April 02, 2007

NHL Playoff Heroes

Glenn Anderson - Why isn't this playoff warrior who was once compared to Rocket Richard and Guy Lafleur in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Bob Baun - Bob Baun will forever be remembered for just one goal - he scored a playoff over time goal on a broken leg.

Mud Bruneteau - A very good hockey player, Mud Bruneteau's career is overshadowed by a single goal he scored. It was the game winning goal in the longest game in NHL history.

Ken Doraty - A minor league player with major league Stanley Cup over time heroics, "Cagie" Ken Doraty scored some memorable goals.

John Druce - With 14 goals in 15 playoff games in 1990, John Druce was the unlikeliest of playoff heroes.

Ken Dryden - One of hockey's most interesting people, Ken Dryden was Montreal's dominant goal keeper through 6 Stanley Cup championships in the 1970s.

Shorty Green - Back in 1925, Shorty Green led the NHL's first labour dispute, costing not only Hamilton a Stanley Cup championship, but its franchise.

Wayne Gretzky - Once an Oiler, always an Oiler. The Great One lived up to his nickname, and may be the greatest athlete ever.

"Sudden Death" Mel Hill - Mel Hill became immortalized in NHL playoff history when he scored three overtime winning goals in the same series against the Rangers back in 1939.

Reggie Leach - "The Riverton Rifle" was one of hockey's most feared shooters, especially in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Claude Lemieux - Claude Lemieux may be one of the dirtiest players of all time, but he's also one of the most decorated.

Al MacInnis - The big shooter Al MacInnis won the Conn Smythe trophy in Calgary's 1989 Stanley Cup championship. He may be the best Flame of all time.

Ulcers McCool - An unknown goalie from Gonzaga University led the Toronto Maple Leafs to a surprise war time Stanley Cup.

Lanny McDonald - A legend with both the Leafs and the Flames, the wildly popular mustachioed McDonald represents all that is good about hockey.

Kirk McLean - Kirk McLean became my personal favorite goalie in the early 1990s. He was never better than in 1994 when he came within a whisker of defeating the New York Rangers for the Stanley Cup.

Mark Messier - The hometown boy was the the passion and intensity of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty

Alfie Moore - In the afternoon he was enjoying himself to much at a Toronto tavern, wishing he had tickets to the opening game of the 1938 Stanley Cup finals. By evening he was the starting goaltender.

Bob Nystrom - Best remembered for his Stanley Cup winning goal in 1980, the hard hitting Bob Nystrom was a very important piece of the Islanders early 1980s dynasty.

Bobby Orr - "The perfect hockey player." Bobby Orr revolutionized the game so that players like Gretzky and Lemieux could raise the bar even higher.

Bernie Parent - In 1974 and 1975 Bernie Parent put together perhaps the most impressive back to back NHL campaigns in league history..

Steve Penney - A la Ken Dryden, Steve Penney came out of nowhere to lead Montreal to a Cinderella playoff run in 1984. He disappeared quickly thereafter.

Maurice "Rocket" Richard - Montreal's incomparable Rocket Richard was far more than just a great hockey player - he represented all of Quebec.

Patrick Roy - The greatest goaltender of all time? The Montreal Forum was St. Patrick's cathedral for many years before moving on to Colorado.

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