The NHL will be on a high note this season, with the NHL’s 30th anniversary celebrations coming to a close in June, as well as the NHLPA’s 50th anniversary.
The players themselves will also be celebrating their 50th birthday in June.
Here’s a look at the stars that will be up for the honor of a starry-nosed night in their lifetime:Stars on their 50-year anniversary:Joe Sakic, Dallas Stars (50)Dallas’ captain and the man who won the Stanley Cup with the Blues in 1993-94, will be playing his 50th season in the NHL when he retires.
Sakic will be one of the most recognizable figures in the sport, having been an NHL captain from 1993-95.
He is also the most decorated NHL player, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the league’s top rookie and winning two Hart Trophies with the Dallas Stars in 1996-97.
He’s also a two-time Vezina Trophy winner.
Nashville Predators captain Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators (50), will be the first captain to play his 50-season NHL career when he becomes a free agent in 2019.
The first Nashville captain to do so, Forsberg is also a Hall of Famer.
Forsberg is one of three Nashville Predators to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019, along with John Bucyk and Ken Dryden.
He was the first Nashville player to be awarded the Vezna Trophy in 2002.
Fossberg is the second Nashville captain since 2003 to be honored with a second-straight Vezny Trophy, joining Gordie Howe in 2003.
He also became the first Predators player to win the Hart Trophy twice.
FitzPatrick, Tampa Bay Lightning (50-61-16)Patrick was one of only four players to lead the Lightning to a Stanley Cup Final in his final NHL season in 2001-02, while playing in a career year with a career-best 1.68 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.
The Lightning went on to win a championship in 2004 and 2006 and reach the Stanley Cups in 2006 and 2008.
He earned the Veleci-Malmo Trophy in 2007, the Hart and Ted Lindsay Trophy in 2008 and a Hart and NHL enshrinement in 2009.
Fellow Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, Tampa Lightning (57)The Lightning’s captain is retiring after the season and has a new focus this season: playing for the World Championships in 2018 and 2022.
Stamkos will be inducting into the NHL Hall of fame, joining a group that includes current players Steve Yzerman, Patrick Kane, Joe Thornton, and Evgeni Malkin.
Stamos will also become the first player to lead a Stanley League team to three Stanley Cups.
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Tampa Bay (60-63-17)Kucheroven is a member of the Hall of Famers in Tampa Bay and is one the greatest to ever play the game.
The 26-year-old Kucherliev is one half of the Russian-born Kuchevskiy dynasty, which has won five Stanley Cups and the Presidents’ Trophy six times.
He led the Lightning for a record four seasons from 2005-06 to 2008-09 and is currently the captain of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kucherlov is the third-oldest player in NHL history, with a birthdate of March 10, 1950.
He won two Cups with the Lightning in 2010 and 2012, along the way scoring a career best 56 goals in the process.
The New York Islanders captain John Tavares, New York Islander (60)Tavares, the captain and first-round pick of the 2009 NHL Draft, will retire from the game at age 32.
Tavares was born in Toronto, Canada, and was drafted by the Islanders in the fifth round of the 2007 NHL Draft.
The Islanders have gone on to reach the playoffs in all three of their seasons in New York.
Tavaras will be enshrined in the Hockey Museum in New Jersey, where he has become a fan favorite.
He has played a total of 11 seasons in the National Hockey League, including the last seven seasons with the Islanders.
He’s also the oldest player to play in the Stanley Trophy game, having played his entire NHL career with the Tampa Lightning from 1993 to 2004.
He has won a Hart Trophy in 2014 and a Vezno Trophy in 2018.
He is one-half of the Kucherevski family, which is comprised of current players John Tavarek, John Tavastar and Yves Kuchen, along of his grandfather.
Tasara, Detroit Red Wings (62)The Red Wings’ captain, Steve Yuznar, will play his 62nd NHL season when he enters the league as a free agency in 2021.
Yuznikar, a three-time