The Production Line. The Triple Crown Line. The Trio Grande. The Punch Line. The Goal-a-Game Line. And many more!
Introducing NHL94 All-time Greatest Lines! NHL94 Alltime Greatest Lines.bin
All Time Greatest Lines Spreadsheet.zip
This ROM contains 25 historically famous, or reputable, NHL lines competing against each other for top billing. These are lines that teams used to score (so top line or 2nd line) and in some cases, were offensive juggernauts. It’s made up of the 3 forwards that made those lines notable. However, it’s only those three forwards, within the rosters of the ROM, and they are rated based on their best offensive year together. So, the team may not have been as good but the lines are based on their most success together. Best of all, the three forwards are also joined by the top D-pairing and goalie, for that team, for that particular season. So, if playing as Boston’s “Nitro Line” (of 1970s fame) wasn’t good enough, you also have Bobby Orr (and Dallas Smith) behind them. Further down is a list of all 25 teams and a brief summary of why they were selected.
MORE ABOUT THE ROM:
- This is was created using WBOY’s 30 team rom.
- It has the weight bug fix applied to it.
- It has the @clockwise helmet/sprite patch AND the original goalie crease, faceoff circles and no trapezoid. It does have coaches on the bench, officials in the penalty box area and the new red goal light graphics. A little of the old and a little of the new. NOTE: If you apply the helmet/sprite patch to any rom, it automatically assigns that rom the new/modern goalie crease and trapezoid. So, it had to be undone in this case. Special thanks to @Jkline3 for his assistance.
- 25 NHL teams spanning the 30s to the 00s. The last 5 spots are “hidden”. Feel free to create and unhide five teams of your own choosing if you want to do so.
- Unlike my other ROMs, there are no headshots/portraits for the NLC players. It is a lot of work to do the headshots or more importantly, find ones of older players that are useable. I didn’t have the time/energy/patience to do so. Generic graphics were used instead. Maybe one day, I’ll get around to adding some headshots and post it as a v2.
- There are 3 playoff bracket scenarios. One of the brackets contains, only, the 8 teams that have multiple lines in the game which square off against each other in round 1.
- Period lengths are 3, 5, 7 and 10 minutes. 10 minute OT.
- It is set/defaulted to no line changes. I do not recommend turning it on as there just one line per team.
- Penalties, by default, are turned off but can be used as an extra attacker has been assigned to each team for any, temporary, 6 on 5 action. The extra attacker can also be used if you pull your goalie.
CRITERIA FOR TEAMS SELECTED:
- Further down is a list of all 25 teams and a brief summary of why they were selected.
- Years chosen, for each team, is based on the linemates success together, not the team’s success. If the team won the Cup that year, even better…
- Had to be offensive in nature. Some are stronger than others defensively but all can score goals. Some, more than others. No grind or tough guy lines. No shutdown lines that don’t score.
- Had to have a nickname* thus helping making it known/famous/legendary.
- Had to have played together, on the same line, for 2 or more seasons.
- Some notable lines were left out of this ROM such as the Million Dollar Line (Hull-Hay-Balfour) or the MPH Line (Hull-Martin-Pappin). Those are both great Blackhawk lines but, I decided to use the Scooter Line and Party Line instead. Same applies for other teams as well. Some teams are not featured in this ROM. Sorry folks, I went with who I consider Top 25. Feel free to add some/take some away as you see fit. And while I strongly consider the KLM Line (Krutov-Larionov-Makarov) of 1980s Olympic/International fame one of the greatest ever, I only included NHL team lines
- Some franchises have multiple lines in the game. My criteria was that they had to be at least 15 years apart. * The Maple Leafs have two lines in the game. The second line was one of the more known in the 60s and responsible for helping them win several Stanley Cups. However, the line didn’t have an official nickname so I made one up that made sense. Explanation further down in this post. THE PLAYERS
- 75 forwards (3 per team), each based on several scouting reports. 3 Dmen, each also based on scouting reports, per team. There is 2 starting Dmen and one severing as the extra attacker IF you play with penalties on. The extra Dman can also be subbed for one of the starters (if you prefer) as the game is more about the forward lines, then d-pairings. Or, it can be used if you pull your goalie. Each team has just one goalie.
- Player Attributes are based on the season, mentioned later in this post, of the line’s greatest offensive success.
- Like my modern era/current season ROMs, shot accuracy and pass accuracy are based on “per game” stats, not season % (as there is no season mode). Offensive awareness is based on points per game. JERSEYS AND LOGOS - While jersey layouts don't 100% mirror the actual versions, in several cases, the colors that I used are pretty close to the official team colors. I used two websites that provide official team RGB colors, per season, so that I could match them up (as much as possible) in NOSE. Helmets, are corrected due to the Clockwise patch.
- Home jerseys are white. Away, are dark. This didn’t change, for the NHL, until the 2003-04 season. That said, I made the 2005-06 Senators have a white home jersey to be consistant.
- Team center ice and selection logos are the official team logos, for the year, of the team/line.
Without further ado…
1939-40 “Kraut Line” Woody Dumart – Milt Schmidt – Bobby Bauer
The nickname referenced the German descent of the three players, all of whom grew up in Kitchener, Ontario. This line finished first, second, and third in scoring during the 1939-1940 season, a feat repeated only once, by the 1944-1945 Punch line for Montreal (also included in this ROM). The trio played almost 1,900 NHL games with the Boston Bruins but put their careers on hold during WW II to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
1973-74 “Nitro Line” Wayne Cashman – Phil Esposito – Ken Hodge
This line was together from 1967-75 and during the time, they never missed the playoffs and won two Stanley Cups. Not a very fast line, in fact, Espo is slow. But, they are a tough line and can score a lol of goals.
1974-75 “French Connection”
Rick Martin – Gilbert Perreault – Rene Robert Three outstanding French Canadien players dazzled the upstart Sabres in the early years of the franchise. They were a mix of speed, finesse and sheer talent.
1966-67 “Scooter Line” Doug Mohns – Stan Mikita – Ken Wharram While Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita put up astronomical numbers with the Blackhawks, they weren’t even linemates. Mikita centered the Scooter Line, with Wharram and a revolving winger (Ted Lindsay, who was replaced by Ab McDonald and later Mohns). ’67 was a peak year for this trio, especially Mikita who was playing his best seasons in the later half of the decade. This line was nicknamed for their speed.
1982-83 “Party Line”
Al Secord – Denis Savard – Steve Larmer A unique combination of fists and speed, this was one of the most dangerous lines of the 1980s. Savard and Larmer had to leave Chicago to get Stanley Cup rings, but while together, they were two of the five best scorers in Hawks history. Bonus points to anyone who can figure out how to pull off the "Savardian Spin-a-rama" in NHL94. Colorado Avalanche
2002-03 “AMP Line”
Alex Tanguay – Peter Forsberg – Milan Hejduk
Played together during the 2001 & 2003 seasons. This was Forsberg at his peak right before injuries started to settle in. In 2003, Forsberg led the league in points and Hejduk, led in goals. While Forsberg was out, after having his spleen removed during the 2001 season, Joe Sakic centered this line and had some success with it too – nicknamed the JAM Line. However, it’s greatest success came with Foppa centering it.
Detroit Red Wings
1951-52 “Production Line” Ted Lindsay – Sid Abel – Gordie Howe Arguable, one of the greatest if not the greatest lines in NHL history. And, the trio feature on the Title Page of this ROM. These guys could produce points with the same consistency as the then-booming Detroit automotive production lines.
Detroit Red Wings
2005-06 “Russian Five” Slava Kozlov – Igor Larionov – Sergei Fedorov Ok, more of a unit then just a line as these 3 were always paired with Dmen Vyacheslav Fetisov & Vladimir Konstantinov. This Russian quintet, led by the three forwards, was a powerhouse that dominated the NHL with precision passing, speed, slick playmaking and goals that would leave your jaw on the ground. They were aggressive but played a full 200-foot game.
1986-87 “Finnish Sandwich” Esa Tikkanen – Wayne Gretzky – Jarri Kurri
Wayne Gretzky could make any line productive. But when Jarri Kurri and Esa Tikkanen, two Fins, flanked him, the entire line was unstoppable. A perfect balance of offensive and defensive awareness.
Los Angeles Kings
1980-81 “Triple Crown Line” Charlie Simmer – Marcel Dionne – Dave Taylor
This line, during the 1981 season accounted for 48% of the teams goals! That same season, they became the first trio to each score 100 points in the same NHL season. And that is with Charlie Simmer suffering a tragic season-ending injury and only playing in 65 games.
1944-45 “Punch Line” Toe Blake – Elmer Lach – Rocket Richard These guys, assembled by Habs head coach Dick Irvin, were known for their offensive punch. And maybe a little more if you got on the Rocket’s wrong side. During the 1945 season, they became the 2nd line in NHL history to finish first, second, and third in scoring.
1976-77 “Dynasty Line” Steve Shutt - Jacques Lemaire - Guy Lafleur The top line on one of the most dominant teams in NHL history. Some argue the 1976-77 Canadiens were the greatest team ever assembled. Peter Mahovlich also centered the line at one point. Though this line was originally dubbed the Dynasty Line, Shutt called it the Donut Line because it had no firm center.
New Jersey Devils
2000-01 “A Line”
Patrik Elias - Jason Arnott - Petr Sykora The A-Line had a multi-year run as the Devil’s dominant line and is likely the franchise’s most famous to ever take the ice. New York Islanders
1981-82 “Trio Grande”
Clark Gillies – Bryan Trottier – Mike Bossy
Also known as “Long Island Lighting Company” given how often they “lit the lamp!” Bossy was a pure sniper, Trottier was a playmaker and Gillies was a rugged, physical player who worked the corners. Together, they won 4 straight Stanley Cup Champions during the early 80s. New York Rangers
1932-33 “Bread Line”
Bun Cook – Frank Boucher – Bill Cook One of the earliest superstar lines of NHL history. Formed in the late 20s, it has its greatest success in the early 30s. A rugged/speedy forward (Bun), a playmaking/defensive center (Frank) and a star sniper (Bill). New York Rangers
1971-72 “Goal-a-Game Line”
Vic Hadfield - Jean Ratelle - Rod Gilbert
Though they never won a Stanley Cup, they transformed the Rangers into contenders. As the nickname suggests, in the 1971-72 season, collectively, they averaged a goal per game while playing together. They are one of the best scoring lines in NHL history. Ottawa Senators
2005-06 “Pizza Line” Dany Heatley – Jason Spezza – Daniel Alfredsson
This trinity of Ottawa Senators earned many nicknames. The first, The Cash Line, was simply an acronym of the ‘C’ in ‘captain; and the initials of each player… Alfredsson, Spezza and Heatley. They were also known as the Capital Punishment Line for their filling the net and for being located in the capital of Canada. The third name, the Pizza Line, was due to a home promotion that rewarded all attending fans with a free slice of pizza from a local restaurant chain when the team scored five goals or more. The team scored five or more at home 10 times out of 41 regular season games in 2005-06. They did it five more times the following season. Guess which three forwards had something to do with that... Philadelphia Flyers
1975-76 “LCB Line”
Reggie Leach – Bobby Clarke – Bill Barber
Named for the first letters of their last names. In 1975-76, the line notched 141 goals (Leach 61, Clarke 30, Barber 50), setting an NHL record for goals by a single line. Philadelphia Flyers
1996-97 “Legion of Doom” John Leclair – Eric Lindros – Mikael Renberg
While the Broad Street Bullies were an intimidating team in the 1970s, this trio was just as scary to play against two decades later. They were named after a group of DC comic villains headed by Lex Luthor. Leclair (6-foot-3, 226), Lindros (6-foot-4, 240) and Renberg (6-foot-2, 235) were an imposing mix of playmakers and punishers. Pittsburgh Penguins
1975-76 “Century Line”
Lowell MacDonald – Syl Apps, Jr. – Jean Pronovost
This combination was one of the most explosive units ever, averaging 100 goals and 233 points per season. While they had tremendous success, the Penguins only qualified for the playoffs twice and never made it past the second round. Pittsburgh Penguins
1992-93 “Sky Line”
Kevin Stevens – Mario Lemieux – Jaromir Jagr
Lemieux and Jagr were arguably the most electric duo of their era. Stevens gave them an added edge, striking fear into goalies every time they took the ice. In their first two seasons, they led the Pens to back-to-back Stanley Cups. Quebec Nordiques
1982-83 “Stastny Brothers” Anton Stastny – Peter Stastny – Marian Stastny Ok, not one of the most original/creative nicknames but one nonetheless. When three brothers form a line, it’s pretty easy to name it. It’s another to stop it. The forwards defected from Czechoslovakia and became one of the league’s most exciting and successful scoring lines. Their success helped fast-track the acceptance of European players in the NHL. Toronto Maple Leafs
1931-32 “Kid Line”
Harvey “Busher” Jackson – Joe Primeau – Charlie Conacher
Maple Leafs head coach, Conn Smythe, arranged the Kid Line when his team moved into the historic Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931. Conacher, 23, was joined by the two 18 year olds and the line was an instant hit, delivering the franchise’s third Stanley Cup. The Leafs made it to four Stanley Cup Finals in the next six seasons, but failed to win it again. Individually, Conacher led the league in scoring twice and Jackson led the league in scoring once while they were members of the Kid Line. All three players are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Like the Rangers “Bread Line”, these three made up one of the NHL first superstar lines. Toronto Maple Leafs
1961-62 “Captain Line”
Dick Duff – Dave Keon – George Armstrong
FULL DISCLOSURE: This was a real line that played a couple of seasons together but, they never had a nickname. So, I gave them one… it’s based on the fact that George Armstrong was a popular team captain who was later replaced, as captain, by another popular figure – Dave Keon. This line was a great two-way line that could score however, it was not the top scoring line for the Leafs in the early sixties. That distinction went to the Frank Mahovlich-Red Kelly-Bob Nevin line which also lacked a nickname, despite three seasons together. Given coach Punch Imlach’s “defense first” system, it was challenging enough to be a prolific scoring line for the 1960s Leafs. So, why did I choose the second line over the top line? Dave Keon. Besides being, perhaps, the greatest Maple Leaf of All-time, a speedy forward who was a top shut-down center with some goal scoring ability, we also share the same birthday!
So, there you have it. I also consider this line to be “heart and soul” type players, for the Leafs, during their success in the early 60s. Vancouver Canucks
2002-03 “Westcoast Express Line”
Markus Naslund – Brendan Morrison – Todd Bertuzzi
One of the most dominating scoring lines of the early 2000s. A tough feat considering that was still part of the “dead puck era” of hockey. In 2002-03, they accounted for 45% of the teams goals.
If anyone notices a line or pairing that is incorrect, for that particular year, please let me know.