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A photographic look at players who helped redefine Canadian hockey's national identity

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Hockey game painted by Globe editorial cartoonist Tony Jenkins. A portrait of Maurice Richard (Rocket Richard) by editorial cartoonist Anthony Jenkins, part of an exhibit entitled Game Faces in Toronto. April.6.2004 photo by Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

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Nov. 12, 1931. Maple Leaf Gardens opening action in hockey game between Toronto and Chicago Black Hawks. The Globe photographer depicts some of the highights in the game between the Leafs and Chicago, the action being around the Black Hawks' goal. Photo By: John Boyd/Globe and Mail

John Boyd/The Globe and Mail

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Bill Barilko, centre, is shown scoring the winning goal in overtime for the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game five of the 1951 Stanley Cup final against the Montreal Canadiens in this handout photo. (CP PHOTO/Timmins Daily Press-HO)


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Maurice "The Rocket" Richard (left) and Jean "Le Gros Bill" Beliveau pose with the Stanley Cup after beating the Bruins to win NHL championship in Boston, Apr.20, 1958. Montreal's Bell Centre was transformed into a giant movie theatre on Monday as 14,000 fans assisted to the premiere of "Pour toujours les Canadiens" (Canadiens Forever), a film that marks the centenial of the storied franchise. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP files


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Bobby Orr goes into orbit after scoring the goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins, May 10,1970, against the St. Louis Blues at Boston Garden. The Boston Bruins are unveiling a statue of Bobby Orr in his defining moment.The bronze sculpture depicts the most beloved player in team history flying through the air with his arms outstretched after scoring the goal that clinched the 1970 Stanley Cup championship against the St. Louis Blues. It's scheduled to be unveiled Monday outside the TD Garden. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Boston Herald American, Ray Lussier

Ray Lussier/CP

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Soviet goalie Vladislav Tretiak stops Team Canada's Guy Lafleur. Freelance Photo by John Maiola

John Maiola/The Globe and Mail

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Edmonton Oiler's Wayne Gretzky is shown just after releasing the puck new the blue line for his 50th goal of teh seaon, in Edmonton, Dec. 30, 1981, as Piladelphia left winger Bill Barber dives. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Edmonton Journal- Bruce Edwards

Bruce Edwards/CP

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Sept. 3, 1972. Montreal. Team Canada. Mickey Redmond skates in front of Russian Goalkeeper Tretiak and gives him an elbow. Redmond responds with an elbow check before trying to rejoin play up the ice (after Tretiak shoved him out of his crease.) Photo by Dennis Robinson/The Globe and Mail

Dennis Robinson/The Globe and Mail

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