June 26, 2012 |
Mats Sundin's reaction told the story. "Are you serious?" he said. Sundin, who played 13 of his 18 NHL seasons with Toronto, couldn't quite believe the call from the hall. That would be the Hockey Hall of Fame. Sundin, Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates were elected to Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The induction ceremony is Nov. 12 in Toronto. Among those eligible this year for the first time but not elected was Brendan Shanahan, who is the league's chief disciplinarian.
September 23, 2003 |
These may have to be the lasting memories. The still-frames seem to have more movement than their subjects for the moment. Snap. Steve Thomas, arms raised, bracing for the crush of teammates seconds after scoring in overtime to give the Mighty Ducks a 1-0 victory over New Jersey in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals. Thomas, 40, was a key late-season addition to the Ducks, scoring 10 goals in 12 regular-season games.
July 4, 2003 |
Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Mighty Ducks, battling to keep their championship hopes alive, had absorbed a potentially deflating blow early in the second period. The New Jersey Devils had pressured the Ducks' defense into a turnover and cut their lead to 3-1, and goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere was under siege. Paul Kariya controlled the puck at the Devils' blue line and threaded a pass up ice.
June 11, 2003 |
What, you wanted "Tin Cup" and a Stanley Cup? Mike Weir got his first major title this year, winning the Masters in April, but his friend Adam Oates fell one game short Monday night when New Jersey defeated Anaheim, 3-0, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. Weir and Oates, the veteran Mighty Ducks' star, are close friends. When Weir became the first Canadian to win the Masters, he and Oates giggled like schoolboys in a post-victory phone conversation.
May 17, 2003 |
It is these moments of unexpected accomplishment that make sports addictive, that make us able to put up with the sideshows, the contract disputes and strikes, the disloyalty -- of owners and players -- the sometime-sense that only money matters. Not winning, not fans, not the sport or the competition.
May 17, 2003 |
A mass of humanity with that silly-looking logo on each sweater swarmed around Mighty Duck goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who emerged to wave to the ear-numbing noise from seats that had so often been empty. Steve Rucchin found Paul Kariya, two survivors in a 10-year odyssey, and hugged him. Fans stood outside the Arrowhead Pond afterward, cheering players as they walked to their cars.