10 Fascinating Facts About The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Scotty Bowman’s Four Straight

From 1976 to 1979, the Montreal Canadiens, coached by Scotty Bowman, won four consecutive championships. But they came at the expense of only two head coaches. Fred Shero was the coach of the Flyers in 1976 when they lost to the Habs. Don Cherry took the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final in 1977 and 1978, losing both times. And when the Habs beat the Rangers in 1979, Shero had made the move from Philadelphia to New York and lost to Bowman in the Final again.

Dick Irvin’s Annual Trip

From 1931 to 1955, teams coached by the great Dick Irvin appeared in the Final 16 times. The Irvin-led Maple Leafs lost in the Final six times in nine years from 1931 to 1940, winning once (1932). But Irvin would capture the Cup again in 1944, 1946 and 1953. In total, though, Irvin-coached teams would lose in the Final 12 times.

The Original Six

The NHL didn’t reduce to six teams until 1942. What is now called “The Original Six” became the NHL, and the top four teams at the end of the regular season played two best-of-seven series to determine the champion.

New Kids on the Block

In 1967, the NHL doubled in size from six to 12 teams. In each of the first three seasons after expansion, one of the new franchises, the St. Louis Blues, advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. Three years in a row the Blues, coached by Scotty Bowman, lost. In 1970, the loss was punctuated by Bobby Orr’s goal that was followed by his Superman-like dive, which has been immortalized in bronze.

The Four-Peat

Since 1950, only two organizations (and three coaches) have won four consecutive Stanley Cup championships:

  • Montreal Canadiens (Toe Blake): 1956-1960
  • Montreal Canadiens (Scotty Bowman): 1976-1979
  • New York Islanders (Al Arbour): 1980-83

In this era of the salary cap and player movement, it’s hard to imagine eight years in which only two cities hosted the Cup as champions, but from 1976 to 1983, only Montreal and New York won the title.

Boston’s Best

In the postseason history of the Boston Bruins, four players have reached 100 points: Raymond Bourque (161), Phil Esposito (102), Rick Middleton and John Bucyk (100 each). Bourque’s 161 points is the second-highest total for one organization by a defenseman, but what is more amazing is that Esposito posted his 102 points (46 goals, 56 assists) in only 71 postseason games.

The Habs-Bruins Rivalry

Anyone in Boston or Montreal will tell you the teams don’t like each other. But it isn’t because of their regular-season battles.The Habs and Bruins have faced each other in 33 playoff series, totaling 170 games. Montreal holds a 102-68 advantage and has outscored the Bruins 511-420 over the years.

Kurri’s Greatness

From 1980 to 1990, Jari Kurri was one of the most lethal scorers in the game for the Edmonton Oilers; it didn’t hurt that he was skating next to Wayne Gretzky for most of that time. Still, no player in NHL history has scored more postseason goals for one organization than the 92 that Kurri posted for the Oilers.

Passing 40

Only two players in NHL history have reached the 40-point plateau in a single postseason: Wayne Gretzky (three times) and Mario Lemieux. The last time the mark was achieved was by Gretzky in 1993.

151 Wins As A Goalie

Roy was the No. 51 pick in the 1984 NHL draft, and he would suit up for the Montreal Canadiens and¬†Colorado Avalanche. When Roy retired in 2003, he was the winningest goalie of all time, but the top two goaltenders on this list would later pass him. To this day, Roy still leads all goaltenders in playoff wins (151). Roy won four Stanley Cups, three Vezina Trophies and three Conn Smythe Trophies (a team MVP award). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, and he’s currently the head coach of the New York Islanders.

The 2024 Stanley Cup Semifinals Lineups

SO I am a few days late but since I was hospitalized, I wasn’t able to update my blog at all. I watched most of the series games via the highlights on the NHL official channel. I was 50% disappointed and 50% happy as I wanted all 4 Canadian teams in the payoffs to proceed to the second round. Only 2 did and they face each other, so only 1 Canadian team will make it to the Conference finals. So let’s look at the teams that did not go through first.

In the Eastern Conference, Toronto battled valiantly and almost made it through but they lost 4-3 to the Boston Bruins. This was the chance for the Maple Leafs but they could not finish it. In something of an upset, the Florida Panthers defeated their more successful Florida rival, Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1. Has the tie shifted in terms of power down south? New York Rangers, who seem to be everyone’s favourites having won the League in terms of points, blitzed past Washington Capitols in what was a clear indication of their motives. And finally the Hurricanes of Carolina beat the New York Islanders 4-1.

Out in the Western Conference, 3 Canadian teams were competing and 2 went through. The one that didn’t is my second team – the neutral favourite Winnipeg Jets, who were beaten by Cale Makar’s Colorado Avalanche. But the Edmonton Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 and did it in style. The top team in the West, the Vancouver Canucks also beat out the Nashville Predators 4-2 to become the second Canadian team in round 2 while the Dallas Stars beat out defending champions Las Vegas Golden Knights 4-3.

In the second round the Canucks face the Oilers and the Stars face the Avalanche while Florida will look to beat out the Bruins of Boston as the Ne York Rangers face off against Carolina.

8 Fun Facts About The Stanley Cup Trophy

1. The Stanley Cup is named after Frederick Arthur, Lord Stanley of Preston.

Frederick Arthur, Lord Stanley of Preston, was the Governor-General of Canada when he purchased the decorative cup in London for 10 guineas in 1892. Stanley donated the cup to award Canada’s top amateur hockey club after he and his family became infatuated with the sport at Montreal’s 1889 Winter Carnival; it was first awarded to the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (or MAAA) in 1893.

2. There are actually three Stanley Cups.

Stanley’s original cup from 1892, known as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup (above), was awarded until 1970, and is now on display in the Vault Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. In 1963, NHL president Clarence Campbell believed that the original cup had become too brittle to give to championship teams, so the Presentation Cup was created and is the well-known trophy awarded today. (Skeptics can authenticate the Presentation Cup by noting the Hockey Hall of Fame seal on the bottom.)

The final cup is a replica of the Presentation Cup, which was created in 1993 by Montreal silversmith Louise St. Jacques and is used as a stand-in at the Hall of Fame when the Presentation Cup isn’t available.

3. It‚Äôs one of a kind …

Unlike other major league sports trophies, a new cup isn’t made every year. Instead, after each championship, the names of the players, coaches, management, and staff of the winning team are added to the cup. The first team to have its roster engraved was the 1906-07 Montreal Wanderers, whose names were etched within the inner bowl of the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup. The only other team names engraved on the inner bowl are the 1914-’15 Vancouver Millionaires.

4. … And it‚Äôs always changing.

More and more teams wanted to be immortalized, so the decision was made to put a separate single ring below the original cup that each new winning roster could be etched on it. Between 1927 and 1947, a new, more streamlined and vertical incarnation of the cup was used. Thanks to its cylindrical shape, it was nicknamed the¬†Stovepipe Cup‚ÄĒbut by 1948, the trophy had become too tall to hold or put on display, so the shape was changed to the tiered version used today.

5. The Stanley Cup’s rings are detachable.

Since 1958, five bands of championship names are engraved around the base of the cup. When the rings become full, the oldest band is removed and preserved in Lord Stanley’s Vault at the Great Esso Hall in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A blank replacement band is then put in its place to be filled with the names of the next champions. If all of the rings in the archive were added to the current Stanley Cup, it would be 6.25 feet tall (which is still not as tall as Zdeno Chara).

6. The NHL has official engravers put each name on the cup.

There have been only four official engravers sanctioned by the NHL. The first was the 1948 Stanley Cup designer Carl Poul Petersen, a Danish engraver who moved to Montreal in 1929 and worked with his sons Arno, Ole, and John Paule in his engraving shop until his death in 1977. The current engraver is Louise St. Jacques (creator of the replica of the Presentation Cup), who took over from the second and third official engravers, Doug Boffey and his father Eric, at their shop Boffey Silversmiths in Montreal in 1989.

7. But they’re not always perfect.

Many champion player and team names are¬†misspelled on the Stanley Cup. The name of the 1980-‚Äô81 New York Islanders is misspelled as ‚ÄúIlanders,‚ÄĚ and the 1971-‚Äô72 Boston Bruins‚Äô name is misspelled as ‚ÄúBqstqn Bruins.‚ÄĚ Most of the errors are left as they are‚ÄĒit would be too costly to fix the mistakes. But fans believe the errors add to the idiosyncratic nature of the cup.

8. There can be extenuating circumstances.

When the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1998, the team asked that¬†Vladimir Konstantinov‚Äôs name be engraved on the cup, even though he didn‚Äôt play that year. The NHL allowed it because Konstantinov was a team member who was seriously injured in a car accident before the Wings defended their title. There are also a couple of instances where no names were inscribed at all, like when the cup wasn‚Äôt awarded in 1919 due to the influenza pandemic. It also wasn‚Äôt awarded for the 2004-‚Äô05 season because of a lockout between the league and the players union. The entire space for the players‚Äô names¬†reads¬†‚ÄúSEASON NOT PLAYED.‚ÄĚ

Top 10 Most Richest NHL Teams

Rank
Team
Value
1-Year Change
Operating Income
1
Toronto Maple Leafs
$2.80
40%
$127
2
New York Rangers
$2.65
20%
$69
3
Montreal Canadiens
$2.30
24%
$99
4
Los Angeles Kings
$2.00
54%
$108
5
Boston Bruins
$1.90
36%
$57
6
Chicago Blackhawks
$1.87
25%
$96
7
Edmonton Oilers
$1.85
45%
$122
8
Philadelphia Flyers
$1.65
32%
$53
9
Washington Capitals
$1.60
33%
$74
10
New York Islanders
$1.55
52%
$30

Against this backdrop of technological advancements and fan-focused initiatives, NHL teams are seeing their values skyrocket. Recent deals and investments underscore the league’s popularity and economic potential.¬† Despite their last Stanley Cup victory dating back to 1967, the Maple Leafs boast a valuation of $150 million higher than the second-ranked New York Rangers, standing at $2.65 billion.

The 2024 Stanley Cup Playoff Lineups

And now the race to 16 wins begins. After the arduous 82 game season we now begin the playoffs to see who will win Lord Stanley’s Cup. From Boston vs. Toronto to the Battle of Florida to Edmonton vs. LA Part III, the postseason will feature some of the most dramatic, physical and heart-stopping moments in any sport. You’ve got New York vs Washington and the battle of Florida, the most unlikely of hockey heavyweights also going head to head.

While I doubt that I will watch any live watches¬† I just don’t have the time – I will catch some highlights. My safe bet is for a Vancouver vs New York Rangers final though of these teams I would most like for Edmonton to in the cup again. Jets remain another favourite of mine and I hope they do well. Colorado and Tapa are dark horses to win it as well I think.

RIP Chris Simon

Canadian former NHL enforcer Chris Simon has passed away at age 52. Simon’s family confirmed the 52-year-old took his own life and believe he was suffering from brain trauma. Simon was a mainstay of the NHL’s bruiser era, playing 15 seasons. Seven of those came with the Washington Capitals, where Simon remains one of the club’s most penalized players, with 666 penalty minutes in 320 games.

Born in Wawa, Ontario, his father, John, is of Ojibwe¬†descent from the¬†Wiikwemkoong First Nation¬† on Manitoulin Island. As a teenager, he struggled with an addiction to¬†alcohol¬†but was helped to sobriety by future¬†Buffalo Sabres¬†and¬†New York Islanders¬†coach¬†Ted Nolan in 1992. Simon grew up in¬†Wawa, Ontario, playing his minor hockey for the Wawa Flyers of the NOHA. As a Bantam, he played Jr.B. hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds of the NOJHL in 1987‚Äď88. He was selected in the 3rd round (42nd overall) of the 1988 OHL Priority Selection by the¬†Ottawa 67’s. As a teen, he fought addictions and served an eight-game suspension for a stick-swinging incident while on the 67’s. Simon subsequently became sober and counselled indigenous youth on the dangers of alcohol.

Simon was drafted in the 2nd round (25th overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, but was traded as part of the Eric Lindros trade to the Quebec Nordiques before playing any games for the Flyers. The Nordiques awarded Simon his NHL debut in the subsequent 1992-93 season, with Simon netting two points and 67 penalty minutes in just 16 NHL games. He’d break the 100-penalty minutes mark in 1993-94, a feat he’d achieve in each of the next four seasons and pull off nine total times in his career. His most penalized year in the NHL was 1995-96, when Simon totaled 250 penalty minutes in 64 games, the sixth-most in Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche history. Simon was also a major piece of Colorado’s 1996 Stanley Cup win, providing a physical presence and grit that pushed the Avalanche down the stretch.

He also played for the Calgary Flames,¬†Colorado Avalanche,¬†Washington Capitals,¬†Chicago Blackhawks,¬†New York Rangers¬†(where he split the season as a left wing and right wing),¬†New York Islanders, and¬†Minnesota Wild. Simon was a member of the¬†Washington Capitals¬†when they went to the¬†Stanley Cup¬†finals in 1998. He had been enjoying great offensive success that season until a shoulder injury knocked him out for much of the playoff run. He underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in December 1998. He was the team’s leading goal scorer in the 1999‚Äď2000 season with 29 goals in 75 games. He also made it to the¬†Stanley Cup¬†finals with the¬†Calgary Flames¬†in 2004, and played for the Flames for two seasons before being signed as a free agent in 2006 by the¬†New York Islanders. He was then traded to the¬†Minnesota Wild¬†for a 6th round draft pick.

In 1996, he won the¬†Stanley Cup with the Avalanche. Each player on the winning team is given 24 hours alone with the Cup. Simon took it to his hometown of Wawa, Ontario. After showing it to the townspeople he and his maternal grandfather took the Cup on a fishing trip. Simon was seen as a role model to Native Canadians for his accomplishments in the NHL. Simon’s first wife was Lauri Smith and they had a son. Later they divorced. He and his second wife Valerie had four children and they divorced in 2017. In 2017, Simon filed for¬†bankruptcy¬†and claimed he was unable to work due to his hockey injuries. In the filing, a doctor testified that Simon had symptoms of¬†chronic traumatic encephalopathy¬†which were believed to be attributed to significant brain trauma during his hockey career. The doctor further claimed that Simon suffered from depression, anxiety,¬†post-traumatic stress disorder, and¬†arthritis.

Chicago Blackhawks Cut Ties With Corey Perry; Leads To Rumours

Chicago Blackhawks¬†general manager Kyle Davidson said Tuesday the front office was told during a team trip last week about¬†Corey Perry committing possible misconduct, which led to an internal investigation culminating with the organization cutting ties with the veteran winger. Davidson spoke with reporters for 10 minutes to address the team’s decision to move on from Perry after the Blackhawks announced earlier in the day that they placed the 38-year-old on unconditional waivers for the purposes of terminating his contract.

In their initial statement, the Blackhawks alleged Perry engaged in conduct they described as “unacceptable,” saying it was in violation of both the terms of his contract and the team’s internal policies that are “intended to promote professional and safe work environments.” They did not detail what allegedly happened. Upon being asked if the incident itself was criminal or could potentially become criminal, Davidson said: “It was a workplace matter.” Davidson said the NHL and the NHLPA were aware of what’s happening before noting it was “a team incident and so it was a team decision.”

Davidson said the team was first notified of the allegations last week when the Blackhawks were in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday to play the¬†Blue Jackets. Sources told ESPN’s Emily Kaplan that Perry indeed traveled with the team to Columbus last Tuesday, a day before the game, and an incident occurred that day involving a team employee. Davidson said Perry, who did not play in the team’s 7-3 loss, was “immediately pulled” from the game once the Blackhawks were notified, and at that point, the club began an investigation.

Asked for how Perry responded to the team’s decision, Davidson declined to get into the details of his discussion with him. Davidson said he did speak with the team earlier in the day to inform it of the Blackhawks’ decision to place Perry on waivers. He also said the players have no knowledge or any details of the incident. Perry’s status with the Blackhawks had been in question. His most recent game came Nov. 19 in a 3-2 loss to the¬†Buffalo Sabres that saw Perry finish with zero points — the last game the Blackhawks played before Davidson said they first learned about the allegations.

Perry had initially taken a leave of absence from the team, with Davidson telling reporters on Saturday the decision to send him away from the team was made by management. Perry’s agent, Pat Morris, said in a statement that same day that it was Perry’s decision to leave the Blackhawks. The questions around Perry’s absence eventually led to social media speculation over the past few days that the incident itself may have involved the family member of a Blackhawks player. Davidson addressed those rumors in his opening statement. He said the incident did not involve any players or their family members.

Marc-Andre Fleury & The Mask Debate With The NHL

Veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury took a stand against NHL regulations by wearing a custom-designed mask for the Minnesota Wild’s Native American Heritage night on Friday. Despite being informed by the league that such a display was not allowed, Fleury hit the ice against the Colorado Avalanche proudly donning the specially crafted mask. Agent Allan Walsh confirmed earlier reports that the NHL had prohibited Fleury from wearing the mask, even during warmups. The league has a strict policy against players showcasing specialty jerseys, masks, stickers, decals, or tape for theme nights. This stance has drawn criticism in the past, notably during Pride nights when the NHL initially banned rainbow-colored tape, only to backtrack following backlash from the hockey community.

For Marc-Andre Fleury, the motivation behind his defiance was personal and poignant. Wanting to honor his wife, V√©ronique, an Indigenous woman, Fleury aimed to celebrate Native American Heritage Night in a meaningful way. The 38-year-old goaltender from Montreal, Quebec ‚Äď a three-time Stanley Cup champion and the 2021 Vezina Trophy winner for the league’s top goaltender ‚Äď made a powerful statement about recognizing and respecting diverse backgrounds within the hockey community. Marc-Andre Fleury’s actions have reignited discussions about the¬†NHL’s uniform policy and the balance between honoring cultural heritage and adhering to league regulations. His decision to prioritize personal expression and support for his wife adds a compelling chapter to the ongoing conversation about inclusivity in the sport.

Despite the NHL’s strict regulations against players donning specialty items for theme nights, it appears that goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and the¬†Minnesota Wild¬†may avoid fines for the custom-designed mask worn during Native American Heritage night. Fleury, seeking to honor his wife, Veronique, who is of Abenaki and Mi’kmaq descent, offered to pay any potential fine personally. In response, the NHL reportedly threatened the organization with an “additional significant fine.”

Big Joe Thornton Retires From Playing Hockey

Joe Thornton has officially announced his retirement from the NHL following a 24-year career as one of the game’s top playmakers. The 44-year-old Thornton hadn’t played since the 2021-22 season with Florida but hadn’t made an official declaration about his plans until releasing a video Saturday through the¬†San Jose Sharks. Thornton entered the NHL as the No. 1 overall pick by Boston in 1997, had his greatest success in 15 seasons with San Jose following a trade to the Sharks, and then finished his career by playing one season in Toronto and Florida.

He played 1,714 regular-season games, recording 1,109 assists and 430 goals. He was a four-time All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist for Canada in 2010 and won the Hart Trophy as MVP and Art Ross Trophy as scoring leader in 2005-06 after getting traded early that season from Boston to San Jose. Thornton ranks seventh all-time in assists, 12th in points with 1,539 and sixth in games played. About the only thing Thornton didn’t accomplish was winning a Stanley Cup, losing in his only trip to the final round in 2016 with the Sharks against the¬†Pittsburgh Penguins.

But with his pristine playmaking and iconic beard, Thornton became the face of the Sharks franchise after being acquired from Boston on Nov. 30, 2005. San Jose had only intermittent success before his arrival but made the playoffs all but two seasons during Thornton’s time with the Sharks. He helped the team win the Presidents’ Trophy with the best record in 2008-09, make back-to-back conference finals appearances in 2010 and ’11, the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 and another trip to the Western Conference final in 2019. His No. 19 will one day be raised to the rafters at the Shark Tank next to his old running mate Patrick Marleau’s No. 12 that was retired earlier this year.

At the time of his retirement, Thornton was the last active player in any of the major North American professional sports leagues to have played in the 1990s, and the last active NHL player to have played in an NHL game against Wayne Gretzky. Thornton is married to Tabea Pfendsack, whom he met while playing in Switzerland during the¬†2004‚Äď05 NHL lockout. The couple has a daughter and a son. Born in St. Thomas,¬†Ontario, Thornton became a naturalized American citizen in July 2009 at a ceremony in¬†Campbell,¬†California, a suburb of¬†San Jose; he later also received a Swiss passport. Joe and former Sharks teammate¬†Scott Thornton are first cousins.

Las Vegas Golden Knights Win The 2003 Stanley Cup

Vegas Golden Knights Win the Stanley Cup in Just Their Sixth Season. The Western Conference  champion Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Eastern Conference champion Florida Panthers four games to one in the best-of-seven series to one to earn their first championship in their sixth season. The Knights, the top seed in the Western Conference, used a high-speed, sharp-elbowed attack to overwhelm the Panthers, the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, in five games. The Knights were making their second appearance in the finals, the same as the Panthers.

But while the Panthers came within one round of a championship for the first time since 1996, the Knights made the second-fastest trip to a Stanley Cup victory by any team in the expansion era that began in 1967, trailing only the Edmonton Oilers, who won the Cup in their fifth season in the league. (The Oilers played seven seasons in the World Hockey Association before joining the NHL). This was the first Finals series since 2018 in which neither team had previously won the Stanley Cup.

Quebec native Jonathan Marchessault was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs. Vegas became the second fastest team to win the Stanley Cup as an expansion franchise, following the Edmonton Oilers in 1984. The win gave the state of Nevada and the Las Vegas metropolitan area its first ever major (North American ‚ÄúBig Four‚ÄĚ) professional sports championship and the first ever championship for a North American Big Four professional sports team that was founded in the 21st Century.

The 2023 Stanley Cup Final : We Will Have A First Time Winner No Matter What

The Stanley Cup playoffs – I have missed most of it, only following a little bit. I didn’t realize that the final has started. ¬†The¬†Vegas Golden Knights are taking on the Florida Panthers in a battle between the top seed in the West and the lowest seed in the East. That may seem like a lopsided series, but the Panthers have looked like anything but a No. 8 seed in the postseason. Florida took down the¬†Boston Bruins, the Stanley Cup favorites, in the first round before going 8-1 against the¬†Toronto Maple Leafs¬†and¬†Carolina Hurricanes in the next two rounds.

The Golden Knights were one of the favorites to win the West, and they’ve played like one. Vegas rolled through Winnipeg in the first round and defeated the¬†Edmonton Oilers¬†in the second round. The Golden Knights took a 3-0 lead on the¬†Dallas Stars in the conference final, but the Stars clawed their way back for a couple wins before Vegas slammed the door with an emphatic Game 6 win. Both teams have looked worthy of the Stanley Cup through the first three rounds, but only one of them can win it all now. No matter who wins, we will have a first time Cup winner.

RIP Gino Odkick

Wayne Gino Odjick, (September 7, 1970 ‚Äď January 15, 2023) a Canadian professional¬†ice hockey¬†left winger¬†who played twelve seasons in the¬†National Hockey League¬†(NHL) from 1990 to 2002 for the¬†Vancouver Canucks,¬†New York Islanders,¬†Philadelphia Flyers¬†and¬†Montreal Canadiens has passed away at the age of 52. A fan favourite who played eight seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, he death was announced live during the broadcast of the Sunday’s Canucks game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Odjick was born in the Algonquin¬† reserve¬† of Kitigan Zibi just outside the town of¬† Maniwaki,¬† Quebec. Odjick was the fourth child and only son of six children for Joe and Giselle, after Debbie, Shelley, Judy and ahead of Janique and Dina; the Odjicks also raised at least 32¬†foster children. Originally named Wayne, Odjick was soon given a new name, Gino, as the family found out there was another Wayne on the reserve. He played in the 1983¬†Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament¬†with a¬†minor ice hockey team from Maniwaki. While at the Hawkesbury Hawks, a Tier II junior team from Ontario, Odjick was given the nickname “the Algonquin Assassin,” a reference to his heritage and skills as a fighter.

As a youth Odjick played two seasons with the¬†Laval Titan¬†of the¬†Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, playing for the¬†Memorial Cup both seasons. Odjick was drafted by the¬†Vancouver Canucks¬†in the fifth round (86th overall) in the¬†1990 NHL Entry Draft. He played 17 games for the Canucks’ minor league affiliate, the¬†Milwaukee Admirals¬†of the¬†International Hockey League before joining the Canucks full-time in 1990. His primary role with the Canucks was as an¬†enforcer. For part of his time in¬†Vancouver, he played on a line with the high scoring¬†Pavel Bure. For the¬†1993‚Äď94 NHL season, Odjick had a career high of 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points. He played in a total of 8 seasons for the Canucks from 1990‚Äď91 to¬†1997‚Äď98. During six of those seasons, he had over 200¬†penalty¬†minutes and twice he had over 300.

His sixth season (1997‚Äď98) with over 200 penalty minutes was split between the Canucks (181 penalty minutes in 35 games) and New York Islanders (31 in 13 games). In the 1997‚Äď98 season, Odjick was traded to the¬†New York Islanders¬†and played there until¬†1999‚Äď2000¬†when he was traded to the¬†Philadelphia Flyers. He left¬†Philadelphia¬†during the¬†2000‚Äď01¬†for the¬†Montreal Canadiens. His last NHL season was with¬†Montreal¬†in¬†2001‚Äď02 as he had to sit out the next season due to concussion. In 2003, Odjick moved back to Vancouver and partnered with the¬†Musqueam First Nation to manage the Musqueam Golf & Learning Academy. On June 26, 2014, Odjick revealed that he was diagnosed with the rare terminal disease¬†AL amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder and whose exact cause is often unknown.

This condition had slowly been hardening his heart by coating it in abnormal protein deposits, which eventually led Odjick to suffer a heart attack. He received the Indspire Award¬†in the sports category in 2015. Given just months to live, Odjick turned to an experimental new treatment for his illness. Odjick began recovering, and three years later, his heart was working at 60% of its capacity. Odjick died from a heart attack on January 15, 2023, at the age of 52. Odjick’s parents, Joe and Marie-Antoinette, predeceased him. He had eight children and five sisters.

Colorado Avalanche Win The 2022 Stanley Cup

Colorado dethroned the two-time defending champions 2-1 in Game 6 en route to winning the 2022 Stanley Cup on Sunday night. Nathan MacKinnon paced the Avalanche to victory with two points (1G, 1A), while Artturi Lehkonen sealed the victory with his fourth game-winning goal of the postseason. Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves on 23 shots in the championship victory. With 29 points (8G, 21A) in 20 postseason games, Cale Makar was named the 2022 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, awarded annually to the annually to the most valuable player. For Tampa Bay, Steven Stamkos scored the lone goal, while Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves on 30 shots.

2022 NHL PLAYOFFs – Second Round Lineups

With the first round having ended, we now have the lineups for the Eastern & Western conferences. In the West while Edmonton beat of the strong LA Kings, they will now face their Provincial rivals in the Calgary Flames who also got the better of the Dallas Stars in 7 games. The winner of this series will faceoff in the Western Conference Finals against the winner of the Colorado Avalanche vs the St.Louis Blues. Colorado has seen off Nashville while the Blues had defeated the Minnesota Wild.

In the East we have a Florida matchup of the defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the Florida Panthers. While Tampa won 4-3 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Panthers had won their series against the Washington Capitals. The final 2 sides are Carolina Hurricanes who saw off the Boston Bruins and who will now face the New York Rangers who had beaten the Pittsburgh Penguins.

2022 NHL Playoff Lineups In The East & The West

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Florida Panthers (A1) vs. Washington Capitals (WC2)

Toronto Maple Leafs (A2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (A3)

Carolina Hurricanes (M1) vs. Boston Bruins (WC1)

New York Rangers (M2) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (M3)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Colorado Avalanche (C1) vs. Nashville Predators (WC2)

Minnesota Wild (C2) vs. St. Louis Blues (C3)

Calgary Flames (P1) vs. Dallas Stars (WC1)

Edmonton Oilers (P2) vs. Los Angeles Kings (P3)

RIP Guy LaFleur

Canadian professional ice hockey player, Guy Damien Lafleur OC CQ, nicknamed “The Flower” and “Le D√©mon Blond”, has passed away at the age of 70 . He was the first player in National Hockey League (NHL) history to score 50 goals in six consecutive seasons as well as 50 goals and 100 points in six consecutive seasons. Between 1971 and 1991, Lafleur played right wing for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Quebec Nordiques in an NHL career spanning 17 seasons, and five Stanley Cup championships in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979 (all with the Canadiens). In 2017 Lafleur was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history.

For decades, Lafleur ‚ÄĒ nicknamed “The Flower” ‚ÄĒ scored seemingly with ease at all levels of hockey and grew into the role of one of the game’s flashiest superstars. He often mesmerized fans with his signature long blond hair flowing behind him as he rushed up the ice before unleashing one of his patented booming slapshots. Lafleur played junior hockey for the Quebec Jr. Aces and Quebec Remparts. He amassed a staggering 465 points in two seasons and two playoffs with the Remparts, leading the team to the Memorial Cup title in 1971. His scoring prowess was so dominating in the late ’70s that legendary Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Dick Irvin Jr. called him the greatest player in the world.

Lafleur transcended the sport despite his known habit of smoking cigarettes. Former coach Scotty Bowman said he would even smoke between periods. At only 33 years old, he abruptly announced his retirement weeks into the 1984 season. For the next three years, Lafleur generally only played publicly in charity hockey events, and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988. That same year, New York Rangers general manager Phil Esposito convinced him to come out of retirement and return to the NHL. Lafleur played a season in New York, highlighted by a two-goal performance at the fabled Montreal Forum, resulting in a rare standing ovation for an opposing player. He then played two more years with his hometown Quebec Nordiques before calling it a career for a second and final time following the 1991 season.

Today his statue stands outside Montreal’s Bell Centre arena alongside Canadiens all-time greats Howie Morenz, Maurice Richard and B√©liveau. His No. 10 hangs in the rafters of the arena after being retired on Feb. 16, 1985. At the time it was the sixth number retired by the Canadiens franchise. The cause of death was not immediately known. However, Lafleur suffered through health issues in the latter stages of his life. In September 2019, he underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery, which was followed by lung surgery two months later. Then, in October of 2020, he endured a recurrence of lung cancer. Lafleur is survived by his two sons, Mark and Martin, and his wife, Lise.

RIP Mike Bossy

Former Canadian professional ice hockey player, Mike Bossy, passed away on April 14th. He spent his entire NHL career, which lasted from 1977 to 1987, with the Islanders, and was a crucial part of their four consecutive¬†Stanley Cup championships in the early 1980s. Bossy won the¬†Calder Memorial Trophy¬†in 1978 as NHL rookie of the year when he set the then-record for most goals by a rookie with 53. He won the¬†Conn Smythe Trophy¬†in the¬†1982 Stanley Cup playoffs¬†as the most valuable player and the¬†Lady Byng Trophy¬†for combining high quality play with sportsmanship three times. He led the NHL in goals twice and was second three further times. Bossy was voted to the league’s first all-star team as right wing five times, with three further selections to the second all-star team.

He is one of two players to score consecutive Stanley Cup-winning goals (1982 and 1983) and the only player to record four game-winning goals in one playoff series (1983 Conference Final). Bossy is the NHL’s all-time leader in average goals scored per regular season game, holds the NHL’s third-highest all-time average points scored per regular season game, and is one of only five players to score¬†50 goals in 50 games, although three others did it faster than 50 games. He tied for the record for most 50-goal seasons with¬†Wayne Gretzky¬†with nine, though his were consecutive as opposed to Gretzky’s being non-consecutive; he thus is the sole record-holder for most consecutive 50-goal seasons.

Bossy was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history. He grew up in a family of Detroit Red Wings in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville area of Montreal. As a youth, Bossy played in the 1969 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Montreal. He started his junior career with the Laval National of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League at the age of 15. After his playing career he joined the broadcaster roll and radio. Bossy met his future wife Lucie Creamer when he was 14, and she was working the snack bar at a rink where he was playing; they were married July 23, 1977.

Bossy and his wife had two daughters, Josiane and Tanya, and two grandchildren. On October 19, 2021, Bossy announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and died in Montreal at the age of 65.