An assist is as good as a goal. Anyone who grew up playing hockey, or was surrounded by the game, has likely heard that phrased uttered ad nauseum throughout his or her life, but it's often the truth.
For as much credit and attention we like to give the big time goal scorers who dangle their way to the finish, there is almost always a lovely pass that got them there.
You've likely seen lists of the prettiest goals, nastiest fights and most unreal saves, but how many times have you seen a collaboration of the filthiest dishes and setups hockey has ever seen?
Well, if you've been craving creamy sauce, a no-look-behind-the-back pass, or maybe just a well-timed drop pass, look no further. This list has everything to assist you in your search for the greatest hockey has to offer.
As a disclaimer, let me say that the lack of video from the glory days has made this list include mostly passes from the year 2000 and later, and exclusively passes from the late '80s and on. So, to all of you out there looking to find Bobby Orr and players of that ilk on this list, I sincerely apologize, but technology will not allow to showcase those players in this slideshow. Also, in order to not dilute the list, I limited it to the 42 best passes I could find.
That being said, sit back and enjoy this comprehensive review of the greatest sauce in hockey history.