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 24th, featuring Dave Bolland.
Today in Hockey History
Dave Bolland Wins Stanley Cup for Chicago
2013: The Chicago Blackhawks forward helps the team rally for their second title in four seasons. Chicago was trailing the Boston Bruins by a goal with 90 seconds left in Game 6. Bryan Bickell ties the game before Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville can pull Corey Crawford.
Bolland clinches the Stanley Cup with 58.3 seconds left after beating Boston goalie Tuukka Rask. The teams were closing in on their fourth overtime game of the Final before the game-winning goal. Patrick Kane takes home the Conn Smythe for playoff MVP.
Other Notable Events
1980: The Calgary Flames are born after the team relocates from Atlanta. They play in the Stampede Corral before the Saddledome is finished for the 1983-84 season.
1995: The New Jersey Devils win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. New Jersey shocks the Detroit Red Wings four straight with a 5-2 victory. Neal Broten and Shawn Chambers each score twice for the Devils.
2000: The New York Islanders take Rick DiPietro with the top selection of the 2000 NHL Draft. DiPietro is the first goalie taken at No. 1 overall since the Montreal Canadiens got Michel Plasse in 1968. Dany Heatley goes second to the Atlanta Thrashers while the Minnesota Wild grab Marian Gaborik at No. 3.
2006: Boston gets Rask from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Andrew Raycroft. The Bruins get the better of the deal as Raycroft plays only two years with the Leafs and eventually plays for three other teams. Rask becomes the Bruins all-time leader in wins and makes two Stanley Cup Finals.
2011: The San Jose Sharks get Brent Burns in a deal with the Wild. Minnesota gets Devin Setoguchi and Charlie Coyle in the swap. San Jose also gets Minnesota’s second-rounder in 2012 while the Wild get the Sharks’ first round choice in 2011.
2016: Toronto takes Auston Matthews with the top pick of the 2016 NHL Draft. Matthews decided to play professionally in Switzerland rather than juniors. The Winnipeg Jets take Patrik Laine at two while the Columbus Blue Jackets select Pierre-Luc Dubois at three.
Happy Birthday to You
1905: Johnny Gottselig
1930: Dave Creighton
1945: Wayne Cashman
1961: Bernie Nicholls
1964: Gary Suter
1965: Uwe Krupp
1973: Jere Lehtinen
1975: Marek Malik
1982: Jarret Stoll
1990: Michael Del Zotto
1998: Pierre-Luc Dubois