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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1 comment:

Joe MacIntyre said...

Mike Bossy scored his 500th goal in 281 less games than it took Guy Lafleur.
Bossy lit up the league and set playoff records that still stand 51 playoff goals in 3 Cup winning years he blocked shots and set the assist record for right wingers.