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When hockey collectors discuss the game’s greatest goalies, there are names that naturally pop up like Terry Sawchuk, Jacques Plante, Patrick Roy, and Martin Brodeur. Their place in hockey history is undeniable, but there is one amazing talent that seems to get lost in the shuffle despite being arguably the best in the game during the 1960s – Glenn Hall.

Why hasn’t the hobby given Hall the respect he rightfully deserves? The answer to that question is rather complex, but perhaps it is time for collectors to elevate his status and consider what the man known as “Mr. Goalie” contributed on the ice and beyond.

A native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Hall played for the local club before joining the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires as an 18-year-old in 1949-50. Part of the Detroit Red Wings organization after signing a C-form as a youth, he played in an era where an NHL team owned his rights from an early age. After two seasons in Windsor, he jumped from the junior ranks to the American Hockey League with the Indianapolis Capitols. His 1951-52 campaign was a rough one with 40 losses, but he was still rising within the Red Wings chain – with only Sawchuk standing in his way of a starting role.

Well, the problem at the time was that Sawchuk was firmly entrenched as Detroit’s top man in the crease as the club won three Stanley Cup titles in a four season span between 1951-52 and 1954-55. Hall was called up for his first NHL stint in 1952-53 while Sawchuk was injured, but was sent back down after seven solid games. Sadly, Parkhurst did not make a card of him around this time. It should also be noted that since he was called up to Detroit’s roster for the 1952 Stanley Cup Final, his name was etched onto the Stanley Cup despite not hitting the ice.
Big League Debut

By 1955-56, Hall’s readiness for the NHL could not be denied and the tempermental Sawchuk had been traded to the Boston Bruins. He immediately took over as the team’s starter and blew everyone away with a league-leading 12 shutouts on the way to a spot on the Second All-Star Team and the Calder Trophy as the league’s Rookie of the Year. Appearing in all 70 games, he also kicked off an impressive streak for consecutive appearances that would make hockey history.

The only problem for hockey card-loving kids at the time was the fact that Parkhurst had scaled back to only featuring the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs that year and Topps went on a two-year hiatus. With no hockey cards at all in 1956-57, young fans were despondent and thankfully, both companies were back soon.
Welcome to the Windy City

In those days, Topps hockey card sets were made up of the four American-based clubs and Hall was included – but now as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks (then called the Black Hawks). Why would the Red Wings trade away one of the best young players in the game? Well, that is a bit of a crazy story. Around this time, several players, including Hall’s Red Wings teammate Ted Lindsay, attempted to start a Players’ Association and it was ultimately squashed by team owners.

In the weeks and months that followed, a large portion of the league’s players switched jerseys and Hall was on the move to the Windy City along with Lindsay for four players. The move immediately gave Chicago plenty of leadership and strength in goal – coinciding nicely with the club adding more prospects like Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Ken Wharram.

Since Hall’s rookie card features an airbrushed shot in his new jersey, which is typical for 1957-58 Topps. The original photo with him in a Red Wings uniform was used in the 1993-94 Parkhurst Missing Link series which was an imagining of what the company’s unreleased 1956-57 set might have looked like. Hall’s debut cardboard is one of the most underrated of the decade as it does not seem to get as much love when compared to the rookie card of Plante and is on par with those of Gump Worsley and Johnny Bower in the minds of many collectors. The 1957-58 Topps set is plagued with poor centering as well, making high-grade copies incredibly difficult to find.

Hall’s first season with Chicago was rough as he lost 39 times, but he was rewarded with a spot on the NHL’s First All-Star Team. The team returned to the playoffs in 1958-59 and he was at his best two years later as the club captured its first Stanley Cup crown since 1937-38. He played a crucial part in getting the team past the Montreal Canadiens in the first round – a remarkable feat as the Habs had won a record five straight titles. Facing Gordie Howe and many of his former Red Wings teammates in the Stanley Cup Final, he prevailed in a high-scoring six-game affair.
Influencer

For the next six seasons, Hall was arguably the most consistent and influential goalie in the game. Young goalies everywhere were emulating his style thanks to national television broadcasts of NHL games and he was featured in more than just hockey cards. Naturally, his Shirriff hockey coins were coveted, but there were also Beehive photos and El Producto discs that were certainly playing a key role in schoolyard trades.

When it comes to Hall’s regular issue cards during the Black Hawks years, there is one that truly stands out. The 1964-65 Topps card shows him holding a mask – and this appears to be the first time that type of protection appeared on a hockey card. However, this mask looks to be something he wore in practice as he never wore one in action until a few years later. The 1961-62 Topps action card called Bathgate Bangs One In also shows Hall, but he is being scored on by fellow superstar Andy Bathgate.

During Hall’s tenure with Chicago, he set an impossible-to-break record as he appeared in his 502nd consecutive game early in 1962-63. The notoriously nervous netminder, who threw up before every game due to nerves, soldiered on through the 1960s and regularly protected the net during the NHL All-Star Game. He appeared in that event on 13 occasions – more than any other goalie ever. He regularly led his peers in shutouts and even though save percentage was not an official stat during this era, historical records show that he was tops in that department in 1956-57 and 1962-63 – the latter being the first year that he won the Vezina Trophy.

Before 1981-82, the Vezina was handed out to the goalie or tandem that had the lowest goals-against average in the league. He went to the Stanley Cup Final again in 1962 (vs. Toronto) and 1965 (vs. Montreal), but the game was starting to change by the middle of the decade as tandems began to be implemented by teams.

In Chicago, Hall’s partner in net was Denis DeJordy and the duo helped the Black Hawks to their first regular season crown in 1966-67. At the time, there was a claim that the club’s original coach, Pete Muldoon, had put a curse on the club after being fired following their inaugural campaign on 1926-27. A total fabrication, it at least made for a good story and the duo went home with the Vezina.
Singing the Blues

With the Original Six era ending and the NHL expanding to 12 teams, the new clubs were able to select unprotected players from the rosters of established clubs. Perhaps feeling that Hall was in his twilight, he was exposed in the expansion draft and was scooped up by the St. Louis Blues.

Even though he was not ready to call it quits, Hall had a history of holding out at the beginning of the season in order to secure a better contract from his team and have some time to paint his barn. He did get the Blues to agree to a deal soon after the 1967-68 season began and he shared the crease with former Team Canada star Seth Martin. It should be noted that Martin also made fiberglass masks for his fellow goalies and Hall was happy to be one of his customers once he decided to start wearing one regularly on the ice.

The 1967-68 Topps set, though, did not feature expansion teams – likely due to timing and a lack of available photos. This meant that Hall would not get a basic card, but he was paired up with DeJordy on a Vezina Trophy winners card and was in the All-Star Team subset.

Despite a losing record that year, he was counted upon to take the club far into the playoffs. St. Louis eliminated the first place Philadelphia Flyers and the Minnesota North Stars before battling the Canadiens for Lord Stanley’s Mug. Hall was brilliant in this series, keeping each contest within one goal despite being swept in four games. He was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP.

Heading into 1968-69, the Blues lured Hall’s longtime rival, Plante, out of retirement and created one of the greatest tandems in hockey history. Despite having radically different personalities and the fact that Plante often alienated himself from teammates, the pair gave up just 157 goals on the way to finishing first in the West Division and winning the Vezina. Plante took the lead in the playoffs and they were swept once again by the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final and he chose to retire.

Eventually returning to action in 1969-70, the duo were runners-up in the Vezina race, but another first-place finish was in the books. For the second straight season, Hall’s cards in the O-Pee-Chee sets used older photos from his Black Hawks days, but there is a fantastic Vezina Trophy Winners subset card which placed him and Plante together. Due to injuries, Hall was limited to 18 games and Ernie Wakely came in to help the cause. By the playoffs, the trio was dividing up the appearances and Hall put together a 4-3 record. He was in goal for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final and was immortalized as part of the game’s most famous photograph as Bobby Orr was tripped up while scoring the championship goal in overtime.

Hall returned for one last season in 1970-71 and that year’s O-Pee-Chee set finally used a shot of him in a Blues uniform. It would prove to be the last card of his playing days. He went 13-11-8 over 32 games with a decent 2.42 goals-against average. In the playoffs, he went winless in three appearances against Minnesota and his playing days came to an end.

All told, Hall retired with an impressive 407 wins and 84 shutouts. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975 and was one of the NHL’s earliest goalie coaches. No other netminder was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team on more occasions and his pioneering use of the butterfly style of goaltending helped revolutionize the game.
Modern Collectibles

When it comes to collectibles, Hall’s vintage cards reign supreme and remain popular with team collectors and set builders. His rookie card is certainly unheralded when compared to some of his peers and has room for growth in the coming years. When it comes to modern issues, he was part of the Parkhurst Missing Link sets from 1933-94 to 1995-96 and Upper Deck’s Retro and Century Legends releases in 1999-00, but it started to get wild in 2001-02. Finally signing for trading card products, it is not tremendously difficult to get a certified autograph of Hall, who recently turned 88. In The Game unleashed plenty of game-used memorabilia cards featuring his equipment, including a St. Louis Blues jersey, Blackhawks jersey,sticks, and even a glove.

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CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago Blackhawks are, arguably, the team of the decade.

Three Stanley Cup championships.

Patrick Kane will lead the NHL in points during the decade and won the Hart and Ross Trophies in 2016. Duncan Keith won two Norris Trophies. Jonathan Toews won the Mark Messier Award and Selke Trophy. All three of them have a Conn Smythe on their Hall of Fame resumes.

Those three and Marian Hossa built Hall of Fame resumes in Chicago over the past 10 years. Corey Crawford has been terrific, as well, manning the crease for the Hawks in two of the three championships.

The sun appears to be fading on the golden age of Blackhawks hockey, however.

This season has been marked by impressive highs and remarkable lows, all connected by frustratingly inconsistent play and questionable roster decisions by Jeremy Colliton, the young head coach who was given the unenviable task of replacing future Hall of Famer Joel Quenneville last year.

There are still glimpses of the possible, like Chicago’s overtime win in Boston on Dec. 5. In the middle of November there appeared to be hope. The roster was getting healthy and Chicago rattled off four straight wins against the Leafs, Knights, Preds and Sabres. The Hawks outscored those four opponents 21-10 during an impressive seven-day stretch of play.

Including the Boston win, the Blackhawks are 4-9-2 in 15 games since beating Buffalo on Nov. 17.

Injuries could certainly be used as an easy excuse. Keith and Andrew Shaw have missed extended time (Shaw is still out in concussion protocol) and Calvin de Haan re-injured the right shoulder that required surgery in the spring. Olli Maatta and Drake Cagguila have also missed time because of health issues.

But making – or rather accepting – excuses isn’t how this Blackhawks core has ever done business. Indeed, Chicago’s rival in St. Louis is not only the defending Stanley Cup Champions but they haven’t missed a beat despite being without Vladimir Tarasenko most of the season.

Chicago’s dysfunction may have (finally) hit a tipping point on Wednesday night.

With Keith coming back from a groin injury, Colliton opted to dress rookies Adam Boqvist and Dennis Gilbert and make veteran Brent Seabrook a healthy scratch against a Colorado team that has become emblematic of how the Central Division is passing the Blackhawks. Since Thanksgiving, the Blackhawks have lost three times to the Avs (including Wednesday) by a combined score of 16-6.

After the game, Keith let the media know how he felt about the team’s effort and Seabrook being a scratch. Keith was outspoken with his appreciation of Gilbert’s physical play in preseason action and noted that he liked what Boqvist brings to the table, but the tough reality is that Chicago simply doesn’t have enough seats at the table for all of the players they’re paying.

Colliton’s personality and approach are vastly different than Quenneville’s. Add to that the recent investigation into allegations against assistant Marc Crawford from his past that led to a suspension by the team and even the coaching staff has been a mess. The veteran players have not responded to Colliton’s approach, and Keith is not the first player to take issue with decisions openly.

Which brings us to the million-dollar questions: what is wrong with the Blackhawks? And who do we blame for the issues that have plagued them for three seasons?

The issues begin in the front office. Chicago’s prospect pipeline that once replenished a post-Cup exodus in 2010 into two more championships has dried up, and veteran additions haven’t worked out far too often.

Trading away talented young players has been a significant issue for Stan Bowman’s regime and has hurt the team’s ability to compete over the past three years.

Between 2015-19, the Blackhawks have had 39 draft picks. Only six have appeared in an NHL game, and two of those six are no longer with the organization.

Of the nine first-round picks the Blackhawks have used in the decade, only two – Boqvist and Kirby Dach, last summer’s third-overall selection – are still with the Blackhawks. Among the seven first rounders no longer with the Blackhawks, six players have been traded away for varying levels of return. Kevin Hayes, Chicago’s first-round pick in 2010, opted to sign elsewhere after his collegiate career ended.

The six first-round picks traded away: Mark McNeil, Phillip Danault, Teuvo Teravainen, Ryan Hartman, Nick Schmaltz and Henri Jokiharju.

Danault has become a terrific contributor for Montreal, Teravainen is one of Carolina’s most dangerous forwards, Schmaltz is doing a nice job for a resurgent Arizona team and Jokiharju is averaging almost 17 minutes per night for the Sabres this season.

Amplifying the Blackhawks limited success in the draft and poor trades of prospects before they reach their potential has been Bowman’s obsession with lottery tickets and veteran bandaids.

Bowman loves to take chances on young players who haven’t reached their pre-draft ceiling. He did well with Dylan Strome (acquired for Schmaltz last year). But others, like Alex Nylander (acquired for Jokiharju earlier this year) haven’t worked.

To balance (and, in many cases, block) the young possibilities, Bowman has annually brought in veterans. Ryan Carpenter has been very good in his role with this year’s Blackhawks team, but others like Zack Smith have struggled to find consistency. Meanwhile, prospects like Dylan Sikura and Matthew Highmore spent parts of the first half in the AHL because the seats on the NHL roster are all full.

Which brings us to the ultimate issue in Chicago: cap management.

Bowman has done a good job of adding quality depth to the organization on the blueline in recent years. Boqvist and Gilbert are the first in a wave of prospects coming that should give Chicago the opportunity to turn over the roster on the back end.

Ian Mitchell, Alex Vlasic, Alec Regula, Nicolas Beaudin and Lucas Carlsson have all received solid reviews from scouts. Mitchell (U. of Denver) and Vlasic (Boston U.) are playing in the NCAA while Regula, acquired from Detroit this fall for Brendan Perlini, is skating with the London Knights.

The elephant in the room is if/when these young players will be able to join the NHL roster.

Keith and Seabrook have NMCs and are signed through 2022 and 2023, respectively. Maatta and Connor Murphy have two more years left on their contracts after the current season, as well. And both Boqvist and Gilbert are showing they belong in the NHL right now as rookies. The NHL roster is, in theory, full until the 2022-23 season.

Maybe Seattle can save the day and take a defenseman in the expansion draft?

The discussion comes back to the totality of the organization losing more than they’ve won over the past five years. They’ve lost the majority of the trades they’ve made, far too many draft picks have been a swing and a miss, and they have blocked the prospects who might be able to provide cost efficient skill to the roster with veteran acquisitions.

Fans in Chicago are calling for change. Replacing Colliton may be the superficial move many are pointing to as the easiest move to shake things up, and selling veterans to teams with postseason dreams may provide some opportunities down the road. But after two years without postseason hockey, the question now becomes whether or not Bowman is the man to pull the trigger on the changes when they happen.

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The Blackhawks recalled forward Dylan Sikura from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the team announced Sunday morning. In a corresponding move for financial reasons, Anton Wedin was reassigned to Rockford after four games with the Blackhawks.

Sikura leads the IceHogs in goals (nine), points (16) and shots on goal (99) in 22 games this season. He was on a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists) prior to the call-up.

Back in Chicago for the third year — first this season — Sikura is out to prove he can stay for good.

“I think this time around just prove that I can play, I can stay, be an everyday kind of guy up here,” Sikura said. “There’s times last year towards the end of the year where I was proving myself a little bit and I’m excited to get a fresh start and another chance here.”

The biggest challenge for Sikura in the NHL has always been making the most of the minutes he gets at even strength. In college, he played in all situations. In Rockford, he was a top-line player and a key piece to the first power-play unit.

But it’s difficult for him to get those same opportunities in Chicago on a roster with Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad, Dylan Strome and Jonathan Toews carrying the offensive load.

Sikura has 11 assists in 38 games across two seasons with the Blackhawks, but he’s still searching for his first career NHL goal, which is something that weighed on his mind going into the summer. He takes a lot of pride in contributing on the scoresheet, and he’s hoping the goals come naturally for him this time around.

“Absolutely,” a smiling Sikura said. “I think that’s something that’s important for me. Down there, I get opportunities to score goals and obviously that’s something I’d like to do at this level so hopefully we can put this to rest soon.”

Sunday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes will be Sikura’s third in as many days. He played in Grand Rapids on Friday, Rockford on Saturday, got the call-up after the game and drove to Chicago around midnight.

It’s unclear where he’ll slot into the lineup, but the Blackhawks are pleased with his body of work and felt it was time to give Sikura a shot with the big club.

“I think he showed that he can contribute with us with his pace of play,” head coach Jeremy Colliton said. “I thought his line, when I looked back at him, Toews and Saad [last season], they had a really good stretch where they were driving possession and giving us offensive zone time and that line came through with some production too. He didn’t necessarily score, but he was a part of that.

“Just energy and work ethic, and he has some skill too. But it’s not unlike a lot of young players — just finding a way to do it every single shift every single night. We’re looking for that throughout our lineup, so if he can bring it that’ll help him.”

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Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook didn’t travel to Winnipeg with the team for Thursday’s game after participating in the morning skate and being a healthy scratch on Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche.

“Defenseman Brent Seabrook did not travel with the team to Winnipeg (undergoing further medical evaluation),” Hawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a release on Thursday a few hours prior to game time.

Seabrook’s healthy scratch on Wednesday was his third of the season in 35 games. The alternate captain and three-time Stanley Cup champ has four-and-a-half years remaining on his contract with a $6.875 million cap hit. The Hawks also play the Avalanche again in Denver on Saturday.

Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton said the most recent scratch was to get younger D men like Dennis Gilbert and Adam Boqvist more reps.

Blackhawks veteran defenseman Duncan Keith, who made his return to the lineup on Wednesday after missing the previous nine-game with a groin injury, said it was tough not see his former defensive parter in the game.

“Yeah it is (tough),” Keith said. “I thought he had been playing well. When we’re in the D zone a long time, we could break down every little play. Tough to pin it on one guy out there when there’s five guys.

“I don’t know, I watched the games, I thought he was doing well. I like playing with ‘Boky (Boqvist) out there, and I think Gilbert’s been playing good. But I don’t know. I like playing with Brent, too, when I’m out there.

“He’s always in good positioning, he allows me to play my game that I can get up. I feel my best when I’m being involved in the attack and helping push the play, being up the ice. And when I’ve got that guy that I know is gonna be back as a safety valve, that is comforting for me to know that I can be up on the play and try to help push that pace and keep some pucks in the zone. I don’t want to have to back out every time and play defense.”

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Martin Havlat helped the Chicago Blackhawks back to the postseason in 2009, and on Wednesday he announced his retirement from hockey

Chicago Blackhawks alumnus Martin Havlat called in a career on Wednesday. Havlat was the 26th overall pick of 1999 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators.

In his first year with the Senators, he was a finalist for the Calder Trophy and was given the nickname “Mach 9” because of the number he wore. Havlat would stay with the Senators until 2006-07.

He was traded to the Blackhawks along with Bryan Smolinski in a three-team deal that saw the San Jose Sharks get Mark Bell, Tom Preissing and Josh Hennessy. In his five years with Ottawa, Havlat appeared in 298 games, recording 105 goals and 130 assists.
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Upon joining the Blackhawks, Havlat signed a three-yea, $18 million contract. He would score two goals in his ’Hawks debut.

His first year was productive with 25 goals and 32 assists for 57 points. His second year would be limited to 35 games because of injuries. He would score 10 goals and record 17 assists.

His third year was 2008-09, when the ’Hawks made a surprise run to the Western Conference finals. Havlat had his best NHL season, registering 77 points during the regular season. In the playoffs, Havlat would once again lead the team in points with 15, one ahead of Patrick Kane.

After that season, Havlat engaged in intense negotiations with then general manager Dale Tallon. Tallon and Havlat would not come to an agreement, and Havlat would tweet his feelings after the negotiations with the Blackhawks failed.

He appeared in 172 games with the ’Hawks, scoring 64 goals with 97 assists for 161 points. The Blackhawks would shift gears and end up signing Marian Hossa to replace Havlat. Hossa was the better signing for the Blackhawks in hindsight, three Stanley Cup championships later.
Minnesota Wild and beyond

In 2009-10, Havlat would find a new home in Minnesota with the Wild. He signed a six-year, $30 million contract with the Wild.

Havlat’s time in Minnesota was a disaster. Havlat would spend two seasons in Minnesota before being shipped to San Jose for Dany Heatley. In Minnesota, Havlat appeared in 151 games, recording 40 goals and 76 assists.

In San Jose, Havlat was injury-riddled. He spent three seasons (2011-14) there before being bought out due to poor play and poor health. He the first player in San Jose Sharks history to be bought out. He played in 127 games, notching 27 goals and 40 assists.
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After San Jose, Havlat landed in New Jersey for a season in 2014-15. He appeared in 40 games, scoring five goals with nine assists. He would not be tendered a contract after his one-year stint in New Jersey. He would make a cameo with the Blues in 2015-16. He appeared in two games before being placed on unconditional waivers.

Havlat finishes his NHL career with 790 games played, 242 goals and 353 assists.

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CM Punk is the most outspoken member of WWE Backstage. He is a former WWE Superstar, and according to some, he is one of WWE’s most successful heel wrestlers of all time. He was recently tagged by the WWE on Fox Twitter account.

The post was an image of Bobby Lashley vs Rusev and it read, “We’re sure @CMPunk is watching this one closely”. Punk then sent an image of him watching Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild, which is an NHL game.

He was met by the response, “There’s a table there”. Punk then replied, “In both cases, Minnesota is the big loser!”. This is a reference to Minnesota losing in a recent hockey game and also Rusve and Lashley’s match which was being held at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

CM Punk recently spoke about some ideas which could help make the Lana, Lashley and Rusev storyline more attractive. “They have a match, they have a blow off,” Punk began. “I don’t think Rusev wants to be involved with Lana anymore on-screen.

So, Lana and Bobby go off and do their thing, but Lana grinds on the nerves, Bobby is sick of her. He leaves Lana too, they have another divorce. She gets another tag team to go after Bobby and Rusev, who have become best friends because they have the familiar: the ex-wife.

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From his home in Florida on Sunday, Boston Bruins legend Phil Esposito saw David Pastrnak laser a shot behind Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price for the Boston forward’s 25th goal of the season.

Esposito, who knows a thing or two about scoring goals, was duly impressed.

“I’ll tell you what my thought was,” the Hall of Famer said. “There’s a guy who knows that from the top of the face-off circle to the dot, on either side of the circle, it’s like a funnel to the goal. You’ve got to think, ‘Shoot.’ And he did. And that’s why he’s a goal-scorer. These guys who keep passing the puck when they’ve got opportunities to shoot are not goal-scorers, ok? Goal-scorers think, ‘Shoot first.’ And that’s what Pastrnak does.”

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The 23-year-old became the first NHL player to score at least 25 goals in the first 27 games of a season since Jaromir Jagr had 27 for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1996-97, Jagr scoring his 25th in 26 games. And Pastrnak is the fastest Bruins player to score 25 goals since Cam Neely, now the Bruins president, had that many in the first 22 games of 1993-94.

Most of the talk about Pastrnak’s 25th goal was the velocity of the 30-foot slap shot that ripped past Price at 6:16 of the third period, tying the game 1-1, and sparking the Bruins to a 3-1 win on home ice.

“He got a lot on that one,” Price told reporters. “He buried his head and shot it as hard as he could.”

But for Esposito, who scored 717 goals in 1,282 NHL games from 1963-64 to 1980-81 for the Chicago Blackhawks, most famously the Bruins and finally the New York Rangers, Pastrnak’s goal was more about its accuracy.

“I don’t care if that shot is going 60 or 70 miles an hour, Carey Price couldn’t have gotten it,” said Esposito, a five-time winner of the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s top point-scorer. “I said to my brother-in-law when we saw it, ‘What a shot.’ He said, ‘Boy, he blasted it,’ and I said, ‘It doesn’t matter how hard he shot. It was in the perfect spot.’ ”

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The NHL’s leading goal-scorer for six consecutive seasons from 1969-70 through 1974-75, with a career-high 76 in 1970-71, Esposito remembers working after hockey-school teaching sessions with his brother, NHL goalie Tony Esposito.

“I’d slide the puck to see how far and how fast Tony could move from one side to the other if I aimed for the goal posts,” Esposito said. “I think I’d slide it 70 or 80 mph and he couldn’t do anything about it if I hit the right spot. David Pastrnak hit the right spot. He does that a lot. He’s a goal-scorer. Alexander Ovechkin (of the Washington Capitals), goal-scorer. I was a goal-scorer.

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“Pastrnak’s shot goes in on anyone. It was just an unbelievable shot. What surprised me was that it was a slap shot. A few guys in my day — Mike Bossy, Bobby Hull, Guy Lafleur and the Boomer (Bernie Geoffrion) — could slap the puck like that and hit the spot.”

Esposito said that when he was in a scoring groove, even the smallest opening could appear to be the size of a barn.

“Not all the time, but there were times in my career that I’d see a hole just large enough to fit the puck through and it looked three times that size,” he said. “Hitters in baseball have told me how the ball can look huge.”

Esposito recalled a goal he scored in the historic 1972 Summit Series between Canada and Russia where he said he felt the game slowed down.

“In Game 8 of the Summit Series, Peter Mahovlich took the puck early in the third period and went up the boards, put it out in front of the net to me and I beat (goalie Vladislav) Tretiak with a second swipe. In my mind, that was in slow motion,” Esposito said. “It never happened to me before, or after. Bobby Orr told me one time that he would slow the game down in his mind. (Wayne) Gretzky certainly did it. Does Pastrnak? Probably not as well as (regular linemates Brad) Marchand or (Patrice) Bergeron, but he’s a better goal-scorer.”

Esposito will hear no discussion that Pastrnak is a pure goal-scorer.

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“No such thing,” he said. “I don’t believe that anything’s pure or perfect. No one or nothing is perfect. We all have our faults. But Pastrnak is on a run now and he’s feeling it. I remember when I got on those runs. You feel it. You don’t want it to end no matter what.”

As for where Esposito would rank the Bruins’ top line of Patrice Bergeron, Pastrnak and Brad Marchand?

“I don’t give a (darn) about other lines, that’s the best line in hockey, absolutely,” he said.

And then, with a laugh: “I’d rank them second all-time. Behind me, Ken Hodge and Wayne Cashman.”

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Byla to vlastně ukázková výhra. Jaroslav Halák zavřel branku, beci udrželi soupeře na uzdě a útočníci nakonec našli cestičku, jak se prokutat ke gólům. Výkony Boston Bruins od začátku sezony připomínají hokejový ‘gesamtkunstwerk’, v němž jsou jednotlivé složky vzájemně propojeny a takřka dokonale vyladěny.

Není divu, že se díky výsledku 2:0 s Carolina Hurricanes dostali Bruins na značku 20 vítězství. Rychleji to ve svých dějinách zvládli jen ve dvou případech.

V sezoně 1938-39, kdy za ně chytal Frank Brimsek, v obraně váleli Milt Schmidt a Eddie Shore a ofenzivě veleli Bill Cowley a Roy Conacher. A pak v ročníku 1971-72, který byl ve znamení bodových hodů Bobbyho Orra s Philem Espositem. Na obě spanilé jízdy se také v Bostonu často vzpomíná.

Obě totiž skončily oslavami se Stanley Cupem.

Odhadovat na začátku prosince, že se to Bruins povede i tentokrát, je trochu předčasné. Jasné ale je, že po letošním finále, které pro ně skončilo krutou domácí porážkou v sedmém zápase série se St. Louis Blues, hráči Bostonu jinou motivaci ani nemají. Svoje ambice se přesto snaží přidržovat u země.

“Když jsme Stanley Cup před osmi lety vyhráli, tak jsme šli do play off ze třetího místa v konferenci. Dva roky předtím jsme byli na Východě v základní části nejlepší, ale vypadli jsme ve druhém kole. Tím chci říct, že play off už je něco úplně jiného a všechny týmy, které se do něj dostanou, mají stejnou šanci ho vyhrát,” rozebíral pro NHL.com/cs útočník David Krejčí.

Proti Hurricanes se třiatřicetiletý centr prosadil fikanou tečí a zaznamenal tak svůj 200. gól v bostonském dresu. Ale nebyl sám, kdo slavil jubileum. Halák si v pětistém startu v NHL připsal 49. čisté konto a 261. výhru kariéry. Úctyhodná numera.

“V první řadě měl ale těší, že můžu být členem tak výjimečného týmu. Držíme při sobě a dokazujeme to i na ledě. Dodržujeme naši taktiku po celých šedesát minut a znovu jsme to zvládli. Když kluci potřebují zabrat, tak to taky udělají,” tvrdil Halák. Bruins totiž vstřelili oba své góly až v závěrečné pětiminutovce.

“Vždycky věříme, že když je zápas dlouho vyrovnaný, nebo v něm třeba i o gól prohráváme, tak stejně vyhrajeme,” doplnil Halák.

Sebevědomí je velkou zbraní současných Bruins. Je to znát na střeleckém účtu Davida Pastrňáka, spolehlivých výkonech gólmanského dua Tuukka Rask – Halák, ale třeba i na odvážné hře obránců, mezi nimiž jako ocelový pilíř dál vyčnívá veterán Zdeno Chára.

Poslední porážku v základní hrací době zaznamenali Bruins paradoxně na ledě nejslabšího týmu NHL Detroit Red Wings 8. listopadu. Bodovou šňůru v úterý prodloužili už na 12 duelů, posledních osm jich vyhráli s celkovým skóre 31:12. Ano, je to tak: Boston nyní hraje jako opravdový tým šampionů, ačkoli minule skončil těsně pod vrcholem.

“Pořád jsem cítil, že ten zápas máme v rukou. Možná jsme mohli dát gól o něco dřív, ale neustále jsme za výhrou šli,” tvrdil Charlie Coyle, jenž otevřel skóre.

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Bruins jsou také jediným týmem sezony, který doma ještě nezažil porážku po šedesáti minutách (12-0-4). Lépe to v klubových dějinách zvládl Boston pouze v sezoně 1973-74, kdy měl po 21 zápasech bilanci 19-0-2.

“Asi to nebyl náš úplně nejlepší zápas, ale je jasné, že ve 82 utkáních pokaždé nepředvedete ten nejdokonalejší výkon,” řekl Krejčí.

Podstatné je, že body znovu putovaly do bostonské kasičky.

“Je pravda, že jsme si nevytvořili moc šancí, ale právě proto je výhra cenná. Když za stavu 0:0 předvedete tak solidní obranu a donutíte soupeře k chybě, je to dobrá zpráva. Kdo ví, jak by zápas dopadl, kdybychom právě ten jeden osobní souboj nezvládli,” přikývl kouč Bruce Cassidy.

Právě teď ale Bruins klíčové pasáže zvládají, ať už je to díky skvělým zásahům gólmanů, tvrdé práci obránců nebo Pastrňákově střelecké genialitě.

“Moc dobře víme, jak hrát, když je zápas na vážkách,” pravil spokojený Cassidy. “Zabrat v pravou chvíli, to je známka dobrého týmu.”

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Some of the greatest players to lace up and take to the ice have donned the Blackhawks sweater, including 36 Hall of Famers. Will any of today’s Hawks make the grade to be added to this list?
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Blackhawks lifting their 2013 Stanley Cup banner (Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

We take a look at an All-Time Chicago Blackhawks Lineup. NO players from the current roster – we’ll talk about them later.

Here are the all-time greats, followed by some from this year’s team could be there as well. There are some obvious choices, and some remain to be seen.
1st Line
Stan Mikita (C), Bobby Hull (W), Steve Larmer (W)

Centering the first line is Hall of Fame center Stan Mikita. The franchise leader in games played, assists, points and game-winning goals. He won four Art Ross Trophies and two Hart Trophies during his legendary career.
Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita (THW Archives)

Flanking Mikita are Bobby Hull and Steve Larmer.

Hull led the league in points three times with the Blackhawks and also led the NHL in goals seven times, including four consecutive times from 1965-69. Larmer isn’t a Hall of Fame player, but won the 1982-83 Calder Trophy for rookie of the year with 43 goals and 90 points. He was also an annual contender for the Selke Trophy and his 406 goals and 923 regular season points rank third and fourth in franchise history, respectively.
Pierre Pilote (D), Chris Chelios (D)

The top pairing on defense goes to Pierre Pilote and Chris Chelios.
Chris Chelios
Chris Chelios being honored at the United Center (Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Pilote is considered the Blackhawks’ standard on defense, winning three consecutive Norris Trophies from 1962-64. Bear in mind, Pilote finished second in 1961-62, 1965-66 and 1966-67. In his 821 games with the Blackhawks, Pilote put up 77 goals and 477 points and played all but 69 of his career games in Chicago.

Related: Blackhawks & Chelios Together Again

Considered the greatest American defenseman of all time, Chelios logged 664 regular season games with the Blackhawks and had 487 points. A Hall of Famer and two-time Norris Trophy winner (1992-93 and 1995-96), his 0.733 points per game ranks fourth all-time among Blackhawks defensemen and also is credited with 48 points in the postseason for Chicago.
2nd Line
Denis Savard (C), Max Bentley (W), Patrick Sharp (W)

Averaging a point per game in the postseason for the Blackhawks, Hall of Famer Denis Savard centers the second line. His 1,096 regular season points rank third in franchise history.
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Three-time Cup winner Patrick Sharp (Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports)

Filling out the second line is Max Bentley and Patrick Sharp. Bentley won the Hart Trophy in 1945-46 and logged 235 regular season games for the Blackhawks from 1940-48. A natural center, Bentley led the NHL in points twice and with 1,089 point he ranks fourth among all Blackhawks forwards.

Sharp has three Stanley Cup Rings during his 11 seasons with the Blackhawks and tallied over 20 or more goals in eight seasons. A fan favorite, Sharpy included four 30-goal seasons with the Blackhawks, and one, 2013-14, when he was the team leader in points during the regular season.
Doug Wilson (D), Bill Gadsby (D)

The second line on defense is anchored by the Norris Trophy winner for the 1981-82 season, Doug Wilson. Wilson played in 938 regular season games for the Blackhawks and put up 779 points, which ranks sixth in franchise history. Joining Wilson in this pairing, Hall of Famer Bill Gadsby spent his first nine seasons in Chicago and in 468 games scored 54 goals and 185 points.
3rd Line
Jeremy Roenick (C), Dennis Hull (W), Tony Amonte (W)

Centering our third line is Jeremy Roenick. Although not a Hall of Famer, Roenick spent his first eight years with the Blackhawks and posted triple digit point totals three times. With a 1.137 points per game average he is second-best in franchise history.
Jeremy Roenick #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks
Jeremy Roenick #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks (THW Archives)

Dennis Hull and Tony Amonte flank Roenick on this line. Ranking seventh in goals and eighth in points in franchise history, Hull finished his Blackhawks career with 298 goals and 342 assists for 640 points, and two Finals appearances.

Named a captain in 2000, Amonte led the Blackhawks in goals and points over the three seasons, cracking the 40-goal mark twice. He didn’t miss a single game for five straight seasons (1997-2002) and his 268 goals place him ninth in franchise history.
Earl Seibert (D), Keith Magnuson (D)

A nine-time NHL All-Star, Earl Seibert played for the Blackhawks from 1935 through 1945, and in 398 regular season games put up 191 points.

While posting just 139 points in 589 career games with the Blackhawks, Keith Magnuson was the enforcer for the Blackhawks extremely successful defense in the 1970s, making two Stanley Cup Finals appearances in 1971 and 1973. Magnuson remains a fan favorite in Chicago and his 1440 penalty minutes ranks second in franchise history.
4th Line
Eddie Olczyk (C), Marian Hossa (W), Doug Bentley (W)

Eddie Olcyzk took to the ice in his NHL rookie season as an 18-year-old with his hometown Chicago Blackhawks in 1984-85. After five seasons with the Blackhawks (1984-87; 1998-2000) he tallied 209 points – 77 goals, 132 assists in 322 games.
Marian Hossa has three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks. (David Sandford/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

As an integral part of the unit that brought three rings to Chicago, Marian Hossa’s presence on the ice and leadership were evident in his eight years as with the Blackhawks. A lock for the Hall of Fame, Hossa appeared in the playoffs in 17 of his 19 seasons on the ice over his career.

The lesser famous of the Bentley brothers, Doug Bentley actually spent more time in Chicago than his brother, Max. A four-time All-Star, Bentley played for the Blackhawks from 1939 through 1952 and in 546 regular season games tallied 531 points, including 217 goals.
Goalies
Tony Esposito
Tony Esposito
BOSTON, MA – 1970’s: Tony Esposito #35 of the Chicago Black Hawks tends goal in game against the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden Garden. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Winner of three Vezina Trophies (back when it was awarded on statistics), Tony Esposito has earned the honor more than any other Blackhawks goalie. Tony ‘O’ is currently the franchise leader in wins, shutouts, games played and goaltending point shares, and to this day is still the standard for all Blackhawks goalies.
Ed Belfour

Ed Belfour is the only Chicago Blackhawks goaltender to win a Vezina Trophy in its voting era, and did so twice in 1990-91 and 1992-93. Belfour was in net for the 1990-91 Presidents’ Trophy winning team and his 201 wins ranks fourth in franchise history.
Glenn Hall

Ranking second in franchise history in 276 wins, 17,230 saves and 51 shutouts, Glenn Hall also has a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks to his credit, as well as two Vezina Trophies
Today’s Candidates

Alright, so if you’ve read this far you’re pretty well “in the know” so let’s not waste time. There are some obvious choices on this season’s roster; Jonathan Toews (2nd Line), Patrick Kane (1st Line), Duncan Keith (1st Line) and Corey Crawford (2nd line). All should pretty much be considered consensus picks for our All-Time Team, so there is no need going into detail as to why.
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Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

But, there are others due some consideration.
Brent Seabrook (3rd Line?)
Brent Seabrook
Brent Seabrook (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Also a three-time Stanley Cup winner, Brent Seabrook has had a hand in all of the recent Blackhawks playoff runs. In all, Seabrook has 20 goals and 39 assists for 59 points in 123 playoff games. He also has three game-winning goals among those, and all have come in overtime.
Alex DeBrincat (It’s Early Yet?)

As a rookie, Alex DeBrincat tallied 52 points (28 goals, 24 assists), played in all 82 games and set a Blackhawks rookie record with most hat tricks in a season with three. He followed it up with scoring 41 goals last season, which was tied for sixth-most in the league and three behind Kane.

If the Blackhawks can make sure DeBrincat continues to call the United Center home — and he keeps up this pace — he can definitely be due some consideration here.
Dylan Strome (Let’s All Hope!)

Since coming to Chicago in a mid-season trade last year, Dylan Strome and DeBrincat have rekindled their chemistry from the days they played together as juniors for the Erie Otters. Strome posted big numbers during last season with 17 goals and 34 assists for 51 points in only 59 games with the Blackhawks. If the front office can keep the duo together, there is plenty to be excited about here.

Related:Blackhawks’ Future Needs Strome in It
Niklas Hjalmarsson (No Longer on Team, but Has to Be in the List!)

Niklas Hjalmarsson was a fixture on the Chicago blue line since the rebuild began in the mid-2000s and had a heavy hand in all three of the Blackhawks recent Stanley Cup runs.

After making his debut in 2008 with the Blackhawks, Hjalmarsson logged 623 games in a Blackhawks uniform and had established himself as “one of the toughest competitors in franchise history,” according to general manager Stan Bowman.
In Conclusion…..

So there you have it.

As always, who belongs and who doesn’t, along with where they fit is always up for discussion, so feel free to comment and offer your opinions — have some fun.

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From the moment we were knocked out in 1994, I could only think about one thing – next season. I was champing at the bit and anxiously counting the days until opening night. I wanted to rid myself of that crestfallen feeling and imagined picking up right where we left off.

When the season finally started (due to the lockout), we went 0-3-1 in the first four games – however, by the end of the season the Devils were playing their best hockey (or so we thought) and went 10-5-2 in the last 17.

A few days later, we opened up round 1 against the Bruins and the fantastical ride to our first cup was underway! As spectacular as it was while it was happening, looking back now, the way we did it was nothing short of magnificent. We went 16-4 through the post season and 10-1 on the road (using all of my best adjectives) – just remarkable! Our defense was bar none, every player contributed/played a crucial role and came up big when we needed it (i.e. Dowd, Chambers, Broten, etc.), the inspired play by Lemieux, Richer, Brodeur and “The Crash Line” – it all came together.

We opened up against Boston in the Quarter-Finals and took the series 4-1 with three shutouts and one OT game.

Tom McVie was an Assistant Coach for the Bruins at the time and we (my boyfriend and I) took the road trip to Boston for game 5. Back in the day, the teams used to stay in a hotel during the playoffs to avoid distractions. Tom made arrangements for us to stay in the hotel that the Bruins were staying in. It had been reported that Adam Oates had an undisclosed “upper body injury” and while on my way up to the room, Ray Bourque and Oates stepped into the elevator and I saw a splint on his finger (Oates). I wanted desperately to get this information to the Devils but as it turned out, they were able to put the series away without my scouting report.

While there, we had an opportunity to spend time with Tom and Arlene (The Duke) McVie. The Duke took me shopping at Filene’s Basement (her favorite store) while Tom took my boyfriend to practice with him. I very much enjoyed my day with The Duke, but truth be told, was secretly a bit jealous about missing time at the rink.

We met up later in the day and as always, was delighted to revel in “Tom McVie anecdotes” – he has plenty and I can never hear enough!

The Duke gave us her seats and she sat in the press box. The building was rocking and I mean that in a literal sense – I could physically feel movement in the seats, however we prevailed. I was there to see us close out the series and also bear witness to the last official game ever played at the Boston Garden.

We were also able to close out the Semi-Finals against Pittsburgh 4-1. In game 4, Neal Broten scored the OT winning goal that put the Devils up 3-1 in the series. The fans at Brendan Byrne were frenzied in game 5, like sharks smelling blood in the water. We went in for the kill and then on to the conference finals vs. Philly.

The rivalry with the Flyers had been building over the years and came to a ferocious head in this series. I’m not sure whether there was more animosity on the ice or in the stands between the fans. There were state troopers standing at the top of each section and walking the halls. On the ice, the tumultuous (an enjoyable) interactions between Scott Stevens and Eric Lindros helped to escalate it all the way around. In addition, the Flyers had their “Legion of Doom”, but we had our “Crash Line.” Need I say more?

The series started in Philly. It happened to be my birthday so I took a road trip for the opener. The fans were hostile (exceptionally) but quieted down a bit after we scored the first three goals. I couldn’t have asked for a greater birthday gift than the win my team delivered that day!

The series was tied 2-2 and Claude Lemieux scored the winning goal in game 5 with 44 seconds left in regulation to send it back to New Jersey for game 6 and a chance to close it out at home.

With about 10 minutes left in game 6 and up by three goals, the clock couldn’t go fast enough. For (almost) the last two minutes of the game, 19,040 fans were standing and at the final buzzer – screaming, hollering and cheering with exuberance. I was jumping for joy and hugging everyone and anyone around me. We were going to the Stanley Cup Finals!!

The Stanley Cup Finals. Oh my god! Something every player dreams of and every diehard fan lives for.

In the days leading up to game 1 against the Presidents’ Trophy winning Red Wings, every article, analyst, sportscaster and naysayer were pretty much discounting the Devils before the series even started. We were true underdogs despite what we had accomplished and that we were firing on all cylinders. They were all in for a surprise!

In 1995, I was working for a large company (110+ offices) that held an annual destination awards weekend called “Superstars.” It was taking place in Cancun from Thursday-Sunday (game 3 was Thursday and 4 on Saturday). As soon as the schedule was announced, I called my boss to let him know I couldn’t make it. I was told in no uncertain terms that I was expected to be there. I was receiving the top award and it wouldn’t “sit well.”

We were up 1-0 in the series and game 2 was packed with highlight reel play; Scott Stevens signature hit on Kozlov followed by the finger pointing “you’re next” to Dino Ciccarelli on the bench, Niedermayer’s unforgettable end-to-end goal and topped off by Jimmy Dowd’s game winner with less than a minute to go in regulation.

As soon as I stopped screaming, waving my good luck towel and running around my living room (by myself) I realized there was NO WAY I could miss games 3 and 4. First thing the next morning, I called the President of my company, explained my situation and as professionally and subtly as I could, reminded him that I was (and had been) the top producer in the firm and thought he would want me to be happy. Presto…a deal was struck.

I flew in on Thursday, had the concierge at the hotel find me a sports bar that could air the Devils game, made an appearance at the welcome event, grabbed my towel/pompom and was off to the bar in time for the opening faceoff. There were three people in the bar – me and a couple from Detroit (go figure). When others at my company found out where I was, a number of them snuck out to join me. Most were not hockey fans but cheered along as we went up 3-0 in the series.

Friday night I collected my award, attended all the afterparties and flew home Saturday for game 4.

I invited my mother to the game (her first-ever hockey game as mentioned in a previous article). She picked me up at the airport, waited in my driveway while I took a quick shower and we were off to the arena in time for the start of the game.

The buzz in the arena was amazing. People filled with anticipation – just electric. I had never experienced anything like it! Before the puck dropped, the chants started “We Want The Cup” and continued throughout the game.

About 10 minutes into the third period, Brylin scored to give us a two-goal lead (4-2). Everyone in the building knew it was over. With our defense that was for sure. The roar of the crowd continued to get louder and louder. With eight minutes left, Chambers scored again making it 5-2. The Cup was ours! The chants switched to “We’ve Got The Cup” and intermittently with bars of “Na, Na, Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Hey, Good-Bye.” I burst into tears, turned to a fellow diehard, Lenny Carafa (sat next to him for about 20 years in total), hugged him and kept repeating “I cant believe it, we are really going to do it” as I cried for the remainder of the game. I was in good company. Mike Peluso was crying on the bench with about three minutes left as well as when he went through the handshake line with his arm covering his eyes.

There was a minute left, everyone on their feet, elated and waving their towels and pompoms – then the countdown – 10-9-8…the final buzzer went off, players jumped over the bench and rushed Brodeur at the goal – the arena erupted!

I had never experienced anything like it – unadulterated euphoria – I can’t even put it into words and to this day still get choked up when I see videos of those last few minutes.

As we watched the teams skate with the Cup and the handoff from player to player, people were in awe, cheering, crying and hugging (strangers) – no one wanted the night to end.

When the team left the ice, I went to the Winner’s Club and was the last person out when they were locking the doors. The parking lot was still full of people continuing the celebration. Apparently, Mike Peluso felt the same – he was riding around the parking lot in his truck, stopping to talk to fans and sign autographs.

The Devils parking lot parade/celebration was second to none in quintessential Devils style – a 20,000+ person tailgate – just perfect! It was complete with the Cup arriving by helicopter, the team on the stage taking pictures of us and fireworks. I read an article once referring to it as “a rock concert asking the Devils for one last encore.” It was the best song I ever heard.

When Jimmy Dowd had the Cup for a day, he had a party at Monmouth Racetrack. My boyfriend (back then) coached Jimmy in Brick and we were invited (actually, he was invited and of course I tagged along). Not realizing how heavy the Cup was, I began to lift it over my head. Jimmy caught it out of the corner of his eye and jumped in as he thought I was going to drop it, so I settled for the shots below (Jimmy standing by just in case).

When I look back at the whole run, there are so many memories that will be forever etched in my mind (and heart). I couldn’t possibly list them all however, in addition to those I have already mentioned I will share a few more; spending time with the McVie’s during the Boston series, ALL of the timely goals, big hits, goal celebrations (by both, players and fans), awesome tailgates, Peluso’s raw emotion (said it all), the interaction between Johnny Mac and Fetisov in the handshake line, Lemieux lifting the Conn Smythe and kissing it with tears in his eyes, the Cup being wheeled out and handed to Scott Stevens, but most importantly – sharing the experience and all of the special moments along the way with my “Section 106 Family” and the Cup winner with my mother…JUNE 24th, 1995.

As I mentioned in my last article, in January I will be writing about the 2000 Cup as we celebrate the 20-year anniversary. I would love to hear and share any special memories or stories that you may have of the 2000 run for that article. Please share with me below.