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#TBT: Saying Goodbye to Mr. Hockey and Lord Stanley, Hoping for Stamkos, and More

Before getting into each team we look way back to 1908 when the man who gave the hockey world the Stanley Cup passed away. Frederick Arthur Stanley, better known as Lord Stanley, donated the Stanley Cup in 1892. The Stanley Cup is the oldest North American trophy competed for by professional athletes. 

Here’s the rest of what happened in the hockey world from June 8-14th:


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June 14, 1994: The Canucks are defeated in Game 7 by the New York Rangers, ending the Rangers’ 54-year drought — the longest in NHL history.

June 10, 2011: Luongo shuts the door in a 1-0 win over the Bruins in Game 5 to become the second goaltender in history to have more than one 1-0 victory in a Finals series — the first was Frank McCoool in 1945.

June 9, 1994: The Canucks match a Stanley Cup Finals record when they score five goals in the third period to hold the Rangers off and push the series to Game 6.


While nothing of significance happened with the Flames franchise this week in history, at this time last year Flamesnation was speculating a deal with Columbus for Jesse Puljujarvi. As the Draft would later have it, Columbus ended up taking Dubois, the Oilers Puljujarvi, and the Flames grabbed Tkachuk.

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June 13, 1978: The first time the Leafs let go of Randy Carlyle was this day when they traded him to the Penguins for Dave Burrows.

At this time last year Leafsnation was fully engaged in bringing Stamkos to Toronto. We all know how that one worked out, unfortunately.


June 14, 2006: Fernando Pisani becomes the first player to score a shorthanded OT goal in the Finals when he beats Cam Ward to cut the Hurricanes’ series lead 3-2.


HANDOUT PHOTO; ONE TIME USE ONLY; NO ARCHIVES; NOTFORRESALE; MANDATORY CREDIT Former Detroit Red Wings hockey great Gordie Howe is seen in an undated image provided by Crown Media United States. A made-for-TV movie, “Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story,” focuses on the season the Hall-of-Famer teamed up with his sons in Houston. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, HO – Crown Media United States, Andrew Eccles *MANDATORY CREDIT*

June 13, 2002: The Red Wings defeat the Hurricanes in Game 5 to win their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Scotty Bowman becomes the first coach to win the Cup nine times and announces his retirement after putting on skates and taking a victory lap with the Cup.

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June 13, 1997: 20 years ago on this day the Red Wings’ Stanley Cup celebrations took an unfortunate turn only six nights after the win when Vladimir Konstantinov and Slava Fetisov were seriously injured in a limo accident. While Fetisov would return to the Red Wings for their 1998 Cup win, Konstantinov suffered a major brain injury and was left wheelchair bound.

June 12, 1958:  At 30 years old, Gordie Howe becomes the captain of the Red Wings. He’d wear the C for four seasons before becoming an assistant coach.

June 11, 1995: The Red Wings beat the Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Conference Final to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1966.

June 10, 2002: Hasek becomes the first goalie to get a shutout in every round of the playoffs when he makes 17 saves to beat the Hurricanes 3-0 in Game 4 of the Finals.

June 10, 2016: The hockey world loses a great when Mr. Hockey passes away at the age of 88. Gordie Howe spent 25 seasons with the Red Wings after joining them in 1946.