Every sport has its highlights and moments of glory, but often delivering a balance to this, is a fair share of moments which just shocked the world. These are some of those shocking moments in National Hockey League history.

The Shame of Alan Eagleson

Going from a Hockey Hall of Fame to prison. Alan Eagleson is the name of NHL Players’ Association’s first director. He was a man with significant influence in the league and brought many superstars into the limelight. Names like Darryl Sittler and Bobby Orr were all from Eagleson’s camp. The success of the Summit Series in 1972 was much due to having him as a chief promoter. But Eagleson was greedy and skimmed from sponsorships and stole from both players and clients. After pleading guilty, he was sent to 18 months in prison, kicked from the Hall of Fame as well as the bar as a lawyer.

An Internal Gambling Ring

Right before the 2006 Winter Olympics, a scandal broke loose when police arrived to investigate a gambling ring within the league. It was during the period when Wayne Gretzky still stood serving Team Canada in his position as executive director. The main suspects were none other than Gretzky’s wife, Janet Jones and Rick Tocchet, serving under Gretzky as a coach. Jones got away with no charges ever laid against her. Tocchet was not so lucky. He ended up pleading guilty on charges of conspiracy.

Aggressive Approach

Sometimes aggression gets the upper hand during the heat of the game. During a match riddled with assault in March 2004, Todd Bertuzzi lost control. One punch landed him into controversy and took Steve Moore, playing for Colorado, out of the game forever. Moore ended up with some broken vertebrae and a severe concussion. Moore claimed damages after a guilty plea from Bertuzzi. Finally, the two could settle the matter ten years later in 2014.

Anger at a Different Level

It is 2004, and the Stanley Cup playoffs were just over, and the St. Louis Blues didn’t make it. This was, however, only the start of controversy for the team. Days after the playoffs Mike Danton got arrested. The charge against him was for hiring a hitman. His target was David Frost, his then-agent. Danton served five years in a US prison before being transferred to Canada for another six months before his parole. Later on, the world saw him returning to the ice at Saint Mary’s University. Then in 2010, he played in the national championship for the Huskies.

Taking on the Crowd

Sometimes the aggression runs over towards the spectators. This is what a New York fan learned during a match between the Rangers and the Bruins in 1979 after hanging over the glass and hitting a Bruins player with a program. This caused the already rowdy players to sort out the spectator in the crowd. It was when Mike Milbury whacked the man with his shoe, that police was called in to calm the crowd down. Leading to Milbury and some teammates being suspended.

The Dallas Stars do not have a high season behind them. They had heavy blows from injuries suffered during the season and are hoping to regain new depth with signing contracts with veteran players.

Corey Perry

Perry just signed a one-year contract to the value of $1.5 million. This contract is weighing heavy towards a bonus side with the amount of $1.75 million being paid as bonus money should Perry perform according to expectations. This is because Perry himself didn’t have a high season after returning too soon after surgery to his knee due to an injury and thus he only had ten goals from 31 matches. Perry is also not the most influential hockey player in the history of NHL, but the Stars do consider him to be a low-risk addition to strengthen their lineup. The Stars management is expecting that Perry will be able to bounce back to his former glory of being a scorer of 50 goals. Depending on Stars coach, Jim Montgomery’s combination choices for the forward group, Perry will slide in between Jamie Benn, Alexander Radulov, Tyler Seguin, Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski.

Since 2003, Perry knew no other NHL home except the Ducks where he has been at since they initially drafted him. Perry also stated that there is nothing wrong between him and his old team and was, in fact, grateful for the opportunities he had there from playing NHL to bringing the Stanley Cup to Florida. They did decide to let him go when his performance was going down, and they bought him out of his last two years of his contract valued at $17.5 million. That way, they felt that they could give both him and the team a better chance to succeed. Now being in the Stars again is a promising turn of events and joining this developing team, was a natural choice for Perry to make.

Andrej Sekera

The future which Montgomery has planned for Sekera is still slightly uncertain. He is a left-handed defenseman and former Edmonton Oiler forward and now being third on the Stars depth chart, with Miro Heiskanen and Esa Lindell exceeding him. Montgomery does feel stronger with having between seven and eight defensemen from NHL on his team. The uncertainty remaining about Johns and whether he will be returning, lead to stocking up on defensemen by James Nill. Therefore except for the signing of Sekera, Taylor Fedun and Roman Polak were also re-signed. Sekera is also signed to a $1.5 million contract, and the possibility of bonus payouts based on the number of games played as well as postseason performance. This amount for his bonus payouts is set at $500 000. Sekera is also coming from a buyout background, and therefore he got the same kind of deal as Perry, having to prove what can be delivered to earn.

These two players signed indeed a low-risk deal with which the Dallas Stars can either earn excellent delivery or lose out with a minimal price to pay.

History

The Hockey Hall of Fame was established in 1943 with James T. Sutherland in the leadership position. It introduced its first class of honoured members in 1945. It moved to Kingston in Ontario in 1958 after the NHL withdrew support from it. This was its first permanent location. In 1993 it moved premises to Toronto’s downtown and is currently situated inside a historic Bank of Montreal building and Brookfield Place. It serves as an ice hockey museum as well exhibiting memorabilia and is also home to the Stanley Cup.

New Class

Since 2009 new members could be inducted into the Hall of Fame as either on-ice officials, players or builders, which included coaches, managers, team owners and commentators. Annually a commission elects the names of the next class to become part of the Hall of Fame. The class for 2019 bears the following titles. Representing the male players are Guy Carbonneau, Vaclav Nedomansky and Sergei Zubov. On the female side, the one person who stood out for exceptional performance was Hayley Wickenheiser. Jerry York and Jim Rutherford represent builders.

Hayley Wickenheiser

This Canadian lock has 18 goals from 26 games to her name. She has four Olympic gold medals and seven IIHF World Championship golds. Her performance is outstanding, and her name just became synonymous in Canada with women’s hockey. This was the first year which she was eligible for the Hall of Fame, and clearly, she deserves to be inducted.

Guy Carbonneau

He played in 1 318 games in 19 seasons and was part of three victories of the Stanley Cup Championships. In his long career, he had 260 goals and 663 points. He won the Selke Trophy three times during 1988, 1989 and 1992. He was also the former Canadian captain and contributed significantly to the sport during his career.

Vaclav Nedomansky

Being part of the Czechoslovakian team earning the silver Olympic medal in 1968 as well as the world championship in 1972. When he moved over to play for the Detroit Red Wings, the Rangers and the St. Louis Blues, he became the first player from the behind the Iron Curtain to change sides from behind it.

Sergei Zubov

A defenseman from Russia won the Olympic gold medal in 1992 as well as the World Junior Gold Medal in 1989. He is standing at 888 points from 1 232 regular NHL season and playoff games during his career at the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Dallas Stars and the New York Rangers. He was humbled by the honour and spoke of gratefulness for being able to be part of this beautiful game all his life.

Jim Rutherford

Being the general manager for Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins, his career stretches over many years. During his time as team leader, his teams brought home the Cup in 2006, 2016 as well as 2017.

Jerry York

The man with the most wins in any active NCAA Division and coach to Boston College and Bowling Green has five national titles to his name.

The Stanley Cup belongs to the St. Louis Blues and the NHL Awards are over so now is a great time to reflect on history and to ponder on the records set over time.

Record for Most Points in a Season

The Montréal Canadiens are the record holders with achieving the most points in any one season. Their points won totalled at 132 for the season 1976-77. Founded in 1909 they are not only the record holders for most positions in a season, but they are also the professional hockey team who are the longest continuously operating.

Most Wins in a Season

This record was set in the 1995-96 season by the Detroit Red Wings with a total of 62 wins. During the 2018-19 season, Tampa Bay Lightning joined them in this position also achieving 62 gains for the season. During the 2019 season, the Detroit Red Wings also moved into the place of having won the most Stanley Cup Championships compared to any other US-based NHL franchise and are in third position overall following the lead of Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Longest Winning Streak in a Season

17 is the golden number at this stage. Set by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992-93. The Pens are one of two NHL franchises in Pennsylvania and an active participant of the Battle of Pennsylvania. This battle refers to the rivalry between the Pens and the Philadelphia Flyers which started in 1967 when both teams were introduced into NHL. This rivalry is still today alive and active.

Quickest Goal in History

Only a mere five seconds after the opening whistle blew during a match between the Winnipeg Jets and St Louis Blues in December 1981 Doug Small scored the first goal for the Winnipeg Jets. This event was repeated three years later when Bryan John Trottier did the same in 1984 in a game between the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins. In 1991 Alexander Mogilny did it again in a match between the Buffalo Sabers and Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto.

Leading Scorer in NHL

The title goes to none other than Wayne Gretzky, also known as the Great One. He holds the title for the most points totalling at 2 856 during the regular season, the most goals standing at 894 and the most points attained in a single season of 215. The amount of records linked to his name is also record-breaking with receiving recognition for more than 60 recordings over his career which stretched from 1978 to 1999. He is considered to be the greatest ice hockey player of all times by opponents, fans and commentators alike. His skills brought him fame, and his legacy is set not only in the record books but also with a freeway named after him as well as three awards and four video games. The 58-year old NHL legend is indeed an inspiration in the world of ice hockey.

Only nine months after the Swedish Erik Karlsson was traded into the San Jose Sharks, Doug Wilson got what he wanted, and an eight-year contract was signed to keep Karlsson in the Sharks camp. A deal valued at $11.5 million per year putting this defenseman now in the ranks of highest-paid NHL players. Just a small shortfall behind Connor McDavid at $12.5 million per year, who is currently the number one in paying terms. Wilson is convinced that he had to have Karlsson signed to his team since he is twice the winner of the Norris Trophy and six-time All-Star. This kind of player is not easy to find.

Karlsson’s Career

Debuting in March 2008 for Frölunda HC in Scandinavium against HV71, scoring not only the winning goal but also recording a time of 8:48 on the ice. That season Frölunda took the Anton Cup home. Always moving up in his game, Karlsson made the regular roster with Frölunda. In December of 2009, he scored his first NHL goal for the Ottawa Binghamton Senators and remained in NHL for the rest of the season. The 2011-2012 season brought him his 100th regular-season NHL point, and he became one of the four Senators players to be in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. He signed a seven-year contract with the Senators in 2012 and won the James Norris Trophy for being the best defenseman in NHL. He remained with the Senators until being traded in 2018 to the San Jose Sharks and scored his first goal for the Sharks in November. Now he is here to stay, and it is a part of the journey which he looks forward to. Karlsson expressed his excitement about the bay area, the people, the fans and the organization.

The Impact on the Sharks

During last season Karlsson suffered from a groin injury which kept him out of several games, and he only played 53 which brought him 45 points from 42 assists and three goals. With his seven-year contract with the Ottawa Senators coming to an end, he could have moved into the position of the league’s marquee free agent but preferred to sign with the Sharks instead. He is adamant that he wants to be part of the future success of the team and winning the Stanley Cup. In May he had to undergo surgery for his groin injury but is expected to make a full recovery before the start of the season and to be ready to be able to deliver a long and successful career at the Sharks.

Playing At a Different Level

Apart from his exceptional level of play, which made him such a wanted player for the Sharks, Karlsson is also known as the kind of player who influences everybody around him and making his fellow teammates better in their own game. It seems that the San Jose Sharks can be pleased with the decision and that fans have much to expect to see from Karlsson.

The 2018/19 St. Louis Blues, an NHL team that was once left for dead, has managed to achieve hockey immortality on Wednesday evening.

The St. Louis Blues Win the Stanley Cup

The Blues managed to complete the longest road back in the history of the NHL with an incredible 4-1 victory against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden, allowing the team to give the franchise its very first Stanley Cup title in its existence that has been around for the last 52 years.

What’s even more impressive is that the team achieved it uniquely, as they managed to come back from having the fewest points in the NHL on 3 January, to being the most dominant hockey team in the second half of the season.

Alex Pietrangelo and Ryan O-Reilly managed to score during the first period of the match for the St. Louis Blues, while Brayden Schenn managed to add an insurance goal during the third period with only 8:35 to go. Zach Sanford, who was raised in the area and even went to Boston College before he left, managed to score the final goal with only 4:38 left on the clock, allowing the team to secure the win fully.

O-Reilly, who was acquired during a trade with Buffalo on 1 July 2018, was the most dependable player on the team throughout the 2018/19 season. Due to his performance and team efforts, he won the prestigious Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP during the postseason. He stated that it’s like a dream come true to win such an award and he can’t believe that happens.
Jordan Binnington managed to stop the initial 32 shots that he faces which included 12 shots during the first period where the Boston Bruins played solidly and could have easily scored more than once if it was any other goaltender. During the third period, the St. Louis Blues protected a sensational 2-0 lead which looked like it could have been 2-1 if the right pad didn’t stop an incredible shot made by Joakim Nordstrom.

Post-Match Celebrations

Once the final horn went off, the St. Louis Blues was spilt across the ice as they all made their way to Bennington at goal where they engulfed him in a sea of white and blue. Equipment and gear littered the ice while the Blues celebrated joyously. Binnington was the guy who led the line of handshakes after the match, and it started with an extended talk with Zdeno Chara who is the captain of the Boston Bruins.

The Boston Bruins had a total of 22 shots on goal, while the Blues only had a mere eight on goal during the first period. After another two periods, the shot attempts were 40-22 for the Boston Bruins. If goal attempts decided the game, the Boston Bruins should have taken it, but the Blues kept secure and kept the Bruins from scoring.

There was never any doubt that the ice hockey series would be a long one. Following their laid egg in Game 3, the Blues managed to bounce back with a phenomenal 4-2 victory in Game 4 that saw the home crowd sing, Gloria, while the Stanley Cup Final clash against the Bruins were tied with two games on either side. With that in mind, let’s take an in-depth look at the action that unfolded in Game 4.

St. Louis Blues vs Boston Bruins – Game 4

Tuukka Rask, the Boston Bruins goalie, stated that the St. Louis Blues were more desperate on Monday evening and he is probably spot on with that statement. The St. Louis Blues managed to benefit from some clever line-up manoeuvring that saw Vince Dunn make his debut in the Stanley Cup Final after recovering from injury along with Zach Sanford that provided a decent boost on the 2nd line. Both these players helped with the first goal as the team scored just 43 seconds into the game thanks to Ryan O’Reilly.

They also managed to weather some Boston attacks which included a short-handed goal. If you are interested in criticizing something about the St. Louis game, you will find plenty of things when you take a closer look at their power play, which was quite challenging to watch. Towards the end, it was Ryan O’Reilly that managed to score once again to ensure they win the game. The veteran centre buzzed all night even though he only had three playoff goals when he entered the match.

The St. Louis Blues, with new and improved discipline, have now managed to score a goal in the opening two minutes of a match a total of 6 times during the playoffs. They are now 5-0 to date. By the way, Rask looked quite vulnerable during the game for the first time in a long time. This was the first time he managed to allow three goals in regulation following the second round when they faced Columbus. The Blues and Jordan Binnington proved once again that they are the rulers of the ice when rebounding from a defeat in the postseason.

The Stars of the Evening

St. Louis Blues – Ryan O’Reilly: O’Reilly managed to achieve something that only three other players have accomplished in the past, score a goal during the opening minute and to later score a goal to win the same game during a Stanley Cup Final match. The other players include Sid Smith, Bernie Geoffrion, and Fernando Pisani.

St. Louis Blues – Alex Pietrangelo: The captain managed to include himself on two assists and was only 23 seconds short of playing a mind-blowing 30 minutes while taking on 34 shifts.

St. Louis Blues – Zach Sanford: Sanford managed to play so well in Game 3 that the coach promoted him to the 2nd line in Game 4. He managed to add a nice boost in Game 4 that certainly helped.

Ice hockey is considered a team sport with a total of 3 variations where two opposing ice hockey teams can have six players on either side. These players will use a wooden stick that comes with a long pole or a curved end along with a long slasher that looks like a blade towards the end of the stick. This is used to move a puck around on the ice playing area. At either end of the playing field, you will find a net that is always guarded by a goalie.

The three variations of hockey include ice hockey, bandy hockey, and field hockey. Bandy and ice hockey are both played on ice, while field hockey is usually performed on exclusive turf or grass. Ice and bandy hockey utilize sticks with much longer slasher blades to move the puck. The players also wear protective gear and skates. You can score a goal when the puck hits the back of the net after you hit it with a hockey stick past the goalie.

Origins of Hockey

In the modern era, hockey has managed to evolve over the last few centuries from several new adaptations. In the book ‘The Origin of Hockey’, published by Carl Giden, a Swedish sports historian, and Patrick Houda, you will find a chronology of event based on how hockey originated, especially ice hockey in particular. The chronology focuses on three primary countries, including the United States, Ireland, and Scotland.

1607 – 1908

The first ice hockey form started in Scotland during the winter of 1607/08. The earliest hockey form that was played in the country was called shinty, and it was played on ice. David Calderwood, a theologian and historian from Scotland, managed to write an article on this ice hockey version called shinty. In the Scottish National Dictionary, you will also find that shinty has other names, including chamie or chamaire.

1740

During 1740, Reverend John O’Rourke, an Irish minister, wrote several passages that were published in a newspaper. The passages referred to a game of ice hockey that was enjoyed on the frozen River Shannon. The game was christened informally as a hurling match, and it seemed like crowds of spectators enjoyed it.

1745 – 1809

During 1836, George Penny, a Scottish historian and journalist, wrote an article that was based on the narration of his father in terms of how shinty used to be played between 1745 and 1809, occurring on the ice or streets by boys in an aggressive manner.

1803

The book called On the Origin of Hockey made references to occurrences that took place in Paisley in 1803 in Scotland. Two teenagers played an early version of shinty on ice, and one of them drowned due to the ice that managed to cave in.

1872

Canada is a country that is most associated with ice hockey, where it became a professional sport. The sport initially gained popularity during 1872. In 1875, James Creighton moved to Montreal and organized a public exhibition of ice hockey.

The San Jose Sharks are yet again on the brink of elimination. On the other hand, the St. Louis Blues are one victory away from securing their first appearance in a Stanley Cup final since 1970 which was their third year since their inception.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the most recent match between the Jan Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues and see what happened between these two phenomenal ice hockey teams.

San Jose Sharks vs St. Louis Blues

The San Jose Sharks managed to start the game actively and had a couple of early looks. However, when things took a turn for the worse, the Sharks were unable to get one in while the St. Louis Blues – considered the best team on the ground during the playoffs, currently 7-2 away from home – managed to capitalize.

The Blues managed to increase the heat during the second period, outsmarting and outshooting the San Jose Sharks by 20-6. The Blues have now managed to outscore the Sharks 7-1 since the hand pass play that led to end Game 3.

Peter DeBoer, the San Jose Sharks’ head coach, admitted that his team ultimately lost their composure during the third period. This is especially true when Joe Pavelski received a high hit that saw him exit the match. Pavelski was one of four Sharks players that were sent to the locker room before the final whistle went off, including Tomas Hertl, the second-leading scorer for the team, and Erik Karlsson.

Noteworthy Players From the Match

St. Louis Blues – Jaden Schwartz: Jaden didn’t receive the regular season he wished for, only scoring 11 goals which were half of his 2017/18 season. Thankfully, he is making up for it with a significant postseason. After scoring his second hat-trick during the postseason, he currently boasts with 12 goals out of 18 matches. This makes Jaden the third player in the history of the NHL to accumulate more goals during the postseason when compared to the regular season. The other two players include Marian Gaborik during the 2013/14 season and Claude Lemieux during the 1996/97 season.

St. Louis Blues – Vladimir Tarasenko: There were several speculations in the early stages of the playoffs that Tarasenko was not engaged enough. He is considered one of NHL’s purest goal scorers and eventually become engaged. He became the first player in the history of St. Louis Blues to score a penalty shot during the playoffs and accumulated a further two assists to extend his streak to a total of 5 matches.

St. Louis Blues – Jordan Binnington: Binnington managed to post his first postseason shutout when he managed to stop all 21 shots along with a 7th playoff win on the road. This matches the likes of Matt Murray as the second most wins by a goalie in the history of the NHL as a rookie. Only Ron Hextall had more during the 1987 season.

The St. Louis Blues is back on par, providing an extraordinary performance that reminded everyone of the team that rolled through Dallas and Winnipeg on their way to the Western Conference final. Following their incredible 4-2 victory, the series is currently tied at 1-1 with the Sharks from San Jose.

If you didn’t have time to watch the game, don’t worry as we are here to give you all the necessary details that went down in Game 2.

St. Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks

What exactly is it about the San Jose Sharks and even-numbered matches? The Sharks, in odd-numbered events, are 8-1 along with a plus-14 goal differential during the postseason. However, in even-numbered matches, the Sharks are 1-6 along with a minus-13 goal differential.

This trend went on during Game 2 while playing against the St. Louis Blues. However, there’s no denying that the Blues ensured it with far better puck control, an incredible bounce-back performance by Jordan Binnington as a goaltender, and offensive contributions from several key players.

Key Players from Game 2

St. Louis Blues’ Robert Bortuzzo – The defenseman for the Blues only played in 8 of the 15 playoff matches and hasn’t been able to score a goal in the last 30 postseason matches. However, in Game 2, he managed to score the game winner, and it is now widely known as the hardest backhands that have been seen in a very long time.

San Jose Sharks’ Logan Couture – The leading scorer in the playoffs managed to do it again in Game 2, attempting to single-handedly put the Sharks in the lead with two short-handed goals during the second period. He currently boasts with 13 goals and a total of 19 points to lead everyone is scoring.

St. Louis Blues’ Jordan Binnington – With a total of 24 saves, Binnington is currently 10-2-0 following a defeat this season., with a .934 save percentage along with a 1.80 goals-against average.

Play of the Night

The St. Louis Blues’ fourth goal was something that needs to be seen on YouTube or any social media channel that recorded the game. It was a thing of beauty when Alexander Steen made a no-look, spinning pass to Oskar Sundqvist to score a phenomenal goal.

Dud of the Evening

Every single Shark forward in the match. The offence of the San Jose Sharks was a complete dud during Game 2 which included a 0-for-2 evening when it came to the power play. Kevin Labanc was at minus-3, while Tomas Hertl didn’t have a single shot on goal even though he is considered the best scorer during the playoffs, especially when he is playing at home.

The San Jose Sharks didn’t have their heads in the game, giving the St. Louis Blues loads of opportunities to score goals and primarily skate around a team that didn’t have a fantastic, to begin with. This left the Sharks to continue struggling during the playoffs.