2010–11 NHL season

2010–11 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 7, 2010 – June 15, 2011
Number of games 1,319(total)
Number of teams 30
Total attendance 15,967,650(total)
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy Vancouver Canucks
Season MVP Corey Perry (Anaheim)
Top scorer Daniel Sedin (Vancouver)
Eastern champions Boston Bruins
  Eastern runners-up Tampa Bay Lightning
Western champions Vancouver Canucks
  Western runners-up San Jose Sharks
Playoffs Playoffs MVP Tim Thomas (Boston)
Stanley Cup
Champions Boston Bruins
  Runners-up Vancouver Canucks

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 Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg previously had lost its 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, had lost an NHL franchise, previously losing the Atlanta Flames to Calgary, Alberta, after the 1979–80 season.

League business

US television deals

The league's broadcast agreements with NBC and Versus, which were to expire at the end of the season were renewed. On April 19, NBC/Versus and the NHL agreed to a new ten-year deal worth a total US$2 billion.[1]

New arena

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. The new arena has a seating capacity of 18,387, and was officially inaugurated with the continuation of the "Battle of the Keystone State" between the Penguins and their fellow Atlantic Division rivals and defending Eastern Conference champion, the Philadelphia Flyers, on October 7 as part of the NHL's Opening Face-Off. The Flyers defeated Pittsburgh 3–2 in the Penguins' debut in the Consol Energy Center.

Two existing arenas received a new name starting with the 2010–11 season. The Vancouver Canucks' home, previously known as General Motors Place, became Rogers Arena after the Canadian telecommunications company purchased the naming rights from General Motors Canada. The Calgary Flames' home arena name was also changed from the Pengrowth Saddledome to the Scotiabank Saddledome after the Canadian banking company.

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.[2]

Entry draft

Main article: 2010 NHL 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.

Uniform changes

Several teams announced plans to change their uniforms in the 2010–11 season.[3]

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[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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 Canadians in honor of former Capital Dino Ciccarelli and his 2010 induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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.


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.[7][8][9][10]

Date Venue European team NHL team Score
October 2 SAP Arena, Mannheim Germany Adler Sharks 2–3 (SO)
October 2 The Odyssey, Belfast United Kingdom Giants Select Bruins 1–5
October 4 Ice Palace, Saint Petersburg Russia SKA Hurricanes 5–3
October 4 Tampereen jäähalli, Tampere Finland Ilves Wild 1–5
October 5 Tipsport Arena, Liberec Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Bruins 1–7
October 5 Malmö Arena, Malmö Sweden Redhawks Blue Jackets 1–4
October 6 Arena Riga, Riga Latvia Dinamo Coyotes 1–3

Regular season

Premiere games

The first face off of the season, Hurricanes at Wild in Helsinki, Finland.

A record six teams opened the regular season in Europe, in a series branded the "2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Games."[8] 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.[8]

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.[11] 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.[8] 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.[8] 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.[12]


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.[11]


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.[13] 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,[14] 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
1 z – Washington Capitals SE 82 48 23 11 43 224 197 107
2 y – Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 23 12 44 259 223 106
3 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 46 25 11 44 246 195 103
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 49 25 8 39 238 199 106
5 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 46 25 11 40 247 240 103
6 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 44 30 8 41 216 209 96
7 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 43 29 10 38 245 229 96
8 New York Rangers AT 82 44 33 5 35 233 198 93
9 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 40 31 11 35 236 239 91
10 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 37 34 11 32 218 251 85
11 New Jersey Devils AT 82 38 39 5 35 174 209 81
12 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 34 36 12 29 223 269 80
13 Ottawa Senators NE 82 32 40 10 30 192 250 74
14 New York Islanders AT 82 30 39 13 26 229 264 73
15 Florida Panthers SE 82 30 40 12 26 195 229 72

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
1 p – Vancouver Canucks NW 82 54 19 9 50 262 185 117
2 y – San Jose Sharks PA 82 48 25 9 43 248 213 105
3 y – Detroit Red Wings CE 82 47 25 10 43 261 241 104
4 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 47 30 5 43 239 235 99
5 Nashville Predators CE 82 44 27 11 38 219 194 99
6 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 43 26 13 38 231 226 99
7 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 46 30 6 36 219 198 98
8 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 44 29 9 38 258 225 97
9 Dallas Stars PA 82 42 29 11 37 227 233 95
10 Calgary Flames NW 82 41 29 12 32 250 237 94
11 St. Louis Blues CE 82 38 33 11 34 240 234 87
12 Minnesota Wild NW 82 39 35 8 36 206 233 86
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 34 35 13 29 215 258 81
14 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 30 44 8 24 227 288 68
15 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 25 45 12 23 193 269 62

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
Joe Louis Arena
Consol Energy Center
Wells Fargo Center
TeamArenaHome GamesAverage AttendanceTotal AttendanceCapacity Percentage
Chicago Blackhawks United Center 41 21,423 878,356 108.7% [15]
Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre 41 21,273 872,193 100.0%
Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center 41 19,715 808,328 101.1%
Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena 41 19,680 806,892 98.1%
Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre 41 19,354 793,522 102.9%
Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome 40 19,289 771,560 100.0%
St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center 41 19,150 785,150 100.0%
Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena 41 18,860 773,260 102.3%
Buffalo Sabres HSBC Arena 41 18,452 756,568 98.7%
Washington Capitals Verizon Center 41 18,397 754,309 100.0%
Ottawa Senators Scotiabank Place 41 18,378 753,525 99.3%
Pittsburgh Penguins Consol Energy Center 40 18,240 729,628 100.9%
New York Rangers Madison Square Garden 41 18,108 742,432 99.5%
Los Angeles Kings Staples Center 41 18,083 741,404 99.8%
Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center 40 18,012 720,508 99.7%
Boston Bruins TD Garden 40 17,565 702,600 100.0%
San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion at San Jose 40 17,562 702,480 100.4%
Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum 41 17,268 708,022 87.4%
Edmonton Oilers Rexall Place 41 16,839 690,399 100.0%
Carolina Hurricanes RBC Center 40 16,415 656,611 87.6%
Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena 41 16,142 661,861 94.3%
Florida Panthers BankAtlantic Center 41 15,685 643,116 81.5%
Dallas Stars American Airlines Center 41 15,073 617,997 81.3%
Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center 41 14,820 607,650 82.3%
New Jersey Devils Prudential Center 41 14,775 605,803 83.8%
Anaheim Ducks Honda Center 41 14,738 604,283 85.8%
Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena 40 13,658 546,350 75.3%
Atlanta Thrashers Philips Arena 41 13,469 552,230 72.6%
Phoenix Coyotes Jobing.com Arena 40 12,188 487,543 71.2%
New York Islanders Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 41 11,059 453,456 67.9%



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.[8][18] The Boston Bruins won three game sevens including a rare game seven in the Finals 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 Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
1  Washington 4     1  Washington 0  
8  NY Rangers 1     5  Tampa Bay 4  
2  Philadelphia 4 Eastern Conference
7  Buffalo 3  
    5  Tampa Bay 3  
  3  Boston 4  
3  Boston 4  
6  Montreal 3  
4  Pittsburgh 3   2  Philadelphia 0
5  Tampa Bay 4     3  Boston 4  
  E3  Boston 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W1  Vancouver 3
1  Vancouver 4     1  Vancouver 4
8  Chicago 3     5  Nashville 2  
2  San Jose 4
7  Los Angeles 2  
  1  Vancouver 4
  2  San Jose 1  
3  Detroit 4  
6  Phoenix 0   Western Conference
4  Anaheim 2   2  San Jose 4
5  Nashville 4     3  Detroit 3  

NHL awards

2010–11 NHL awards
Award Recipient(s)
Stanley Cup Boston Bruins
Presidents' Trophy Vancouver Canucks
Prince of Wales Trophy Boston Bruins
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl Vancouver Canucks
Art Ross Trophy Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Ian Laperriere (Philadelphia Flyers)
Calder Memorial Trophy Jeff Skinner (Carolina Hurricanes)
Conn Smythe Trophy Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins)
Frank J. Selke Trophy Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks)
Hart Memorial Trophy Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks)
Jack Adams Award Dan Bylsma (Pittsburgh Penguins)
James Norris Memorial Trophy Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit Red Wings)
King Clancy Memorial Trophy Doug Weight (New York Islanders)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Ted Lindsay Award Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks)
Mark Messier Leadership Award Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins)
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks)
NHL General Manager of the Year Award Mike Gillis (Vancouver Canucks)
Vezina Trophy Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins)
William M. Jennings Trophy Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider (Vancouver Canucks)
Lester Patrick Trophy Mark Johnson, Jeff Sauer, Bob Pulford, and Toni Rossi

All-Star teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins G Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators D Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings D Lubomir Visnovsky, Anaheim Ducks
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks C Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks RW Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks LW Alexander 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

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Sedin, DanielDaniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks 82 41 63 104 +29 32
St. Louis, MartinMartin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning 82 31 68 99 0 12
Perry, CoreyCorey Perry Anaheim Ducks 82 50 48 98 +9 104
Sedin, HenrikHenrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks 82 19 75 94 +26 40
Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning 82 45 46 91 +3 74
Iginla, JaromeJarome Iginla Calgary Flames 82 43 43 86 0 40
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 79 32 53 85 +24 41
Selanne, TeemuTeemu Selanne Anaheim Ducks 73 31 49 80 +6 49
Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings 80 24 56 80 −1 40
Richards, BradBrad Richards Dallas Stars 72 28 49 77 +1 24

Source: NHL[19]

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.[20]

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

Player Team GP Min W L OT GA SO SV% GAA
Thomas, TimTim Thomas Boston Bruins 57 3,363:58 35 11 9 112 9 .938 2.00
Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks 60 3,589:39 38 15 7 126 4 .928 2.11
Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne Nashville Predators 64 3,789:15 33 22 9 134 6 .930 2.12
Quick, JonathanJonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings 61 3,590:34 35 22 3 134 6 .918 2.24
Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist New York Rangers 68 4,006:40 36 27 5 152 11 .923 2.28
Crawford, CoreyCorey Crawford Chicago Blackhawks 57 3,336:37 33 18 6 128 4 .917 2.30
Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury Pittsburgh Penguins 65 3,695:10 36 20 5 143 3 .918 2.32
Price, CareyCarey Price Montreal Canadiens 72 4,206:08 38 28 6 165 8 .923 2.35
Niemi, AnttiAntti Niemi San Jose Sharks 60 3,523:54 35 18 6 140 6 .920 2.38
Boucher, BrianBrian Boucher Philadelphia Flyers 34 1,884:34 18 10 4 76 0 .916 2.42


First games

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

Player Team Notability
Sergei Bobrovsky Philadelphia Flyers First Team All-Star, Vezina Trophy winner
Taylor Hall Edmonton Oilers First overall pick in the 2010 Draft
Tyler Seguin Boston Bruins Stanley Cup champion with the Bruins
Jeff Skinner Carolina Hurricanes Calder Trophy winner, youngest All-Star selection ever in the four major North American sports

Last games

The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2011–12, listed with their team:

Player Team Notability
Nick Boynton[21] Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks; 1-time NHL All-Star.
Chris Clark[22] Columbus Blue Jackets Captain of the Washington Capitals (2006-09).
Craig Conroy[23] Calgary Flames Over 1,000 games played, two-time Selke Trophy finalist, former captain of the Flames.
Kris Draper[24] Detroit Red Wings Four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, Selke Trophy winner.
Chris Drury[25] New York Rangers Stanley Cup champion with the Colorado Avalanche, Calder Trophy winner, two-time Olympic silver medalist, former captain of the Rangers and Buffalo Sabres.
Adam Foote[26] Colorado Avalanche Two-time Stanley Cup champion, 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[27] Colorado Avalanche 2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Avalanche, Hart Trophy winner, two-time Olympic gold medalist, member of the Triple Gold Club.
Mike Grier[28] Buffalo Sabres Over 1,000 games played, first United States-born African-American player.
Shane Hnidy[29] Boston Bruins 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Bruins.
Todd Marchant[30] Anaheim Ducks Stanley Cup champion with the Ducks, over 1,100 games played.
Bryan McCabe[31] New York Rangers NHL All-Star, Olympic gold medalist, over 1,100 games played.
Mike Modano[32] Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup champion with the Dallas Stars, eight-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[33] Calgary Flames Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL All-Star, Olympic gold medalist, member of the Triple Gold Club.
Rob Niedermayer[34] Buffalo Sabres Stanley Cup champion with the Anaheim Ducks; over 1100 games played.
Antero Niittymaki[35] San Jose Sharks Olympic silver and bronze medalist.
Mattias Öhlund[36] Tampa Bay Lightning Olympic gold medalist, 1-time NHL All-Star
Chris Osgood[37] Detroit Red Wings Three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, two-time Jennings Trophy winner, two-time NHL All-Star.
Mark Parrish[38] Buffalo Sabres 1-time NHL All-Star.
Brian Rafalski[39] Detroit Red Wings Three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils (2) and Red Wings (1), two-time NHL All-Star.
Mark Recchi[40] Boston Bruins Three-time Stanley Cup champion (Penguins, Hurricanes, Bruins), seven-time NHL All-Star, over 1,600 games played, last active player to have played in the 1980s.
Jarkko Ruutu[41] Anaheim Ducks Olympic silver and bronze medalist.
Sergei Samsonov[42] Florida Panthers Olympic bronze medalist.
Marc Savard[43] Boston Bruins Stanley Cup champion with the Bruins; 2-time NHL All-Star.
Jon Sim[44] New York Islanders Stanley Cup champion with the Dallas Stars.
Brent Sopel[45] Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Cory Stillman[46] Carolina Hurricanes Two-time Stanley Cup champion (Lightning, Hurricanes), over 1,000 games played
Niclas Wallin[47] San Jose Sharks Stanley Cup winner with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Doug Weight[48] New York Islanders Stanley Cup champion with the Carolina Hurricanes, four-time NHL All-Star, King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner, over 1,200 games played.
Michael Zigomanis[49] Toronto Maple Leafs 1-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.

Player Date of Death Teams
Wade Belak[50] August 31, 2011 Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators
Derek Boogaard[51] May 13, 2011 Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers
Pavol Demitra[52] September 7, 2011 Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks
Karel Rachunek[52] September 7, 2011 Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils
Rick Rypien[53] August 15, 2011 Vancouver Canucks
Ruslan Salei[52] September 7, 2011 Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings
Karlis Skrastins[52] September 7, 2011 Nashville Predators, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars
Josef Vasicek[52] September 7, 2011 Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders

Major milestones reached

See also


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