The Overtime Winner #1: Bourque Lifts The Cup….Finally!
The Overtime Winner is a collection of my favourite hockey moments – it’ a little self indulgent, a little sugary and rose tinted at times but with *another* lockout in full swing frankly I wanted to get all nostalgic over some happy times as a hockey fan. This is numero uno…
Has the phrase ‘a picture says a 1,000 words’ ever been more apt than when applied to the image above?
After 22 years, five Norris trophies, and a Hall of Fame worthy career Raymond Jean Bourque finally lifted Lord Stanley’s Cup on June 9th 2001.
As an Avs fan I was glued to every game of that epic series with New Jersey. Patrick Roy won his third and final Conn Smythe trophy, but the great mans efforts (game 4 puck handling gaff aside) became almost entirely second place to Bourque finally getting his hands on the sports greatest prize.
Perhaps I should not admit that the above picture adorned the wall of my room for several years after. But it did. It is the single most inspiring image I can think of.
This is a man who played in four decades, became one of the games greatest ever defencemen – the out pouring of emotion as he finally achieved that goal has stuck with me ever since. The ‘holy grail’ in his hands at last.
And as they are consistently so frikkin’ awesome, it would be an injustice for me not to throw the CBC Cup montage in to finish this piece; so here we go:-