NHL: 8 Players Getting Their Last Shot at a Stanley Cup in 2011-12

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NHL: 8 Players Getting Their Last Shot at a Stanley Cup in 2011-12
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Ray Bourque Stanley Cup Champion

It's a warm day in June, and you arrive at your office. Today is a day like no other day. This is a day during which you get to live your dream. You have waited longer for this day than any other person in history. 

Today you're going to play for the Stanley Cup, and you know that if you don't hoist the silver chalice tonight, it is possibly your last night ever to compete for your dream and your goal. 

On this day—June 9, 2001—you get to raise the cup above your head, and if you're Raymond Bourque, who spent a lifetime in the NHL—playing 1,612 games before hoisting the cup—you are the player who has played the most games before achieving a Stanley Cup championship. You are the hockey world's hero.

Raymond Bourque had that rare opportunity to finish his career with the cup. 

Each year, dozens of players wind up their careers hoping to win the cup before they retire or, like Bourque, before being traded to a contender to have that chance.

Here are eight players hoping to raise the big chalice before they finish. 

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