Everipedia Logo
Everipedia is now IQ.wiki - Join the IQ Brainlist and our Discord for early access to editing on the new platform and to participate in the beta testing.
2012–13 NHL season

2012–13 NHL season

The 2012–13 NHL season was the 96th season of operation (95th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). The regular season began on January 19, 2013 and ended on April 28, 2013, with the playoffs to follow until June.

The season start was delayed from its original October 11, 2012 date due to a lockout imposed by the NHL franchise owners after the expiration of the league's collective bargaining agreement (CBA). After a new labor agreement was reached between the owners and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), training camps opened on January 13, 2013 and a 48-game season (reduced from 82 games) started on January 19. Similar to the 1994–95 season, the shortened regular season was limited to intra-conference competition.[1] The season calendar opened with the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on June 22–23, 2012, held at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.[2]

2012–13 NHL season
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationJanuary 19 – June 24, 2013
Number of games48
Number of teams30
Total attendance12,758,849
Top draft pickNail Yakupov
Picked byEdmonton Oilers
Regular season
Presidents' TrophyChicago Blackhawks
Season MVPAlexander Ovechkin (Capitals)
Top scorerMartin St. Louis (Lightning)
Eastern championsBoston Bruins
  Eastern runners-upPittsburgh Penguins
Western championsChicago Blackhawks
  Western runners-upLos Angeles Kings
Stanley Cup
ChampionsChicago Blackhawks
  Runners-upBoston Bruins
Conn Smythe TrophyPatrick Kane (Blackhawks)

League business


On September 13, 2012, all 29 league ownership groups (with the Phoenix Coyotes collectively owned by the NHL) authorized commissioner Gary Bettman to lock out the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) upon the expiration of the NHL collective bargaining agreement (CBA) on September 15. The action marked the fifth labor dispute in twenty years for the league, following a 1992 strike, lockouts in 1994–95 and 2004–05, as well as a referees lockout in 1993;[3] this is more than any of the other major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada during this period. In preparation for the lockout, NHL teams assigned all of their eligible players to their American Hockey League farm clubs.[4]

Although Bettman acknowledged the 2005–12 CBA was fair, he also stated that he was demanding concessions as a result of the late 2000s recession, even though the league experienced significant growth at that time.[5] Sports media reported on July 14 on the NHL's first offer to the players. The offer reportedly included: a drop in players' share of "hockey-related revenues" from 57 per cent to 46 per cent; a requirement that players play ten years before becoming an unrestricted free agent (UFA); a limit on players' contracts to five years in length; elimination of salary arbitration; and an extension of entry-level contracts to five years from three.[6]

The NHLPA made an attempt to strike down the lockout as illegal in Alberta and Quebec;[7] the Quebec Labour Board ruled against the NHLPA on September 14.[8]

The NHL season officially entered a lockout after the expiration of the CBA on September 15, 2012, prior to the planned start of the pre-season. Locked-out players immediately began signing with the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), Czech Extraliga (ELH), the SM-liiga, and the Elitserien (SEL), the last of which largely resisted signing locked-out players.[9][10] The NHL canceled all regular-season games originally scheduled up to January 14, 2013, including the 2013 NHL Winter Classic. The 2013 NHL All-Star Game was also canceled.[11][12][13][14]

On January 6, 2013, after a 16-hour negotiating session, the owners and players union reached a tentative agreement for a 10-year deal. NHL owners ratified the CBA on January 9, 2013,[15] followed three days later by the deal's ratification by NHLPA members,[16] and the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties, marking their official agreement on the labor pact.[16][17] The NHL announced a 48-game schedule, starting on January 19, 2013 and ending on April 28, 2013, consisting solely of intra-conference competition.[1]

Proposed realignment

The relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers from the American southeast to the Canadian prairies, where the franchise is now known as the Winnipeg Jets, in the summer of 2011 resulted in discussions within the league on how to realign the league's 30 teams. Following several months of speculation, the NHL's Board of Governors voted in favor of a radical realignment plan that would have reduced the six current divisions in two conferences into four conferences. The top four teams in each conference would then qualify for the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, while for the regular season, each team would face its non-conference opponents twice: once each at home and on the road. Conference opponents would face each other five or six times each. The plan was designed to better balance each grouping of teams by time zone, as well as to cut the costs of travel western teams face.[18]

However, on January 6, 2012, the league announced that the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) had rejected the proposed realignment, delaying any future changes until at least 2013–14.[19] NHLPA officers expressed a desire to see a draft schedule for the realignment, which the league had not completed.[20]

Salary cap

The NHL announced the revised salary cap on June 28, 2012. The salary cap figure is in effect until the end of the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the Player's Association. The salary cap for players' salaries rose $5.9 million (USD) to $70.2 million per franchise. The salary floor, the minimum which franchises must spend, rose to $54.2 million.[21]

As part of the newly agreed upon CBA, the salary cap for teams will be $64.3 million per franchise, with a floor of $44 million.[22]

Change of venue

On October 24, 2012, the New York Islanders announced that the team had signed a 25-year lease with the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, starting in 2015 after the team's current lease for the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum expires. The arena, originally constructed as the home for the National Basketball Association's Brooklyn Nets, is intended to be expanded to meet NHL standards.[23]

Rule changes

With the ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement, several rule changes took effect this season.[24]

  • Officials no longer had to be certain that contact had been made with the hands (as opposed to the stick) in deciding whether or not to assess a slashing minor.

  • Making contact with the opponent's facemask will result in a minor penalty.

  • Both players facing-off are prohibited from batting the puck with their hand in an attempt to win the face-off. Any attempt by either center to win the face-off by batting the puck with their hand shall result in a minor penalty. This penalty shall be announced as a "Minor Penalty for Delay of Game - Face-off Violation."

  • Rule 67 has been changed to prevent players from getting a faceoff by putting their glove on the puck anywhere on the ice and not allowing play to continue. A minor penalty will be assessed for "closing his hand on the puck."


  • To celebrate 20 years in Dallas, the Stars wore special patches this season.

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning wore special patches to commemorate their 20th season in the NHL. Their alternate uniform was also modified to include the simplified logo they introduced in the 2011-12 season.

  • The San Jose Sharks wore patches in memory of original owner George Gund III, who died January 15, 2013. Gund was instrumental in bringing, removing and returning NHL hockey to the Bay Area.

  • To celebrate 100 years of hockey on the west coast, the Canucks honored Vancouver's first professional hockey team, the Vancouver Millionaires, who played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and the Western Canada Hockey League from 1912 to 1926 by wearing a patch of a re-colored Millionaires logo on their alternate home jerseys. The Canucks also wore throwback uniforms based on the 1915 Vancouver Millionaires in a game against the Detroit Red Wings.

  • The Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers retired their third jerseys.

Regular season

Originally planned for October 11, 2012, the lockout delay pushed the start of the 2012–13 season to January 19, 2013, with 12 games for the opening night.[25][26] Each team played 18 games within its division (four or five games for each team) and 30 games against teams in the other division (three games for each team); no interconference games were played during the regular season.[27] The regular season was shortened from 82 games down to 48, canceling 41.5 percent of the full regular season.

Winter Classic

The 2013 NHL Winter Classic was scheduled to feature the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium (the largest stadium in North America) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but it was canceled due to the labor lockout.[28] The game was played instead on January 1, 2014 at Michigan Stadium.[29]

All-Star Game

Originally scheduled to take place January 27, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio, the All-Star Game was canceled as a result of the ongoing lockout.[30][31]

European Premiere games

In past seasons, selected NHL teams began their season with exhibition games and the first two regular season games in European cities. In March 2012, the NHL announced that it had decided not to start the season with games in Europe, because of the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations and the surrounding uncertainty.[32]

With the NHL not playing games in Europe, Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (against which the NHL has played several interleague competitions) was instead to come to the United States, with the NHL's blessing; the KHL was to feature two games between Dynamo Moscow and SKA Saint Petersburg at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on January 19 and 20, 2013.[33] However no agreement between the KHL and the Barclays Center had been signed, and the KHL announced the two games would be held in Russia; due to the NHL lockout, the signing of a 25-year lease with the New York Islanders, and pleas from the teams' fans to keep the games in Russia.[34]


  • The February 9 game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins at TD Garden was postponed due to inclement weather in Boston the day of the game.[35]

Two games were affected by the Boston Marathon bombings:

  • The April 15 game between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins at TD Garden was postponed due to the bombing of the Boston Marathon earlier that day. The game was rescheduled to April 28, the day after the previous final day of the regular season.[36]

  • The April 19 game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins at TD Garden was postponed to April 20 due to the citywide lockdown as a result of the manhunt for the suspects of the bombings. As a result of the rescheduled Penguins-Bruins game, the game between the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres that was originally scheduled for April 20 was moved to April 23.[37]


Due to the lockout, each team played 48 games this season, all within their conference.

Eastern Conference
1ATz –Pittsburgh Penguins483612033165119+4672
2NEy –Montreal Canadiens482914526149126+2363
3SEy –Washington Capitals482718324149130+1957
4NEx –Boston Bruins482814624131109+2262
5NEx –Toronto Maple Leafs482617526145133+1257
6ATx –New York Rangers482618422130112+1856
7NEx –Ottawa Senators482517621116104+1256
8ATx –New York Islanders482417720139139055
9SEWinnipeg Jets482421322128144−1651
10ATPhiladelphia Flyers482322322133141−849
11ATNew Jersey Devils4819191017112129−1748
12NEBuffalo Sabres482121614115143−2848
13SECarolina Hurricanes481925418128160−3242
14SETampa Bay Lightning481826417148150−240
15SEFlorida Panthers481527612112171−5936
Western Conference
1CEp –Chicago Blackhawks48367530155102+5377
2PAy –Anaheim Ducks483012624140118+2266
3NWy –Vancouver Canucks482615721127121+659
4CEx –St. Louis Blues482917224129115+1460
5PAx –Los Angeles Kings482716525133118+1559
6PAx –San Jose Sharks482516717124116+857
7CEx –Detroit Red Wings482416822124115+956
8NWx –Minnesota Wild482619322122127−555
9CEColumbus Blue Jackets482417719120119+155
10PAPhoenix Coyotes482118917125131−651
11PADallas Stars482222420130142−1248
12NWEdmonton Oilers481922717125134−945
13NWCalgary Flames481925419128160−3242
14CENashville Predators481623914111139−2841
15NWColorado Avalanche481625714116152−3639


TeamArenaHome GamesAverage AttendanceTotal AttendanceCapacity Percentage
Chicago BlackhawksUnited Center2421,755522,619110.4% [38]
Montreal CanadiensBell Centre2421,273510,552100.0%
Detroit Red WingsJoe Louis Arena2420,066481,584100.0%
Philadelphia FlyersWells Fargo Center2419,786474,878101.3%
Toronto Maple LeafsAir Canada Centre2419,426466,224103.2%
Ottawa SenatorsScotiabank Place2419,408465,801101.3%
Calgary FlamesScotiabank Saddledome2419,289462,936100.0%
Tampa Bay LightningTampa Bay Times Forum2419,055457,33799.2%
Buffalo SabresFirst Niagara Center2418,970455,29099.5%
Vancouver CanucksRogers Arena2418,947454,740100.2%
Minnesota WildXcel Energy Center2418,794451,075104.7%
Pittsburgh PenguinsConsol Energy Center2418,648447,560101.4%
Los Angeles KingsStaples Center2418,178436,295100.3%
Washington CapitalsVerizon Center2417,734425,63895.8%
Boston BruinsTD Garden2417,565421,560100.0%
San Jose SharksHP Pavilion at San Jose2417,561421,472100.0%
Carolina HurricanesPNC Arena2417,558421,40194.0%
St. Louis BluesScottrade Center2417,263414,32890.1%
New York RangersMadison Square Garden2417,200412,800100.0%
New Jersey DevilsPrudential Center2417,114410,73997.1%
Dallas StarsAmerican Airlines Center2417,063409,52192.1%
Florida PanthersBB&T Center2416,991407,80699.7%
Nashville PredatorsBridgestone Arena2416,974407,38699.2%
Edmonton OilersRexall Place2416,839404,136100.0%
Anaheim DucksHonda Center2415,887381,30892.5%
Colorado AvalanchePepsi Center2415,444370,67785.8%
Winnipeg JetsMTS Centre2415,004360,096100.0%
Columbus Blue JacketsNationwide Arena2414,565349,55880.3%
Phoenix CoyotesJobing.com Arena2413,923334,16581.3%
New York IslandersNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum2413,306319,36282.3%


Because of the lockout and delayed start of the shortened regular season, the playoffs did not begin until April 30. The last possible date of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals was then scheduled for June 28.[39]

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 Finals, home ice is determined based on regular season points. As the Presidents' Trophy winners, the Blackhawks had home ice advantage in the 2013 Finals. 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 (and games five and seven, if necessary), and the lower-seeded team is at home for games three and four (and game six, if necessary).

Conference QuarterfinalsConference SemifinalsConference FinalsStanley Cup Finals
8NY Islanders27Ottawa1
2Montreal1Eastern Conference
6NY Rangers4
5Toronto36NY Rangers1
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
5Los Angeles1
6San Jose4Western Conference
4St. Louis25Los Angeles4
5Los Angeles46San Jose3
  • 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

Awards were presented during the NHL Awards television specials on June 14–15, 2013. Finalists for voted awards are announced during the playoffs and winners are presented at the awards specials. Voting concluded immediately after the end of the regular season. The President's Trophy, the Prince of Wales Trophy and Campbell Bowls are not presented at the awards specials. The Lester Patrick is announced during the summer and presented in the fall. NHL Network U.S. and NHL Network Canada aired the first part of the awards presentation on June 14, while NBC Sports Network and CBC aired the second part on June 15 preceding Game 2 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.

2012–13 NHL awards
Stanley CupChicago BlackhawksBoston Bruins
Presidents' Trophy
(Best regular-season record)
Chicago BlackhawksPittsburgh Penguins
Prince of Wales Trophy
(Eastern Conference champion)
Boston BruinsPittsburgh Penguins
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
(Western Conference champion)
Chicago BlackhawksLos Angeles Kings
Art Ross Trophy
(Top scorer)
Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
(Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication)
Josh Harding (Minnesota Wild)Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Adam McQuaid (Boston Bruins)
Calder Memorial Trophy
(Best first-year player)
Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers)Brendan Gallagher (Montreal Canadiens)
Brandon Saad (Chicago Blackhawks)
Conn Smythe Trophy
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Frank J. Selke Trophy
(Defensive forward)
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
Hart Memorial Trophy
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
John Tavares (New York Islanders)
Jack Adams Award
(Best coach)
Paul MacLean (Ottawa Senators)Bruce Boudreau (Anaheim Ducks)
Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks)
James Norris Memorial Trophy
(Best defenseman)
P. K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens)Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild)
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
(Leadership and humanitarian contribution)
Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Matt Moulson (New York Islanders)
Ted Lindsay Award
(Outstanding player)
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Mark Messier Leadership Award
(Leadership and community activities)
Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators)
Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings)
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
(Top goal-scorer)
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
NHL Foundation Player Award
(Award for community enrichment)
Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings)
NHL General Manager of the Year Award
(Top general manager)
Ray Shero (Pittsburgh Penguins)Marc Bergevin (Montreal Canadiens)
Bob Murray (Anaheim Ducks)
Vezina Trophy
(Best goaltender)
Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets)Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers)
Antti Niemi (San Jose Sharks)
William M. Jennings Trophy
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
Corey Crawford and Ray Emery(Chicago Blackhawks)
Lester Patrick Trophy
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)
Kevin Allen

All-Star teams

  Position  First TeamSecond TeamPositionAll-Rookie
GSergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue JacketsHenrik Lundqvist, New York RangersGJake Allen, St. Louis Blues
DP. K. Subban, Montreal CanadiensFrancois Beauchemin, Anaheim DucksDJonas Brodin, Minnesota Wild
DRyan Suter, Minnesota WildKris Letang, Pittsburgh PenguinsDJustin Schultz, Edmonton Oilers
CSidney Crosby, Pittsburgh PenguinsJonathan Toews, Chicago BlackhawksFJonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers
RWAlexander Ovechkin, Washington CapitalsMartin St. Louis, Tampa Bay LightningFBrendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens
LWChris Kunitz, Pittsburgh PenguinsAlexander Ovechkin, Washington CapitalsFBrandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks

Note: Alexander Ovechkin was listed as a Left Wing but played the majority of his games at Right Wing. Some members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association voted for him at Left Wing while others voted for him at Right Wing and consequently, Ovechkin placed twice on the NHL All-Star team.[40]

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

The following players lead the league in points following the conclusion of the regular season.[41]

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

Martin St. LouisTampa Bay Lightning48174360014
Steven StamkosTampa Bay Lightning48292857–432
Alexander OvechkinWashington Capitals48322456+236
Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh Penguins36154156+2616
Patrick KaneChicago Blackhawks47233255+118
Eric StaalCarolina Hurricanes48183553+554
Chris KunitzPittsburgh Penguins48223052+3039
Phil KesselToronto Maple Leafs48203252–318
Taylor HallEdmonton Oilers45163450+533
Ryan GetzlafAnaheim Ducks44153449+1441
Pavel DatsyukDetroit Red Wings47153449+2114

Leading goaltenders

The following goaltenders lead the league in goals against average following the conclusion of the regular season while playing at least 1200 minutes.[42]

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

Craig AndersonOttawa Senators241420:361292403.9411.69
Corey CrawfordChicago Blackhawks301760:311955573.9261.94
Sergei BobrovskyColumbus Blue Jackets382218:5721116744.9322.00
Tuukka RaskBoston Bruins362104:0919105705.9292.00
Henrik LundqvistNew York Rangers432575:2224163882.9262.05
Cory SchneiderVancouver Canucks301733:191794615.9272.11
Jimmy HowardDetroit Red Wings422445:4421137875.9232.13
Antti NiemiSan Jose Sharks432580:4624126934.9242.16
Viktor FasthAnaheim Ducks251428:181562524.9212.18
Martin BrodeurNew Jersey Devils291757:211397652.9012.22

Coaching changes


  • Anaheim Ducks: This was Bruce Boudreau's first season as head coach, who replaced Randy Carlyle on November 30, 2011.

  • Calgary Flames: The Flames decided not to renew Brent Sutter's contract and hired Bob Hartley instead.

  • Carolina Hurricanes: This was Kirk Muller's first full season as head coach after replacing Paul Maurice, who was fired on November 28, 2011.

  • Columbus Blue Jackets: This was Todd Richards's first full season as head coach after replacing Scott Arniel, who was fired on January 9, 2012.

  • Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers decided not to renew Tom Renney's contract and hired Ralph Krueger instead.

  • Los Angeles Kings: This was Darryl Sutter's first full season after becoming the team's head coach on December 20, 2011. On December 12, 2011, Terry Murray was fired and John Stevens served as interim until Sutter was hired.

  • Montreal Canadiens: Michel Therrien started his second stint as the Canadiens head coach, after previously coaching the team from 2000 to 2003. The Habs fired Jacques Martin on December 17, 2011, and assistant coach Randy Cunneyworth served as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2011–12 season.

  • St. Louis Blues: This was Ken Hitchcock's first season as head coach, who replaced Davis Payne on November 6, 2011.

  • Toronto Maple Leafs: This was Randy Carlyle's first full season as head coach after replacing Ron Wilson, who was fired on March 2, 2012.

  • Washington Capitals: This was Adam Oates's first season as head coach. Bruce Boudreau was fired on November 28, 2011, and replaced by interim Dale Hunter.


  • Buffalo Sabres: Lindy Ruff was fired on February 20, and replaced by Ron Rolston.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning: Guy Boucher was fired on March 24, 2013, and replaced by Jon Cooper.


First games

The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game in 2013, listed with their first team:

Nail YakupovEdmonton OilersFirst overall pick in the 2012 Draft
Jonathan HuberdeauFlorida PanthersWinner of the 2012–13 Calder Memorial Trophy

Last games

The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2012–13, listed with their team:

Adrian Aucoin[43]Columbus Blue JacketsPlayed 1,108 games over 18 seasons.
Roman Hamrlik[44]New York RangersFirst overall pick in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, played 1,395 games over 20 seasons.
Milan Hejduk[45]Colorado AvalancheSecond Team All-Star, 2003 Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner.
Tomas Kaberle[46]Montreal Canadiens1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins, Olympic bronze medalist, 4-time NHL All-Star.
Miikka Kiprusoff[47]Calgary Flames2006 First Team All-Star, 2006 Vezina Trophy winner, 2006 William M. Jennings Trophy winner.
Mike Knuble[48]Philadelphia Flyers
Alexei Kovalev[49]Florida Panthers1994 Stanley Cup Champion with the New York Rangers, 2008 NHL Second All-Star Team
Vinny Prospal[50]Columbus Blue JacketsPlayed 1,108 games over 16 seasons.
Wade Redden[51]Boston BruinsWon NHL Plus-Minus Award in 2006 .
Sheldon Souray[52]Anaheim Ducks3-time NHL All-Star .
Steve Sullivan[53]New Jersey DevilsBill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner, over 1000 games played.
Jose Theodore[54]Florida PanthersVezina Trophy winner; Hart Memorial Trophy winner; Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner1-time NHL All-Star.

Major milestones reached

  • On January 21, 2013, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier participated in his 1,000th NHL game.[55]

  • On January 27, 2013, New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias recorded his 900th career point.[56] He became the 97th player in league history to reach this milestone.

  • On February 4, 2013, Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk participated in his 1,000th NHL game.[57]

  • On February 7, 2013, St. Louis Blues defenseman Wade Redden participated in his 1,000th NHL game.[58]

  • On February 9, 2013, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur participated in his 1,200th NHL game. He became the 93rd player, and the first goaltender, to reach this milestone.[59][60]

  • On February 22, 2013, the Chicago Blackhawks set a record by earning at least one point in 17 consecutive games to start a season. The previous record of 16 consecutive games was held by the 2006–07 Anaheim Ducks.[61] The Blackhawks went on to extend the record for consecutive games with a point to start a season to 24 games (21–0–3).

  • On March 3, 2013, Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa participated in his 1,000th NHL game.[62]

  • On March 5, 2013, Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta scored the team's 20,000th NHL goal. [note 1]

  • On March 6, 2013, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery becomes the first goaltender in league history to start a season with 10 straight wins.[63] He extended it to 12 straight wins to start a season on March 26.

  • On March 18, 2013, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen participated in his 1,000th NHL game.[64]

  • On March 28, 2013, Phoenix Coyotes forward Steve Sullivan participated in his 1,000th NHL game.[65]

  • On March 29, 2013, Dallas Stars forward Jaromir Jagr recorded his 1,000th career assist,[66] becoming the 12th player in league history and the first non-Canadian to do so.

  • On March 30, 2013, the Pittsburgh Penguins set a record by becoming the first NHL franchise to win every game during a calendar month. The Penguins defeated the New York Islanders 2–0, winning 15 consecutive games from March 2 until March 30.[67]

  • On April 22, 2013, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun won his 300th NHL game. He became the 28th player in league history to reach this milestone.[68]


Citation Linkwww.nhl.com"2012–13 NHL regular season schedule". National Hockey League. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkwww.tsn.ca"Bettman confirms Pittsburgh as 2012 NHL Entry Draft site". The Sports Network. October 27, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkwww.nhlofficials.com"About NHLOA". National Hockey League Officials Association. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linksabres.nhl.com"Sabres Loan Eligible Players To Rochester, Amateur Clubs – Buffalo Sabres – News". Sabres.nhl.com. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linksportsillustrated.cnn.comNHL lockout: What you need to know. SI.com. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkespn.go.comESPN.com news services (July 14, 2012). "Sources: NHL makes first CBA offer". espn.go.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkdailycaller.comIs a possible NHL lockout even legal in Canada?. The Daily Caller. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkwww.nhl.com"Quebec Labour Board rules in NHL's favor – NHL.com – News". Nhl.com. September 14, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkwww.thestar.comNHL lockout: players launch public relations offensive. The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkaftonbladet.seKarlsson, Erik (December 18, 2012). "Marknadsdomstolen ger Hockeyligan rätt". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved January 13, 2013.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkwww.nhl.com"NHL announces cancellation of 2012-13 regular-season schedule through January 14". nhl.com. National Hockey League. December 20, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkprohockeytalk.nbcsports.com"NHL cancels 2013 Winter Classic". NBC News. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkwww.cbsnews.com"NHL cancels games through Dec. 14, All-Star game". CBS News. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkwww.nhl.com"NHL announces cancellation of 2012-13 regular-season schedule through December 30 - NHL.com - News". NHL.com. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkespn.go.comKatie Strang (January 9, 2012). "Board ratifies NHL agreement". ESPN. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkwww.nhl.com"Union ratifies new CBA". National Hockey League. January 12, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkwww.nhl.com"NHL, NHLPA sign Collective Bargaining Agreement". National Hockey League. January 12, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkwww.theglobeandmail.comShoalts, David (December 5, 2011). "NHL governors approve four-conference format". Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkarchive.isNHL realignment on hold after union balks Archived September 18, 2012, at Archive.today. The Sports Network. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM
Citation Linkwww.hockeybuzz.comNHL Alignment Will NOT Change as NHLPA Rejects Re-alignment. Here's why.... Hockeybuzz.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
Sep 26, 2019, 3:16 PM