22 of the Most Memorable Calls in Hockey History
Throughout the history of the NHL, there have been tons of amazing moments that really give the fans a greater appreciation for the sport.
Some of these memorable moments have left an indelible impression on the fans in attendance, while some hockey moments have been enhanced through the voices and reactions from esteemed broadcasters like Gary Thorne, Al Michaels, Bob Cole, Howie Rose, Gene Hart, Rick Jeanneret and assorted others.
Broadcasters have had their fair share of memorable calls that will stand the test of time, and here are 22 of the most memorable calls in hockey history.
May Day! May Day!
Rick Jeanneret is one of the most colorful broadcasters in the NHL today and has tons of memorable calls and catchphrases over the years. This call happens to be his most famous, and it has been featured in numerous NHL commercials and highlight reels.
You don't have to be a Buffalo Sabres supporter to appreciate this call and all that it meant to the Sabres fan community.
Steve Yzerman's 2OT Winner Against the St. Louis Blues
Gary Thorne's voice is going to appear here multiple times because he has been a part of so many memorable calls. Thorne is known as an enthusiastic announcer who really carries the pulse of the fans.
When the game was at the start of double-overtime, Thorne was calling with the flow of the game. However, when Steve Yzerman scored a monumental overtime winner, Thorne erupted along with the fans and called out, "STEVE YZERMAN!"
Mark Messier's Guarantee and Hat-Trick Goal
In the media world today, if Tim Tebow sneezes it will make the news, and attention will be garnered with the blink of an eye. However, back in the 1990s, hockey fought for coverage—so when Mark Messier made his famous guarantee, it was major news.
The captain backed up his talk, and Gary Thorne's call for the hat-trick goal is one of the most memorable moments from that entire playoff run.
The Flyers Are Going to Win the Stanley Cup!
The late, great Gene Hart is one of the most iconic broadcasters in NHL history. His passion was evident whenever he called a Philadelphia Flyers game.
You could feel and hear the passion in his voice when he joyfully exclaimed, "The Flyers are going to win the Stanley Cup! The Flyers have won the Stanley Cup!
It has been a long time since broadcasters have uttered those words, but the fans of Philadelphia will never forget Hart's exuberant exclamation.
Bobby Orr's Stanley Cup Game-Winning Goal
Bobby Orr is widely considered to be the best defenseman in NHL history because of the long-lasting impact he had on the game in such a short amount of time. He was not your typical defender, and he infused an offensive style that has been emulated by others over the years.
This Stanley Cup game-winner was one of the biggest in NHL and Boston Bruins history, and one that Bruins diehards held dearly until Zdeno Chara hoisted the Cup for the team in 2011.
Keith Primeau Ends a 5-OT Epic
Steve Levy is currently a broadcaster and anchor for ESPN, but he used to call NHL games when the network held the league's television rights.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers were in the midst of a playoff series, and this game was dragging on into multiple overtimes. This goal by Primeau ended the epic in the fifth overtime and is a memorable overtime goal call.
"After 22 Years, Raymond Bourque!"
Growing up as a hockey fan during a time when the New York Rangers were headed for the "Dark Ages," I adopted a surrogate team to support and cheer for. How could you not like the Colorado Avalanche?
They had Joe Sakic (one of the NHL's best centers), Peter Forsberg (a talented power forward), Patrick Roy, Chris Drury, Milan Hejduk, Rob Blake and Raymond Bourque.
Ray Bourque had been a faithful and loyal player with the Boston Bruins franchise, but a trade to the Avs enabled him to win his first and only Stanley Cup.
If you don't tear up just a little bit when watching this moment, I would advise you to check your pulse.
They're Going Home!
This clip is a bit long, but it is worth watching to hear the famous line by Bob Cole at the end.
"The Soviets are leaving! They’re going home!"
These words were uttered by the famous CBC broadcaster as the Red Army members left the ice surfaces to a barrage of jeers and boos by the Philadelphia Flyers faithful.
This remains one of the most memorable moments in the history of the NHL.
“Do You Believe in Miracles? Yes!”
The Miracle on Ice remains one of the biggest achievements in the history of hockey. A group of college kids assembles as one under the Team USA banner and manage to defeat a professional Soviet squad and the Finnish national team in order to capture the gold at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
The word of Al Michaels will live on for the rest of eternity, because no one will forget his call of, "Five seconds left and the game is over, do you believe in miracles? Yes!"
"Matteau, Matteau, Matteau"
This goal call by Howie Rose is one of the most memorable calls in Stanley Cup playoff history. The game had the ultimate setup, and the ending was scripted like a Hollywood movie. The Rangers had the lead until Valeri Zelepukin tied it with 7.7 seconds left.
However, the Rangers had the last laugh as Stephane Matteau sent the Rangers to the Stanley Cup.
The Waiting Is Over!
It only made sense to follow up one of the most memorable moments in NHL history with the crowning achievement of it all. Sam Rosen is well known for his emphatic, "It's a power-play goal" line, but this line is why he will live on in Rangers folklore for the rest of eternity.
It was a great moment and ended a 54-year drought that plagued and haunted the franchise.
Jason Arnott's Stanley Cup-Clinching Goal
The New Jersey Devils picked up their second Stanley Cup after Jason Arnott scored an overtime goal to defeat the Dallas Stars, who were on the opposite side of the following handshake line only a year earlier.
Gary Thorne once again made magic with his excitement when calling the Stanley Cup-clinching goal.
Brett Hull's Controversial Game-Winning Goal
This goal has been considered controversial for years, and I guess it all depends on what side you were on when trying to evaluate the legitimacy of this goal.
Nonetheless, the goal counted, the Dallas Stars won the cup and this memory will live on in hockey history.
Brad Richards Ties It with 6.6 Seconds
This goal was one of the most memorable goals scored throughout the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, because it was unexpected and came out of nowhere.
Brad Richards was signed because he is a player who comes up big in the playoffs—and that is exactly what he did during this moment.
This is a memorable call because Doc Emrick captures the moment and then gives way for the audience at home to hear the fan reaction going on in the arena.
Wayne Gretzky Breaks the Goal-Scoring Record
Wayne Gretzky's amazing achievement was followed up with another amazing goal call by Gary Thorne. There isn't much to be said here, as Thorne sums it up greatly when he exclaims that Gretzky is the greatest goal-scorer in NHL history.
The Easter Epic
This game was one of the longest in NHL history and featured many close calls and moments that will never be forgotten. However, when Pat LaFontaine finally scored, there was jubilation and excitement that commemorated an outstanding achievement.
Doug Gilmour's Game-Winner
Bob Cole has called many hockey games throughout the years, but his call of Doug Gilmour's game-winning goal against the St. Louis Blues is one of his all-time best.
This was a monumental goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Cole captured the moment like the amazing broadcaster fans have loved and admired over the years.
Colorado Avalanche Win 1996 Stanley Cup
Uwe Krupp didn't score many goals during his NHL career, but he probably wouldn't trade this goal for 500 others.
Gary Thorne once again does an outstanding job calling near falls throughout the action, and he ups the ante once Krupp's blast hit the back of the net. It is a real shame that Thorne no longer calls NHL games, because he brings an element of awesomeness that the fans really appreciate.
Patrick Kane's Stanley Cup Clincher
This game was nationally televised on NBC, but the real-life game footage was synced up with longtime Chicago Blackhawks announcer Pat Foley to create a truly memorable and amazing goal call.
The Hawks had won their first Stanley Cup since 1961, and Foley reacted like the diehard fan he truly is.
Martin St. Louis Sends the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Game 7
Martin St. Louis was huge in the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Gary Thorne was ecstatic when the puck hit the back of the net. Thorne loudly exclaimed, "St. Louis! We are going back to Tampa Bay for Game 7!"
The Tampa Bay Lightning went on to win the Stanley Cup. When they did finally win, Thorne and the St. Pete Times Forum erupted in the moment.
Paul Henderson Scores a Huge Goal for Canada
This series was more that just two teams facing off in a hockey series. This was a battle of East versus West during a very tumultuous time in the history of our society.
This series transcended the game of hockey and left a lasting memory for Canadiens and hockey fans around the entire world. Paul Henderson's goal may have just been the "goal of the century."
Pair of 2010 Olympic Gold Medal Goals
On one hand, the entire United States was jubilant that the game was headed into overtime...then Sidney Crosby and Canada came crashing down.
The two goal calls are moments that fans of both sides will always remember...for better or for worse.
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