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The 100th birthday is always a special one. And the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions made sure it was one for the National Hockey

The Penguins shared a Carlos Lee Youth Jersey video on Sunday featuring team mascot, Iceburgh, throwing a surprise
party for the NHL complete with party guests and a custom-made hockey
rink cake.

And that was just one of the wishes tweeted out by teams Sunday as the
NHL celebrated its 100th birthday.

The NHL Charlie Morton Youth Jersey kicked things off by tweeting out the first-ever schedule.Then the league's teams followed suit.

The Buffalo Sabres had a little party complete with favors.

The Minnesota Wild tweeted out a special gif.

Some birthday greetings from the Winnipeg Jets were shared.

The Calgary Flames shared some special pictures.

The Detroit Red Wings sent their best.

The Philadelphia Flyers took us on a quick trip down memory lane.

The New York Rangers Chris Devenski Youth Jersey wished the league another 100 great years.

And the Vancouver Canucks put together a special birthday card.

Plenty of others wished the league well, far too many to list here, so
on behalf of the NHL we will give out the big "thank you" to everyone
who sent their birthday wishes.Hockey started small, with a game Colby Rasmus Youth Jersey that morphed from nearly nonexistent in the 1870s to one that by the
1890s was the favorite across Canada. From there it spread, into the
United States and elsewhere, into a passion that would eventually become
a league, and then an obsession. It would bind grandparents and parents
and children, friends and enemies, cities and nations.

"Think of it, more than anything else, as a connector of generations,"
said Emmy Award-winning actor Jon Hamm, narrator of "The NHL: 100," a
documentary debuting this week.

The idea was both simple and not-so-simple. To compress 100 years of NHL
history -- the highs and lows, the dynasties and superstars -- into two
hours of film, a documentary that takes viewers from the humble
beginnings of the NHL to the robust 31-team League it is today.

Steve Mayer, the NHL's chief content officer, and Ross Greenburg, the
film's producer, have done that, exploring some of the League's
little-known early stories as well as its most well-loved moments,
moving era by era through hockey history.

"It's a daunting task to be in the mix of doing the definitive sweeping
documentary on the history of the League," Greenburg said. "It's a
pretty stiff challenge and it's a little bit awesome in its scope."

The final product, which can be viewed as four stand-alone, 25-minute
episodes or a two-hour documentary, is split by 25-year periods, from
the League's Founding Years to the Original Six to the Expansion Era to
the Global Game of today, and is set to premiere in Canada on Thursday
(7 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET; SN) and air in the United States on Sunday (10
p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHLN). NHL Network will rebroadcast the documentary on
Saturday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. ET and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. ET.

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