The NHL official website by voting 13 full-time employees revealed the top 16 coolest champions after expanding the league from six to 12 teams in 1967. Yesterday, we opened an alternative version of Sovsport.ru, today it’s the second part. 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, and for 2nd place 15 … for 16th place – 1 point. As it should be in the charts, we move from bottom to top. In brackets – a place in the NHL ranking. In the first series, our list was opened: 16 (8). PITTSBURG – 1992;
15 (19). PHILADELPHIA – 1974;
14 (33). MONTREAL – 1993;
13 (15). KALGARI – 1989 We rise further up our stairs into the sky. 12 (-). EDMONTON – 1990 Honestly, I’m tired of bonfiring NHL experts for myopia and incompetence. It’s incomprehensible: four of the five victories of the national team entered their top 16 of the world (without the players of the USSR and Czechoslovakia, of course – with the exception of Anatoly Semenov Peter Klima and Vladimir Ruzichka ) under the guise of modest oil workers from Edmonton. But the most important, already achieved without the so-called Great and several of his faithful squires, of which Wayne demanded to be transported with him to the year-round beaches of Kali Fornia, it’s not even worth a single mention! That is, no one added Edmonton -1990 even to the 16th place. Well, how so, ladies and gentlemen from the NHL? How can you not remember the American monthly The Hockey Digest, who turned my hockey worldview almost 30 years ago, and in the late 80s I was just as naive an amateur as the current NHL electors, idolizing their league, and especially its statistical heroes like you know who. Although I, of course, have a 100% alibi – it was a stone age of information. We in the USSR behind the Iron Curtain in the digital era, when the VCR was worth an annual salary, we simply did not see anything, we knew little. Because, like complete Neanderthals, they were ready to sell everything for a handful of glass beads. So, in 1991, in the library of the Sovetsky Sport Publishing House, which operated separately from the newspaper of the same name, I somehow discovered the bindings of The Hockey Digest. To my surprise, the publisher wrote them out a long time ago. Plus, the iconic Canadian weekly Hockey News and other periodical hockey publications in North America since the 70s, many of which had already gone bankrupt and weren’t coming out. With trembling hands, I began to leaf through the treasure unexpectedly discovered, stuffed with Himalayas of information about idols of adolescence. Well, yes, we guys in the Moscow courtyard near the River Station always supported our team, but respected our rivals. Especially if mastery, like noble knights, they combined with correctness – Brad Park Pete and Frank Makhovlichi Paul Henderson Bobby Orr Gilbert Perrault Larry Robinson Serge Savard Guy Lapoint Ken Dra ] Jean-Claude Tramble Ivan Cournoyer Guy Lefler Jacques Lemer Bob Gainey Gordy Howe with his sons, Mike Bossi Pat Stapleton Bobby Hull Den with Potvin Mario Lemieux Paul Coffey Marcel Dionne Marc Messier Wayne Gretzky … The last two were on the cover of the 1990 fall issue. Seeing a huge hat, at first I could not believe my eyes: Messier is cooler than Wayne! And the subtitle is a little finer: Captain Mark proved this by winning the fifth Stanley Cup with Edmonton. Inside the magazine of the two famous Oilers captains, ten indicators were compared, such as speed, throw, charisma, power struggle, vision of the court … Messier excelled with a minimal margin. Of course, at the same time, the Americans did not forget to mention that Messier had just destroyed Los Angeles Gretzky in four matches – 7: 0, 6: 1, 5: 4, 6, on the way to the top of Edmonton Messier in the second round of the playoffs : 5, in which the unclassified captain of the Kings limited himself to a miserable one puck. Later, at the Canada Cup 1991, Messier finally established himself in my eyes Gulliver in comparison with the so-called Great. When he, after a light junction with the American Gary Suter completed the tournament ahead of schedule, and Mark took the lead completely and led the Klenovs to victory in the final series with the USA. Three years later, Messier won his sixth Stanley Cup, giving him New York after a 54-year hiatus. He is the only captain who took the main NHL trophy with two different clubs. But we’ll talk about this in more detail later. As part of the champions, like a year ago, Calgary represented by the first official Russian in the NHL Sergei Pryakhin Anatoly Semenov was noted in the playoffs. However, two matches in the final of the conference was not enough for the name of the ex-Dynamo to be engraved on the Stanley Cup. Like the Setunets, Semenov was awarded only the championship ring. 11 (11). BOSTON – 1970 Ha ha ha. Here's how we can: sometimes we think in unison with connoisseurs from the NHL site! In Boston, the main NHL trophy have not been seen since 1941. In 1966, an alien landed in the capital of Massachusetts from somewhere in far outer space, with some suspiciously short last name of two letters and the most popular name in America. Meet, Bobby Orr ! A year later, the wise “bears” traded the “great” and terrible Phil Esposito to Chicago. These two terminators immediately began to create the history of the NHL, rewriting re No one will repeat what Orr did! 1969. Esposito was the first in the NHL to knock out 100 points, eventually stopping at 126 (49 + 77) .1970. Orr was the first of the defenders to win the title of best regular scorer championship with 120 (33 + 87) points. He is recognized as the most valuable player in the championship and playoffs, as well as the best defender. Of the defense players, no one before or after won all four major individual NHL awards in one year – Ross Trophy ”,“ Hart Trophy ”,“ Smythe Trophy ”,“ Norris Trophy ”. Among the forwards, only Alexander Ovechkin succeeded, who in 2008 privatized Hart, Ross, Maurice Richard Trophy as the best sniper and Lindsay World as the most valuable player according to the players. 1971. Esposito sets a record for goals – 76 and points – 152 (76 + 76). Orr – on points for the defenders – 139 (37 + 102). This achievement remains unsurpassed today. Along the way, he was the first in the NHL to gain 100 points for transfers – 102. For defenders, this is a record now. Orr eventually brings +/- to the phenomenal plus 124. No one has yet moved close to these numbers. 1975. Orr re-becomes the championship top scorer with 135 (46 + 89) points. In more than a century of NHL history, he remains the only defender to win the Art Ross Trophy. And twice! The return of the Stanley Cup to Boston after a 29-year separation, Esposito noted with a cup performance record – 27 (13 + 14) points in 14 matches. Orr became the second with a record for the defenders – 20 (9 + 11) points and a utility of “plus 24” in 14 games! And this achievement remains unshakable for the rear teams to this day, although the teams are now playing at least 20 matches in the playoffs. On the way to the silver bowl, only the “rangers” in the starting round tried to rock the boat, pulling out a couple of matches in Madison Square Garden. But they only enraged the “bears” who had torn dry in the Chicago semi-final and in the St. Louis final Scottie Bowman . The 1970 Stanley Cup was marked by the most famous hockey photo “Goal in Flight”, which captured the moment when Orr hits the gate of St. Louis in the overtime of the fourth match. And another curious detail. For the first time, a Slavic surname appeared on the Stanley Cup – Ivan Boldirev . In 1951, a Serb by nationality emigrated from Yugoslavia to Canada with his parents at the age of two. This engraving caused a serious scandal, because Boldirev – what a truly egregious nonsense! – did not play a single match in the NHL at all ?! He was called out of the farm club as a substitute in Boston only during the playoffs. The League henceforth forbade this, and later stipulated a certain number of matches in a season so that the player had the right to be immortalized at the main shrine of the NHL. Therefore, it does not contain the names of Pryakhin and Semenov, about the historical triumphs of the teams of which you already know everything. The truth, unlike both Muscovites, Boldirev managed a brilliant career in the NHL – 1052 matches and 866 (361 + 505) points. In 1982, Ivan with Vancouver Ivan Glinka Glen Hanlon Anders Eldebrink – did you really forget the first foreign coach of Omsk “Vanguard”, the first Enhael mentor you know whom and the Swedish killer Bykov / Khomutov ! – managed to get to the Stanley Cup finals. Where the "Kanuki" were dry mercilessly beaten by celestials from Long Island. That Victoria Islanders – third row! – ersatz experts on the official site of the NHL have already ranked fifth in their grief rating ?! In future issues of the alternative version of the top 16, I hope that we will still have the opportunity to correct the North American schoolchildren's outlook on ice pampering. SELECTION CRITERIA 1) It is more correct to start the rating 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-Union Agricultural Revolution, 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 may be in the classification 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 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 there are several by-laws, namely: – There is nothing surprising in the victories of the dynasty team; for this, the rating of general managers who created these dynasties is better;
– There is no particular merit in winning a clear advantage; rather, it indicates the weakness of competitors in each particular season. To be continued!