What a decade it’s been. The 2010s brought the Golden Goal, a seventh Canadian club in Winnipeg, and a shot in the arm for franchises in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver with the arrivals of Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Elias Pettersson.
There was the first back-to-back Conn Smythe winner since Mario Lemieux in Sidney Crosby, followed by Alex Ovechkin helping the Washington Capitals hoist their first Stanley Cup - in a decade that witnessed the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues do the same.
Players found their voice on social media. They changed the way they eat, train and mentally prepare - some hiring personal coaches in each of those disciplines. The NHL changed how hits to the head would be disciplined, amended the playoff format and added a team in Vegas.
There was also the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs without any Canadian teams, and hockey’s period of reckoning that dominated the close of 2019.
But instead of looking back, the Friday Five has its sights set on the future.
What will the next decade bring the NHL?
Here are five thoughts on what the NHL might look like by 2030:
1. What comes first: a European-born NHL head coach or the first female NHL on-ice official?
When Anton Lindholm suited up for the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, he set a record as the 100th Swede to skate in the NHL this season. Yet, for whatever reason, there has been no European-born and trained NHL head coach since Ivan Hlinka and Alpo Suhonen returned to Europe in the early 2000s.
There are many qualified coaches, from Finland’s Jukka Jalonen to Sweden’s Rikard Gronborg, who could make the jump.