Kovalev recorded his 1,000th career NHL point with a goal. He became the 76th player in league history to record 1,000 points, and the third Russian born player to do so.

  • On November 24, Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi scored two goals, with the second being his 1,500th career NHL point. He became the 13th player in league history to reach this milestone.

  • On December 26, Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski participated in his 1,000th NHL game.

  • On December 27, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood recorded his 400th NHL win. He became the 10th player in league history to reach this milestone.

  • On January 11, 2011, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson won his 600th game as an NHL coach. He became the seventh coach in league history to reach this milestone.

  • On January 17, San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau and Dallas Stars forward Jamie Langenbrunner both participated in their 1,000th NHL game in separate contests. Marleau was the third youngest player in NHL history to reach 1,000 games played.

  • On February 1, Minnesota Wild forward Andrew Brunette participated in his 1,000th NHL game.

  • On February 10, New Jersey Devils coach Jacques Lemaire won his 600th game as an NHL coach. He became the eighth coach in league history to reach this milestone.

  • On February 16, Florida Panthers forward Cory Stillman participated in his 1,000th NHL game.

  • On February 20, Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi participated in his 1,000th NHL game.

  • On March 20, Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Adrian Aucoin participated in his 1,000th NHL game.

  • On April 1, Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla scored two goals and added an assist to reach 1,000 career points. He became the 77th player in league history to do so.

  • On April 2, Washington Capitals forward Jason Arnott recorded his 400th career NHL goal.

  • On April 8, San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton recorded his 1,000th career NHL point with a goal. He became the 78th player to reach the milestone and the fourth this season.

  • On April 9, Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin won his 600th game as an NHL coach. He became the ninth coach in league history to reach this milestone.

  • On April 9, Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi played in his 1,652nd NHL game, surpassing Chris Chelios for sole possession of the fourth spot on the NHL's all-time games played list.

See also

  • 2010–11 NHL transactions

  • 2010–11 NHL suspensions and fines

  • 2010 NHL Entry Draft

  • 2010 in sports

  • 2011 in sports

  • List of 2010–11 NHL Three Star Awards


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