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In late January of 2017, the National Hockey League, as part of the NHL Centennial celebrations, announced it has commissioned original portraits of each member of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian. The special initiative pays tribute to a century’s worth of record holders, all-time leaders, captains, Stanley Cup champions, and Hockey Hall of Famers, immortalizing the greatest stars from the League’s first 100 years.


"All player portraits will be painted by renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris. Based in Ottawa, Ont., Harris has been specially commissioned by the League to create 100 original portraits. Harris’ work will capture the character and spirit of each player in a one-of-a-kind 11x14 canvas. The oil-based paintings then will be digitized and posted online for fans around the world to experience and share."


Click on the NHL 100 logo in the left margin to see a special video of Tony taking on this endeavour


Tony Harris earliest memory of drawing a hockey player was back in his grade 3 art class at Lakefield Elementary School. That pencil sketch was of his childhood idol, Chicago Blackhawks goalie Tony Esposito. Tony's passion for capturing athletes on paper never wained and years later he has established himself as a premiere sports artist.


In 2008 Tony joined the NHL Players Association Partnership Program and is contracted annually to paint a portrait of the Ted Lindsay Award recipient.


What makes Tony's work standout is his ability to paint a portrait that seemingly could step right off the canvas and engage the viewer.


"I have always been fascinated with the uniqueness each hockey player adds to what should be the uniform look of his team. It's in the details. Every player wears his equipment differently. Some tuck the sweater in on the left or the right, some never fasten the chin strap, others use a skate lace as a belt or have a family member's initials discretely stamped on a glove or a skate. These are the nuances that make each subject both challenging and fun to paint."- Tony Harris


Collectors of Tony Harris original paintings include:

Ken Dryden
  • Patrick Kane
  • Chris Neil
  • Rod Brind'Amour
  • Carey Price
  • Barack Obama
  • Martin Brodeur
  • Jim Watson
  • Alexander Ovechkin
  • Daniel Alfredsson
  • Frederick Modin
  • Marc Crawford
  • Eugene Melnyk
  • Ted Lindsay
  • Steve Sullivan
  • Sergei Gonchar
  • Markus Naslund
  • Mike Fisher
  • Markus Naslund
  • Claude Giroux
  • Daniel Sedin
  • Zdeno Chara
  • Evgeni Malkin
  • Kimmo Timonen
  • Wade Redden
  • Sidney Crosby
  • Robyn Regher
  • Henrik Sedin
  • Jaroslav Spacek
  • Scott Hannan
  • Brad Richards
  • Eric Lindros
  • John LeClair
  • David Legwand
  • Scott Hartnell
  • Eric Desjardin
  • Jason Spezza
  • Patrick Marleau

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