When Ray Bourque came to the Colorado Avalanche in the 1999-2000 season at the trade deadline, everybody in the hockey world was waiting for this moment.
It took one more season to get there, but Bourque winning the Stanley Cup was perhaps the greatest ending to a story that ever could have been written.
This moment truly is the most iconic moment in the history of the NHL because it absolutely personifies every single thing that these guys have to go through in order to have this feeling.
The suffering of what it feels like to get so close and then fall short, then have to wait for so long to even get another shot at it; 22 years of struggle only to be rewarded at the very end.
Every single time I see this clip, especially the one where the camera zooms in on Bourque's son, who is just crying his eyes out at the sight of his father finally accomplishing his life's goal, I cannot help but have goosebumps run up and down my entire body.
If there is a more iconic image in the game of hockey, or even in sports itself, I haven't yet seen it.