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Anahiem-Teemu Selanne

Atlanata-Ilya Kovalchuk

Boston-Bobby Orr

Buffalo-Gilbert Perreault or maybe even Hasek

Calgary-I think it has to be Iginla, good case could be made for Lanny MacDonald

Carolina/Hartford-Ron Francis for both

Chicago-Bobby Hull

Colorado/Quebec-Joe Sakic/Peter Stastny

Colombus-Rick Nash

Dallas-Mike Modano

Detroit-Tough call between Yzerman and Howe. Probably go with Yzerman though because all the years he was captain.

Edmonton-Gretzky

Flordia-Pavel Bure? Maybe John Vanbiesbrouck

LA-Gretzky

Minnesota-I guess Gaborik, not sure who else.

Montreal-So many choices, but Richard is my choice.

Nashville-Legwand has played there for a long time, but I have to give it to Weber, first star player they ever had.

NJ-Broduer

NYI-Bryan Trottier

NYR-Brian Leetch

Ottawa-Daniel Alfredson

Philadelphia-Bobby Clark

Phoenix/Winniepg - Shane Doan/Dale Hawerchuk

Pittsburgh-Mario

San Jose- Patrick Marleau

St.Louis-Brett Hull

Tampa Bay-Vincent Lecavlier

Toronto-Either Johnny Bower or Mats Sundin. Mats was captain for so long I'll give the edge to him.

Vancouver-Trevor Linden

Washington-Oveckin

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Anaheim-Teemu Selanne

Atlanta-Ilya Kovalchuk

Boston-Bobby Orr

Buffalo-Gilbert Perreault

Calgary-Jarome Iginla

Carolina/Hartford-Ron Francis

Chicago-Toews....not! Stan Mikita

Colorado/Quebec-Joe Sakic

Columbus-Rick Nash

Dallas-Mike Modano

Detroit-Gordie Howe

Edmonton-Gretzky

Florda-Pavel Bure

LA-Gretzky

Minnesota-Marian Gaborik

Montreal-Maurice Richard

Nashville-Shea Weber

NJ-Martin Brodeur

NYI-Bryan Trottier

NYR-Brian Leetch

Ottawa-Daniel Alfredsson

Philadelphia-Bobby Clarke

Phoenix/Winnipeg - Dale Hawerchuk

Pittsburgh-Mario Lemieux

San Jose- Patrick Marleau

St.Louis-Brett Hull

Tampa Bay-Martin St. Louis

Toronto-Mats Sundin

Vancouver-Pavel Bure

Washington-Alex Oveckin

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Lanny was known for the stash really nothing else, he has an easy job being the a vital part of the Flames Alumni.

Jarome Iginla is the face of the franchise and one of the best captain's the NHL's ever seen in the last twenty years. So my vote is for Iggy.

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Anaheim - Teemu Selanne

Atlanta - Ilya Kovalchuk

Boston - Bobby Orr

Buffalo - Dominik Hasek

Atlanta/Calgary - Lanny McDonald

Hartford/Carolina - Ron Francis

Chicago - Bobby Hull

California/Oakland/Cleveland - Gilles Meloche

Québec/Colorado - Joe Sakic

Columbus - Rick Nash

Minnesota/Dallas - Mike Modano

Detroit - Gordie Howe

Edmonton - Wayne Gretzky

Florida - John Vanbiesbrouck

Long Island - Denis Potvin

Los Angeles - Marcel Dionne

Minnesota - Mikko Koivu

Montréal - Maurice Richard

Nashville - Shea Weber

Kansas City/Colorado/New Jersey - Martin Brodeur

New York - Mark Messier

Ottawa - Daniel Alfredsson

Philadelphia - Bobby Clarke

Winnipeg/Phoenix - Dale Hawerchuk

Pittsburgh - Mario Lemieux

San Jose - Igor Larionov

St.Louis - Brett Hull

Tampa Bay - Martin St. Louis

Toronto - Johnny Bower

Vancouver - Pavel Bure

Washington - Rod Langway

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Anaheim - Teemu Selanne

Atlanta - Ilya Kovalchuk

Boston - Bobby Orr

Buffalo - Gilbert Perreault

Atlanta/Calgary - Lanny McDonald

Hartford/Carolina - Ron Francis

Chicago - Bobby Hull

California/Oakland/Cleveland - Gilles Meloche

Québec/Colorado - Joe Sakic

Columbus - Rick Nash

Minnesota/Dallas - Mike Modano

Detroit - Gordie Howe

Edmonton - Wayne Gretzky

Florida - John Vanbiesbrouck

Long Island - Denis Potvin

Los Angeles - Marcel Dionne

Minnesota - Marian Gaborik

Montréal - Maurice Richard

Nashville - Shea Weber

Kansas City/Colorado/New Jersey - Martin Brodeur

New York - Mark Messier

Ottawa - Daniel Alfredsson

Philadelphia - Bobby Clarke

Winnipeg/Phoenix - Dale Hawerchuk

Pittsburgh - Mario Lemieux

San Jose - Igor Larionov

St.Louis - Brett Hull

Tampa Bay - Martin St. Louis

Toronto - Johnny Bower

Vancouver - Pavel Bure

Washington - Alex Oveckin

No Isles?

EDIT: Nevermind, saw "Long Island"

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Anahiem - Teemu Selanne

Atlanata - Ilya Kovalchuk

Boston - Bobby Orr

Buffalo - Gilbert Perreault

Calgary - Jarome Iginla

Carolina - Eric Staal

Chicago - Bobby Hull

Colorado - Joe Sakic

Colombus - Rick Nash

Dallas - Mike Modano

Detroit - Steve Yzerman

Edmonton - Wayne Gretzky

Flordia - Pavel Bure

Hartford - Ron Francis

Los Angeles - Wayne Gretzky

Minnesota - Marian Gaborik

Montreal - Maurice Richard

Nashville - Shea Weber

New Jersey - Martin Broduer

NY Islanders - Denis Potvin

NY Rangers - Mark Messier

Ottawa - Daniel Alfredson

Philadelphia - Bobby Clarke

Phoenix - Shane Doan

Pittsburgh - Mario Lemieux

Quebec - Peter Stastny

San Jose - Owen Nolan

St.Louis - Brett Hull

Tampa Bay - Vincent Lecavlier

Toronto - Mats Sundin

Vancouver - Pavel Bure

Washington - Alex Ovechkin

Winnipeg - Dale Hawerchuk

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I have thought about the face of the Caps for awhile, I've batted around Langway, Kolzig, Bondra, and Ovechkin, and I just cant decide. Ovechkin has brought more visibility to the team than its ever had. Kolzig was great in the community and one of the longer serving Caps. Langway and Bondra could be considered the franchises best players ever.

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Seems I have a little different take on things than most so far. These players are the guys I think of first/most when you say the team name. I think it just has to do with the generation I grew up with, and the players I saw play.

Anahiem - Paul Kariya

Atlanta - Ilya Kovalchuk

Boston - Ray Bourque

Buffalo- Dominik Hasek

Calgary - Jarome Iginla

Carolina - Eric Staal

Chicago - Ed Belfour

Quebec/Colorado - Joe Sakic

Columbus - Rick Nash

Dallas - Mike Modano

Detroit - Steve Yzerman

Edmonton - Wayne Gretzky

Florida - John Vanbiesbrouck

Los Angeles - Wayne Gretzky

Minnesota - Marian Gaborik

Montreal - Patrick Roy

Nashville - Shea Weber

New Jersey - Martin Brodeur

NY Islanders - Mike Bossy

NY Rangers - Mark Messier

Ottawa - Daniel Alfredson

Philadelphia - Eric Lindros

Phoenix - Shane Doan (Winnipeg - Teemu Selanne)

Pittsburgh - Mario Lemieux

San Jose - Joe Thornton

St. Louis - Brett Hull

Tampa Bay - Vincent Lecavlier

Toronto - Mats Sundin

Vancouver - Pavel Bure

Washington - Peter Bondra

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Devils Martin Brodeur

Rangers Mark Messier

Islanders Dennis Potvin

Flyers Bobby Clarke

Penguins Mario Lemeiux

Canadiens Rocket Richard

Maple Leafs Tim Horton

Sabres Dominik Hasek

Senators Daniel Alfredson

Bruins Bobby Orr

Hurricanes Rod Brind'Amour

Thrashers Ilya Kovalchuk

Panthers John Vanbiesbrouk

Lightning Vincent LeCavalier

Capitals Alex Ovechkin

Red Wings Gordie Howe

Blackhawks Bobby Hull

Predators David Legwand

Blue Jackets Rick Nash

Blues Brett Hull

Wild Marian Gaborik

Flames Lanny McDonald

Oilers Wayne Gretzky

Canucks Trevor Linden

Avalanche Joe Sakic

Past Teams

Jets Thomas Steen

Nordiques Petr Stasny

Whalers Ron Francis

Kings Wayne Gretzky

Stars Mike Modano

Ducks Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Coyotes Shane Doan

Sharks Patrick Marleau

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I agree with most of everybody's list, save a few differences:

- For the Ducks, Jean-Sebastian Giguere is always the first person I think of, followed by Paul Kariya, followed by Teemu Selanne. Giguere's Conn Smythe run in 2003 was very memorable to me.

- With Atlanta, I tend to think of Dany Heatley, then Ilya Kovalchuk.

- I think Vanbiesbrouck is indeed Florida's face, but I actually thought of Roberto Luongo first.

- I agree that Maurice Richard is the face of the Habs, but I think Jean Beliveau has a case too. I think of him and Richard equally.

- Tomas Vokoun seemed to play in Nashville for so long that for me personally, I still associate him with the Preds, though Weber I think is the guy.

- Evgeni Nabokov will always be the face of the Sharks to me.

- And lastly, I think of Markus Naslund when I think of Vancouver.

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NY Islanders - Mike Bossy

I don't know why anyone would suggest otherwise? He's the only Islander player that had a cartoon character wear his jersey...

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(not obvious from this shot, but in the show, whenever he had his back turned, it clearly had 22 on the back, it might have even said 'Bossy' at the top)

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They aren't necessarily the face of each team, but in my generation and from my point of view here's my mental list:

Anaheim - Teemu Selanne

Atlanta - Ilya Kovalchuk

Boston - Ray Borque

Buffalo- Dominic Hasek

Calgary - Jarome Iginla

Carolina - Rod Brind-Amour

Chicago - Chris Chelios

Colorado - Joe Sakic

Columbus - Rick Nash

Dallas - Mike Modano

Detroit - Steve Yzerman

Edmonton - Wayne Gretzky

Florida - John Vanbiesbrouck

Hartford - Ron Francis

Los Angeles - Wayne Gretzky

Minnesota - nobody

Montreal - Saku Koivu

Nashville - David Legwand

New Jersey - Martin Brodeur

NY Islanders - Alexi Yashin

NY Rangers - Mark Messier

Ottawa - Daniel Alfredsson

Philadelphia - Eric Lindros

Phoenix - Shane Doan

Pittsburgh - Mario Lemieux

Quebec - Joe Sakic

San Jose - Joe Thornton

St. Louis - Brett Hull

Tampa Bay - Vincent Lecavalier

Toronto - Mats Sundin

Vancouver - Roberto Luongo

Washington - Alexander Ovechkin

Winnipeg - Keith Tkachuk

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This is a hard thing to do because some teams have so little history and so little success (Columbus, for example) while others have a long history and a whole bunch of success (Habs, Wings, etc.) Some things that jumped out at me:

While I think Jarome Iginla is a fine choice for the Flames, I'm surprised that he and Lanny McDonald are the only ones mentioned. What about Al MacInnis? Theo Fleury? Mike Vernon? I think of those guys when I think of the Flames, too.

Gretzky in Edmonton, but also Messier, he won 5 Cups there. I think of those two and Kurri, Coffey, Tikkanen, Fuhr and Moog too. (Moog mainly because he played here in Billings in junior hockey.)

For the Islanders, my first thought was Potvin (mainly because of that weird roundish helmet), but also his teammates Mike Bossy, Brian Trottier, Clark Gilles and Billy Smith.

How anyone could have "Nobody" for Minnesota blows my mind. The face of Minnesota hockey is the only man to win the NCAA Championship, Olympic Gold Medal and the Stanley Cup: Neal Broten.

Can you tell I grew up in the 70s and 80s?

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How anyone could have "Nobody" for Minnesota blows my mind. The face of Minnesota hockey is the only man to win the NCAA Championship, Olympic Gold Medal and the Stanley Cup: Neal Broten.

I think the "nobody" was for the Wild. You have to remember that most high schoolers here have never lived in a world that included the Minnesota North Stars.

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Anahiem-Paul Kariya

Atlanata-Ilya Kovalchuk

Boston-Phil Esposito

Buffalo-Gilbert Parreault

Calgary-Lanny MacDonald

Carolina/Hartford-Ron Francis

Chicago-Stan Mikita

Colorado/Quebec-Joe Sakic

Colombus-Rick Nash

Dallas-Mike Modano

Detroit-Steve Yzerman

Edmonton-Wayne Gretzky

Flordia-John Vanbiesbrouck

LA-Anze Kopitar

Minnesota-Marian Gaborik

Montreal-Maurice Richard

Nashville-David Legwand

NJ-Martin Broduer

NYI-Mike Bossy

NYR-Mark Messier

Ottawa-Daniel Alfredson

Philadelphia-Bobby Clarke

Phoenix/Winniepg - Shane Doan/Dale Hawerchuk

Pittsburgh-Mario Lemieux

San Jose-Joe Thornton

St.Louis-Al Macinnis

Tampa Bay-Vincent Lecavlier

Toronto-Mats Sundin

Vancouver-Trevor Linden

Washington-Alexander Oveckin

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I don't follow the NHL closely enough to do all the teams but here are a few that immediately come to mind...

NY Rangers: Mark Messier (Mike Richter is another Ranger that comes to mind)

Detroit: Steve Yzerman

Pittsburgh: Mario Lemieux

NY Islanders: This one may be a little different. Mike Bossy is the obvious choice but when I think of the Islanders, Billy Smith is the first person that comes to mind.

Edmonton: Gretzky. Followed by Messier, and Kurri. Gretzky is obviously the face of the franchise (probably the entire league) but when I first started following hockey the Oilers were at their peak and I always think of those three when I think of Oilers hockey.

Calgary: Lanny MacDonald. (No offense to Iginla but my limited exposure to Flames hockey was filled with images of MacDonald.)

Columbus: The hardcore NHL fans are really going to let me have it over this one but... Steve Heinze wearing that #57 jersey.

Colorado and Montreal: Patrick Roy

Told ya that I don't follow the NHL closely enough to do this right. B)

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