Brad Richards’ retirement led to thoughts about Stanley Cup success
Most of the summer offseason in the NHL is spent talking about player signings, prospect camps and preparation for the next season. Occasionally, however, we get something a little different — like a retirement.
On Wednesday, former Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Richards retired from professional hockey at age 36, after 15 seasons in the NHL. Richards was a two-time Stanley Cup champion, including once with the Blackhawks in 2015.
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Richards had a key role in the Blackhawks’ third title in six seasons, especially in the Cup clinching game. He assisted on both of Chicago’s goals in a 2-0 win over Tampa Bay. And that got me thinking about Stanley Cup winning goals.
If you haven’t seen this video, I’d say it’s worth a look. It displays most of the Stanley Cup winners dating back to the 1930s. It’s a pretty crazy ride, as you watch differences in crowds, celebrations, player gear and even play-by-play announcers.
We’re going to rank the Stanley Cup winning goals since 2010, when the Blackhawks broke a 49-year championship drought. A couple of interesting notes before we break into that:
— The first two winners involving the Blackhawks are not on the video, the championships from 1934 and 1938.
— The first time you can hear a Doc Emrick call is the 1995 goal, when he was the play-by-play guy for the New Jersey Devils. The first time you can hear Pierre McGuire is in 2006, right after the 2004-05 lockout. Just so you can avoid it.
— The oldest winner from a player still in the NHL? Colorado’s 2001 Cup securing goal courtesy Alex Tanguay. The 36-year-old is going into his 17th season this year.
With those tidbits out of the way, let’s get to ranking the Stanley Cup winning goals since 2010.
Next: Nos. 7-6