During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for June 19th, featuring Brett Hull.
Today in Hockey History
Brett Hull Wins Stanley Cup in Triple OT
1999: The Dallas Stars forward’s controversial goal helps the team win its first championship. Hull beats Dominik Hasek as the Stars beat the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, in Game 6. Questions surround the goal as his foot was in the crease. However, the officials say Hull is in possession of the puck and the goal counts.
The Stars franchise had lost in two previous trips to the final when they were based in Minnesota as the North Stars. That franchise lost in the 1981 and 1991. Joe Nieuwendyk wins the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP.
Other Notable Events
2006: The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers, 3-1, in Game 7. Frantisek Kaberle scores the game-winning goal and Cam Ward wins the Conn Smythe. Ward is the fourth rookie to earn the award after making 22 saves. It’s the first Stanley Cup for Carolina, who won an AVCO World Trophy as the New England Whalers in 1972-73.
2019: Nikita Kucherov is the big winner at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The Tampa Bay Lightning forward adds the Ted Lindsay and Hart Trophies to his collection. Kucherov had already sealed the Art Ross Trophy for the league’s top-scorer. Tampa Bay teammate Andrei Vasilevskiy wins the Vezina Trophy for top goalie.
Happy Birthday to You
1940: Keith McCreary
1947: Walt McKechnie
1954: Jim Corsi
1958: Sergei Makarov
1980: Dan Ellis
1982: Alex Frolov