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National Hockey League

The modernized NHL shield logo debuted in 2005, replacing the orange and black shield, which had been used since the league's inception. The silver color is a homage to the Stanley Cup, the trophy awarded to the NHL champion.

The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional sports organization composed of hockey teams in the United States and Canada, where it is also known by its French name, Ligue Nationale de Hockey (LNH). It is generally regarded as the premier professional ice hockey league in the world. The NHL is one of the major professional sports leagues of North America.

History

The beginnings to The Original Six

The National Hockey League was founded in 1917 in Montreal after a series of disputes within the (Canadian) National Hockey Association (NHA) between the Toronto Blueshirts' owner Edward J. Livingstone and the owners of the other teams. The owners met in Montreal's Windsor Hotel to consider the league's future on February 11, 1917. Livingstone, unable to attend the meeting because of illness, was shocked to learn that owners had chosen to effectively eject him and the Blueshirts from the NHA. Arguments and discussions ensued which eventually led to the formation of the National Hockey League at on November 26, 1917, with the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs and newly-renamed Toronto Arenas as founding members.

The classic NHL shield logo, used until the end of the 2004 lockout.

The NHL endured a rocky inaugural season in 1917-18, starting with the temporary shuttering of the Bulldogs. On January 2, 1918, the Westmount Arena in Montreal, home to the Wanderers and Canadiens, was destroyed in a fire. The Wanderers, already a shadow of its former self, folded in the wake of the fire, ending one of the most storied franchises in the early years of Canadian professional hockey. With the Bulldogs and Wanderers out, the NHL operated with just three teams for the remainder of its opening year, and through the second season.

Though the league struggled to stay in business during its first decade, NHL teams were quite successful on the ice, winning the Stanley Cup seven out of its first nine years. (The 1918-19 competition was cancelled because of the Spanish Flu epidemic that had hit Seattle). By 1926, having increased player salaries to a level that couldn't be matched by other Canadian leagues, the NHL was alone in Stanley Cup competition. The league had also expanded into the United States, with the Boston Bruins in 1924, the New York Americans and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1925 and the New York Rangers, Detroit Cougars (later to become the Red Wings), and Chicago Blackhawks in 1926. Canadian additions included the Montreal Maroons and Hamilton Tigers. By the end of the 1930-31 season, the NHL featured a total of 10 teams. However, the Great Depression took a toll on the league; teams such as the Pirates, Americans and Ottawa Senators folded. With these developments and the onset of World War II, the NHL was reduced to six teams during its 25th anniversary year of (1942) – six teams still known today, if somewhat inaccurately, as the Original Six: The Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Bruins, Rangers, and Blackhawks.

Expansion: 1967 and beyond

The rise of the Western Hockey League, which many pundits thought planned to transform into a major league and challenge for the Stanley Cup, spurred the NHL in 1967 to undertake its first expansion since the 1920s. Six new teams were added to the NHL roster, and placed in their own newly-created division. They were the Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota North Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Oakland Seals, and Pittsburgh Penguins. Three years later, the NHL added the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres as franchises.

In 1972, the World Hockey Association (WHA) was formed. Though it never challenged for the Stanley Cup, its status as a viable NHL rival was unquestionable. In response to that, the NHL decided to rush its own expansion plans by adding the New York Islanders and Atlanta Flames that year, along with the Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals two years later. The dilution of the talent pool, however, caused the overall quality of play to suffer. The two leagues fought for the services of hockey players and fans until the WHA folded in 1979. Four of the remaining six WHA teams merged with the NHL: The Hartford Whalers, Québec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers, and Winnipeg Jets. As of 2005, the Oilers are the last remaining original WHA franchise still playing in the city where they began in the NHL.

In the early 90's the NHL expanded further with five new franchises. The San Jose Sharks debuted in 1991, a season later the Ottawa Senators would join the NHL along with the Tampa Bay Lightning. In 1993, the NHL added an additional two teams, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and the Florida Panthers. Approaching the new millennium, the NHL added another four teams; the Nashville Predators (1998), the Atlanta Thrashers (1999), the Minnesota Wild and the Columbus Blue Jackets (both added in 2000) bringing the total to 30 teams.

Labour Issues

There have been three work stoppages in NHL history, all happening between 1992 and 2005.

The first was a strike by the National Hockey League Players Association in April 1992 which lasted for 10 days, but the strike was settled quickly and all affected games were rescheduled.

A lockout at the start of the 1994-95 forced the league to reduce the schedule from 84 games to just 48, with the teams playing only intra-conference games during the reduced season. The resulting collective bargaining agreement was set for renegotiation in 1998 and extended to September 15, 2004.

Negotiations to replace the contract that expired in 2004 turned into one of the most contentious collective bargaining sessions in the history of professional sports. The league vowed to install what it dubbed "cost certainty" for its teams, but the National Hockey League Players Association countered that the move was little more than a euphemism for a salary cap, which the union initially said it would not accept. With no new agreement in hand when the existing contract expired on September 15, 2004, league commissioner Gary Bettman announced a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office, causing the NHL to lose an entire season.

A new collective bargaining agreement was ratified in July 2005 with a term of six years with an option of extending the collective bargaining agreement for an additional year at the end of the term, allowing the NHL to resume as of the 2005-06 season.

Post Lockout

On October 5, 2005, the first post-lockout NHL season got under way with 15 games. Of those 15 games, 11 were in front of sell out crowds. The NHL, despite negative press generated during the lockout, has success attracting fans to the initial games of the season and extends fan bases into non-traditional markets in the US such as Nashville, Atlanta, and the Carolinas.

Current organization

The National Hockey League currently has 30 teams divided into two conferences, and 6 divisions, an organization that started in the year 2000. Over the years many different organizations have existed. For a list of previous teams see List of defunct NHL teams.

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Season structure

Regular season

Each team in the NHL plays 82 regular season games, 41 games at home and 41 on the road. Teams play 32 games within their division (8 games against four other teams), 40 games against non-divisional, conference opponents (4 games against 10 other teams) and 10 interconference games, 1 game against each team in two of the three divisions in the opposite conference. The two divisions from the opposite conference which each team plays against will be rotated every year, much like interleague play in baseball.

Points are awarded for each game as follows:

  • Two points are awarded for a win
  • One point for losing in overtime or a shootout
  • Zero points for a loss in regulation time.

At the end of the regular season, the team that finishes with the most points in each division is crowned the division champion.

Stanley Cup playoffs

At the end of the regular season, the three division champions and the five other teams in each conference with the highest number of points, 8 teams in each conference, qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. The division winners are seeded one through three, and the next five teams with the best records in the conference are seeded four through eight.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs is an elimination tournament, where two teams battle to win a best-of-seven series in order to advance to the next round. The first round of the playoffs, or conference quarterfinals, consists of the first seed playing the eighth seed, the second playing the seventh, third playing the sixth, and the fourth playing the fifth. In the second round, or conference semifinals, the NHL re-seeds (unlike the NBA) the teams, with the top remaining conference seed playing against the lowest remaining seed, and the other two remaining conference teams pairing off. In the third round, the conference finals, the two remaining teams in each conference play each other, with the conference champions proceeding to the Stanley Cup Finals.

In each round the higher-ranked team is said to be the team with the home-ice advantage. Four of the seven games are played at this team's home venue - the first and second, and, where necessary, the fifth and seventh, with the other games played at the lower-ranked team's home venue.

During playoff games if the score is tied at the end of the third period an overtime period is played. If the score is tied at the end of an overtime period, additional overtime periods are played until a winner is determined. Overtimes are also full periods of twenty minutes (of five-on-five hockey), rather than the five minutes (of four-on-four hockey, followed by a shootout) in the regular season. The overtime is sudden death with the game ending when either team scores a goal.

Rules

While the National Hockey League follows the general rules of Ice hockey, it differs slightly from those used in international games organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation such as the Olympics.

Game timing

Each game is 60 minutes composed of three 20 minute periods. Between each period there is a 15 minute intermission. Between stoppages of play, teams have 25 seconds before substituting their players except for referee stoppages for TV commercials.

Each team may also take one 30 second time-out which may only be taken during a normal stoppage of play.

Hockey rink

The hockey rink is an ice rink which is rectangular with rounded corners and surrounded by a wall . The red line divides the ice in half lengthwise. The red line is used to judge icing violations. There are two blue lines that divide the rink roughly into thirds. They divide the ice into zones. Near each end of the rink, there is a thin red goal line spanning the width of the ice. It is used to judge goals and icing calls.

Scoring and winning

A goal is scored when the puck passes the goal line and enters the net. The team that has the most goals at the end of 60 minutes wins the game. If the game is tied at the end of regulation time, a 5 minute, 4-on-4 sudden death overtime period is played, where the first team that scores a goal wins the game. If the game is still tied at the end of overtime, the game enters a shootout. Three players for each team in turn perform a penalty shot. The team with the most goals during this shootout wins the game. If the game is still tied after the three shootout rounds, the shootout continues, but becomes sudden death.

Offside

In ice hockey, play is said to be offside if a player on the attacking team enters the attacking zone before the puck. When an offside violation occurs, the linesman blows play dead, and a faceoff is conducted in the neutral zone.

The NHL in 2006 removed the offside pass or two-line pass which was a pass from inside a team's defending zone that crosses the red line.

Icing

Icing occurs when a player shoots the puck across both the red line and the opposing team's goal line without the puck going into the net. When icing occurs, a linesman stops play. Play is resumed with a faceoff in the defending zone of the team that committed the infraction. A short handed team is not penalized for clearing the puck out of its zone during a powerplay. If the goalie on the side of the ice where the puck is being sent touches the puck, the icing is waved off.

Under the rules following the 2004-2005 lockout, if a team ices the puck under five-on-five conditions, they are not allowed to make a line change for the following faceoff.

Penalties

A penalty is a punishment for inappropriate behaviour. A referee makes all penalty calls. A linesman may call only obvious technical infractions such as too many men on the ice. In the NHL, the Linesman may call major intent-to-injure penalties that the referee may have missed.

During a penalty, the player who committed the infraction is sent to the penalty box. In most cases, the penalized team cannot replace that player and is thus shorthanded for the duration of the penalty. Normally, hockey teams have five skaters (excluding the goaltender), so if one penalty is called, play becomes five-on-four.

This is called a power play for the attackers and a penalty kill for the defenders. A team is far more likely to score on a power play than during normal play. If the penalized team is scored on during a minor penalty, the penalty immediately ends.

Trophies and awards

Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame

The National Hockey League presents numerous trophies per year; some are given to teams, and other are given to players.

Trophies awarded to teams

  • Stanley Cup -- overall playoff champion.
  • Clarence S. Campbell Bowl -- Western conference playoff champion.
  • Prince of Wales Trophy -- Eastern conference playoff champion.
  • Presidents' Trophy (1986 - present) - best regular season by a team
  • The O'Brien Trophy was awarded in the NHL before it was retired following the 1949-50 NHL season.

Trophies awarded to individuals

  • Art Ross Memorial Trophy (1948 - present) -- regular season league scoring champion
  • Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (1968 - present) -- perseverance and sportsmanship
  • Calder Memorial Trophy (1933 - present) -- rookie of the year
  • Conn Smythe Trophy (1965 - present) -- most valuable player during the playoffs
  • Frank J. Selke Trophy (1978 - present) -- top defensive forward
  • Hart Memorial Trophy (1924 - present) -- most valuable player during the regular season
  • Jack Adams Award (1974 - present) -- coach of the year
  • James Norris Memorial Trophy (1954 - present)-- most outstanding defenceman
  • King Clancy Memorial Trophy (1988 - present) -- leadership and humanitarian contribution
  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1925 - present) -- player combining ability and sportsmanship
  • Lester B. Pearson Award (1971 - present) -- most outstanding player as selected by peers
  • Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy (1999 - present) -- to the goal-scoring leader during the regular season
  • NHL Plus/Minus Award (1968 - present) -- highest plus/minus statistic
  • Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award (2000 - present) -- best save percentage by a goalkeeper
  • Vezina Trophy (1927 - present) -- voted to be the most outstanding goaltender
  • William M. Jennings Trophy (1982 - present) -- goalkeeper(s) for the team with the fewest goals against them
  • The Lester Patrick Trophy has been presented by the National Hockey League since 1966 to honour a recipient's contribution to hockey in the United States.

Three years after retirement, players are eligible to be voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. In the past, if a player was deemed significant enough, the pending period would be waived. However, only 10 individual have been honoured in this manner. In 1999 Wayne Gretzky became the last player to have the three years waived. After Gretzky's induction, the NHL declared that he would be the last one to have the waiting period omitted.

NHL: An International League

NHL is very proud of its players coming from all around the world. Since the 1990s, the league has tried to promote itself throughout Europe with ads, media, and magazines. The league also voluntarily stops its season so that its players can play in the Winter Olympics to have the players represent their own country. While the league has always had a strong Canadian majority, the percentage of Canadian players has gone down slowly in the past 20 years since the arrival of European players.


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Three years after retirement, players are eligible to be voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Recently she received the power of projection. The National Hockey League presents numerous trophies per year; some are given to teams, and other are given to players. She is cocky in her own powers and skills, but is still bested in a fight by Paige. If the penalized team is scored on during a minor penalty, the penalty immediately ends. Billie has the power of telekinesis, and she can use it to amplify her acrobatic abilities. A team is far more likely to score on a power play than during normal play. Upon meeting with an Angel of Destiny, Billie was assured that her sister is alive and she will eventually find her.

This is called a power play for the attackers and a penalty kill for the defenders. Her main objective, as this mystery remains to be solved, is to find out who kidnapped Christy and why, and to save her if she is still alive. Normally, hockey teams have five skaters (excluding the goaltender), so if one penalty is called, play becomes five-on-four. This -- along with the fact that the incident was never mentioned by her parents, leaving Billie even more confused -- was the main motivation for Billie to train and become skilled in using her powers. In most cases, the penalized team cannot replace that player and is thus shorthanded for the duration of the penalty. Billie's backstory involves the abduction of her sister, Christie, by mysterious demons with unknown intentions. During a penalty, the player who committed the infraction is sent to the penalty box. This, at the time when the Charmed Ones were thought to be dead, proved useful for the three sisters, as Billie could carry out smaller magic-related tasks and also to cover for them.

In the NHL, the Linesman may call major intent-to-injure penalties that the referee may have missed. Billie was put under the tutelage of the Charmed Ones after she asked them to teach them everything they know about witchcraft. A linesman may call only obvious technical infractions such as too many men on the ice. Billie Jenkins was introduced, in the show's eighth season, as a young witch who pays more attention to demon fighting than to her education. A referee makes all penalty calls. Fortunately, Chris had set in motion a new future for himself and his family that may ultimately change his own destiny for the better. A penalty is a punishment for inappropriate behaviour. The adult Chris was mortally wounded by Gideon while trying to protect infant Wyatt; he died in Leo's arms hours before Piper gave birth to his baby-self.

Under the rules following the 2004-2005 lockout, if a team ices the puck under five-on-five conditions, they are not allowed to make a line change for the following faceoff. He also didn't want to get emotionaly involved with his mother because she died when he turned 14, so he thought it would be too much pain to go back to a future where she was not alive, but after a talk with his grandfather Victor he decided to let it go and got close to Piper. If the goalie on the side of the ice where the puck is being sent touches the puck, the icing is waved off. Chris resented Leo for not being there for him in the future, but eventually reconciled with his father. A short handed team is not penalized for clearing the puck out of its zone during a powerplay. He had come back to identify and vanquish the one responsible for turning his brother Wyatt evil; he was able to achieve this with the help of his family. Play is resumed with a faceoff in the defending zone of the team that committed the infraction. Eventually, everyone learned that Chris was Leo and Piper's second son, and that he was named after Leo's father.

When icing occurs, a linesman stops play. But it still took a while for Leo and the sisters to fully trust Chris since his actions were often shady and he was so focused on killing demons. Icing occurs when a player shoots the puck across both the red line and the opposing team's goal line without the puck going into the net. He eventually confessed that he was a half-witch, which explained why he couldn't be frozen and had telekinetic powers (he can also blow things up but rarely uses that power). The NHL in 2006 removed the offside pass or two-line pass which was a pass from inside a team's defending zone that crosses the red line. But he clearly wasn't like other whitelighters: he could orb and sense his charges, but he couldn't heal. When an offside violation occurs, the linesman blows play dead, and a faceoff is conducted in the neutral zone. Introduced as a moody and mysterious whitelighter from the future, Chris became the sisters' new whitelighter after Leo became an Elder.

In ice hockey, play is said to be offside if a player on the attacking team enters the attacking zone before the puck. Chris Halliwell: portrayed by Drew Fuller (2003-2004). If the game is still tied after the three shootout rounds, the shootout continues, but becomes sudden death. He could TK orb ever since he was a few-months-old and is the future master of Excalibur. The team with the most goals during this shootout wins the game. Wyatt could already heal at the age of 2 years old (something his little brother Chris was still not able to do at the age of 22). Three players for each team in turn perform a penalty shot. He conjured a Dragon from a television when he was 8 months, and scared away Piper’s potential dates with magic at the tender age of 10 months.

If the game is still tied at the end of overtime, the game enters a shootout. He shares the last name Halliwell, with his mommy and aunts because “evil fears it and good magic respects it.” Wyatt is an extremely powerful child and orbed for the first time when he was a couple of months old. If the game is tied at the end of regulation time, a 5 minute, 4-on-4 sudden death overtime period is played, where the first team that scores a goal wins the game. Wyatt was given the middle name of Matthew in honor of his “super protective aunt Paige” and his first name is Leo’s last name. The team that has the most goals at the end of 60 minutes wins the game. Everyone was surprised that he was a boy since everyone assumed he was Melinda, the daughter Piper met when she went to the future, in the beginning of season 2. A goal is scored when the puck passes the goal line and enters the net. His birth was prophesied centuries before, and he was called the “twice-blessed” child, but for the entire pregnancy, the girls and Leo thought that he was going to be a girl to be named “Prudence Melinda”.

It is used to judge goals and icing calls. He was able to heal her from the womb, as well as protect her with a force field (Which he now uses to protect himself). Near each end of the rink, there is a thin red goal line spanning the width of the ice. Throughout Piper’s pregnancy, Wyatt exhibited many powers, making his mother "invincible". They divide the ice into zones. Piper found out she was pregnant after being told by her doctor that she would have trouble conceiving due to extensive scar tissue on her uterus. There are two blue lines that divide the rink roughly into thirds. Until the day he was born, in the middle of season 5, Wyatt was constantly surprising his parents, Piper and Leo.

The red line is used to judge icing violations. Wyatt Halliwell: portrayed by Jason & Kristopher Simmons (2003- ). The red line divides the ice in half lengthwise. She was then written to live with her parents again. The hockey rink is an ice rink which is rectangular with rounded corners and surrounded by a wall . She only appeared in few episodes, and in the end, she did not serve any major purpose in any of the plotlines. Each team may also take one 30 second time-out which may only be taken during a normal stoppage of play. She was known to come to them for female advice when she was too embarrassed to talk to Dan.

Between stoppages of play, teams have 25 seconds before substituting their players except for referee stoppages for TV commercials. Her parents were busy re-locating to a new home for their work and asked Dan to care for her until they were settled in. Between each period there is a 15 minute intermission. Jenny is the niece of Dan Gordon and next-door neighbor, and friend, of the Halliwell Sisters. Each game is 60 minutes composed of three 20 minute periods. Jenny Gordon: portrayed by Karis Paige Bryant (1999). While the National Hockey League follows the general rules of Ice hockey, it differs slightly from those used in international games organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation such as the Olympics.
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The overtime is sudden death with the game ending when either team scores a goal. Dan moved away to Portland when he was offered a job there, deciding that it was time for him to get on with his life. Overtimes are also full periods of twenty minutes (of five-on-five hockey), rather than the five minutes (of four-on-four hockey, followed by a shootout) in the regular season. When his brother-in-law discovered that Leo had been a soldier in World War II and had died in the war, Dan presented the information to Leo and finally to Piper. If the score is tied at the end of an overtime period, additional overtime periods are played until a winner is determined. Dan also became very suspicious of Leo and even asked his brother-in-law who worked for the state department to check Leo's army records. During playoff games if the score is tied at the end of the third period an overtime period is played. Piper finally broke up with Dan after she realized that despite loving Dan, she loved Leo more.

Four of the seven games are played at this team's home venue - the first and second, and, where necessary, the fifth and seventh, with the other games played at the lower-ranked team's home venue. Dan felt as though he was simply "geographically desirable" and that that was the basis of the entire relationship. In each round the higher-ranked team is said to be the team with the home-ice advantage. He also always felt threatened by Leo, because even though Piper did not see him often, he knew that they had been serious and that Piper still cared for him. In the third round, the conference finals, the two remaining teams in each conference play each other, with the conference champions proceeding to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, Piper's sudden disappearances and avoidance of his questions drove Dan crazy and made him feel insecure in their relationship. In the second round, or conference semifinals, the NHL re-seeds (unlike the NBA) the teams, with the top remaining conference seed playing against the lowest remaining seed, and the other two remaining conference teams pairing off. When Piper felt attracted to Dan, she decided to date him instead of Leo because the relationship seemed much less complicated.

The first round of the playoffs, or conference quarterfinals, consists of the first seed playing the eighth seed, the second playing the seventh, third playing the sixth, and the fourth playing the fifth. While Dan never discovered the sisters' secret, he noticed the oddity of the girls' lives and often suspected that they were hiding something. The Stanley Cup Playoffs is an elimination tournament, where two teams battle to win a best-of-seven series in order to advance to the next round. He used to play third base for the Seattle Mariners baseball team until he blew out his knee sliding home, then worked in construction. The division winners are seeded one through three, and the next five teams with the best records in the conference are seeded four through eight. He and his niece Jenny lived next door to the Halliwell Sisters. At the end of the regular season, the three division champions and the five other teams in each conference with the highest number of points, 8 teams in each conference, qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. The mortal next-door neighbor who was attracted to Piper Halliwell.

At the end of the regular season, the team that finishes with the most points in each division is crowned the division champion. Dan Gordon: portrayed by Greg Vaughan (1999-2000). Points are awarded for each game as follows:. Brian Krause (the actor who plays Leo) originally auditioned to play this character. The two divisions from the opposite conference which each team plays against will be rotated every year, much like interleague play in baseball. He then risked his career to help them, ultimately sacrificing his life to protect them from the demon Rodriguez. Teams play 32 games within their division (8 games against four other teams), 40 games against non-divisional, conference opponents (4 games against 10 other teams) and 10 interconference games, 1 game against each team in two of the three divisions in the opposite conference. Eventually, Andy discovered that all three sisters were witches, and that they were responsible for saving so many people's lives.

Each team in the NHL plays 82 regular season games, 41 games at home and 41 on the road. He was in love with Prue, but they eventually broke up because Prue wouldn't tell Andy her secret. For a list of previous teams see List of defunct NHL teams. The two of them began dating shortly thereafter. Over the years many different organizations have existed. When the Halliwell sisters reunited and moved back into the Manor after their Grams' death, Prue bumped into him at a hospital. The National Hockey League currently has 30 teams divided into two conferences, and 6 divisions, an organization that started in the year 2000. He worked with Darryl Morris as his partner.

The NHL, despite negative press generated during the lockout, has success attracting fans to the initial games of the season and extends fan bases into non-traditional markets in the US such as Nashville, Atlanta, and the Carolinas. Later when they parted ways and he moved out of his childhood home, Andy worked as an Inspector for the San Francisco Police Department and was coincidentally assigned to almost every police case that involved the Halliwell sisters. Of those 15 games, 11 were in front of sell out crowds. As a child he was close to them all, but in high school he dated Prue for a short period. On October 5, 2005, the first post-lockout NHL season got under way with 15 games. Andy Trudeau grew up next-door to the Halliwell sisters in San Francisco. A new collective bargaining agreement was ratified in July 2005 with a term of six years with an option of extending the collective bargaining agreement for an additional year at the end of the term, allowing the NHL to resume as of the 2005-06 season. Andy Trudeau: portrayed by Ted King (1998-1999).

With no new agreement in hand when the existing contract expired on September 15, 2004, league commissioner Gary Bettman announced a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office, causing the NHL to lose an entire season. Julian McMahon (the actor who played Cole) originally auditoned for the role of Inspector Andy Trudeau. The league vowed to install what it dubbed "cost certainty" for its teams, but the National Hockey League Players Association countered that the move was little more than a euphemism for a salary cap, which the union initially said it would not accept. He was thought to be gone permanently, but he returned in spectral form during Season 7 to advise Piper and he also made sure that Phoebe didn't give up on love. Negotiations to replace the contract that expired in 2004 turned into one of the most contentious collective bargaining sessions in the history of professional sports. Cole wasn't invincible in that time; he was Belthazor, so the Charmed Ones were able to vanquish him once and for all. The resulting collective bargaining agreement was set for renegotiation in 1998 and extended to September 15, 2004. Cole received more powers from an Avatar and tried to undo the past so that he could be with Phoebe again, but Paige figured out Cole's plan.

A lockout at the start of the 1994-95 forced the league to reduce the schedule from 84 games to just 48, with the teams playing only intra-conference games during the reduced season. Phoebe hated Cole after that and he went crazy and tried to kill himself, but learned that he couldn't because he was invincible. The first was a strike by the National Hockey League Players Association in April 1992 which lasted for 10 days, but the strike was settled quickly and all affected games were rescheduled. Cole was gone, but soon came back with his new powers. There have been three work stoppages in NHL history, all happening between 1992 and 2005. Later, she kissed Cole goodbye and helped her sisters vanquish him as the Source. Approaching the new millennium, the NHL added another four teams; the Nashville Predators (1998), the Atlanta Thrashers (1999), the Minnesota Wild and the Columbus Blue Jackets (both added in 2000) bringing the total to 30 teams. She turned evil, married Cole, and became the Queen of the Underworld.

In 1993, the NHL added an additional two teams, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and the Florida Panthers. He was then possessed by the living evil spirit of the Source and became evil, but he never lost his love for Phoebe, who eventually became pregnant with the spawn of the Source. The San Jose Sharks debuted in 1991, a season later the Ottawa Senators would join the NHL along with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He released the Hollow and put it back in its place. In the early 90's the NHL expanded further with five new franchises. He then took in the power of the Hollow, an energy which consumes magic, and aided the sisters in killing the Source of all evil. As of 2005, the Oilers are the last remaining original WHA franchise still playing in the city where they began in the NHL. After his evil half was accidentally vanquished, he became mortal, and continued helping the sisters with his knowledge of demons.

Four of the remaining six WHA teams merged with the NHL: The Hartford Whalers, Québec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers, and Winnipeg Jets. He even managed to weaken the Source significantly during a battle to save Piper's life. The two leagues fought for the services of hockey players and fans until the WHA folded in 1979. Cole then continued to assist the Charmed Ones, proving to be a powerful ally. The dilution of the talent pool, however, caused the overall quality of play to suffer. However, after Cole helped prevent Prue from getting married to a warlock, and after helping Prue save Phoebe's life, he managed to convince the sisters that he had turned away from evil. In response to that, the NHL decided to rush its own expansion plans by adding the New York Islanders and Atlanta Flames that year, along with the Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals two years later. Cole reappeared, initially infuriating Phoebe, who still loved him but would not allow herself to do so.

Though it never challenged for the Stanley Cup, its status as a viable NHL rival was unquestionable. Eventually, Phoebe admitted to her sisters that she had let Cole go. In 1972, the World Hockey Association (WHA) was formed. Even the Underworld believed that he was dead. Three years later, the NHL added the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres as franchises. Phoebe lied to everyone, saying that she had vanquished Belthazor/Cole. Louis Blues, Minnesota North Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Oakland Seals, and Pittsburgh Penguins. She helped Cole fake his own death and he was able to escape.

They were the Philadelphia Flyers, St. Prue and Piper wanted to vanquish him, but Phoebe was unable to, having fallen in love with him. Six new teams were added to the NHL roster, and placed in their own newly-created division. After a while, the Charmed Ones discovered that he was Belthazor. The rise of the Western Hockey League, which many pundits thought planned to transform into a major league and challenge for the Stanley Cup, spurred the NHL in 1967 to undertake its first expansion since the 1920s. In doing so, he betrayed the Source and turned his back on his own kind and all evil. With these developments and the onset of World War II, the NHL was reduced to six teams during its 25th anniversary year of (1942) – six teams still known today, if somewhat inaccurately, as the Original Six: The Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Bruins, Rangers, and Blackhawks. Back then, he had an evil half known as the infamous demon 'Belthazor.' He fell in love with Phoebe, and instead of killing the Charmed Ones, he murdered the Triad.

However, the Great Depression took a toll on the league; teams such as the Pirates, Americans and Ottawa Senators folded. Cole Turner was first sent by the Triad, who worked for the Source of all evil, to kill the Charmed Ones. By the end of the 1930-31 season, the NHL featured a total of 10 teams. Cole Turner: portrayed by Julian McMahon (2000-2003). Canadian additions included the Montreal Maroons and Hamilton Tigers.
. The league had also expanded into the United States, with the Boston Bruins in 1924, the New York Americans and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1925 and the New York Rangers, Detroit Cougars (later to become the Red Wings), and Chicago Blackhawks in 1926. To facilitate his abscence, the character of Darryl was transferred to the East Coast, where contact with the sisters is non-regular and not onscreen.

By 1926, having increased player salaries to a level that couldn't be matched by other Canadian leagues, the NHL was alone in Stanley Cup competition. As of Season 8, Dorian Gregory has been dropped from the cast of Charmed due to budget cuts in the series. (The 1918-19 competition was cancelled because of the Spanish Flu epidemic that had hit Seattle). Darryl has now stopped helping and covering for the Charmed Ones, as he had arrested Chris for stealing a car while trying to catch a demon. Though the league struggled to stay in business during its first decade, NHL teams were quite successful on the ice, winning the Stanley Cup seven out of its first nine years. As Darryl was about to be executed, the Charmed Ones were able to stop Darryl from being killed, and make him believe that it was all a dream. With the Bulldogs and Wanderers out, the NHL operated with just three teams for the remainder of its opening year, and through the second season. The Cleaners had made other people believe that he killed a person on purpose, and got him sent to death row.

The Wanderers, already a shadow of its former self, folded in the wake of the fire, ending one of the most storied franchises in the early years of Canadian professional hockey. Darryl killed a mortal killer when he was possessed by a phantasm, but was spied on by Detective Sheridan. On January 2, 1918, the Westmount Arena in Montreal, home to the Wanderers and Canadiens, was destroyed in a fire. Recently, however, he fell out with them over the risks he takes. The NHL endured a rocky inaugural season in 1917-18, starting with the temporary shuttering of the Bulldogs. Since finding out the sisters' secret, he has been of great help to them by covering up unsolved cases related to demonic activity. Arguments and discussions ensued which eventually led to the formation of the National Hockey League at on November 26, 1917, with the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs and newly-renamed Toronto Arenas as founding members. Darryl has a wife and two sons.

Livingstone, unable to attend the meeting because of illness, was shocked to learn that owners had chosen to effectively eject him and the Blueshirts from the NHA. A lieutenant (promoted from inspector) in the San Francisco Police Department, he was once the partner of inspector Andy Trudeau. The owners met in Montreal's Windsor Hotel to consider the league's future on February 11, 1917. Darryl Morris: portrayed by Dorian Gregory (1998-2005). Livingstone and the owners of the other teams. In fact, Brian Krause's appearances in the series have been limited to the first 10 episodes of the season for budgetary reasons; the show's executive producer, Brad Kern, has stated that Leo's character will return if more money becomes available for production. The National Hockey League was founded in 1917 in Montreal after a series of disputes within the (Canadian) National Hockey Association (NHA) between the Toronto Blueshirts' owner Edward J. In Season 8 Leo has been 'frozen' due to a mysterious turn of the Halliwell sisters' fate.

. He then (in Season 7) 'fell from grace' and is now a mortal, after having to choose between being an Elder and his family. The NHL is one of the major professional sports leagues of North America.

. Eventually, he joined the Avatars in order to save the sisters from dying by creating a demon-free world, but this backfired. It is generally regarded as the premier professional ice hockey league in the world. Chris sent him to Valhalla, home to the Valkyries of Norse Mythology where Piper and the sisters saved him. The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional sports organization composed of hockey teams in the United States and Canada, where it is also known by its French name, Ligue Nationale de Hockey (LNH). After a crisis in which the Elders were under attack by the Greek Titans, Leo rose to the status of Elder, increasing his power greatly, including (this was not revealed until the end of Season 6) the ability to throw lightning, which every Elder seems to possess.

The Lester Patrick Trophy has been presented by the National Hockey League since 1966 to honour a recipient's contribution to hockey in the United States. Leo and Piper are the parents of Wyatt and Chris. Jennings Trophy (1982 - present) -- goalkeeper(s) for the team with the fewest goals against them. Leo helps the sisters to kill the demons and can heal the sisters if needed. William M. Now, he's Piper's husband and the Charmed Ones' whitelighter. Vezina Trophy (1927 - present) -- voted to be the most outstanding goaltender. When he was killed in battle, he was transformed into a whitelighter (whitelighters are like witches' guardian angels, and they have the capacity to heal their witch charges, and humans).

Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award (2000 - present) -- best save percentage by a goalkeeper. He was a WW II army medic when he was young and mortal. NHL Plus/Minus Award (1968 - present) -- highest plus/minus statistic. At first, Leo worked surreptitiously at The Manor as a handyman. Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy (1999 - present) -- to the goal-scoring leader during the regular season. Died: 14 November 1942. Pearson Award (1971 - present) -- most outstanding player as selected by peers. Birthday: 6 May 1924.

Lester B. Leo Wyatt: portrayed by Brian Krause (1998-present); was a recurring character during season one and half of season two. Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1925 - present) -- player combining ability and sportsmanship. Paige quit Magic School eventually, to concentrate on her Charmed duties and to help her newly-assigned Whitelighter charges. King Clancy Memorial Trophy (1988 - present) -- leadership and humanitarian contribution. Paige became headmistress of the Magic School when the position was vacated by Gideon, an Elder who, in his attempts to get rid of what he thought was a too-powerful baby Wyatt, was responsible for nearly turning him evil. James Norris Memorial Trophy (1954 - present)-- most outstanding defenceman. He became a whitelighter, but not Paige's.

Jack Adams Award (1974 - present) -- coach of the year. He and an Avatar killed each other. Hart Memorial Trophy (1924 - present) -- most valuable player during the regular season. During Season 7, the Avatars came, and the late Agent Kyle Brody fell in love with Paige while he searched for them, mistakenly believing that the Avatars had killed his parents. Selke Trophy (1978 - present) -- top defensive forward. Richard Montana left because he went crazy with the use of magic. Frank J. The job was a magical one, with a feud between two families, escalating to cause many deaths.

Conn Smythe Trophy (1965 - present) -- most valuable player during the playoffs. Paige was seriously romantically involved with fellow witch Richard Montana during her temp job in Season 6. Calder Memorial Trophy (1933 - present) -- rookie of the year. In Season 5, she decided to take a year off to pursue her destiny of being a witch. Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (1968 - present) -- perseverance and sportsmanship. She helped vanquish Shax, her first demon vanquished and became a Charmed One. Art Ross Memorial Trophy (1948 - present) -- regular season league scoring champion. When she first met Piper and Phoebe, she was attacked by the demon Shax who had killed Prue.

The O'Brien Trophy was awarded in the NHL before it was retired following the 1949-50 NHL season. She was a social worker in Season 4, when many troubles occurred. Presidents' Trophy (1986 - present) - best regular season by a team. She can also sense and "glamour," which is the ability to change one's image. Prince of Wales Trophy -- Eastern conference playoff champion. She has the ability to orb and telekinetic orbing, calling for objects. Campbell Bowl -- Western conference playoff champion. Since Paige is half-witch/half-whitelighter, she is equipped with numerous powers.

Clarence S. She attended Prue's funeral and reunited the Charmed Ones. Stanley Cup -- overall playoff champion. Piper found Paige when she cast a spell to find a "lost witch". Zero points for a loss in regulation time. There, Paige was given to the Matthews. One point for losing in overtime or a shootout. However, this had to be kept secret so Sam and Patty took her to a church.

Two points are awarded for a win. Patty, the girls' mother, had an affair with her Whitelighter, Sam and gave birth to Paige Matthews. Paige Matthews: portrayed by Rose McGowan (2001-present). After Prue died, Piper got the responsibility of playing the role of the oldest sister. With Prue's death, the power of three was temporarily destroyed, only to be restored shortly after that when Piper and Phoebe found out they had another sister.

She had trouble with the right balance of work and play right up until her death at the end of Season 3 by the hands of the wind demon Shax, The Source's chief assassin. Prue spent a lot of time and energy becoming a more powerful witch, and was referred to sometimes as the "superwitch" of the family. Prue had gained the power of astral projection in Season 2, which is the ability to project a spectral form to a distant location, although Prue's version of Astral Projection was tangible/solid and could touch things. She worked at Buckland's Auction House until halfway through Season 2, when she quit to become a photographer at 415 magazine.

During the 1st Season, she had developed the power of telekinesis, which is the ability to move objects with her mind. She was romantically involved with Andy Trudeau in Season 1, but at the end of Season 1, he died saving her life. Being the first born, she inherited the most power from the family line. She was the one who took care of Phoebe and Piper after their mother died when they were very little.

Prue was the eldest and most powerful sister character in seasons one to three. Prudence Halliwell: portrayed by Shannen Doherty (1998-2001). She then finds Dex Lawson, who believes the real Phoebe Halliwell to be dead, who is played by Sex and the City's Jason Lewis, previously was to be played by Extra host, Mark McGrath). In Season 8, Phoebe is looking for love again.

She was single as the season ended. Phoebe had fallen in love with one of the teachers, Drake, at Magic School, but finds that her love won't last since he is set to die within two weeks. Her powers were stripped for a short period of time from the end of Season 6 to the beginning of Season 7 as a punishment for using her power and spells for personal gain. They were a short-lived couple and he had to leave on account of his temporary position.

She went on sabbatical for a short time and got a ghost writer to take her place, a man named Leslie (Nick Lachey) who she fell in love with. For this reason, they briefly separated from each other. Phoebe soon became a columnist for the column, later titled 'Ask Phoebe' at the 'Bay Mirror' and became very attracted to her new boss, Jason Dean - until she was possessed by Mata Hari, where she explained all the weird occurrences were because she was a witch. The columnist decided as a token of her appreciation to give her a job.

During a magical mission, Phoebe saved a columnist from a perilous situation. Empathy is the ability to feel and hear emotions, often allowing control of others' powers. Around Season 6, she developed a power that she couldn't control very well: empathy. Cole would return in later episodes to try and revive his love with Phoebe, never successfully.

In Season 5, however, Phoebe left Cole and eventually vanquished him. She became the Queen of the Underworld for a short time and was carrying the 'Heir to the Source' or the 'Spawn of all Evil'. Her love for him featured prominently in the show through Seasons 3 and 4, to the extent that she crossed to the dark side. This love was not only harmful to her, but it also caused the death of her oldest sister, Prue.

During Season 3, Phoebe achieved the ability of levitation and came in contact with an attorney, who unbeknownst to her, was a half-demon named Cole Turner, aka Belthazor. She had been given the power of premonition or "seeing the future and past", since Prue had earlier said, 'She never looks towards the future...' In Season 2, Phoebe decided to leave unemployment to go back to college and complete her degree. The show focused a lot on her of how she developed as a character and her occupation. Phoebe Halliwell was the youngest child, until Paige was discovered and was very free-spirited in discovering her powers.

Phoebe Halliwell: portrayed by Alyssa Milano (1998-present); credited "and Alyssa Milano" from Seasons 1 to 3. Losing Leo, as is revealed by an Angel of Destiny, will be motivation for an upcoming battle which will require all of the sisters' thinking, power and experience. Piper arranged for Leo to be preserved in a magical container, a sort of cheating death. Leo, now without all his previously possessed powers, met his fate and lost his life in a car accident.

At the end of the first story arc of the eighth season, the love between Piper and Leo was tested once again. At the end of Season 7, Leo and Piper were somewhat more happy together. Leo had been influenced by the Elders, but eventually had "fallen from grace" and became mortal to live with his family. During Season 7, Leo was tested to choose his destiny - whether he wanted to be an Elder or live powerless with Piper.

During Season 6, Leo and Piper separated from each other because Leo became an Elder. In Season 6, adult Chris visited from the future to stop Wyatt turning evil. Wyatt was feared from the start to be the strongest source of magic from his birth, leading to many attacks and attempts to turn him towards the dark side. In Season 5, she gave birth to her first baby boy, Wyatt and at the end of Season 6, baby Chris was welcomed into the world as well.

Thus, in Season 4, Piper inherited the eldest sister role from Prue continuing a new (and, for a time, amateur), but eventually more powerful Power of Three with the arrival of Paige. Tragedy quickly followed her joy when her older sister, Prue was severely injured by a high-level demon during an attempt to save an innocent, which, without help arriving in time, led to her eventual death. She could not be overwhelmed with demons because her molecular combustion power is extremely powerful. She developed the power of Molecular Combustion or blowing up objects.

However, later on in the episode she changed her mind and she and Leo got married. There was some trouble during the ceremony and Piper, afraid the marriage was not meant to be, called the wedding off. In Season 3, Piper and Leo decided to get married, but Prue's astral projection form caused problems. Piper worked as a chef and then manager of a restaurant, "Quake" until the end of Season 1, when she quit and started her own nightclub in Season 2, called "P3".

Piper was blessed with the power of temporal stasis/Molecular Immobilization or freezing time. Piper, from the beginning had an "unlucky in love" storyline, as seen in the main love storyline of Seasons 1 to 3 with her and Leo. Piper Halliwell, born the middle child, had been the mediator in Prue and Phoebe's fights. Piper Halliwell: portrayed by Holly Marie Combs (1998-present); credited "and Holly Marie Combs as 'Piper'" beginning in Season 4.

His name is listed 4th in the credits from season 3 onwards, apart from in season 8 where Kaley Cuoco (Billie) takes that spot. Brian Krause, who became a main cast member halfway through the 2nd season, was in virtually every episode by the 3rd season. If one of the supporting players does not appear in a particular episode, his/her name also does not appear in the opening credits. The leads are then followed by whichever supporting players are contracted for that particular season.

From the 4th season onwards, the veteran leading actresses receive the coveted first and last billing while their new costar gets the middle spot: Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, and Holly Marie Combs as "Piper". In the first 3 seasons, the actresses portraying the Charmed Ones are billed according to the ages of their characters: Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano. The show has been licensed to other networks, such as the Turner Network Television channel, to show reruns. The series, which has been running since 1998, is shown on the WB television network in the United States and on CTV in Canada.

It is also unknown at current time if the show will be part of the new CW Network lineup that will be created when The WB and UPN (whose current lineups should form the crux of the new network) both cease their independent operations in September 2006. However, nothing has yet been officially announced or confirmed either by the WB or by the show's producer Brad Kern about a ninth season or a possible spin-off. There have been various rumours appearing in mostly fan circles in connection with whether one or more of the main actresses would leave the show after season eight or not. As of January 2006, it surpassed Laverne & Shirley as the longest-running television series with multiple female leads.

Charmed is currently in its 8th and probably final season on WB. Demons in the early seasons were portrayed as monsterous in appearance though they sometimes could take human forms, but in later seasons, most demons appear as humans due to the ever lowering budget the show receives each year. While later seasons are often noted by a decline in make-up and special effects budget, season six is still often thought of as the year when special effects were at their best and most perfected. The eighth season, however, rose to an average of 4-4.5 million viewers, with 2005's last episode Vaya Con Leos bringing in 4.44 million viewers and it has a season average of 4.182 million viewers.

The viewers sank to around 3.5 million viewers in the seventh season. Shannen Doherty left Charmed at the end of the 3rd Season and as the 4th Season continued, Prue was killed off permanently and an episode covering the events which lead to the two sisters finding a previously unknown fourth half-sister called Paige Matthews, played by Rose McGowan was aired. However, this was never confirmed nor denied by Doherty or Milano's publicist/agents. Charmed's viewers were very stable at 6-8 million viewers a week until rumors arose about disagreements between Doherty and Milano.

None of the other The WB Network shows have been able to break this record. The broadcasted premiere for Charmed attained 7.70 Million Viewers, the highest (premiere rating) debut ever for The WB Network. The original pilot was never aired, but can be found circulating around the Internet. Alyssa Milano took on the role of Phoebe Halliwell shortly after and portions of the pilot were reshot to incorporate Milano into the episode.

Lori Rom only played Phoebe Halliwell in the original series pilot, but left the show due to personal reasons. The original lineup of sisters was Prudence Halliwell, Piper Halliwell and Phoebe Halliwell, played by Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Lori Rom respectively. For more in-depth summaries of the show's plot and character arcs, see Charmed Season Summaries. Belthazor, the mysterious time-traveler Chris Perry and more recently Billie Jenkins.

A few of the others who have kept the Charmed Ones' secret over the years and appeared in the opening credits are Police Inspectors Andy Trudeau and Darryl Morris, tormented half-demon Cole Turner a.k.a. He is the love of Piper's life, her husband and father of her two children; their romance is an ongoing plot thread that dates back to the first season. Leo means a great deal to the sisters both professionally and personally: he heals their wounds, advises them collectively and individually and mediates between them and the enigmatic Elders. The most important is Leo Wyatt, a whitelighter assigned by the Elders to guide and protect the sisters.

Only a few know their secret and help them on a regular basis. The burden of keeping their Charmed destinies a secret from the outside world has repeatedly created tensions in their friendships, workplaces and romantic relationships. A central theme throughout the show's run is the sisters' struggle to balance normal lives with their supernatural responsibilites. Patty and her Whitelighter lover gave Paige up for adoption, with the sole condition being that the adoptive parents give her a first name beginning with "P".

Hence how she can "orb", which is her whitelighter power, she was also trying to use the whitelighter power of healing earlier on in the series. She has the same mother, Patty Halliwell, as the other three, but her father was their mother's whitelighter Sam. She has the power to "orb" in and out from place to place like teleportation, to orb objects to herself or another place and the power to glamour, which allows her to change her appearance. After Prue was killed, it was revealed that there is a secret fourth sister, Paige Matthews, their mother's illegitimate child.

She is not expected to get her other powers back due to budget problems. Phoebe, the third sister, had the original power of premonitions and later obtained the power to levitate; in addition, her original power grew and she became an empath. Piper, the second-oldest, was given two powers regulating the speed of molecules in objects and people, first gaining the ability to slow them down to the point where they are frozen and later gaining the ability to accelerate them so much as to cause explosions. Prue Halliwell, the oldest sister, developed the power of telekinesis, later gaining the power of astral projection.

A force of good, they would be three sisters gifted with powers to battle the forces of evil. The first powerful witch in the line, Melinda Warren, prophesied that from her line would come the Charmed Ones. The sisters discovered that they actually are descended from a long line of witches. Strange and frightening occurrences began which eventually led the sisters to realize that they are witches.

Reading an incantation from the Book of Shadows, she set in motion events that fulfilled an ancient prophecy. After moving into the old family manor in San Francisco, the youngest sister, Phoebe, discovered an old book in the attic. Charmed began with the three Halliwell sisters Prue, Piper and Phoebe coming together six months after the death of their grandmother, Penny Halliwell. .


. The Charmed Ones live together in a manor house and use their supernatural abilities to battle the warlocks, demons and other evil forces that populate San Francisco, California. television series by Aaron Spelling about three sisters who are powerful good witches known throughout the supernatural community as "The Charmed Ones." Each sister possesses unique magical powers that grow and evolve over the course of their adventures. Charmed is a U.S.

Author Meg Cabot refers to Charmed in two of her young adult book series; The Princess Diaries and All-American Girl. Rachel, not knowing what Bree was talking about asked her what "The O.C." was, only to get the reply "It's only the best show since Charmed!". More recently in 2005, Bree Timmins and the rather out-of-touch Rachel Kinski were discussing television. Upon the comment that Alyssa Milano uses magic, Boyd replies "Yeah, but she's hot!".

In a later episode when Summer Hoyland was using a spell book, her brother Boyd (Kyal Marsh) claimed she was lame. They both liked Paige but didn't know what she saw in Marilyn Manson. On her first day at school Serena Bishop (Lara Sacher) hit it off with popular girl Erin with a conversation about whether they prefer Paige or Prue. In Australian soap opera Neighbours, constant references have been made to the show.

One of these BCNMs is called "Charming Trio" and puts you in fight with three monsters: Prune, Pepper and Phoedme. In the MMORPG Final Fantasy XI, there is something called "Burning Circle Notorious Monster" (often just abbreviated "BCNM"), an arena you can enter in order to fight specific creatures. Jason & Kristopher Simmons - Wyatt Halliwell (seasons 5 - 8). James Read - Victor Bennett.

Finola Hughes - Patricia "Patty" Halliwell. Jennifer Rhodes - Penelope "Penny" Halliwell. Kaley Cuoco - Billie Jenkins (season 8). Drew Fuller - Chris Perry (season 6) recurring otherwise.

Karis Paige Bryant - Jenny Gordon (season 2). Greg Vaughan - Dan Gordon (season 2). Ted King - Andy Trudeau (season 1). Julian McMahon - Cole Turner (seasons 3 - 5) recurring otherwise.

Dorian Gregory - Darryl Morris (seasons 1 - 7) recurring otherwise. Brian Krause - Leo Wyatt (seasons 2 - 8) recurring previously. Rose McGowan - Paige Matthews (seasons 4 - 8). Shannen Doherty - Prudence "Prue" Halliwell (seasons 1 - 3).

Alyssa Milano - Phoebe Halliwell. Holly Marie Combs - Piper Halliwell. In Germany, seasons 1 through 7 have been aired on Pro 7. Season 6 is broadcasted everyday.

In Turkey, Charmed is aired on Dizimax channel. Hungary bought the show in 2003 and has broadcasted the series up to season 8 on TV2, with Season 8 most probably to be translated and aired in 2006. Τhe Greek "Star Channel" TV channel is currently showing (2005-06) season 7 every Sunday at 16:30. In Belgium, Charmed reruns and new seasons always air on Kanaal 2.

In the Netherlands, season 8 is being aired every Friday night 8.30 one hour before ABC's hit series Lost and Season 7 is in rerun everyday at 7PM, both new episodes and reruns are on NET 5. It is already showing Season 8 every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. It is also aired on Star World, a cable channel. In the Philippines, it airs on Studio 23 every Monday since March 1999, all year long with a complete repeat of the current season every year until the new season airs, which is usually end of March or early April.

Sweden is currently showing Season 7 on Tv3sweden, no details yet when season 8 will be aired. In Australia, Charmed is primarily shown on Channel 10 which shows the newest episodes, currently in Season 7 and on TV1 on Austar and Foxtel which shows older seasons, currently Season 4. Charmed can also be seen on satellite and cable channel Living TV and terrestrial channel Five on normal British terrestrial television in the United Kingdom and on TV3 (Ireland) in Ireland.

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