Among other definitions, Merriam-Webster defines "choke" as follows: "to lose one's composure and fail to perform effectively in a critical situation." When this term is used in sports, a fierce debate is sure to follow.
Does the phrase "choke" get thrown around a bit too liberally in today's instant sports world? Yes.
Will it be thrown around even more liberally in the 50 slides that follow this one? You better believe it!
Chances are you will not like some of the players, executives, or teams that turn up on this choke list. That is okay with me.
There is also a pretty good chance you will disagree or feel that I have missed some "chokes' or was unfair on someone/something. I will disagree there.
In the "choke slides" that follow, you will find a ranking of the 50 biggest choke moments in NHL history as I see them. To prove no bias, there are seven negative Penguins moments included in the list.
So grab something to drink and sit back to go through our list of 50 biggest chokers in NHL History. Let me know what I missed, what I got right, and where I'm completely off in the comments. Always good to have a pleasant debate.