Looking back at the top 21 stories in an intriguing 2021 for the NHL

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Detroit — Let's face it, 2021 was as tough to take as the end of 2020.

The coronavirus wouldn't go away, and thwarted the hopes and expectations of many, including NHL players, coaches and fans.

The league battled through a shortened, 56-game season filled with restrictions and protocols that made life difficult for the first half of 2021, starting the schedule in early January.

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