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The Overtime Winner #3: Miracle on Ice

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It is hard to believe that one of hockeys greatest moments celebrated it’s 33rd anniversary today. Team USA’s victory of the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics became known as the ‘Miracle on Ice’ and has served as inspiration for countless players, teams and fans for more than three decades.

In many ways it is hard to comprehend the magnitude of that victory in the modern game. Whilst Belarus deserve a ‘nod’ at this point for their victory over Sweden at the 2002 games, Team USA took a group of amateur’s and college kids to the 1980 games and beat one of the most successful international outfits in history. Read the rest of this entry

The Overtime Winner #2: ‘The Guarantee’

We'll Win Tonight! Has there ever been a more ridiculous moment in hockey than Mark Messier’s guarantee of victory against New Jersey in the 1994 play-offs?

Messier, then Captain of the New York Rangers, boldly predicted victory over the rival Devils in Game 6 of the Conference Finals. It spawned one of the most famous headlines in sporting history and what transpired became one of hockeys most iconic events – Messier didn’t just talk the talk; he walked the walk too!

Trailing 2-1 going in to the 3rd period, the Rangers faced elimination before ‘Captain Courageous’ netted a hat trick to tie the series.

The sheer magnitude of Messier’s claims are still mind boggling given the occasion and the rivalry that exists between the two teams. To then register 3+1 in a 4-2 victory to stave off elimination only enhances the legend.

The fact he then led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup in more than 60 years is the icing on the cake for my second favourite moment in hockey history.

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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 simply put I wanted to get all nostalgic over some happy times as a hockey fan.

The Overtime Winner #1: Bourque Lifts The Cup….Finally!

Ray Bourque lifts the Stanley Cup....at last!

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. Read the rest of this entry

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