What Is Your Favorite NHL Playoff Memory?

April 27, 2010 by Tyler  
Filed under Hockey Columns

NHL History Will be Made CommercialFor any hockey fan, the playoffs are a special time of year. The games suddenly have more meaning and you can see rivalries develop quickly over the course of four or more games. The weather is nicer outside, the days are getting longer and teams battle with each other every second night for their chance to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup.

Playoff hockey has given us the most exciting moments in hockey history and some of our best memories as hockey fans. This season, the NHL has offered up a series of History Will Be Made commercials that are promoting this season of playoff hockey.

The commercials are simply constructed and feature some of the most memorable moments in NHL playoff history. What has been even more exciting to watch over the course of the release of these commercial spots is the growing list of fan parody videos that have been posted to YouTube and other Video sharing sites, featuring other memorable moments in NHL playoff history.

Why Simple Can be Good

One of the best things that could have happened for the NHL is for their set of videos to have them “Go Viral”. or be shared, among hockey fans across the globe. But, making the videos simple enough for fans to create their own parody versions is even better. Now, the NHL will benefit from the content produced by fans to promote the game in addition to the exposure of the original videos. Could it have turned out better? Probably not.

Sure, the fan parody videos aren’t exactly featuring the content that the league would prefer to see, but most of the parody videos identify important moments for fans. And, that’s the key. Hockey is live. There are going to be faux pas, referees are going to blow calls, players will make mistakes… that is the nature of game. Fans recognize that the game is not perfect and that sometimes everything doesn’t go as planned, but we still love the sport. The game can survive and thrive even though it is not perfect and, perhaps, because it is not perfect.

What Defines Playoff Hockey For You?

What is the moment that most defines the NHL playoffs for you? Was it a heroic performance by your favorite player? A game winning goal by an unlikely hero? Or, was it glaring mistake or a moment riddled with controversy? (Was Brett Hull’s foot in the crease?)

Whatever the case, it is important to recognize that for the game to be the emotional rollercoaster that excites fans, there are going to be a variety of memorable playoff moments – certainly not all of them perfect.


4 Comments on "What Is Your Favorite NHL Playoff Memory?"

  1. Kyle on Tue, 27th Apr 2010 11:18 am 

    Can I pick last night as my favorite playoff memory?

    I’m half serious about that. I’m still shaking my head over Halak’s performance last night.

    Aside from that, the 93 playoffs provided me with memories that I’ll remember forever: from the comeback against the Nordiques, to the clinching win against the Kings, there was a ton for a Habs fan to immortalize.

    More recently, I remember Koivu’s eye getting carved out by Justin Williams, and being swept by the Bruins. So yeah, not everything is perfect, but the playoffs certainly leave an impact like nothing else.

  2. Brian Dolinar on Tue, 27th Apr 2010 12:02 pm 

    Steve Yzerman’s double OT winner against the St. Louis Blues in the 1996 playoffs. Been my favorite playoff moment long before these ads came out.

  3. Chris Nadeau on Mon, 3rd May 2010 8:41 am 

    Great post Tyler. Kyle, I would have to agree what Halak did the other night was very special and you would think some other Habs moments would be my favourite memories, but for some reason a couple of Islanders moments stick out.

    1. Game 7 1987 Patrick Division Semifinal Islanders @ Capitals and Lafontaine scored the winner in OT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVPGSu7HOf4

    2. Bob Nystrom scoring the overtime winner to give the New York Islanders the first of four straight Stanley Cups. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lobBEhKOGAk

    Some Oilers ones stick out as well. Maybe that’s because I was at the prime of being a young fan to the game of hockey during the 80′s

  4. Tyler on Mon, 3rd May 2010 9:31 am 

    @Kyle – It looks like Habs fans might have some other great memories from this season courtesy of Mr. Halak! Another great performance last night in Game #2 versus the Penguins.

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