Instead of throwing a throw-in, the naked king and the first Russian with the championship ring
The NHL official website by voting 13 full-time employees revealed the top 16 most powerful champions after expanding the league from 6 to 12 teams in 1967. Introducing an alternative that is fundamentally different from the North American list. Thirteen electors authorized by the NHL official website named 16, in their opinion, super champions of different seasons: 16 points were awarded for 1st place, 15 points for 2nd place … for 16th place – 1 point. Won the clear advantage of Montreal -1977. Superiority was given to him by 10 correspondents. Altogether, Canadiens was mentioned in the top 16 three times (1st position – 1977, 3rd – 1978, 7th – 1976). Four times hit the Edmonton list (2nd – 1985, 9th – 1984, 12th – 1988, 14th – 1987). The Islanders (5th – 1982, 10th – 1983), Boston (6th – 1972, 11th – 1970) and Chicago (13th – 2013, 16- I – 2010), one each at Detroit (4th – 2002), Pittsburgh (8th – 1992) and Calgary (15th position – 1989). Of the 51 Cup winners in total, Stanley from the season 1967/68 electors in their versions called as many as 44 champions. What is this talking about? About the vagueness of the selection criteria, or rather, their complete absence. This confirms the dominance in the top 16 teams of dynasties, which had a lethal composition, which means that they had to win by definition. What is valor here ?! What do these monsters, condemned to win everything and everyone, do in the NHL ranking? What is more intelligent in this sense is the IIHF. In 2008, for its centennial anniversary, the international federation published the top 100 stories over the past 100 years. Based on the logic of the NHL, the USSR-1972 team should have excelled, the record of which is a win in nine consecutive World Cups and three OIs, it is simply impossible to beat. But no: the IIHF raised the American students to the top, having created the loudest sensation in the history of hockey and all North American sport at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. And this is absolutely correct! For the most attractive, the most exciting in sports is unpredictability. And the sensation when the weak crushes the strong is a dream of any fan! Therefore, I categorically do not accept the Edmonton, Montreal, and Islanders in the NHL hierarchy, who simply did their job well and conscientiously. Why celebrate, for example, a locksmith who neither drank nor walked, but honestly complied with the norm? This is his professional duty. Another thing is Alexey Stakhanov or Pasha Angelina. Therefore, everyone knew their names in the USSR. Here are my selection criteria. 1) The rating should be started not from 1967, but from 1992, when all the strongest hockey players of the world gathered in the NHL, including representatives of the ex-USSR and ex-Czechoslovakia. Or start at least from 1980, when, after the collapse of the All-Russian Union of Artists, all Canadians and Americans, with their joined Swedes, Finns, as well as several defectors from Czechoslovakia, were grouped in the NHL. Of course, the owners of the Stanley Cup can also be classified from 1968 to 1991, but as an exception and for special merits; 2) There should be some kind of peppercorn in the victory, ideally – a sensation like the Miracle on Ice 1980 or last year’s tale “ St. Louis ”; 3) Victory must be a feat – team or individual; 4) Victory must have a beautiful story; 5) Victory entered the NHL annals as a vivid historical fact. From here follow several subordinate guidelines, namely: – There is nothing surprising in the victories of the dynasty team; for this, a rating of general managers who created these dynasties is better; – There is no particular merit in winning a clear advantage; it rather indicates the weaknesses of competitors in each particular season. As expected in the charts, we will move from bottom to top. In parentheses is a place in the NHL rating. 16 (8). PITTSBURG – 1992 The first Stanley Cup final, shown on our TV, but with a terrible commentary by an ordinary translator who doesn’t know anything about hockey – the face-off was constantly called a throw-in. The first final with the participation of the Russian – defender of Chicago Igor Kravchuk. No one then could have imagined that his coach Mike Keenan in the next century would win the country's main trophy – the eternal enemy. Yes, not somewhere, but in the Urals, at the head of the club of the metallurgical capital of Russia. Young Jaromir Jagr heroically replaced the supercapital in the semi-finals of Mario Lemieux when he sent Adam Graves to the hospital ranger of the Rangers with his vile club hit. Mario returned in the final series and won the second Stanley Cup in a row for the US metallurgical capital. 15 (19). PHILADELPHIA – 1974 Interrupting the hegemony of aliens from Montreal who took the Stanley Cup six times from 1971 to 1979 is already a feat. It doesn’t matter which way the Bandits did it, as they called the Flyers then for their furious style with an abundance of thugs such as Sledgehammers, Schulz, Van Imp, Dupont, Kelly, Salessky, Barber … In the final, the pilots drove away in six games Boston by Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito. Philadelphia was the first non-original team to win the Stanley Cup. More than two million residents of the first capital of the United States entered the championship parade. In terms of the scope of the celebration, the witnesses compared the victory of “Philly” to festivities on August 14, 1945 after the news of the surrender of militaristic Japan in World War II. 14 (33). MONTREAL – 1993 The last Victoria of the oldest and most titled NHL club – only 24 victories in the Stanley Cup. Canadian hard workers with fun-loving Rua at the gate, not having special stars in the field, in five matches (4-1) destroyed in the final of the Los Angeles Gretzky, Currie, Blake, Robitaille, Maxorley, the young Zhitnik. How Gretzky’s greatness was finally debunked: if the whole team doesn’t work for the most overrated player in the history of sports, as it was in Edmonton, it immediately becomes clear that the so-called Great is worthless. 13 (15). KALGARI – 1989 The only victory in the history of a modest Canadian squad from a region with a small fan market was by no means accidental. Sparks went to triumph for two years, winning two regular seasons in a row. In 1988, in the second round of the Playoffs, the Flames flew dry (0-4) to a car from Edmonton, defeating Detroit (4-1) in the semifinals, and Boston (4-0) in the final. In 1989 “Oilers” sensationally left the race in the opening round. Suspiciously lost in seven matches to the gray “Los Angeles”, which a year earlier had paid $ 15 million for Gretzky – money crazy at that time. However, in the next stage, “Calgary” lowered the so-called Great with its “kings” to the sinful Earth – 4: 3, 8: 3, 5: 2, 5: 3. “Montreal” and “Calgary” converged for the second time in the final, for today the latest with two Canadian clubs. The Flames took a confident revenge (4-2) for the defeat in 1986 (1-4). Vendetta turned out to be especially sweet, because the final point was set in the legendary Montreal "Forum". Prior to this, only once guests stole a trophy in this temple of Canadian hockey – “New York Rangers” in 1928. This was the first time that a Russian won the Stanley Cup. Forward “Wings of the Soviets” Sergei Pryakhin unexpectedly became the first Soviet hockey player to officially move to the NHL, where he made his debut at the finish of the regular season. Because everyone was waiting, first of all, for Vyacheslav Fetisov and his comrades from the top five in the annals of world hockey. Pryakhin played two matches in the regular season and one in the playoffs – on April 9 in the opening round on his ice against Vancouver (3: 5). Three games were not enough for the first Russian surname to be engraved on the holy grail of overseas hockey. But the pupil of Igor Dmitriev received the ring for the victory in the Stanley Cup 1989. The end should be!