1. Kimmo Timonen lifts the Stanley Cup
Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
No, he wasn’t a Hawk for very long and no, he wasn’t terribly good as a Hawk, but this was a great sports moment, not just a great Hawks moment or a great hockey moment. Like something out of a fairy-tale or a Hollywood ending.
The 40-year old 16-year NHL veteran and former star defenseman, Kimmo Timonen, had never won a Stanley Cup. After dealing with blood-clot issues and missing most of the season, Timonen announced that he would retire after the season. Cup or no cup.
There would be a Cup.
With the captain always being the first one to lift the Stanley Cup, Jonathan Toews chose to first hand the cup off to Timonen and the look of relief and pure joy that washed over Timonen’s face was just magical was enough to send chills of joy. Everyone could get behind this and everyone was happy for him. Just a fantastic and wonderful moment.
It was one hell of a season and one hell of a run in which the good guys won again. Hopefully, there are more to come.