The Moment Each NHL Superstar Reached an Elite Level

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The Moment Each NHL Superstar Reached an Elite Level
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Hockey coaches, factual and fictional alike, seem to have the same demand from a player when they think they have something special at their disposal.

“Do it again.”

That was precisely what Gordon Bombay tells Fulton Reed when he first observes the youngster’s devastating slap shot in The Mighty Ducks.

In the real world, the likes of 1980 U.S. Olympic skipper Herb Brooks was known to have made a similar statement in an effort to confirm his assets. In John Gilbert’s biography of the late legend, former Olympic linemates Mark Pavelich and Buzz Schneider recalled the Brooks’ test of their productive unit’s viability by telling them to “Go out and get another one” whenever they scored.

It is one thing for a player to put his exceptional skill to gratifying use for the first time at a new level, let alone the NHL. It is quite another when he snowballs a succession of strong performances, especially if it comes in a higher-stakes scenario and/or against higher-caliber competition.

If the general hockey community was not willing to bestow a “superstar” badge upon any of the following players beforehand, they should have been ready no later than any of the following moments.

Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this slideshow were found via hockey-reference.com

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