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On German "Hockey Day", defenseman Patrick Seifert scored a sick shootout goal making a self-pass through-the-legs, and then roofing the puck on his backhand.
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The player. The achievement. The call. The magic. It was almost a movie-like ending to Raymond Bourque's career, and deservingly so; the player is the all-time points leader for defensemen, and considered one of the greatest to ever play the game.
I'm happy somebody finally uploaded this epic hockey moment in good quality on Youtube. HockeyWebCaster is continuing his NHL Classics playlist upload spree and this was the latest video to go live.
Following the conclusion of the 2001 Finals between the Colorado Avalanche and New Jersey Devils, Raymond Bourque won the Stanley Cup for the first time in his long and storied 22-year NHL career.
It is deemed by many as the greatest moment in hockey history, and perhaps the classiest, on captain Joe Sakic's part, who handed Bourque the silver mug immediately after receiving it from commissioner Gary Bettman.
"I told him on the ice that as soon as I got it, I was going to pass it over to him," Sakic said following the game. "He's the one that deserved to lift it up first."
This rare occurrence was actually the first time in National Hockey League history a non-captain did the first lap with the Cup, making Bourque's achievement even more special.
And of course, I did slot this call by Gary Thorne at #1 in my "Top 30 Hockey Calls" compilation, which obviously did stir some controversy.
Nevertheless, if not first, still one of my favourite commentator calls ever, and one of my favourite moments in National Hockey League history as well.
"And after 22 years, Raymond Bourque!"
Video: Stephane Matteau OT Goal vs Devils - Game 7
|Posted on August 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
I've always thought that the coolest thing about being a professional NHL goaltender - other than making millions of dollars and playing the greatest game on earth for a living - was getting graphic designers to make you custom masks.
24-year-old Winnipeg Jets netminder Michael Hutchinson unveiled his new helmet for the 2014-15 NHL season, designed by dielairbrush.ca. The chrome effect looks great on goalie masks, such as this one, but not so much on uniforms.
Steve Mason's new mask features his zombified teammates
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The full sequence of Stephane Matteau scoring his legendary overtime winner in Game Seven of the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals has been uploaded to Youtube by TheHockeyWebCaster in the best possible quality.
Relive the unbelievable moment in New York Rangers history, and one of the greatest calls ever, courtesy of Howie Rose: "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!".
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Image: Moyan Brenn (Flickr)
Las Vegas has held a firm interest in the NHL and Ice Hockey since the year of 1991, in which they hosted a preseason game outside Caesars Palace between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers. It proved to be the first ever outdoor Ice Hockey match in the NHL’s modern era.
By 1997 ‘Sin City’ had begun its very own preseason tournament, branded as ‘Frozen Fury’, which is between the Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The event has been sold out every year since its inauguration.
In the past, the media have even openly speculated as to whether there was a behind-closed-doors plan in place between the league and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, to take the Phoenix Coyotes to Nevada. But, after long negotiations and interest from Seattle, the Coyotes were acquired by Arizona and will begin their first season – the coming 2014/15 season – under their new name, the Arizona Coyotes.
But, with these promising developments and the fact that several NHL awards ceremonies have in the past been staged in Las Vegas, the NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has always extraneously denied any possible expansion moves, despite admitting the National Hockey League was always open to pitches.
Well, it seems that some of those pitches may have finally come to fruition, as several high profile reports are now suggesting that a deal to bring NHL Ice Hockey to the City of Sin is all but completed, with the only thing left to decide being which owner will earn the right to declare they were the first to bring a major sporting franchise to Vegas.
The news is surely a boost for NHL betting fans, who can now not only bet on their favourite games but could also ‘mix and match’ the trip for some Ice Hockey to involve some light-hearted gambling across several of the hundreds of casinos in Vegas. Given that Frozen Fury is held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, fans have almost immediate access to the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel, meaning that fans already have a possible weekend away in Vegas almost sitting on their doorstep!
The report surrounding the Vegas bid comes in conjunction with news that the ever-speculated addition of a NHL team from Seattle could be closer to hand than first thought. Reports are suggesting that several high-profile business moguls – including billionaire Victor Coleman – have reached an agreement to form a ‘super bid’ that would see a Seattle side undoubtedly add balance to the current 30-team NHL, that has two more franchises in its Eastern Conference than the Western.
In other expansion news, Toronto and Quebec City are also considering moves that would increase the amount of Canadian sides in the NHL to nine teams, with those plans said to be developing for as soon as 2017.
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Here's the official trailer for EA's biggest improvement in NHL 15: Living Worlds. Make sure you watch until the end for Chelgram selfies.
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It's not every day you get to see a hockey goal that will literally take you out of your seat and drop your jaws to the floor. But today, this goal by 20 year-old Swish prospect Vincent Praplan will do just that. Video here.
The foward made a series of crazy moves to beat the opposing team for a highlight-reel tally: first he recieved the pass with a spin-a-rama, then he chipped the puck into the air and between two defenders, and finally, he made a slick move to his backhand to put it past the goaltender. Magical.
Don't Miss: The greatest hockey goals ever scored in GIFs
The goal was just posted on r/Hockey and is from a Champions Hockey League tournament. There's not a lot of context, but I'm assuming that it's a recent clip because I've never seen it before.
GIF: Geoff Platt scores amazing juggling goal in KHL