Video: Top 30 Commentator Calls in Hockey History

Hockey fans know that the excitement of the game isn’t just on the ice—it’s also in the commentary. Here are the top 30 commentator calls that have defined some of the most unforgettable moments in hockey history.

These moments, brought to life by the passionate calls of commentators, have left an indelible mark on hockey history. Each call not only narrates the action but also encapsulates the emotion, making these moments unforgettable for fans.

30. New York Rangers Win the 1994 Stanley Cup (Sam Rosen)

Sam Rosen’s call when the Rangers ended their 54-year Stanley Cup drought remains a cherished memory for fans: “The waiting is over! The New York Rangers are the Stanley Cup Champions!” This moment occurred when the Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

29. Paul Henderson Scores 1972 Summit Series GWG (Foster Hewitt)

Foster Hewitt’s legendary call, “Henderson has scored for Canada!” became an iconic moment in Canadian hockey history during the Summit Series against the Soviet Union. Henderson’s goal in Game 8 clinched the series victory for Canada.

28. Darren McCarty’s Highlight-Reel Goal Versus the Flyers (Gary Thorne)

Gary Thorne’s excitement captured the magic of McCarty’s dazzling goal: “McCarty draws, McCarty in, McCarty scores! A magnificent goal!” This goal occurred in Game 4 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Final, helping the Detroit Red Wings secure a championship.

27. Rick Nash’s Amazing Goal Against Phoenix (Jeff Rimer)

Jeff Rimer’s enthusiastic commentary immortalized Nash’s coast-to-coast goal: “What a goal by Rick Nash!” This highlight-reel goal took place during a regular-season game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008.

26. Alexander Ovechkin’s Incredible Falling Goal vs. Coyotes (Joe Beninati)

Joe Beninati’s call on Ovechkin’s breathtaking goal while falling: “He scores! Simply sensational!” This spectacular goal happened during a regular-season game in 2006, showcasing Ovechkin’s incredible skill.

25. Philadelphia Flyers Win the 1974 Stanley Cup (Gene Hart)

Gene Hart’s iconic call as the Flyers clinched their first Stanley Cup: “Ladies and gentlemen, the Flyers are going to win the Stanley Cup! The Flyers win the Stanley Cup!” This historic moment came when the Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Final.

24. Joel Ward’s Overtime Playoff Series Winner (John Walton)

John Walton captured the excitement of Ward’s OT goal: “Good morning, good afternoon, and good night, Pittsburgh!” Ward’s goal in overtime of Game 7 sent the Washington Capitals past the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.

23. Chicago Blackhawks Win the 2013 Stanley Cup (John Wiedeman)

John Wiedeman’s call as the Blackhawks scored two goals in 17 seconds to win the Cup: “The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup!” This dramatic comeback occurred in Game 6 against the Boston Bruins.

22. Sidney Crosby’s Gold-Medal Winning Overtime Goal (Chris Cuthbert)

Chris Cuthbert’s iconic call from the 2010 Olympics: “Sidney Crosby, the golden goal!” Crosby’s overtime goal against the United States secured the gold medal for Canada in the Vancouver Olympics.

21. Steve Thomas’ Overtime Playoff Goal for Leafs (Bob Cole)

Bob Cole’s call on Thomas’ clutch goal: “Steve Thomas! … Scores! Steve Thomas!” This goal came in overtime of Game 5 during the 1999 playoffs, propelling the Toronto Maple Leafs to victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

20. Jason Arnott’s Stanley Cup Winning Goal (Gary Thorne)

Gary Thorne’s thrilling call as Arnott clinched the Cup for the Devils: “Arnott in front, scores! Jason Arnott!” This moment occurred in double overtime of Game 6 during the 2000 Stanley Cup Final, securing the championship for the New Jersey Devils against the Dallas Stars.

19. Martin Brodeur Scores a Goal Against Montreal (Chris Cuthbert)

Chris Cuthbert captured Brodeur’s rare goalie goal: “Martin Brodeur has scored a goal!” Brodeur’s goal came in a regular-season game against the Montreal Canadiens in 1997, making him one of the few goaltenders to score in the NHL. Currently, Mike Smith is the most recent goaltender to score a goal.

18. Curtis Joseph’s Amazing Diving Save (Bob Cole)

Bob Cole’s call on Joseph’s incredible save: “Joseph! Oh, what a save! Curtis Joseph!” This unforgettable save occurred during the 1993 playoffs when Joseph, playing for the St. Louis Blues, made a spectacular stop against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

17. Adam Henrique’s Overtime ECF Series Winning OT Goal (Doc Emrick)

Doc Emrick’s excited call as Henrique sent the Devils to the Finals: “Henrique! It’s over!” Henrique’s goal in overtime of Game 6 against the New York Rangers clinched the Eastern Conference Final for the Devils in 2012.

16. Jordan Eberle’s Game-Tying Goal Against Russia in WJC (Gord Miller)

Gord Miller’s call on Eberle’s clutch goal: “Can you believe it?!” Eberle’s last-second goal tied the game for Canada against Russia in the 2009 World Junior Championship semifinals, leading to an eventual shootout victory.

15. Scott Walker’s OT Series Winning Goal Versus Boston (John Forslund)

John Forslund’s enthusiastic call as Walker scored the series-clincher: “Score! Scott Walker!” This goal came in overtime of Game 7, sending the Carolina Hurricanes past the Boston Bruins in the 2009 playoffs.

14. Alexandre Burrows’ Game Seven Overtime Goal (Jim Hughson)

Jim Hughson’s call on Burrows’ memorable goal: “Burrows steals, cutting in, shoots, scores! They slay the dragon!” This dramatic goal in 2011 eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks and advanced the Vancouver Canucks to the next round.

13. Mats Sundin’s Tying Goal Against Carolina in 2002 ECF (Joe Bowen)

Joe Bowen’s iconic call as Sundin tied the game: “Sundin scores! Holy Mackinaw, what a goal!” This goal occurred in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, giving the Maple Leafs a fighting chance against the Hurricanes.

12. Joe Sakic’s Goal Against United States in 2002 Olympics (Bob Cole)

Bob Cole’s call as Sakic sealed the victory: “Joe Sakic!” This goal capped off Canada’s gold medal win over the United States in the Salt Lake City Olympics.

11. Grant Marshall’s Overtime Goal for Devils (Doc Emrick)

Doc Emrick’s call on Marshall’s dramatic OT goal: “Grant Marshall! The Devils win!” Marshall’s goal in overtime of Game 5 eliminated the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2003 playoffs.

10. Martin St. Louis Scores to Force a Game Seven in SCF (Gary Thorne)

Gary Thorne’s call on St. Louis’ crucial goal: “We are going back to Tampa Bay!” This goal forced a Game 7 in the 2004 Stanley Cup Final against the Calgary Flames, eventually leading to the Lightning winning their first Stanley Cup.

9. Patrick Stefan’s Empty Net Miss, Hemsky Ties It (Peter Loubardias)

Peter Loubardias captured the shock of Stefan’s miss and Hemsky’s tying goal: “Can you believe what we just saw?” This wild sequence happened in a 2007 regular-season game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Dallas Stars.

8. Mario Lemieux’s Incredible Goal Versus North Stars (Bob Cole)

Bob Cole’s call on Lemieux’s amazing goal: “Mario Lemieux, oh baby, what a goal!” This iconic moment took place during the 1991 Stanley Cup Final, where Lemieux’s goal showcased his incredible talent.

7. Steve Yzerman’s Double OT Playoff Goal Against Blues (Gary Thorne)

Gary Thorne’s call as Yzerman won the game in double OT: “Yzerman! He scores! Detroit wins!” Yzerman’s long-range goal in Game 7 of the 1996 Western Conference Semifinals eliminated the St. Louis Blues.

6. Wayne Gretzky Becomes the All-Time Goal Scorer Leader (Gary Thorne)

Gary Thorne’s historic call as Gretzky set the record: “Wayne Gretzky has just become the NHL’s all-time leading goal scorer!” This moment occurred when Gretzky surpassed Gordie Howe’s record in 1994.

5. Stephane Matteau Clinches a SCF Berth in Overtime (Howie Rose)

Howie Rose’s unforgettable call: “Matteau, Matteau, Matteau! Stephane Matteau!” This double overtime goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Final sent the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final.

4. Brad May’s Overtime Goal “May Day” (Rick Jeanneret)

Rick Jeanneret’s ecstatic call: “May Day! May Day! Brad May wins it in overtime!” May’s goal in 1993 eliminated the Boston Bruins from the playoffs.

3. Paul Kariya Goes “Off the Floor, On the Board” (Gary Thorne)

Gary Thorne’s memorable call: “Off the floor, on the board! Paul Kariya!” Kariya scored this goal after returning from a concussion in Game 6 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, helping the Anaheim Ducks extend the series. It was one of the most dramatic NHL goals in history.

2. Team USA’s “Miracle on Ice” (Al Michaels)

Al Michaels’ iconic question: “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” This call came as Team USA defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics, a historic moment in sports history.

1. Raymond Bourque Wins His First Stanley Cup (Gary Thorne)

Gary Thorne’s emotional call as Bourque finally won the Cup: “And after 22 years, Raymond Bourque!” This moment happened in 2001 when the Colorado Avalanche defeated the New Jersey Devils, giving Bourque his long-awaited championship.

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